Dreadlocks have an incredibly long history. In fact, it is assumed that natural dreadlocks are one of the oldest human hairstyles, seeing as prehistoric humans didn’t have combs and how fast it is for natural hair to start to feel, it is only normal to be curious about it.
Now that you know the history and cultural associations about dreadlocks let’s dive into 10 frequently asked questions everyone wants to know about Locs
1. How long does my hair have to be before I install dreadlocks?
Your hair needs to be at least 8 cm. The longer your hair is, the easier it will be to dread and the quicker it will mature so if your hair is on the shorter side it may just need a little more maintenance before they really start to lock and tighten.
2. Can all hair types have dreadlocks?
Yes, dreadlocks can be achieved on various hair types, but the process and maintenance may vary depending on the hair’s texture and length.
3. How long does it take to grow dreadlocks?
The time it takes to grow dreadlocks varies depending on individual hair growth rates and the method used. On average, it can take several months to a year or more to achieve fully matured dreadlocks.
4. How do I maintain dreadlocks?
Dreadlocks require regular maintenance, such as washing, re-twisting (if necessary), and separating new growth. Proper maintenance helps keep the dreadlocks clean, neat, and healthy.
5. Can I wash my dreadlocks?
Yes, it’s essential to keep dreadlocks clean. Regularly washing your hair with residue-free shampoo is necessary to prevent buildup and maintain healthy scalp and hair.
6. Can I color or dye my dreadlocks?
Yes, you can color or dye your dreadlocks. However, it’s essential to use products suitable for dreadlocks and be mindful of potential damage to the hair. If you already have dreadlocks just wait until they are about 10 to 12 weeks old before colouring them. Give them a good deep clean and remove any build up by soaking them in a little shampoo and very hot water.
7. How do I prevent my dreadlocks from unraveling?
Proper maintenance, including regular re-twisting or palm rolling, will help prevent dreadlocks from unraveling. It’s also essential to avoid using excessive oils or products that may cause slippage.
8. Can I undo my dreadlocks once they are formed?
Yes, dreadlocks can be removed, but the process can be time-consuming and may cause damage to the hair. It’s essential to seek professional help to minimize hair damage. Dreadlocks, or at least the method we promote, are not a one time only hair style. They will tighten and mature over time, so if they are only a few weeks old then combing them out will be much easier than trying to comb out mature dreads. Combing them out is tedious but can be done using deep conditioners or coconut oil and a dread comb.
9. Do dreadlocks require special products?
While dreadlocks don’t necessarily need special products, some people use natural oils or special dreadlock-specific products to moisturize the hair and promote healthy growth. An important product is Wax, but it is not a critical part in the dreadlocking journey but it does offer benefits providing it is used correctly. Wax accelerates the locking process of dreads by bringing the puffy loose knots close together so they can begin to find their place in the dread.
10. How often should I re-twist my dreadlocks?
The frequency of re-twisting depends on hair growth and individual preferences. Some people re-twist every few weeks, while others prefer a more natural approach and only re-twist when necessary.
11. Can I swim with dreadlocks?
Yes, you can swim with dreadlocks, but it’s essential to rinse them thoroughly with clean water after swimming in pools or salty water to remove chlorine or salt residue. If you have baby dreads you may end up with a few loose hairs but just follow your swim with a palm roll and the occasional re crocheting where necessary. Rubber bands at the base and tips are also a good idea to keep new dreads intact and always squeeze.
Remember that caring for dreadlocks is a unique process that varies from person to person. It’s crucial to find a maintenance routine that works best for your hair type and lifestyle. If you’re new to dreadlocks, seeking advice from a professional stylist experienced in working with dreadlocks can be beneficial.
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