how to maintain dreadlocks

Easy Tips and Tricks on How to Maintain Dreadlocks

Do you know why dreadlocks have survived for thousands of years and will continue to stick around for the years to come? It is because they are literally considered to be the coolest hairstyle ever.

Dreadlocks, rope-like tuft of hair formed by matting hair together, have been found to be associated with Aztec, ancient Greek, Buddhist, Senegalese and Rastafari cultures. Although, now dreadlocks have become a style symbol of Afro people and are mainly linked to their culture and identity, but people from different races do like to flaunt their hair in dreadlocks.

Undoubtedly, dreadlocks take time to grow, mature and tighten but if you follow a good maintenance routine, you can get them there faster.

In this blog, we have talked about some of the very easy tips on how to maintain dreadlocks and make them suit your personality aptly and beautifully.

Simple and Easy Tips on How to Maintain Dreadlocks

Tip #1: Find a good locktician

If your dreadlocks are in the initial stage of growth, it is important that you see a good locktician. He/ She can give you healthy and great advice on maintaining your locks and can recommend healthy products too.

If you thinking to cut off ends of your perm and go natural to start locking, or if you are twisting your natural hair, you need to tell your locktician about your hair objectives. Additionally, you need to tell your hair stylist about your desired look before them twisting your hair.

A good locktician will share small but crucial information with you like if the size of your initial curl is good, it is good indication of your final locs width.

Tip #2: Massage your scalp properly

Massaging forms a very important part of your daily dreadlock’s maintenance routine. Apart from the fact that it relaxes your scalp, it also stimulates hair growth.

You would be surprised to know that a simple act of massaging your hair at night just for 5 minutes can help you greatly in achieving beautiful locs, the way you desire.

You can use ORS coconut hair oil for massaging as it helps to remove dead cells and renew tissue.

Tip #3: Avoid retwisting your hair much

If you love the fresh look of your dreadlocks, then avoid retwisting your hair much as it can start to create hair breakage and thinning at the root.

You should search for new and chic hairstyles that you can try out whenever you want and can stay in love with your hair in between retwists. It is probably the best time to experiment with your look.

Tip #4. Practice night care for dreadlocks

As any other hairstyle works great with night scarf, so does dreadlocks. As locs tend to shed therefore, it is important to protect your scalp and edges.

A silk nightcap can help you retain the moisture in your scalp and hair. Furthermore, it can protect your hair from friction with pillow.

You should follow this practice of never going to sleep at night without properly covering your hair.

Tip #5: Have patience

If you are not patient, it is difficult for you to have beautiful locs to flaunt as dreadlocks building is not a process that will happen overnight.

It is a journey, and is different for every individual. Some of you can have these locs grown faster than the other.

If you have thick hair, you can expect the locs to develop faster. One good thing about hair is if you really nurture and take care of it, you can have a really well grown and voluminous hair.

How to Maintain Dreadlocks Extensions?

Traditional dreadlocks take a few years to grow, but this breezy dreadlocks style can take just a couple of hours to achieve with the help of extensions.

It is easier to maintain dreadlock extensions than traditional dreadlocks but it is challenging to keep it look fresh.

This style can last one to three months, depending on your maintenance routine. Here are a few tips on how to maintain your dreadlocks extension:

Tip #1: Do a touch up at regular intervals

You should be active enough to do a touch-up at the interval of every six to eight weeks. This also involves removing one or two rows and re-installing them.

This lessens hair damage and loss that can happen with extensions manipulation around your hairline as they grow and age.

Tip #2: Avoid wearing locks extension for longer period of time

You should avoid wearing locs for more than period of eight weeks without touch up. This is because as the hair grows, it makes extensions heavier and the hairline becomes more susceptible to breakage.

You must apply light oil on hair and scalp once or twice a week.  Furthermore, gels, cream conditioners or heavy pomades have tendency to embed in the loc and this can create residue and build up.

At this time, if you want to shampoo your hair, have it professionally done. Also, ensure that dreadlocks extensions are completely dry by blowing it with dryer for 30-60 minutes as this prevents mildew.

Tip #3: Keep your scalp clean:

To keep dreadlocks extensions, look healthy, you need to keep your scalp clean. It is crucial in order to avoid irritation and unsightly flake building up.

Also, wash your scalp at lest once in a week and try using one shampoo (preferably sulfate free) and stick to it as other shampoos can cause irritation and dryness.

You can use shea moisture sulfate free coconut and hibiscus shampoo as it helps in retaining moisture and keep your scalp healthy.

Tip #4: Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate:

You must hydrate your extensions daily. This prevents unwanted frizz.

You can spray locs daily with oil sheen or you can also make your own by filling a spray bottle with water and adding a few drops of your favourite essential oil and then spraying onto your locs at will.

Style and shine.!!! Afterall a great hairstyle is the best accessory.:)

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