Claire Mawisa’s 5 tips for looking after dreadlocks

Claire Mawisa
Claire Mawisa

Thirteen years into her locs journey, Claire says she has finally found a salon home. “I used to care for my own hair until the length made it too difficult to wash it properly at home. That's when I went in search of a salon and found Indalo Nubian Naturals (@smarty_misshair) in the Joburg CBD,” she wrote on her Instagram page.


These are my top 5 (unscientific) tips that I’ve followed in my 13-year dreadlocks journey:


1. Avoid styling the hair too often

I don't twist my hair too often. Once every 6 weeks or 2 months is fine. I do not crotchet it. I interlock when necessary. I trim weak or thinning ends often.


True Love recommends: If your hairline is fragile and weak, uwe recommend you cornrow the hair from the back to the front. This will decrease the amount of tension around the temple area, which could result in an even thinner hairline.


2. Don’t be scared to play with colour

I have coloured my hair so many times, with different dye combinations. I wouldn't be able to recreate the colour I have now. Plus my current shade has lightened after getting sunburnt.


3. Water, water, water

My hair loves water! In summer I wash my hair almost daily, and seal the moisture with a light oil. I spray my hair every morning with a water-based solution.


True Love recommends: Whether you’ve got locks or natural hair, we recommend the L.O.C method for healthy strong hair. Use a water-based product to hydrate the hair, seal the moisture in with an oil, then lock the moisture in with a cream or butter to make sure it doesn’t escape the hair shaft.




4. Invest in good products that will ensure results

I am not loyal to any brand, as long as I can get the result I want.


5. Don’t compare your hair journey

My locs can't do what yours can, and vice versa. I never go with a specific picture in mind when I get my hair styled, because I trust the stylists at Indalo Nubian Naturals to know what's best for my very thick, dense and long hair.


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