Natural Hair: Dreadlocks Care Routine

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Soft Shiny Dreadlocks

If you have natural hair and/or have dreadlocks, it’s best to put in place a care routine for daily maintenance of your locs. This will keep your hair in tip-top condition. Being consistent with this hair care routine will come easy within a few days.

Natural Locs Wash Routine

Before anything else, when it comes to taking care of your natural hair, washing it is one of the most important steps. Choose your shampoo carefully. Find out which shampoos are best for dreads. Keep it simple. Shampoos with natural ingredients are less harsh on your natural hair.

Use the technique you would use when washing a piece of sponge, by squeezing and releasing your hands, so that the shampoo can work its way into each strand of loc.

Get to the Root of the Dirt

When washing your dreadlocks, although massaging your scalp with your fingertips is effective, using a shampoo scalp massaging brush  is even  better. It is specifically designed to target build-up on the scalp, while increasing your scalp’s blood flow, which is great if you are looking to grow your hair longer at a faster rate.

Daily Moisturizing Tips for Dreads

Washing your  natural hair and keeping it clean is important, but also keeping it moisturized throughout the day is just as important. To prevent dry locs, use natural oils or a deep conditioner with natural organic ingredients. This will help to retain moisture, leaving your dreads feeling soft and shiny.

Protecting Your Locs During Bath Time

Another important dreadlocks hair care routine, is covering your hair with a X-Large shower cap while taking a shower/bath. Although spritzing your locs on  a daily basis is healthy, leaving your hair soaked repeatedly can cause mold or mildew to grow inside the strands of your dreads.

Although dreadlocks is still considered to be natural hair, it differs in a few ways. For example, regular natural hair is easier to dry because the strands are not intertwined like locs. Therefore, you have to make sure that while taking a bath, water doesn’t soak your hair and stays there without completely drying.

Night Time Hair Care for Natural Hair and Locs

Whether you have traditional natural hair or dreadlocks, it is recommended that you cover your hair at nights. When we sleep, a lot of us toss and turn during the night. This can cause hair breakage on the already delicate strands of hair.

Natural Hair Protective Styles for Sleep Time

Before you cover your hair, you can do a basic protective style for your natural hair or dreadlocks. This could be as simple as plaiting your hair in two or four big plaits. Don’t do them too tight because you don’t want to put any strain on the roots or the strands of your hair.

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Locs Big Plaits

 

 

Natural Remedies to Lock in Moisture in Locs

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Using natural remedies to lock in moisture in locs is the way to go, if you want your hair to look soft and beautiful. One of the worst things is when your dreads become so dry and brittle, that it starts to break. You shouldn’t wait until it reach to that point.

There are so many natural home remedies that you can use to restore or lock in moisture in your hair. This is my third year of growing dreadlocks, and I’m pleased to present you with these informative tips that I’ve learned along the way.

Knowing When Your Dreads Need Moisture

Knowing your hair and identifying when it’s lacking in moisture, is critical to the health of your locs. Some people hair requires more moisture than others. There are usually little warning signs that you should not ignore.

Can Your Locs Talk to You?

Although your hair doesn’t have a voice per se, it can talk to you, by the appearance of your locs. One of the most common telltale signs that your locs is lacking in moisture, is if they always look dry and feel stiff. That’s when you know your dreads are crying out for thirst.

Naturally Moisturizing Locs

Use a leave-in conditioner for your locs. You can’t simply choose anything that says it’s good for hair, but make sure you pick something that won’t leave build-up in your locs.

Daily Moisturizing Dreadlocks

Create a daily moisturizing routine, and be consistent with it. Your roots also needs attention. You can’t just take care of your strands of locs, but neglect the roots. The roots are where the nourishment comes from, which gives your locs the luster and softness.

Watering Your Locs Daily

When I say watering, I don’t mean that your locs should be saturated with water. Spritzing your hair is enough. Create your own natural home remedy to moisturize locs. All you need is a few inexpensive items such as an empty spray bottle, to spritz your hair daily, water, and some of your favorite natural oils.

Create Home Remedy to Moisturize Locs

With the above inexpensive items, you can make your own home remedy for dry locs. Get your natural oils, add some water to the spray bottle.

Each day when you’re ready to do your daily regimen, simply shake the bottle so that the oils and water mix together, then spray a light mist of the content from the bottle onto your dreads. After spritzing your locs, massage it into your hair, starting from the roots down to the ends.

Sealing in Moisture in Dreads

After moisturizing your locs, use oils such as jojoba oil and grapeseed oil, to seal in the moisture. Each time you wash our locs, your hair loses moisture, so this is perfect to apply after you put in your leave-in moisturizer. These oils are also great for preventing dry scalp.

Preventing Loss of Moisture

When we sleep at nights, we lose moisture from our hair. Therefore, it is best to sleep with your locs covered. It is recommended that you sleep on a silk pillow case or tie your dreads before sleeping, with a satin or silk bonnet, or headscarf. This will help your dreads retain moisture, while protecting your hair from breakage and other damages.

 

Locs Retwist – Organic Remedies for Moisture

Now it’s time to retwist your locs, but you are not sure what to use at home to trap the moisture, no worries, you are on the right page. Stick around for some of my natural organic oils and home remedies that I use to keep my locs looking soft and shiny for days.

Before I had locs, I must admit that I didn’t bother to pay attention to what I was putting in my hair. The only time I would know that something was wrong with the product I was using, was when I noticed that my hair was becoming dry and starting to break.

Fast forward to now, I have been trying to take the best care of my hair, and I can see the difference in the texture and the health of my scalp. I used to have dry itchy scalp, which was very embarrassing. Right now I don’t have any of those issues.

Best Home Remedy to Retwist Locs

When it comes to retwisting your dreads, you have to take a different approach than when you are styling traditional hair. One wrong move can leave residues or flakes in your strands of locs. Aloe Vera can be used to retwist your dreads at home, leaving it moisturized and healthy.

If you have the plant growing at home, you can simply slice it open and scrape out the gel substance that’s inside the skin. Blend or mix it with a few drops of an essential oil of your choice, a great choice is Sweet Almond Oil, to give it a nice fragrance.

Use your homemade locs moisturizer to retwist your hair. Make sure to smooth out the gel on the root of your locs so that it penetrates your hair thoroughly. After your retwist, either air dry or go under a hairdryer. Personally, I just let mine air dry.

In addition to locking in moisture in your hair, Aloe Vera is great for dry scalp, and is also known to promote hair growth, which is good for those who are trying to regrow their edges, bald spots or for general hair growth.

For those of you who don’t have the Aloe Vera readily available, don’t feel left out, you can buy Organic Aloe Vera and apply it to your locs during your retwist. You will get the same benefits as the fresh plant. During the hot summer months, using this inexpensive remedy can prevent loss of moisture, which is common during hot climates.

Another organic remedy to moisturize your locs and prevent frizzy hair, is Organic Jojoba Oil. This can be mixed with other oils before applying it to your hair. Please do not overdue  by putting too much oil at one time.

Keeping treating your locs right and they will thank you years down the road. Moisturizing them will help prevent breakage and a dry, dull look that can easily occur without proper care. I can’t wait to share more useful dread care tips with you. See you soon!