When clients come to 605 Dreads for a maintenance appointment, many of them haven’t done much to care for their dreads in between appointments.
This is frustrating to me, but it also means that these clients’ dreadlocks aren’t looking as great as they could all the time. It also means that sometimes the appointment with me lasts longer than it needs to because the client wasn’t doing their part at home.
So, if you have dreadlocks, please do your part to care for them between maintenance appointments. Here are my tips.
Palm Roll, Palm Roll, Palm Roll
You know those lumps and bumps that can form in your dreadlocks? Listen – those are easier to avoid than to remove.
Lumps form in the dreadlocks when the hair is locking up inside – twisting, rearranging, forming knots – so really, it’s a good thing. But not everyone likes how they look.
If you want to keep the bumps in your dreadlocks under control, palm roll them more frequently – especially after washing your hair. This will also help keep them nice and round, rather than becoming big, flat, lumps.
Pro tip: palm roll your dreads while you’re lounging around watching Netflix. ;)
Separate the Roots
As your hair loosens at the roots, you can take the time to separate the roots so that the new growth doesn’t become matted with a neighboring dreadlock.
To do this, grab each dreadlock at the roots and twist it to your scalp. Doing this every 1-2 weeks, or at least before washing your hair, will help maintain your sections so that your root maintenance doesn’t take as long at your next appointment.
Wash Your Hair
I’ve said it before; I’ll say it again. Wash your hair, friend. Check out this past blog post for everything you need to know about washing your hair with dreadlocks.
Keep Them Neat While You Sleep
Especially if you roll around a lot at night, it’s important to protect your dreads while you sleep.
You have a couple of options here – you can put your dreadlocks in a high bun or braid, or you can wear a scarf or a buff around your hair while you sleep. (Here’s what I use.)
Do Your Part in Taking Care of Your Dreadlocks
Dreadlocks are more work than many people realize, and it’s unfair to think that a loctician can fix everything if you haven’t done your part in caring for them on your own.
By incorporating these simple things into your routine, you’ll be doing your dreadlocks a big favor!
Dreadlocks in Sioux Falls
605 Dreads is the only place in South Dakota that specializes in caucasian dreadlocks. Contact me today if you’re interested in scheduling an appointment.