Dreadlocks are one of the earliest hairstyle found within ancient history, and today are worn by many types of people for fashion or religious purposes. It can be surprising that there are so many misconceptions surrounding the wearing and maintenance of dreadlocks. Here are the answers to the most commonly wondered questions about choosing this hairstyle.  


How long does it take to get dreadlocks?


Growing deadlocks take a fair amount of time and you have to have the patients to achieve to wait it out to achieve deadlocked hair. Getting dreadlock through the backcombing method will help to reduce the amount of time it takes to dread your hair. As you will appear to have dreadlocks straight after this process they will be very fragile and will remain this way for the first few months. Then you will notice them to begin to tighten and start really knotting together as they will continue to do so as time passes. The rate at which this will occur varies with the individual and their maintenance techniques. After 12-18 months your dreadlock will really start to mature and each dreadlock will appear tight and full knotted, however your locks will continue to mature the longer you have them. So I guess the short answer to how long it will take to get dreadlocks is approximately 1 year. Once this period of time has been reached, your locks will be starting to look really good.   

Can you wash dreadlocks?


This has to be one of the biggest myths about dreadlocks that most un-dreaded seem to think. However dreadlock can be washed frequently as the owner want to but there are some people who prefer not to wash their dreads but this is purely a person choice. Dreadlock are basically a made up of masses of knots are linked together and their knots are formed through friction between strands of hair. Having oily lubricated hair works to loosen knots which would have a negative effect on the formation of your locks so by washing your hair and removing any dirt and grease on your hair it in fact helps to tighten existing knots and encourages the formation of new ones. However the majority of people with dreadlocks tend not to wash their hair as often as people with without them. This is often because it can take quite a few hours to dry your locks when they are saturated and most people do not want to go through this process to frequently. Many people also feel that such regular washing of their lock is not necessary when using residue free shampoo. The absence of oil left on their hair after washing seems to extent amount of time that it takes for their locks to feel oily and in need to a wash.


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Are dreadlocks healthy for your head?


Most people who have dreadlocks choose to wash their hair with residue- free shampoo or other natural products. This means that any harsh chemicals that people put on their hair and scalp is greatly reduced with people who wear dreadlocks and this can provide many benefits for people with scalp conditions. Many people with dreadlocks often find that their hair feels thicker and stronger which is a good indicator that your hair and scalp is happy and in good condition. 

Do dreadlocks smell?


Dreadlock will not smell if they are cared for and maintained properly. As long as added product are put onto the dreadlocks to cause them to smell, they will smell the same as any un-dreaded hair.  

Do you have to shave your head to get rid of dreadlocks?


Obviously your hair continues to grow the same out of your scalp as it always has done. The only difference is that now grows into your dreadlocks. This means there is always at least 1 inch of un-dreaded hair and another inch of newly dreaded hair. Therefore it the time come that you want to get rid of your dreads you can simply cut them a few inches from your scalp and brush any remaining knots out, using a hair conditioner to loosen knotted hair.

Do you have to have a certain hair type to get dreadlocks?


As long as you have hair you can get dreadlocks. It is true that some hair type’s dread quicker than others but all hair will begin to knot after a period of time. There are certain maintenance tips available to help encourage the knotting process but simply things such as playing with your hair can often work to tighten and create knots. 


Now you are aware of the truth behind the most common dreadlock misconceptions I hope this article can help to change the way that dreadlocks are viewed by some people and maybe even encourage so of you to go and give this hairstyle a try. It will not happen overnight but with some perseverance and patience in 12 months’ time you could be sporting some great looking dreadlocks.