8535486745_dc788114d5_zTips on Dreading and Tightening Your Roots

Contrary to what some people may believe, dreadlocks do require some basic maintenance to preserve their distinct “locked” appearance. Even if you’ve successfully dreaded all your hair, new hair must be dreaded as it grows from your roots. Your hair will eventually learn to grow in a semi-dreaded way, but until that it happens it will come out straight. So, what’s the best way to dread your hair at it grows?

Hair Growth

The speed at which your hair grows varies depending on a number of different factors, some of which include your age, nutrition (or lack thereof), hormones, gender, and body chemistry. With that said, the average adult’s hair will grow about half an inch per month. That’s not a huge amount by any means, but those half inches can quickly add up over the course of several months.

New Hair Growth and Dreads

When your hair grows, the new parts of the follicle will come out straight rather than wrapping around your dreads. Subsequently, this results in some of your hair being dreaded, while the rest is straight. If you want to keep a full head of dreads, you’ll have to guide newly grown hair into nearby locks.

Do I Have To Dread New Hair?

Of course not! There’s no rule – written or otherwise – stating that you must dread your new hair into locks. In fact, many men and women prefer the stylish look of loose hair. Known as “lion’s mane” or “halo,” the combination of dreaded locks atop loose hair creates unique appearance that’s not found in other hairstyles. And if you don’t like it, you can always revert back to a traditional dreadlocked look.

Guiding New Hair Into Locks

There are several different ways to guide new hair into locks, which you can read about here on our website HowToGetDreads.com, but one of the easiest techniques is to use a latch hook (similar to a crochet hook) to catch and twist it into a lock. Keep in mind that attempting this technique using a sharp needle could result in serious injury (you could accidentally stab your scalp — never a good thing). So make sure you are using a crochet-like hook with a flat/dull tip. Another method involves the use of rubber bands. Basically, you tie rubber bands around the roots, guiding it into nearby locks.

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