For those of you who might still be on the fence about getting dreads, did you know you have options to help you decide if they are going to be right for you? We’ll discuss one such way in this post. Cool thing is, it’ll help you decide without taking the plunge into the deep end.
Enter: partial dreadlocks. See example below.
What Exactly Are Partial Dreadlocks?
Partial dreads are when you only loc a portion of your head, as opposed to dreading all of your hair. Dreads are placed in specific parts of your hair, while other parts of your head are left undreaded. When done well, it’s a really, really cool look!
Often, people dread all of their hair but their bangs, which they leave loose and long for a bit of textural contrast. I’ve seen other folks form dreads closer to their neckline or tucked behind their ears, while leaving the rest of their hair unlocked.
How Do I Do Partial Dreads?
The process of creating partial dreads will be the same as someone who wants a head full of dreads, except you just stop sooner. Simple as that.
As for maintaining your partial dreadlocks, they will require a different kind of process when compared to the rest of your hair. We’ll cover more maintenance detail below.
Why Would I Want Partial Dreads Anyway?
Alot of people simply do it for the sake of style. It’s cool and different. Nothing wrong with that. Or, you might consider partial dreads if you are considering dreads but cannot make yourself do your full head. This is the halfway point to test what you will think of dreadlocks and get an idea about the maintenance of them.
Some people only have one or two partial dreads and keep them in for a long time before they make a choice to go full dreads. They are going to teach you the fundamentals of what having dreads is going to be like and what kind of things are going to be necessary to care for them.
How Do I Care for Partial Dreads?
This is an important question despite the fact that you might only have one or two partial dreads done. You will notice that not only will your dreads feel different than the rest of your hair, but they will make the rest of your hair feel different too if you aren’t careful.
Partial dreads have the tendency to get attached to and dread with the hair surrounding it. This means that you should take some time every day to separate them and style each of them separately. They will also require slightly different washing methods and frequency. You’ll need to take more time to thoroughly wash and dry your dreadlocks.
With regular hair, this might not be feasible. When you are washing your regularly, non-dreaded hair, try to separate the dread, maybe wrap it in plastic, or use another technique to make sure you aren’t washing the dread as often as you are the rest of your hair, as this can cause the dread to loosen or mold if you’re not drying it adequately.
All in all, trying partial dreads are going to be one of the best methods to try if you are considering getting dreads. There are some people who just know they want dreads and are ready to commit, while others want to test the waters for many reasons. Partial dreads are a great way to see if you are ready for dreads and take a test drive with a totally awesome hairstyle without fearing regret.