Because new hair doesn’t grow out dreaded, you’ll have to get regular maintenance to keep the new growth dreaded at the root.
Loose Hair when Wearing Dreadlocks
When keeping dreadlocks, it’s normal to have loose and undreaded growth. Some people prefer keeping a little bit of loose hair to help shield the scalp from wind, sun, cold and give enhance the appearance of a better scalp to those who have thin hair.
However, too much undreaded hair can lead to a series of problems such as thin, weak root and in worst case scenario dreadlock loss. For this reason, it’s essential to perform regular maintenance to fix loose hair in order to reinforce and strengthen the dreadlock.
What to Do Before A Dreadlock Maintenance?
First, wash your dreads using a residue-free shampoo. Here is a detailed guide on how to wash your dreadlocks.
For crochet maintenance, let your hair dry completely. However, for interlocking and retwist, you should leave your hair damp before doing the maintenance.
Crochet dreadlocks method involves the use of a tiny crochet hook (approximately 0.4 – 0.6 mm) to pull hair into the dreads. It’s recommended to performance crochet maintenance 3-4 times a year.
The advantages of crochet maintenance:
- No products needed at all
- Results in tight and consistent locs
- The method works for all hair types
- You can wash or swim immediately after your maintenance
Interlocking dreadlocks maintenance involves pulling the ends of your dreadlocks back through the base of the roots. This method aims to tighten each dreadlock by twisting the hair at the base of the dreadlock.
The technique is also known as latch hooking dreads or root flipping and works best with damp afro hair. It should be done every two months.
The advantages of this method include:
- It’s quick and easy
- No product needed
- Results to tighter dreadlocks
Retwist dreadlocks methods involve wrapping the loose hair around the dreadlock. You will need some gel applied to the hair to help hold in place the retwist.
This method should be done on damp afro hair one every month.
The advantages of retwist maintenance are:
- It’s quick and easy to perform
- Results into a beautiful sleek dreadlocks
Palm rolling dreadlocks
Palm rolling dreadlocks involves rolling and squeezing the dreadlocks between the palms creating cylindric dreadlocks.
This technique works best with afro hair, but it can also be done on other hair types to help smoothen out bumps.
Unlike the other methods above, palm rolling maintenance should be done on wet hair.
The advantages of a palm rolling maintenance method are:
- It results in uniform dreadlocks
- Helps smoothening bumps and loops on dreadlocks