Dreadlocks are usually considered to be amongst the most practical hairstyles, which require very low maintenance. However, if you don’t follow a proper hair care regime, and doesn’t pay attention to your new hairstyle, your dreadlocks can look dreadful. Selecting the right products for your dreadlocks, as well as following some basic tips you can keep your hair healthy and looking great. When you have dreadlocks, proper hair care is even more important in order to prevent dandruff and have a fabulous hairdo.
It is a general misconception that having dreadlocks you won’t have to wash your hair. However, it is only advisable to avoid frequent washing in the first weeks after having them done. Once your dreadlocks are fixed, you can wash them even two or three times per week. Nothing looks more disappointing than having dirty, greasy, untidy dreadlocks. Check out the following tips and learn to take good care of your new, trendy hairstyle to make a statement wherever you go.
In the first two weeks try to avoid washing your hair and when your tresses are fixed, you can wash them every 4-5 days, depending on how your scalp feels. It is very important to choose the proper hair care products that won’t undo your dreadlocks and maintain them in the best shape. Therefore the best choice is to opt for natural products, such as a shampoo with a low-lathering formula in order to avoid shampoo residues left behind in your hair.
Wash your hair carefully with lukewarm water. Do not over wash your hair, since your dreadlocks will lock up fast. One of the most important things you should pay attention to, is avoiding washing your hair with hot water, which can melt the wax that was used to secure your dreadlocks. Many people who end up with terrible looking dreadlocks are generally using the wrong shampoo, wash them too frequently and use hot water, which can completely destroy your chic hairdo. A great option would be to shop for products that are specially designed for people having dreadlocks. This way you can prevent having dandruff, and dry or itchy scalp.
If you want to condition your locks, use a natural oil, such as jojoba, olive or rosemary oil instead of a regular conditioner, which may loosen your dreads and makes them look dull. Essential oils, in contrast, will moisturize your hair, working effectively against hair breakage providing them with a nice, healthy look.
Dry your dreadlocks carefully, using a towel to gently squeeze your hair. Let your hair air dry completely, then start to twist your dreads in a twirling motion, in order to keep them in a good shape. Avoid using wax regularly, since it may build up on your hair. Massaging your scalp is a great way to promote the natural oil production of the scalp, which will keep your locks shiny and healthy. Make sure you keep your hands away from your dreads along the day, since dirt can destroy your locks. Finally, cover your dreadlocks with a satin scarf every night before going to bed. This way you can let your hair soak in the natural oils eliminated by your scalp, thus maintain the wonderful shape of your dreads for a long period of time.
Follow the above tips and take a proper care of your dreadlocks to maintain your new hairdo looking good and healthy.