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Locticians Can Quickly Help You Grow Long Dreadlocks: 4 Simple Reasons

Updated on July 15, 2014

A loctician is really a beautician or a hairstylist that specialize in dreadlocks. At the start of your dreadlocks, locticians will groom and create "baby" dreadlocks with your hair using different techniques like free form, palm roll, Sisterlocks, the 2-strand method and much more. Locticians will also clean, wash, and style your dreadlocks, and they will continue to provide hair maintenance and service as long as you want them to. Their general goal is to help you grow your dreadlocks in a safe, fast, and effective way.

Usually your first visit with a loctician is a consultation on dreadlocks. After that, it may take a couple of visits to groom your dreadlocks into maturity. Sometimes you may need to visit your loctician two to four times a month to get the look you want in the beginning stages. With that said, to start your dreadlocks and depending on the method you choose, it may be a little more expensive to go with a loctician versus starting your own dreadlocks, but choosing a loctician is worth the splurge.

Locticians in general are very flexible with their schedules. Some work out of their own home, in a beauty salon, or both, but it's up to you in choosing what's best for you. Depending on your state's laws and regulations of operation, a loctician may or may not need a ("braiding") license or certification. It is important to choose a loctician with training and/or experience with natural hair and dreadlocks.

Here are 4 simple reasons why locticians can quickly help you grow long dreadlocks:

1. They have a wealth of knowledge about dreadlocks. Not only do locticians have a wealth of knowledge about dreadlocks but they know a lot about hair in general. That is a beneficial factor in starting your strong and healthy dreadlocks. Because of their expertise, most likely you will be educated on your hair and type, the dos and don'ts of growing dreadlocks, how to properly maintain dreadlocks and what methods work best for you.

2. They can limit or prevent damaged dreadlocks. For those who love to color and constantly use heat on the hair, locticians will properly care for and treat your dreadlocks. This is very important because though the average person could start their own dreadlocks, it is difficult to handle damaged hair when something goes wrong like a bad color application. Locticians know what products to use and they will proficiently instruct you on how to take care of your dreadlocks and prevent any future damages.

3. They can add length to your dreadlocks. When starting your dreadlocks there is a point where you have to go through the "ugly stage" and this is one of the main reasons why many people don't start dreadlocks. The "ugly stage" is when your hair is short, sticks out in every direction and just plainly have a mind of its own. Through having a loctician, you have an option to add dreadlocks extensions to your hair, therefore, adding length and skipping the "ugly stage" in starting dreadlocks.

4. They can style your dreadlocks in any way you like. There are so many hairstyles or ways to style dreadlocks. This is the part where many people that have dreadlocks quickly run out of ideas on what to do with their hair. Locticians have a plethora of resources like books, magazines and so much more that have pictures and tutorials on how to style dreadlocks. A loctician will easily style your hair and add their own creative spin to any hairstyle. It is so rewarding to see what your loctician can create and come up with when styling your dreadlocks. Remember, be clear about what styles you like and what styles you dislike.

Nevertheless, going to a loctician is not for everyone, so, don't think that you need to see a loctician to grow your dreadlocks. Anyone today can groom and grow their own dreadlocks, but... having a loctician helps increase the growing process. Locticians also will commit to the health and maturation of your hair and they will also provide you with a great experience in growing and knowing your dreadlocks. When looking for a suitable loctician, don't forget to ask many questions, get good referrals, and don't be afraid to replace your loctician if you are not satisfied with the service.

By Heather Farquharson

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    • PrincessJoy101 profile image

      PrincessJoy101 2 years ago from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

      That's so true and my point exactly, thanks for your input :)

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      Michelle Scoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA

      I have always had an interest in dreadlocks they can look great if cared for properly. I think that your recommendations of seeing someone trained and knowledgeable is best. Natural hair does need a great deal of love and attention :)

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      PrincessJoy101 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

      I love dreadlocks and having a loctician take care of my locs is a wonderful experience.