5 Ways To Make Your Dreads Grow Faster
Nothing beats a head full of beautiful dreadlocks. But if you’re looking to sport this hairstyle, you’ll have to be patient and wait for your hair to grow. In the meantime, you can speed up the process a bit by following the tips below.
1. Massage Your Scalp to Increase Circulation
Having your scalp massaged will stimulate blood flow to your head (and your dreads), pumping nutrients to the follicles while making them grow faster. And one of the great things about scalp massages is that you can do yourself. The next time you’re sitting around the house watching TV, gently massage your scalp using your fingers. Doing this for just 5-10 minutes per day will encourage faster, healthier hair growth.
2. Keep Your Dreads Clean
Say it with me: clean dreads are happy dreads. Keep them clean by using the right shampoo, and don’t overuse heavy products (i.e. beeswax). They will loc and mature noticeably faster.
3. Take Care of Your Overall Health (DO NOT skip this one!)
Nutrition is huge. In fact, if you ignore this one, you sabotage your entire head of hair.
It’s said that your hair is a good barometer of the state of the rest of your body, so if you notice your hair is thinning, it might be a sign that things are off with your body. If your slow-growing dreads are caused by malnutrition (i.e. eating too much junk food), then a good way to help this situation is to improve your eating habits over time.
So what should you eat? I’m not going to start a gluten free/keto/vegan/vegetarian/[insert trend here] debate, because everyone is different. However, here are some general suggestions:
- fresh fruits and vegetables (eat a wide range and it’s hard to go wrong!)
- Foods rich in Omega 3 fatty acids (fish, supplements)
- Collagen powder or supplements
And here are things you should generally avoid, or at least limit:
- Junk food with high sugar content
- Fast food
The adage you are what you eat, holds true for your hair, and therefore your dreads. People who choose convenient fast food burgers over freshly cooked meals are more likely to experience problems such as slow hair growth (as well as a myriad of other issues, like skin issues, bloating, hormonal issues, etc). Hair needs vitamin and nutrients to remain healthy and grow at a normal pace, which is why it’s important to eat right.
Get a good night’s sleep.
It’s estimated that nearly half of the American population don’t get enough sleep. Sleep is important for a number of reasons: it relieves stress, wards off fatigue, improves mental clarity, supports the immune system, and encourages the growth of hair. The bottom line is that you need a minimum of seven hours of sleep per night to sustain healthy, fast-growing dreads.
4. Try Black Jamaican Castor Oil and Coconut Oil
Black Jamaican Castor oil is loaded in essential fatty acids – the good kind of fat – while coconut oil contains a plethora of beneficial vitamins. If you’re looking to speed up the growth of your dreads, try mixing a 50/50 solution of black Jamaican castor oil with coconut oil and applying it to your scalp. After leaving it in your hair for roughly half an hour, wash it out. As with anything involving your hair, it will take time to see growth, so be patient!
It’s a scientific fact: Stress activates a cascade of chemicals and hormones that effect your entire body, including your immune system and hair. Stress affects nearly every organ and system in the human body, including hair growth. When you are stressed, your body will produce an abundance of stress hormones like cortisol and epinephrine, which is believed to slow down hair growth and even cause hair to fall out in extreme cases. If you’re looking to grow dreads in less time, it’s key to keep your stress in check and learn to relax. I know, I know, easier said than done, but here’s a good place to start: throughout the day, take 2 minutes and breathe deep and slow. This signals to your body that you can relax, and kicks off a cascade of chemicals that benefit your body.
It’s important to remember that all of this takes time, so patience is required. I understand we’re in an instant gratification society, but when trying to get your dreadlocks to grow faster, it is a process. 🙂