Dreadlock FAQ

Preparation for Dreadlocks

Ultimativ Guide: Alt du behøver at vide før du får lavet dreadlocks

You've decided on Dreadlocks, and it's a fantastic journey you're about to embark on.

Before you can get started, there is a bit of preparation, we recommend as a starting point that the hair is at least 15 cm long. Dreadlocks in short hair will loosen and go up, creating a lot of loose hair.

However, it is possible to make short dreadlocks on the top of the head, which must be bristling if you have an undercut. Here we recommend a minimum length of 10 cm.

When the hair length is in order you can get started

First, mentally prepare yourself that dreadlocks are more of a process than a single day's work. Dreadlocks are not 'just' something you get. Dreads have ups and downs over time as they mature. Some days they look great, and other days they look pretty 'crappy'. The best thing about mature dreads is that they always look good once they've gotten this far. With mature dreads, bad hair days are over, so they are totally worth it.

 

No chemicals of any kind should be used to force the hair to dread. All products must be natural and supplement the natural dreading process. By understanding the dreading process and giving them time and care, you can create healthy and mature dreadlocks in a matter of months. The same understanding allows you to control the appearance of your dreads. There are many different styles in everything from super thin micro-dreads to massive Marley-like dreadlocks. But you are somewhat limited by your hair type and thickness, but with patience and love, you and your dreadlocks will go a long way.

This is how you practically prepare to get dreadlocks done

All your life you have more or less treated your hair and scalp in roughly the same way.

Your scalp in particular has become accustomed to certain things, such as how often your hair is brushed or combed and your washing routine. To make the transition to dreadlocks easier, there are a few things you can do:

 

A general rule: Wash your hair if your scalp itches. It is much better to wash it, even if there is no more than a day or two until your scheduled wash. But we recommend that you reduce the use of shampoo to a minimum, here you must take your scalp and its needs as a starting point. Maybe once a week is enough for you. Train your scalp to go a little longer between washes, it will love you for it.

Itching: Most people experience a little bit of itching when they start their dreads. That must not be ignored. The first time after the dreadlocks have just been made, the scalp can be irritated, and here you can use it to your advantage Rescue Tonic which soothes , adds moisture and has a cooling effect on the scalp.

If you experience itchiness after wearing your dreadlocks for a while, it usually means that your scalp needs stimulation and/or washing. If left scratching for too long, it can lead to severe irritation. Avoid this problem by washing your hair with a residue free/dreadlock shampoo at the first sign of persistent itching.

 

Dandruff : When you brush your hair, you help the dead skin cells on the scalp to fall off or exfoliate. When you stop brushing, these skin cells can start to build up and fall off in the form of flakes. Regular washing and scalp massage is a great way to prevent these problems.

 

As you can see, our scalp is important when it comes to dreadlocks. If it gives you problems in the form of dandruff or itching, it can really put a damper on your plans to have dreadlocks.

 

Keep your scalp happy by following these guidelines:

Decide how often you want to wash your dreads during the first month. Every third day works well for most people, and if possible, we recommend that you start washing your hair every three days, about two weeks before starting your dreads. This will give your scalp plenty of time to adjust to this washing routine and will ease the transition to dreadlocks.

When your dreads are made, you can't brush your hair, which is why it's also a good idea to get your scalp used to less stimulation. Brushing your hair less in the weeks leading up to starting dreadlocks will be a clear benefit for your scalp.

 

One thing you definitely want to do to prepare your hair for dreads is to stop using conditioner at least 2 weeks before starting dreads.

You should also start washing your hair with a residue free/dreadlock shampoo .

These two changes will mean that hair and scalp won't have to adjust later, leaving your hair in prime dread'e condition when it's time to toup. If you want to be sure to have d read shampoo on hand for this pre-wash, you should order it 4 weeks before you start your dreads. This will give you plenty of time to get your things home and have any questions answered before you get started.

 

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