Thinking about growing dreadlocks? There’s no denying the fact that dreadlocks are a stylish, time-tested hairstyle that’s endured many centuries. But there are a few things you should know about how to grow healthy dreadlocks.
Avoid Retwisting Your Dreads
After braiding your hair into dreadlocks for the first time, you may feel the need to experiment with different styles. While there’s nothing wrong with this, you should limit the amount of times that you “retwist” your dreads, as this may cause the hair follicles to break and the roots to thin. Plan your dreadlocks styles in advance, retwisting no more than once every other month at most. This will keep your dreadlocks strong, healthy and vibrant.
Create a Bedtime Routine
Why do you need a bedtime routine? Well, failure to care for your dreadlocks at night may result in them drying out, which can open the doors to a whole new world of problems (e.g. dryness, color fading, etc.). Before you go to bed at night, place a cap over your head to lock in your scalp’s natural oils. Rather than allowing these oils to evaporate, the cap will keep them on your head where they moisturize your dreadlocks. You may also want to use this time to groom your dreadlocks, correcting any unwanted knots or areas of matted hair.
Don’t Shampoo Every Time You Shower
Contrary to what some people may believe, there’s really no need to wash your dreadlocks with shampoo each and every time you shower. In fact, most dermatologists recommend against daily hair shampooing, as this further strips the hair of valuable moisture and nutrients. So, how often should you wash your dreadlocks with shampoo? A good rule of thumb is to skip days between shampooing. If you wash and shampoo your hair on Monday, for instance, skip Tuesday and do it again on Wednesday. You can wait longer than two days between shampooing.
Eat More Fruits and Veggies
Remember when your mom told you to eat more fruits and vegetables? Well, she was right. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables is beneficial for a number of different reasons, one of which is the positive impact it has your hair health. Fruits and vegetables contain a plethora of beneficial nutrients and vitamins, feeding your dreadlocks with the food they need to sustain healthy growth.