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5 tips to Fabulous Dreadlocks

Updated on May 8, 2014

Starting Our Dreadlocks Right

We have all done a double take when we see a person with a beautiful set of locks. There is something to be said when we see those lovely dreadlocks hanging majestically as proof of years of love and maintenance

What does it take to get your hair house in order? Here are five simple tips to help you along your lock journey.

Make sure your hair is in its Natural Nappy state.

To create great dreads, you need to have hair that is free from any chemical processing. At least 2-3 inches of natural hair works best for forming great dreadlocs. Chemical Relaxer such as straighteners make it difficult for the dreadlock to form well and will eventually have to be cut off.

Try to Avoid the Hand In Hair Habit

Once the locks are in place, try to avoid the urge to twist and re-twist your locks to often. Too frequent handling of your new dreadlocks will cause them to thin out and break later on. It is important to some of us for our locks to look neat, but you will thank yourself in later years after your locks have formed and do not break off in your hand every time you handle your hair.

Make Sure the Size is Right!

Whether your locks are installed using braids , twists, or by teasing the hair and palm-rolling it, it is important that every part that is put in place the right size for the locks you want to sport. Parts that are put into the hair about one inch apart will normally produce pencil-sized locks.Good parts are spaced out in a brick pattern so that the locks will form to fill in the scalpy gaps in between and will create a beautiful full looking lock mane.

Wash Locs Often

It is a common myth that you cannot wash your hair when you are trying to create dreadlocks. Washing your hair actually helps the locing process and any hair regimen knows that a clean head is the foundation to a healthy head. It your locs come undone, simply retwist the ones that do not cooperate. As your locks mature, this will become less and less of an issue.

Be Patient and be Prepared for the Bad Hair Days!

Stock up on funky and cute hats or scarves for the days where your hair will not look good not matter what you do. There is an unruly unkempt period that your hair will go through when you are locking that cannot be avoided. When those days hit, a stunning head wrap or nice hat will do wonders for getting you through the day.

Finally, remember: BEAUTIFUL DREADLOCKS ARE A PROCESS. No one starts with fabulous dreads from the get go. It takes time, normally about a year, for locks form into adult dread locks.

Dredlocks is not only way to wear your hair, you may soon find that dreadlocs becomes a way of life.


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      Liv Carradine 

      6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      You give some good tips. I've had my dreadlocks for 7 years now and I have to change my care routine as they get longer and older.

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      Veronica Lewis 

      9 years ago from Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania

      I am impressed! The youtube video was surprising. I wore locks for a few years and when I saw how she gets the loose hairs together I really liked how she does that. And it would take less time than the way I used to do it. This is good if you have somewhere to go, like a job interview or meeting a new client. Of course, the best way is to wash and then use a light oil or gel to retwist the roots, but that takes a really long time. This is nice for a touch up in between washes. And the photo of the little girl is absolutely adorable. I'm still trying to decide whether to do my daughter's hair. She wants it but I'm afraid of the commitment. Thanks for a nice hub.

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      9 years ago from Florida

      Very interesting i came across 2 websites that have some great videos and information on dreadlocks that could help everyone from the looks of it check out...



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