Thinning is a problem that occurs in people with all hair styles, including dreadlocks. Your locks may initially look full, but over time they may begin to thin out. Whether you’re a man, woman, young or old, no one enjoys the look of thinning hair. So, how do you prevent your dreads from thinning out?
The first step towards combating this problem is to find out what exactly is causing your dreads to thin. Only then can you make the necessary changes to fix it.
One possible cause of thinning dreads (or any hair for that matter) is poor nutrition. Far too many people today choose convenient processed foods over organic, nutritious foods. It might be easier to pick up a fast food burger instead of preparing and cooking a meal from scratch, but processed foods such as are often devoid of any real nutritional value. As a result, your body won’t receive the vitamins and nutrients it needs to grow full, healthy hair.
Another possible cause of thinning dreads is hormonal imbalance. If you are taking certain medications that disrupt your normal hormone levels, this could be the reason why your dreads are thinning. Hair growth and “fullness” is directly linked to hormones. If you believe this is the cause of your thinning dreads, talk with your general care practitioner for more information on hormonal imbalances and how to treat them. Assuming the problem is related to a certain type of medication, perhaps switching to an alternative medicine will fix your thinning dreads.
Like all hairstyles, dreadlocks requires some basic maintenance to preserve its appearance. Failure to give your dreads the TLC it requires may cause them to thin out. The good news is that maintaining dreadlocks is relatively easy, especially when compared to other hairstyles. As your new hair grows, you’ll need to guide it back inside a nearby lock; otherwise, it will grow outside the lock, resulting in the appearance of thinning. You can check out some of our previous blog posts here at HowToGetDreads.com for step-by-step instructions on how to maintain dreadlocks.
Even if your dreadlocks look like they are thinning out, they might be perfectly fine. Styling them the wrong way could create the perception of thinning, even though they are healthy and full. This is why you need to familiarize yourself with the different styling techniques if you want to have dreadlocks.