Now that you’re sporting some fresh dreadlocks, you might be wondering how you’re supposed to sleep them. Dreadlocks require special care to preserve the appearance of well-manicured “locks” rather than tangles. Sleeping on your dreads the wrong way could result in a twisted mess, and furthermore it can even dry out your hair. If you’re still scratching your head (no pun intended) trying to figure out how to sleep with dreads, keep reading for some helpful tips.
It’s important to note that new dreadlocks are more susceptible to the effects of sleeping than older, more mature dreads. When you first begin to dread your hair, there’s a greater risk for the locks becoming undone as you sleep. This is something that will naturally go away as your dreads become thicker and stronger, but in the meantime you can preserve them by taking some basic precautionary measures.
Clean Your Pillows and Sheets
Dreadlocks are like magnets for lint, dust and debris, which is why it’s a good idea to clean your bed before laying down to sleep. You don’t have to necessarily wash your sheets each and every night, but you should remove any visible lint or dust on the pillows. Doing so will ensure you wake up the following morning with a clean, lint-free head of dreads. This is easily accomplished by running a lint roller over your pillows, leaving them nice and clean.
Cover Your Dreads
Not everyone with dreads will experience this problem, but some people may go to sleep with clean dreads, only to wake up the following morning to discover they are a tangled mess. Sound familiar? If so, try wearing a hat, cap or nylon stocking to protect your dreads while you sleep. This will reduce the amount of “activity” your dreads see at nice, preserving their shape and overall appearance.
Another benefit of covering your dreads while you sleep is the simple fact that it locks in moisture. Hair dryness is one of the most common problems reported by men and women with dreadlocks. When hair loses its moisture, it becomes thinner and weaker while losing its natural luster. Sleeping with your dreads covered in a hat or cap, however, will prevent sebum (natural oils) from escaping; thus, keeping your dreads nice and moist. If you notice your dreads have too much moisture, try sleeping with your head covered one night and uncovered the next.