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.