Dreadlock maintenance includes washing your hair properly and using the right products to help maintain your hairstyle.
Practicing proper dread maintenance is crucial to avoid damaging the dreadlocks’ unique appearance – heavily twisted hair that becomes tangled and tangled. While this style requires some maintenance, the look is considered natural because it depends on the person’s original hair texture and does not require chemical alteration. Dreadlocks are more common among people of African descent because textured, curly hair holds the style easily, but people who have naturally straight or loose hair can also wear dreadlocks. Maintaining dreadlocks only requires a few general but essential tips. Among the best tips are washing your hair properly, protecting it from damage, and using the right hair products and tools.
The use of plastic combs should be avoided when styling dreadlocks.
First of all, one of the most important dreads maintenance tips – and a frequent area of concern for beginner dreads – is learning to wash your hair properly. It is usually advisable not to wash your hair for the first two weeks after dreadlocks have formed. Washing dreadlocks before this stage can cause them to fall apart and loosen considerably. After washing the dreads, the hair should be dried by squeezing out as much water as possible and letting it air dry. Very oily hair may require more frequent washing than non-greasy hair, but washing dreadlocks every two weeks is generally considered appropriate.
Clips, bands and hair rods are commonly used dreadlock accessories.
Another important tip for dreadlock maintenance is to avoid damaging the locks with daily habits. Until dreadlocks become thicker and stronger – a process that can take several years – they are very delicate and should be treated as such. A good rule of thumb is to avoid touching the locks unless you wash, style, or roll them with your palm to maintain their shape. It is important that people do not twist or pull the dreadlocks, as this will loosen them and could break them. Another daily habit that will help dreadlocks stay neat and prevent them from splitting or frizzing is sleeping with a silk scarf on your head or sleeping on a silk pillowcase.
A final important tip for dreadlock maintenance is to learn what kind of products, tools, and accessories are needed for daily and long-term care. It is generally recommended to wash dreadlocks with a shampoo that does not contain residues or chemicals, as it prevents buildup from occurring on the locks and soothes scalp irritation. Another important product to use is dread wax or dread cream, a type of ointment that will smooth dreads and lock loose strands in place. Steel dread combs are considered the best styling tool for dreadlocks because they are stronger and more durable than typical plastic combs. Finally, it is recommended for those who have dreadlocks to invest in accessories – such as scarves, knit hats and wraps – that will not only keep the hair in place, but also style the dreadlocks.