How do I wash my dreads?
Anytime you feel that your dreads need to be washed, just wash them. Try to not wash for at least a week or two to give them some time. After that you don't have anything to worry about when you wash – I would say every 2/3 weeks is good. Depending on your lifestyle (eg. Smoker, excercise, working environment) Washing them regularly and keeping them clean is a good thing - with my technique they will not become loose or wash out so you dont need to worry. Its a good idea to find a natural shampoo, you can buy some in the ONLINE STORE just be sure to focus on the roots with gentle massage and allow the shampoo to just run down to the tips and then rinse thoroughly.
If you swim or are in water a lot, your dreads can start smelling very funky and musty if you do not dry them out properly in the sun or with a hairdryer. Just always remember to use your common sense to keep your dreads as clean as possible. If you work in a kitchen or on a constuction site or with other smelly or dirty things, wear a hat to keep the smells and dust out.
What do I do with an itchy scalp?
An itchy scalp or dandruff is common to have at some time or another. It's normal. Try a Tea Tree based spray shampoo or anything with peppermint should help ease the itching. You should wash your dreads often and avoid the itchies.
What if I have nits or lice?
If something weird has crawled into your dreads, laid eggs and is having a party in there - don't go into denial because you're afraid you might have to chop your dreads off… DEAL WITH IT IMMEDIATELY. Lice is highly contagious and you'll give it to others - Not a good way to make friends. You should be able to save your hair if you deal with it swiftly with the appropriate medicated shampoos..
Most small lumps will work themselves out as the dreads tighten and smooth out. Bends appear if the dreads tighten really fast or are often wet (swimmers/surfers) The most permanent way is to use a crochet hook but some loops and lumps add character though.
The section and therefore the amount of hair in the dread determines how thick the dread will be. The only option you have once your dreads are made and matured is to join dreads together or add more hair to form an extension.
Palm rolling (rolling the dread back and forth between your palms) will help the body of the dreads tighten. Tighten the tips by tip rubbing. Keeping them clean and free of residues helps and washed regularly will speed up the process as well
The fastest way to tighten roots is to use the clockwise rubbing method. Keep in mind that having a few cm’s or so of straight hair at the roots is natural. When dreads are new you may have more loose hair at the roots but as the body of the dread tightens the roots will tighten much easier. The roots are always the last part of the dreadlock to dread and actually never fully dread because the hair continues to grow. Besides the root rubbing method you can also palm roll your dreads to help hair at the roots tangle and dread.
Should I loop my dreads through at the root?
Absolutely not – NOT NEVER EVER!! A lot of salons actually charge for this ridiculous method. This is a technique that is severely damaging to Caucasian or Asian hair. The dreads will start to weaken, thin and split at the root and as the dread grows you will have indents, knots and loop marks down the dread as scars from this useless method. Don’t do this ever. This is the lazy way to fix your dreads!
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