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5 Ways You Could Be Destroying Your Dreadlocks

By Edited Aug 20, 2016 0 0

This informative article can help you with how to maintaining beautiful dreadlocks. It can help not by telling you what you should do. It will help by instructing you on five things you will want to avoid if you want to preserving stunning dreadlocks.

O.K. then, here are the 5 things you should avoid:

1. Using the wrong shampoo. It can make your dreadlocks look less clean than when they started. All too clearly I remember a 6 month time period early in my Dread Journey when I decided to switch to a fancier shampoo. How could I go wrong with that? But with each cleaning, my hair would look more dirty. There were little white/gray flakes throughout my dreads that seemed to multiply, week by week, actually diluting my natural black hair color into a dull, powdery gray. Gross. I actually started to appear like I lived on the streets, and became so self-conscious that I started wearing hats everyday. I visited a hair studio, where the main hair dresser had lovely, thick, long, dreads. Upon whipping off my hat and poking at my hair for a few moments, she explained without an ounce of doubt, “You’re using the incorrect shampoo. You need something that clarifies, and you need to rinse your hair until it’s squeaky clean.” “Squeaky clean?” I repeated doubtfully. “Yes,” she replied. “You need to clean your hair until it literally squeaks in your hands.” At the time, I had no idea what she was talking about, so she patiently spelled out to me that a clarifying shampoo simply stripped your hair clean without leaving any deposits. Basic as that. No bells and whistles. Within a half hour, I was stumbling out of the shop with a new bottle of their (slightly expensive) shampoo, and I was half-way certain that she was just trying to push a product on me. However, I was proven completely wrong that very evening when, a quick hair wash later with the new stuff, my dreads emerged a fantastic, almost sparkly black, and residue free! It made all the difference in the world. The very next day, I let my head go hat-free with satisfaction!

2. Do not create your dreadlocks too small and thin. The reasoning behind this is that it might be tempting to section hair as tiny as you possibly can when you are first starting, especially if your hair is on the not-so-thick side, like my own. This really is great if you're attempting to create sis-locks (a thinner, more delicate form of dreads), but avoid dreads that will eventually grow so slim that they break off. It’s best to start them off a decent size in the first place. General rule of thumb: section your hair into 2 inch x 2 inch squares, and you should get some good, solid dreads. This is just a common rule of thumb, so feel free to play with the measurement…Just beware of beginning your dreads ridiculously small and having them break off later.

3. Do Not Use Too Much Beeswax. If you put too much of the gunk and junk on your dreads in the hopes of helping them form, beware of finding this gunk inside your locks decades down the line. Some report that a little wax helps, although I made the decision early on to stay away from it after trying it for a few months and disliking the consistency. I’ve gotten along fine without it.

4. Do Not Get Lazy About Monitoring Your Dreads. The reasoning this can be a bad idea is even when you’ve gotten your dreads figured out and they’re growing fantastic, it’s extremely important to keep an eye on them to make sure they continue to develop properly. Instead, after washing your hair, it’s crucial you gently pull apart the ones that are trying to grow together at the roots, lest you get a massive dread forming in the back of your head. Even skipping this step for a few washes can start the growing of the dread beast. It’s also essential to keep an eye out for dreads that are starting to thin out at the roots due to a few escaped hairs that are trying to intertwine with other dreads.

5. Do Not Refuse to Dreadscape! It's okay to trim your dreads once and a while. It took me 9 years to finally decide to do it. It had gotten to the point where my hair was getting caught in car doors and cabinets! On a few occasions, I actually got a good chunk caught in a door, didn’t realize it, turned my head, and violently tore a good chunk off...It makes all the difference in the world. No more getting my head caught in precarious positions, no more ripping my hair out, and no more getting my hair in my food. It can definitely boost your overall quality of your visual appeal. And for the first time, my dreads were even, which made my mane look even fuller. And once you have your hair nice and even, there are many different dreadlock styles you can do with them.

Dreadlock Hair Style
Credit: www.HowToGetDreads.com


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