You finally made the leap and got dreadlocks. As you walk out of the salon with a head full of fresh dreads, it is important to take some time to understand proper care and maintenance for your new hairstyle. If you want your dreads to continue to look fresh, it is essential to follow these tips and tricks from the San Diego dreadlock experts at The Electric Chair in Ocean Beach.
Try Not to Wash Your Hair For a Stretch After Getting Dreadlocks
We suggest that individuals try to avoid washing their hair for 2-4 weeks after getting dreads. The goal is to allow your hair to get used to having dreads and to cleanse your hair of any unnatural chemicals and substances. This may sound unsanitary to those who are used to washing their hair on an almost daily routine, but if you follow proper dreadlock preparation techniques you should be fine.
To properly prepare for dreadlocks, you need to start by cleansing the hair and head to be free of any chemicals and their residue, ending your hair’s addiction to shampoos and harsh ingredients. This gets your hair in a natural state in which it cleans itself, allowing your hair to stay fresh without having to wash it with shampoo or conditioner. Break the old habit! Make way for a new routine in which you’ll eventually be at ease with.
Avoid Wetting Your Hair for 2-4 Weeks
In a perfect world, we would ask that you avoid wetting your hair for a full month after getting dreadlocks. However, we know that can be difficult for many individuals, so at the very least we recommend 2-3 weeks without water. Water is one of the primary culprits in messing up new dreads, filling the dreadlocks up with moisture and causing them to look fluffy and unsightly. You want them tight and right!
When You Do Wash Your Dreads, Use an All-Natural Shampoo
After waiting several weeks to a month, it is finally time to wash your dreadlocks. Make sure to use an all-natural shampoo. A great choice is Dollylocks Organics, a shampoo that doesn’t contain any of the chemicals in “big box” store shampoos. Their chemicals would undo all of the work you have done in preparation for getting dreads and within the last month, causing your hair to once again become dependent on shampoo chemicals.
Prevent a Damp Smell By Mostly Keeping Dreads Dry
Avoid getting your dreads wet except when washing them or when you go swimming. Otherwise, use a shower cap when you are cleaning yourself or keep them out of water entirely. If dreads get wet they can take a very long time to dry. You want to avoid any lingering dampness that may lead to the unpleasant smell referred to as “dread funk”. No soaking your dreads in that hot tub, just soak yourself!
Only wash your dreads when you have plenty of sunshine in the hours to come. Try your best to wash them in the morning on a sunny day, allowing your dreads time to air dry. To best dry dreadlocks, use an ultra-absorbent microfiber towel to soak up most of the moisture, then go outside to naturally dry your dreads by using the sun and wind. If time is in short supply, a blowdryer will do the job.
Protect Your Dreads While You Sleep
While sleeping, protect your dreadlocks from getting squished or squashed by pulling them up behind your head. All of the tossing and turning that happens while you sleep can make the dreads start to fuzz up. Surround yourself with a little luxury and try sleeping with a silk pillowcase. Look out for loose fuzzy fibers. Keep your sleeping space nice (fuzz free). Your hair needs to be as magnetic as your personality!
Dreadlock Experts at The Electric Chair in Ocean Beach
If you are looking for more dreadlock tips, come to the San Diego dreadlock experts at The Electric Chair in Ocean Beach. We are trained in the Dollylocks dreadlock method and more traditional methods as well. Look it up. You will agree that it is an amazing style! Wear your dreads with pride and remember, dreadlocks are a symbol of the Peacekeeper. Rastafarians embrace all who wear dreadlocks and their spiritual significance. It’s more than just a hairstyle. Maintain and wear your dreads proudly and carry forth the Peacekeeper thread. If you are curious about getting dreadlocks or are looking for hair care products and tips, contact The Electric Chair today. Give us a call at (619) 223-1112.