Thinking about transitioning your hairstyle to dreadlocks? If you are reading this blog post, I’m assuming the answer is yes, in which case I must commend you on your decision. Dreadlocks offer the perfect balance of modern style with classic symbolism. In order to prepare for your dreads, however, you’ll need to give your scalp a little bit of TLC.
Your scalp plays an important role in the health of your hair. When it becomes irritated, so will your hair. This is why it’s important to moisturize and prepare your scalp ahead of time, before dreading your hair into locks.
Get a Massage
Once you’ve made the decision to transition your hairstyle to dreadlocks, try getting your scalp massaged at least once a week. It doesn’t have to be a professional massage from your local spa, but rather ask a friend or family member to do it. Massage will stimulate blood flow to the scalp, which in turn promotes faster hair growth (critical for dreadlocks), and helps heal injuries faster.
Wash Your Hair… But Don’t Over Do It
Hair washing should be an integral part of your regular grooming routine. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to wash your hair each and every day. On the contrary, it’s actually better to wash it once a week as this preserves some of your scalp’s natural oils. People who wash their hair everyday have a greater risk of developing dry, damaged damage. This is due to the fact that washing strips the scalp of its valuable oils. By refraining from daily washes, you’ll encourage more of these oils to remain on your scalp, moisturizing and protecting it from damage.
When you do wash your hair, be sure to conditioner it as well. A high-quality conditioner will add moisture and vitamins to both your hair and scalp, getting it ready for dreadlocks. With that said, you should avoid using conditioners that are loaded with chemicals and other synthetic ingredients, as these may further irritate your scalp.
Use a Soft-Bristle Comb/Brush
Choose your comb or brush wisely, as this will affect the health of your scalp as you prepare for dreads. Generally speaking, you should avoid hard, stiff-bristle combs and brushes and instead choose soft bristles. Hard-bristle combs are great for working out knots, but they can also irritate the scalp.