Growing dread locks can be a very rewarding process for those willing to endure a journey of much perseverance and patience; however this is not to say that having dread locks do not have its drawbacks. If you are contemplating starting the process for yourself here is an insight into the most common dread lock disadvantages.
Firstly it is important to mention that more significantly with dreads than other hair styles there are no underlying rules or facts and no two sets of dread locks act or grow the same.
Washing Dread locks
There is no denying that washing dread locks regularly is good and helps them become tighter more quickly, but the washing process can be very time consuming. The actual putting shampoo in and rinsing part will require about the same amount of time as un-dreaded hair however after that is complete dread locks can take a substantially longer time to dry. The length of time it will take them to fully dry will depend on their thickness and maturity, as very thick/tight dreads will take considerably longer than a bunch of thin newbies. You should make sure that you never cover up or go to sleep with wet dreadlocks as this could lead to them smelling a bit funky. This means not washing your dreads late at night or just before you go to bed.
Dealing with Dandruff
Everyone will experience dandruff at some point in their life if they have dread locks or not but when it occurs to people with locks, flakes can sometimes get caught in your dreads and are often more visible than within un-dreaded hair. They will however come out when you next wash your dreads but giving them a good shake every now and then can also help remove these unwanted flakes.
Putting up with Dread lock Misconceptions
Many people with dreadlock often experience people asking ignorant and stupid questions about their locks. This is due to many misconceptions of dreadlocks still circulating round the ‘modern world’ combined with the fact that dreadlocks is still not considered popular culture. Just like growing dread locks you just have to remain calm and answer these questions as politely as possible.
When They Are New
The first few months are definitely the toughest period of growing dread locks. Your scalp takes time to adjust to the often sudden change and can sometimes result in phases of slight itching. Some people do not experience this like others but if this does occur, you just have to try to avoid itching your head and to just let it pass. Your scalp will eventually get used to the change and any itching or irritation will stop. That is if you are maintaining your dreadlocks correctly off course. Finally dread locks in their early stage will appear quite messy no matter how much maintenance you give them but with this the key to always time. The more time passes the better your dreads will look and after the first few months have passed you will start to see them improve every week.
In my opinion the positives far outweigh all the dread lock disadvantages but it is important nevertheless to consider both the pros and cons before committing to growing dread locks.