Dreadlocks are a beautiful and versatile way to carry your natural hair. However, there is a common misconception that locks require no maintenance when in reality, locks like all hair require care. So, whether you’re new to locks or just want to know more about how to make your locks thrive, read on for our 6 tips for how to take care of your dreadlocks.
Washing Your Locks
It’s important to clean your scalp as well as remove any build up, excess oil in your locks. And for that reason, avoid shampoo and conditioners that leave residue on your hair and use a sulphate-free shampoo. With regards to frequency, this will depend on you, your lifestyle and your locks. For example, if you workout a lot you might feel the need to cleanse your locks more frequently. Discuss the cleaning and care with your stylist.
Drying Your Locks
After washing your locks, drying your hair is a key step. Gently wring out as much water as possible and then take a manageable handful of your locks and again, gently squeeze out as much moisture as possible. Start at the near the roots and slowly work your way down to the ends. Finally, we suggest wrapping your hair in a microfiber towel or giving your locks a final squeeze using a microfiber towel. If you live in a hot country, you may want to let your locks fry naturally.
Microfiber towels absorb more than your average cotton towel and more importantly, they tend not to leave any lint in your locks. But whatever your preferred method, please make sure that your locks dry properly as no one wants mould or mildew to build up in their locks!
How to Moisturise Your Locs
Moisture is still important when you are looking after your locks, because as we know when hair is dry it’s prone to brittleness and breakage – and no one wants their locs snapping! We recommend using a moisturising spray and then using a hair oil on your locks to keep dryness at bay. The after care can be purchased in most retail stores .
Looking After Your Scalp
Just because you have locks, doesn’t mean you can forget about your scalp health. As we mentioned before, your scalp is still skin and will still need some TLC. Just remember to use a lightweight oil/hair food that won’t ease or wrapping or covering your locks when you sleep with a silk scarf or bonnet. Like we mentioned earlier, brittle locks can break/snap and cotton absorbs moisture. That means your locks will be zapped of precious moisture. Healthy scalp, means healthy hair. Like most extensions, you may experience some kind of itchiness, that is normal, just keep your scalp in good moist condition and the itchiness will go away in time.
When styling your locks, it’s important to think about your edges. As your locks get longer (and in turn heavier), this will put more tension on your hair and your delicate edges can be at risk, especially if your locs are styled too tightly. Avoid thinning, bald patches and traction alopecia by varying hairstyles and considering the tension you’re putting on your hair when styling. Discuss with your stylist how often you should service your dread locks