So, you’re thinking about getting dreadlocks? There’s no denying the fact that dreadlocks offer a stylish, low-maintenance hairstyle that’s perfect for men and women alike. While hair trends come and go throughout the years, dreadlocks have tested the hands of time. This means you can rest assured knowing that your new hairdo won’t be going out style — not anytime soon, at least. But how long exactly does it take to grow full-length dreadlocks?
You Won’t Grow Dreadlocks Overnight…
If you are looking for instant hairstyle, you should probably skip the dreadlocks because you won’t be growing them overnight. Granted, there are plenty of hairstyles out there which can be used immediately, but dreadlocks isn’t one of them. This unique hairstyle takes months to complete. The good news is that once you’ve grown them, you won’t have to do much to maintain them. You can check out some of our previous blog posts here at HowToGetDreads for additional tips and tricks on how to maintain dreads, but they basically require occasional washing and conditioning, and that’s it!
Three to Six Months
While no cases are the same, you can expect dreadlocks to reach full length within three-to-six months average. With that some, some people may achieve full-length dreadlocks sooner, especially if their hair is already long. And the rate at which your hair grows will also play a role in the time it takes to achieve full-length dreads. If your hair grows slowly, it will naturally take longer. But if your hair grows fast, you’ll achieve full-length dreadlocks in less time.
Can I Speed Up the Process
But what if you want dreadlocks NOW and not six months down the road? Well, you’ll still have to wait for your hair to grow to the proper length; however, there are some steps you can take to speed up the process. Getting — or giving yourself — a scalp massage is a simple yet effective way to stimulate hair growth. Massage works to stimulate blood flow to the scalp, supporting healthy hair growth by sending nutrient-rich blood to the scalp. Maintaining a well-balanced diet based around fresh vegetables, fruit, and lean meats may also help to speed up hair growth. Just remember to limit usage of hair products, as many hair products on the market do more harm than good.