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The Forming And Care Of Dreadlock Hairstyles

Updated on December 8, 2011
Dreadlocks hairstyle
Dreadlocks hairstyle

In order to determine how to take care of dreadlock hairstyles, it is first important to know how they are formed. Contrary to popular belief, dreadlocks are not formed by refusing to wash your hair. That would lead to skin sores and the hair would smell rancid in very short order. The hairstyle is formed by twisting or back-combing small sections of hair. The locks may be formed naturally or by using a salon method.

Types of Natural Dreadlocks

There are two types of natural dreadlocks. The first type is the truly natural type required by certain religions. The religion-based styles require that the wearer not interfere in any way with the growth or formation of the dreads. The locks can be washed, but otherwise are not to be seen or interfered with in any way.

The other type of natural dreadlocks is what typically is meant when the public refers to natural styles. These natural dreads are started without perms or chemical formulas. They can be cut, washed, waxed, smoothed and trimmed.

Method of Forming Dreadlocks

The neglect method of forming dreadlocks is not the only method for obtaining the dreads look. Hair that is not brushed for years will eventually form dreads. They are rarely attractive, though. They simply look like large matted clumps of hair that are uneven in size. Afro hair is the most common type to form dreads with the neglect method, but some Caucasian types can be formed into dreads as well.

It is incorrect to assume that only Afro hair can be formed into nice-looking dreads. Other types of hair can be formed into dreadlocks with effort. During the first few weeks, the locks are a problem, but once this period is over, the twists of hair lock down and begin to look better.

Many home methods and substances have been recommended as a way to starting the dreads. These include everything from honey, mayonnaise, candle wax, and glue to peanut butter. Instead of using these substances that can actually damage hair and scalp, use natural products with no residues and additives to get the dreads started. Other products that claim to work on dreadlocks may only use petroleum to create shine on the hair.

If you want to enjoy dreadlocks hairstyles, you can do so by getting salon help to get it started. This hair style is easy to take care of once the dreads are started. It is actually easier on the hair than other styles that require perms, straighteners, conditioners and harsh chemicals.

How to Wash Dreadlocks

The dreadlocks should be washed just as a sponge would be washed. Soap is worked into the twists of hair and gently squeezed. Then the soap is rinsed out with plenty of clean water. Soap should be followed by conditioners for even better hair care. Clean hair actually forms into dreadlocks faster than dirty care. Shampoos, conditioners and oils all contain ingredients that prevent the formation of dreads. For this reason, it is best to use natural shampoos and hair products that leave no residue in the hair to stop it from locking up.

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