Dreadlock Maintenance/Info

Everyone wants something different from their dreads and it’s good to be clear on why you are doing this. It will help you stay the course through the bad hair days and the sometimes less than friendly looks you will get from people. Dreadlocks are not only just a hairstyle, they’re a lifestyle and they do require commitment.

The practical side of dreads is a longer story. Everybody’s hair responds differently to the dread process. Let’s be frank, many hair types just aren't going to dread naturally, in fact it may take a great deal of encouragement. The Hand & Hook method that I use, will provide just that encouragement that your dreads need.

Extensions – I am more than happy to add dreadlock extensions to your hair if you’re looking for some length. There are quite a few businesses (mostly on Etsy) that sell dreadlock extensions. You are welcome to purchase your own on there. HOWEVER, please keep in mind that not all dreads are the exact same size. The dreads that you purchase may not quite be the exact dimensions as the ones on your head. Solution? … I make them! I can tailor your extensions to match the size of the dreads that you have. For more info, please visit my Contact page.

Frizziness - This is caused by little hairs escaping from the main dread body. This is unavoidable. Every time you put stress on your dreads, like say, sleeping, you will pull some out. Over time they build up, and you have a pretty frizzy head of hair. This frizz is ultimately useful, because when you go in for your 3 month root maintenance appointment, I will have hairs to fix them with. In the meantime you have to control them and make them look like they belong to your head. Do not ever use anything on your dreads (especially baby dreads) that has conditioners in it. On commercial shampoos, look at the ingredients list and if you see “PEG- (number)” -  that is a conditioner. It will loosen your dreads and undo them over time. Organic products are harder to spot, but will usually state on the bottle that they “loosen, detangle, condition, straighten, etc”. Stay away from those.

Tightness - You need to keep your dreads tight. Once they lock up well (a nice tight core of hair that seems pretty hard and firm) they are pretty much indestructible, but you have to nurture them to get them there. Baby dreads are most vulnerable when exposed to water. Every time you wash your hair, and mess everything up by drying it, or standing out in the rain, the dread bodies will start to loosen. If you let your hair air dry after a careful towel drying of squeezing them like delicate little sponges, the drying process will tighten the dread up.

Moisturizing - At some point your dreads will get dry, too dry. This is where you need to use some type of oil. Essential oils, like lavender, tea tree, mint, jasmine, etc. (the little bottles that cost a lot) will do a great job on your hair and make you smell nice. You can mix them in water in a spray bottle with DISTILLED water, and spray your hair all over and in on your scalp once a day. This will give your dry dreads the little bit of oil they need and you won’t overload your hair with oils, which can get kind of gross. For those of you who are having itchy scalp, jojoba oil applied to your scalp will work wonders.

ITCHING!!!! - Itching sucks! It really does. Your scalp just underwent a major change. All your hair is now tight and bunched up, your oil glands have to readjust themselves to doing some new things. You are washing your hair differently, and putting cloggy things on it. Itch will now commence! Washing your hair will help. Moisturizers will help (literally creams - NOT moisturizing shampoos). Aloe will help a lot. Vitamin E will help. However, in the end, time will be your friend. It will pass. Your scalp will resume business as usual once it gets used to having dreads.

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