A new year is upon us and it’s been a good time to get into a groove with either thinking about getting dreads or making it one year longer with them. Whatever stage you are at, starting a new year is a great time to make sure your routines are spot on.
Washing dreads is a commonly misunderstood and distinct learning experience, especially for newbies, but also for those who have had dreads for years. Your hair is always changing and the weather, seasons, and even what you eat have an affect on how your hair grows and changes.
This is why it’s so important to start a washing routine that works for you and that you can manage easily while keeping your dreads as healthy as possible.
1. Buy the Right Products
The first aspect of starting a good washing routine is to ensure you have all the right products. If you have a high-quality plan and regimen for washing your hair but you’re lacking high-quality products, there’s no way to get ahead and your dreads will lack shine and growth. Choosing the right products comes down to your own choices, but there are thousands of articles about the key components of a good clarifying shampoo.
A good clarifying shampoo will break down the dirt and grime from your scalp and gently wash it away keeping things dry and comfortable without itching or too much oil build up. It’s essential to buy a great shampoo because then your washing routine will always be dictated by how your scalp feels and not how your dreads look. Take control over both with a great washing routine and great shampoo.
2. Build the Right Schedule
The second part of a great dreadlock washing routine is to make sure that your schedule is aligned with your hair routine. It might sound silly to create a hair routine like this but when your dreads are shiny, frizz-free, growing steadily, and your scalp feels great, it seems to make everything else a little bit better too.
To build a good schedule, start based on when you might like to wash your hair. Remember, you should only be washing your dreads a few times a week and you should never sleep with dreads. With those two things in mind, you can easily find a time that works well to ensure you have a few days in between and plenty of time for them to dry out appropriately.
3. Do Right by Your Dreads
Finally, starting this new year, do right by your dreads. This can mean a number of things depending on the person. Maybe making sure you take time each week to tighten the roots of your dreads. Or maybe it’s weaning yourself off of using wax to hold things together tightly.
Whatever the goal is for this year, do right by your dreads. They will, if they haven’t already, become a huge part of who you are and are a memorable trait when meeting new people so when you take the time and energy to keep them clean and healthy it makes a huge difference.
A new year is a great time to start building positive habits that will take you well into the next few years with great results. In addition to the resolutions you might be making for yourself this new year, be sure to make a few resolutions to make sure your dreads are the best and most beautiful versions they can be for the next 365 days.