Hair and skin love consistency! It’s one of the golden rules when it comes to having a healthy scalp and lustrous dreads. Therefore, developing a routine to take care of your precious locs will save you a lot of trouble.
That’s why we put together a comprehensive list of 12 tips that will help you learn how to keep dreads healthy and growing with minimal effort.
How To Keep Dreads Healthy and Growing
- Maintain a clean scalp
- Sleep on a satin pillowcase
- Don’t trim the loose hair on your locs
- Avoid dying your dreadlocks
- Don’t wear tight dread hairstyles
- Moisturize your locs when needed
- Dry your dreadlocks very well after cleaning
- Don’t use wax or butters on your dread
- Deep cleanse your locs 3 times a year
- Prefer a microfiber towel over cotton towel to dry your hair
- Do regular dreadlock maintenance
- Be patient
Maintain a clean scalp
We recommend washing dreadlocks at lease once a week with a residue free dreadlock shampoo.
- If you are Caucasian or Asian, shampoo daily and use dandruff shampoo twice a week.
- If you are African-American, only shampoo once a week using a dandruff shampoo.
Sleep on a satin pillowcase
We’re not even supposed to tell you this, that’s how much of a secret it is. But we only want what’s best for you, so here it is! Satin pillowcases, as opposed to common, cotton ones are far softer on your hair. This means they will prevent breakage because the smooth surface of the silk won’t produce as much friction with your dreads as cotton does.
Apart from that, silk doesn’t develop lint that could get trapped in your dreads and lead to nasty build-up. Do you want another reason? Silk pillowcases are also amazing for the skin.
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Don’t trim the loose hair on your locs
As your locs grow and develop, you will start to notice a loose hairs appearing on your locs. Some people think they are a tad unaesthetic. If you are one of those people, please don’t cut or trim the loose hairs. Instead of solving a problem, you will create a new one because the trimming will cause your dreads to turn thin. It might even lead to breakage if you do it on a regular basis.
Avoid dying your dreadlocks
Colouring your hair is a damaging process that basically involves soaking your hair in harsh chemicals to obtain the desired shade. Those chemicals will weaken your strands and make them a lot more prone to breakage.
And no colouring process is more damaging than bleaching your hair.
How to keep dreads healthy – Don’t wear tight dread hairstyles
This includes ponytails, buns, cornrows and updos. As cool as they look, these tight hairstyles if worn for very long periods of time could thin your hair at the roots. If that happens, your dreads could actually detach from the scalp. Ouch!
Moisturize your locs when needed
Moisturizing your dreads when they feel dry needs to be one of the main steps in your routine on how to keep dreads healthy and growing.
All you need to do is mix some water with your favorite vegetable oil and you’re done. Spray it liberally on your dreads.
Here’s a lovely tutorial for you!
Dry your dreadlocks very well after cleaning
You must dry your dreads as best as possible after each wash. If not properly dried, locs can develop mildew in the center. Even if you can’t see it, believe us, you will smell it.
Every time you wash your dreads, use a blow drier set on low heat to dry them. Or you can just allow them to dry off naturally.
Avoid tying them up, bunch them or cover them during the drying process!
Don’t use wax or butters on your dread
The biggest enemy to dreads besides bad hygiene is wax or butters. Wax and hair care products that have a butter base such as shea butter are difficult to clean out of your dreads. Therefore, they will attract lint, dust, and dirt, causing buildup. In time, it can turn white and start to smell.
Deep cleanse your locs 3 times a year
Even if you have a well-established hygiene routine, you will still have to deep cleanse your dreads two or three times per year, depending on your lifestyle and your personal needs.
The good news is that this is super easy to do. All you need to do is soak your locs in an inflatable basin filled with a solution of apple cider vinegar, water and bicarb. You will be amazed at all the dirt coming out!
Prefer a microfiber towel over cotton towel to dry your hair
It doesn’t matter how light and fluffy they are, we don’t recommend using cotton towels. Invest in a microfiber towel. The reason is that cotton towels cause friction and lead to hairs detangling from your locs.
Do regular dreadlock maintenance
When it comes to maintenance on your dreads, you have to find the right balance. If you do it too often, you run the risk of damaging your roots.
On the other hand, not performing enough maintenance leads to loose hairs that could weaken your dreads and cause them to break.
- Retwist your dreads every 4-6 weeks.
- Crochet maintenance and interlocking needs to be done every 2-3 months.
Your dreads won’t grow over night! This is the best tip we can give you. There is a reason they call it a ‘loc journey.’ But we promise it’s a beautiful one!