If you have dreadlocks, you should have known that maintaining dreadlocks naturally by yourself requires a lot of your time and effort, patience. Maintaining dreadlocks is very different from maintaining other natural hair styles. If you are wondering whether you are maintaining your dreadlocks in the right ways or not, you can see some following methods. They may be useful for you. They include:
1. Palm Roll Your Dreads.
Palm rolling your dreads is actually a great way to keep them tight, keep them looking awesome and to maintain their shape. This is actually how you make your dreads too, of course, using a bit of wax is suggested when you are first starting out.
2. Blow Dry Your Locks.
When you get your dreads wet, the smell can be horrible if you don’t let them air dry or blow dry them. The worst thing in the world that you can do with your dreads is to pin them up in a hat while they are wet. Moisture gets trapped and that can cause a smell. Instead, blow dry them and make sure that they are super dry!
3. Never Apply Wax To Wet Hair.
If you are looking for a really sticky and hard to get out mess, absolutely apply wax to wet hair. If you want something that is going to look good and be easy to maintain, apply your wax and palm roll your dreads while the hair is super, super dry!
4. Don’t Re-twist Your Hair T00 Much.
We all like the fresh look of a re-twist, but if done too often it can start to create breakage and thinning at the root. Look around for new, chic hairstyles that you can tryout to stay in love with your hair in between re-twists, it’s the perfect time to experiment with your look.
5. Massage Your Scalp.
This is a simple action for how to maintain dreadlocks yourself naturally. Massaging your scalp can help relax your scalp and improve hair growth. Do it for about 5 minutes every night will make your dreadlocks more beautiful and healthier at the same time, help prevent your dreadlocks from drying out, releasing natural oils into our hair as well as breaking off.
6. Washing Dreadlocks.
Whenever you wash your dreads get them as dry as possible afterwards. Don’t leave them covered in such a way that they can’t dry completely. It is good practice to squeeze as much water out of them by hand as possible before wrapping them with a dry thirsty towel for about 10 min and then finally letting them air dry or drying them with a hair dryer.
7. Using Rubber-Bands.
Rubber-bands can be very useful when you are starting and maintaining dreadlocks. While putting rubber-bands on too tight can hurt your dreads, wearing them snug, to gather the hair at the roots of your dreadlocks, can help your dreads tighten faster than they normally would. Rubber-bands are also handy for keeping new dreadlocks separated.
8. Dreadlock Breakage.
Breakage is another concern because dreadlocks can get pretty heavy as they get longer. It is possible for them to break off at the root if they are not properly moisturized. If you know that your hair is prone to breakage you can help by supplementing your nutrition and if you’ve not started your dread yet you can start them a little thicker. If your dreads are thin you can keep them at a reasonable length to avoid breakage.
9. Be Patient.
This isn’t a process that will happen overnight. Locking your hair is a journey and it’s a little different for each person. Some people’s hair locs faster than others. Thicker hair tends to lock faster. The good thing is that if you nurture and take good care of your hair then the growth will come. It really will. Don’t get discouraged.
10. Wear A Band Around Your Head For Sleeping.
When you are first getting your dreads in order, it is really important to wear some type of band around your head when you sleep. Why? Well, because you don’t want to get wax all over your pillow and ruin it! Instead, wrap a thick scarf around your head to preserve your pillow!