So what exactly are dreadlocks?

Dreadlocks basically mean felted hair.

The traditional perspective is to simply let the hair grow out for months without combing it and allow the felting to happen naturally.

Professionally, a dread stylist lays down the ground work for the locks which will later still need time to felt properly until a lock is completely finished. Nowadays, reggae stars aren’t the only ones rocking the locked look.

Celebrities such as Whoopi Goldberg and Lil Wayne slay the best dreadlock looks.

Lil Wayne’s Dreadlocks

Growing Dreadlocks

You can either have them grow naturally by letting your hair grow for months without combing it or have them professionally done by a dread stylist.

There is a misconception that dreadlocks are low maintenance. Maintaining dreadlocks is very different from maintaining other hairstyles. They need to be kept clean for the locks to tighten and get better over time.

Below are some tips on caring for your dreadlocks

1. Wash Your Locs

This is by far the best way to ensure your locks are moisturized and your scalp washed out. Cleaning your dreadlocks regularly ensures any build up, excess oil or lint is removed. Your lifestyle may play a major role on how you maintain your locks.

If you workout a lot for example, you may need to wash your locks frequently.

2. Dry Your Locs Thoroughly After Washing

Hair, if not properly dried may develop a mildew smell. You can use a microfiber towel, a blow dryer or let your dreadlocks air dry.

3. Condition Your Locs

Before conditioning your hair, you may want to consider this first. Deep conditioning is not for new dreadlocks. Conditioner softens hair, and using it on starter locks can interfere with the lock development process.

You can use apple cider vinegar as an alternative.

This cleanse will leave your locks soft, conditioned and vibrant. As your locks mature it is now safe to deep condition without detangling your locks.

4. Don’t overuse oils and products

Overdoing your hair products may be tempting especially if they are of huge benefits to your hair. Locks are vulnerable to buildup if you go too hard on the products. Do not use more product than you think you need.

5. Wrap your locks at night with a bonnet or silk scarf

The last thing you want is your locks breaking off at night due to friction. Wrapping them with a silk scarf or a bonnet will protect your hair overnight just like a satin or silk pillow case, by trapping your hair’s moisture reducing its vulnerability to breakage.

Dreadlocks are not only a symbol of identity but also a way of life. Its more than just a hairstyle. They therefore need more attention than most people give to keep them healthy.