Dreadlocks are a natural way of wearing your hair and also one of the most misunderstood. Unless you have dreadlocks or someone you know does, you may wonder how they are started and how they are maintained. Dreadlocks were recorded in history as far back as 1800 BC in India. Caesar recorded the ancient Celts had “hair like snakes”, the Egyptians wore dreadlocks and King Tut’s dreads are still intact. Many cultures and peoples have worn dreadlocks and the Rastamen of Jamaica are credited for the name “dreadlocks”. Whatever the history is, dreadlocks have become a very popular style with men and women of all races and ages.
Can you wash dreadlocks?
Yes you can. If you don’t wash them they will begin to have an unpleasant odor. Wash them carefully by soaking them with water and gently squeezing shampoo into them. Rinse thoroughly by squeezing the water out and repeating until all of the shampoo is out. Be sure to pat your dreadlocks dry and don’t rub them.
Hair has to be dirty to dread.
No, clean hair locks better than dirty hair. Use shampoos that do not leave a residue or your hair will not lock properly.
Only ethnic hair will lock.
Any type of hair can be locked. Ethnic hair will start to lock easier than other hair types, but with some work and patience anyone can have nice smooth dreadlocks.
To get dreadlocks all you need to do is ignore your hair.
While you can get dreads from not combing your hair, you will have much healthier and smoother dreads with clean well maintained hair. What you get from the neglect method is uneven large dreads all over your head that are matted and very unattractive.
Dreadlocks are bad for your hair and scalp.
When cared for properly dreadlocks are actually very healthy for your hair and scalp. What is bad for your hair and scalp are some of the products people use in an attempt to lock their hair. There are professional products that will assist in the locking process that are very good for your hair and scalp.
If you want to get rid of your dreadlocks you have to cut off all of your hair or shave your head.
It is true if you want to change your look and get rid of your dreadlocks, you will have to have them cut off. But you don’t have to shave your head or go bald. You should end up with about 2 inches of hair after you have your dreads trimmed off.
If you decide you’d like to have dreadlocks it will take time for the locking process to get to the point where you have smooth even dreads. But your patience will be rewarded with an easy to care for and very attractive style. Your stylist will use professional products that care for your hair and scalp to start your dreads and keep them shiny and smooth. She can give you tips and recommendations for products to keep your dreadlocks looking good and easy to maintain.