Let's talk dreadlocks

By Drum Digital
17 March 2014

Although this is one of the best hairstyles that anyone can ever decide to wear, it always generates unwarranted rumours. Never has a hairstyle been so misunderstood!

If you want to grow your hair into dreads here are a few tricks to try:

1. Find a dreadlock specialist who will help you to get started. The best option is to always start off with a small afro or grown out natural hair. It'll lock easier and faster.

2. Wash the hair regularly just like any other hair. The trick is to wash the dreads just as you would wash a sponge, by working the soap in and then squeezing and rinsing repeatedly to get all the soap out. Clean hair will actually lock up faster than dirty or oily hair.

3. Avoid retwisting your hair too much as it can start to create breakage and thinning at the root.

4. Massage your sculp regularly as this stimulates hair growth. You'd be simple how the act of gently massaging your hair at night for about 5 minutes, will really help you achieve the beautiful locs you desire.

5. Practice good hair routines at night, such as moisturising the sculp and treating the roots, so that hair stays healthy. Also make sure you sleep with the correct headwrap - preferably silk.

6. Be patient as the process of locking your hair won't happen overnight. Locking and growing your hair is a personal journey and it’s different for each person.

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