Dreadlocks are a great way to wear your hair naturally. They are formed by twisting the hair and forming locks. As your hair grows out, it locks together and forms dreads. These locks stay in place as long as they are maintained properly. This is a very clean and healthy way to wear your hair. Anyone can wear their hair in dreads, and you should have your stylist help you get them started so they’re done right. In order to keep your hair healthy, and your dreads locked, you will need to take care of them. Here are five tips to keep your dreadlocks healthy.
Take Care of Your Scalp
The key to healthy hair is a healthy scalp. A dry itchy scalp is not normal and you don’t have to put up with it just because you have dreads. Use a shampoo specifically formulated for dreads. This type of shampoo will have no synthetic conditioners that can make your dreads loose their shape and build up on your scalp. If you have an itchy scalp, be sure to have your stylist check it out to rule out any problems that will require treatment. Look for shampoos rich in natural oils and ingredients to give your scalp the moisture it needs without compromising your dreads.
Wait 2 Weeks Before You Shampoo
When your dreads are brand new, wait at least two weeks to wash your hair. This will give your dreadlocks a chance to really lock up and become stable. After two weeks, you can wash your hair once a week or more if it needs it. Wear a shower cap when you bathe on days when you don’t wash your hair to keep your dreads dry.
Never Apply Product to Wet or Damp Dreads
Always wait until your dreadlocks are dry before you apply any products to them. The reason for this is you don’t want mold or mildew to form within your dreads. Let your dreads dry completely to prevent this from happening.
Palmroll Your Dreads Often
Simply roll your dreads between the palms of your hands as often as you think of it. This helps to lock your dreads and tighten them up. Use tightening gel once a week to help tighten them up and keep them looking fresh.
Keep Up On Your Stylist Appointments
Your stylist can help you keep your dreads looking and feeling great. By keeping up with your maintenance appointments, she can keep an eye on your dreads and how they are forming. Your stylist will also be able to suggest products you can use to keep your dreads clean, keep them locked tight and keep your scalp healthy.