You did it! You got your new dreads and they are probably looking amazing. Here’s the thing, people don’t always tell you what to expect with your new dreads. However, some things they do tell you are things you can expect in the first year or so.
What about the first month? In reality, this is the time when you will see and feel the most change with your new hairstyle. While the long-term factors will make it clear why getting dreads is the right choice, it’s also important that you know what you can expect in the first month of your dreads too.
Yes, it’s true. With almost every aspect of beauty, there is always a bit of pain. Don’t worry too much, it won’t last more than a few days, but the process of both getting dreads and getting used to dreads will likely be uncomfortable for most.
Men usually have a harder time with the pain of getting and starting their dreads because they are not nearly as tough on their scalps as most women are growing up. It is hard to give someone permission to pull, twist, tear, and rip your hair into chunks without experiencing some uncomfortable moments.
You should also expect to be confronted with old habits. The most popular of these is the habit of running your hands through your hair. Instinctually, your hand will move to the forehead and you will try to rake your hands through your hair in the morning and it will be an awakening when your hand doesn’t move through it at all.
Instead, you are now starting new habits like flopping dreads from one side to the other, rearranging them, and throwing them out of your face. These are new habits that will take time to be built and when you are so used to running your hands through your hair, it can be a tough habit to get used to.
One of the most prominent things you will notice once you first get dreads is the frizz. Logically, this is what happens when you play with your hair or touch your hair too much and it’s magnified many, many times when you are getting dreadlocks over the course of 5-8 hours.
Frizz is something you will likely battle for most of your time with dreadlocks, but in the very beginning, it will be very obvious and a bit uncontrollable. Never fear, the frizz will be something you can come to terms with over the time in the next month or so and will subside to the usual fuzz we all have to deal with.
In addition to frizz, the volume that your dread will see is also very high. And by volume, it means that your dreads will not be lying down nicely on top of one another. In reality, for a while, they will be sticking almost straight out of your head- or so it will seem.
To combat this, first, just be patient. They are fresh and need time to sort of relearn where they should be laying. Then, using headbands, hats or other accessories will help train your dreads to lay down a bit better and will help them fall into a nice-looking dreadlock pattern.
Getting dreads for the first time can be exciting and equally intimidating. Being prepared in as many ways as possible is going to help the transition into full-time dreads as smooth as possible. There are various parts of the dreadlock experience that will be unique to you, but a little pain, reminders of old habits, frizz, and crazy volume are a few very common experiences within the first month.