Congratulations on your decision to get dreadlocks. Of the countless number of hairstyles out there, none of them have the same culture-rich history and appeal as dreads. However, the key to sporting attractive, healthy dreads lies in preparation.
Watch What You Eat!
Remember when your mom said, “you are what you eat?” Well, she was right. People who consume highly processed foods that have little-to-no actual nutritional value will suffer from poor health. Processed foods slow down your metabolism, suppress the immune system, interfere with the body’s hormonal balance, and it can lead to dry, thin hair — something that you want to avoid when preparing for dreadlocks.
Cut Back on Added Product
There’s nothing wrong with using some occasional hair product for added volume or texture, but you should keep it to minimum. Overuse of hair product can do more harm than good, stripping the hair of vital nutrients and moisture. This is especially true when you are trying to prepare for dreadlocks. Ideally, your hair should be as natural as possible when you initially “dread” your hair. After your hair has been dreaded, you can then use certain products, assuming they are natural and beneficial for your hair.
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Use a Qualifying Conditioner
While added hair product should be avoided or at least limited when preparing for dreadlocks, you’ll want to use a qualifying conditioner to help add volume and prevent dryness. It’s difficult to properly dread hair that’s excessively dry and dehydrated. Lack of moisture makes it susceptible to breakage and frizz, which in turn makes it difficult to dread. Problems such as this are easily avoided, however, by using a qualifying conditioner. A good conditioning product will add essential nutrients and moisture to your hair, preparing it for dreading.
Choose Your Method
Even if you don’t plan on dreading your hair right at this very moment, it’s still a good idea to choose a method. Contrary to what some people may believe, there’s no single “best” way to create dreadlocks. Crocheting, backcombing, and the “organic” method are just a few different techniques that can be used to create dreadlocks. Do your homework by researching the nuances of the different dreading methods, choosing the one that’s best suited towards your particular needs.