If you’re thinking about dreading your hair, you’ll want to avoid making the following mistakes. While these mistakes may seem harmless enough, they can affect both the appearance and health of your dreads.
Making the Roots Too Tight
One all-too-common dreadlocks mistake is making the roots too tight. Most people tighten the roots to control frizz and maintain a clean, manicured appearance. However, tightening them too much may restrict the normal growth of hair, resulting in some stray hairs popping up outside the dreadlocks. A good rule of thumb is to tighten your dreadlocks no more than once per month, as this allows your hair to adapt to this style.
Using Too Much Shampoo and Conditioner
There’s nothing wrong with washing your dreadlocks with shampoo and conditioner. On the contrary, it’s a great way to keep them clean while enhancing them with essential vitamins and nutrients. But you should take caution of how much shampoo and conditioner you use, as this may result in a filmy layer of residue. Known as “soap residue,” this occurs when compounds in shampoo, conditioner or other hair-care products settle on your dreads to create a thin but noticeable layer. To prevent this from happening, keep your use of hair products to a minimum, especially during the early months of your dreadlocks.
Trimming Loose Hair
Although it’s easier to trim loose hair rather than trying to weave it back into a lock, doing so can come back to haunt you in the long run. After cutting the loose hair, new hair will grow to take its place. This means you’ll have full-length hair dreaded in locks, alongside stray short hairs. The combination of short and long hairs just doesn’t look right, so try to get into the habit of placing loose hairs into nearby locks rather than cutting them.
Washing Your Dreads Too Often
Yes, there is such as thing as washing your dreadlocks too often. If you habitually wash your dreads each and every night (or morning), it will cause them to dry out, leaving them vulnerable to fraying, split-ends, breakage, and other forms of damage. Washing essentially strips the natural oils from your hair and scalp, causing these problems to happen. Your dreadlocks aren’t going to dry out after just one wash, but washing them on a daily basis will eventually take a toll on your dreads.