The Beginners Guide to Dreadlocks Care and Maintenance

3495106274_e8c44d89bc_zThe Beginners Guide to Dreadlocks Care and Maintenance

Dreadlocks are a relatively low-maintenance hairstyle, but there are still certain things you must do to keep them healthy and mess-free. Following maintenance and care tips listed below will give you a head start on your dreadlocks.

Don’t Overdo it With Products

One of the most common mistakes men and women make with their dreadlocks is apply too much product. Excessive wax, oil or other products will result in a gunk-like buildup that lingers in your hair for ages. There’s nothing wrong with using a little bit of conditioner to soften your dreads, but keep your hair products to a minimum to preserve its natural beauty. Following the “less is more” approach will ensure healthy dreads that aren’t matted down with product.

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!

Moisturizing is essential to growing healthy, vibrant dreadlocks. When dreads don’t receive adequate moisture, they’ll dry out, leaving them prone to breakage, split-ends, frizz, and a fading. The problem, however, is that some people apply several different moisturizing products and conditioners, which as we noted above causes gunk buildup.

So, what’s the best way to moisturize your dreads? Cover your hair with a cap at night to help lock in your scalp’s natural oils. You can also check out some of our recommended products by visiting

Dealing With Stray Hairs

No matter how hard you try to prevent it, loose hair will inevitably grow outside of your dreads. This is particularly true during the first 6-12 months, as your hair is still “learning” where and how to grow. When this occurs, you have a few different options available: you guide the stray hair back into a nearby dread, cut it off with a pair of scissors, or leave it alone. Of course, the best option is to guide the loose hair back into a nearby lock, which can easily be done with a crochet hook.

Massage Your Scalp

Or have someone else do it for you. The bottom line is that you should get into the habit of having your scalp massages on a regular basis if you are trying to grow dreadlocks. Doing so will stimulate blood flow to your head, which in turn stimulates hair growth. Besides, who doesn’t enjoy getting their scalp massaged? It’s a simple and effective way to speed up the growth of your dreads while delivering blood and nutrients to your scalp.

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