How I Take Care of My New Dreadlocks
After what felt like forever of debating whether or not I should get dreadlocks...whether I should do it myself or not...what size they would be...I took the leap in January of this year.
I decided that I wanted small-medium size locks and to have someone do them for me. If this was going to be something I did for long term, I wanted it done right. I found G-Spot Hair Design in Des Moines, IA that would do my locks. I was staying with our family in Des Moines at the time, so it was perfect. Hi Manny and Krista...love my locks...don't dread and drive!
Anyways, I am approaching the 2 month mark of having my dreads which can be an interesting time as your hair adjusts. I am not an expert in dreads but I have done a pretty good job in taking care of them. I went in at 5 weeks to get professional maintenance done and they seems pleased with my dreads.
How I Take Care of My New Dreadlocks
Before my dreads, I only washed my hair once a week so I kept the same schedule. If I bathe or shower at any other time, I just tie up my dreads. I use less shampoo than before and only massage the scalp. Then I rinse, rinse, rinse, and rinse some more, ensuring all my shampoo is out.
My shampoo is currently Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil with Apple Cider Vinegar and Peppermint. It is available on Amazon. I purchased it before my dreads when we moved back Stateside. I love it.
I don't use normal conditioner on my dreads. See "products" section below.
2) Palm rolling
This, I have learned, is super important to keeping your dreads "straight" and helps with the felting process. I do this to random dreads throughout the day as I find them and then all my dreads after the shower. After the shower really helps to get the water out of the dreads.
I don't use wax on my dreads. From what I have read and was told, wax can keep stuff in the dreads which can lead to that dirty dread smell that everyone seems to think comes with having dreadlocks.
Besides the shampoo, there are 2 products I use on my hair. Both are from Knotty Boy. I don't use them very much but I have them to help get a good foundation of dreadlocks going.
Knotty Boy Dreadlock Conditioning Spray
I use this when my locks are experience some frizz and need to just chill out. I have the green tea scent (naturally scented) and I love it. I only use a few sprays on my hair about 1-2 times a week.
Knotty Boy Locksteady Tropical Tightening Gel
Different than a wax this encourages locks to tighten without a wax coating. The magic is in the aloe gel. I use this only if I find a fluffy lock and then use the tiniest amount. Once I used more and I regretted it the next day.
4) Silk Pillowcase
This is actually good for all hair and your face but this keeps my locks from locking together (as in 2 or more dreadlocks forming a massive dreadlock).
5) Rock the Shit Out of Them
I am in a rural midwest town. I don't fit in to say the least and m dreadlocks are still fairly new to me. So rather than worry if they look weird or out of place, I just rock the shit out of them.
It really is pretty simple. I do less work now even with all the palm rolling and I love my hair. I mean even throwing the locks up into a messy bun looks good...which I could never do with my hair.
Little things about my locks...they are all my own hair with the exception of 4 around my face. I had baby hair up around my face and they weren't long enough so we added in some colored synthetic locks and it is seriously amazing. It was almost 4 years since my last trim (AKA my husband cutting my hair) so I have wispy ends. I wasn't planning on it, but I love them so much.
As time goes on and my locks mature, I will keep you updated if my routine changes.