2771866265_fe07edbc89_zWhy are My Dreadlocks so Thin?

So, you’ve made the decision to dread your hair into locks, but now you’re worried about them being too thin? Because no two people have the exact same hair, dreadlocks will naturally vary in terms of thickness. Some will be thicker and fuller, whereas others will be thinner.

Dreadlocks Shrink… at First

It’s a little-known fact that dreadlocks typically shrink when they are first created. This phenomenon occurs as a result of the knots getting tighter. When you initially twist or “dread” your hair into locks, they will appear smaller and thinner. When the shrinkage is finished , the dreadlocks should expand and thicken. So in the meantime, be patient and wait for your dreadlocks to finish shrinkage, at which point they should thicken — at least to some degree. Of course, there are other reasons why dreadlocks may appear thin, as well.

Too Much Hair Product

There’s nothing wrong with adding some gel, wax or other product to your dreadlocks. However, this is one instance in which the “less is more” mantra holds true. Applying too much product to your hair may cause the dreadlocks to clump together. Granted, this doesn’t make them any shorter or thinner physically speaking, but rather it will make them appear thinner. If you are going to use hair product, stick with a very small amount. Assuming it does not make your dreadlocks look thinner, it’s okay to use. But if it does make them look thinner, it’s best to use less of the product or stop using it altogether.

Poor Nutrition

We’ve talked about this before on our blog, but poor nutrition may also impact the thickness of your dreadlocks. Eating highly processed foods that offer little-to-no real nutritional value will restrict your hair from getting the key vitamins that it needs for healthy growth and development. Steer clear of “empty calorie” foods, focusing your diet around organic/natural foods instead. This alone will go a long ways in creating thicker, fuller dreadlocks.

Tips for Creating Thicker Dreadlocks

  • Eat a well-balanced diet consisting of lean meats, fresh vegetables, fruits, and whole grains.
  • Drink plenty of water (at least eight, 8-ounce glasses of H2O per day).
  • Ask a friend or family member to give you a scalp massage. Doing so will stimulate blood flow to the scalp, which should encourage healthier dreadlocks.
  • Keep your dreadlocks moist to prevent breakage. When dreads break, they will naturally appear thinner.
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