It’s a new year now and I just had my two years locs anniversary in December. Looking back on my journey growing my dreadlocks, it’s a bittersweet moment, as I remember the different stages I have been through. I was recently looking at some photos starting from my baby locs stage to now, 2016, and I can see a huge difference in the length and thickness.
Caring For My Dreads to Make Them Thicker
One of the common problems that people encounter with their locs as it grows, is that it may tend to get thinner. This doesn’t have to be so though. Taking care of your hair and using the right hair products, can help your locs grow thicker and stronger. Here are some locs maintenance tips that I’ve been using for the past two years.
Keeping it Clean: Washing your dreads regularly is necessary in order for growth and thickness. Some people wash their hair every week or every other week. This prevents buildup of grease and dirt, which blocks the hair follicles. Also, make sure that you wash your locs thoroughly with a shampoo such as the Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Shampoo and rinse well.
Drying Your Dreads Properly: Always make sure that you dry your hair thoroughly before covering it with a head wrap or a scarf. This will prevent mildew or mold, as well bad odor.
Moisturize Your Scalp: For softer locs, moisturize your scalp with your favorite moisturizer or hair-nourishing oils to grow thicker and stronger dreads. When you’re moisturizing your scalp, take the time to massage the oils into the scalp. Don’t overdo it because you don’t want to attract dirt and grime to your hair.
Covering Your Locs at Nights: It is recommended that you sleep with your locs covered to protect them from lint, hair-loss and to retain moisture. Choose whatever you use to cover your hair at nights very carefully. It is better to use a sleep cap or scarf that doesn’t leave behind lint. If you have long dreads, try wearing spandex dreadlock skull cap at nights before sleeping.
Healthier Locs Hairstyles: As your dreadlocks starts to grow, you may want to try different trendy hairstyles. However, you may want to choose your styles carefully. Certain hairstyles can cause damage to your hairline or your roots. To learn more about how you can protect your edges and how to grow them back if you’ve already lost them, check out my blog: Disappearing Hairline – Natural Ways to Regrow Your Edges Fast.
Motivational Words For Those With Starter Locs
There will be times when you feel like giving up and just cutting them off, but don’t give in to that temptation. All the hard work that you put in will be worth it in the end. I’ve been there and felt the same way some days.
People will make remarks about your hair, but don’t let that get you down. In the end when they see your long beautiful locs, they may come to you for ideas on how to grow or care for their hair.
Always remember that nothing comes easy. If you want the best, you have to do your best. Your hair will pass through the baby locs stage, the budding stage, the frizzy stage, then transform into smooth long beautiful flowing dreadlocks.