Dreads

I have a healthy head of 6 and a half year old dreadlocks.

i had promised to write about hair so here i am starting out with the different types of dreadlocks there are.

Free forming

These are the ones seen on Bob Marley and Rastafarians.

These come about when you do absolutely nothing to your hair. Anyone can do them even they with fine, soft hair. It’s easy on the pocket as you do not have to go for salon visits. Unfortunately it could take up to a year to form locked locs. If you are a bit of a control freak like i am, they will not work for you as they will be out of control and will be uneven.

Sisterlocks

I had to look this up and i came across this site http://www.sisterlocks.com

They say that they are formed as a result of a precision parting grid and the use of a specialised tool that places the hair into its locking formation. Typically they require a loctician. Generally they allow for more versatility when it comes to styling.

Twisting

This is the more common way of doing locs.

This is when the root of the dreads are twisted using wax into the locking formation. More people than not use this method. This style gives more control over how the dreads form. The finished work should look something like this:

As a general rule you should have your products with you.

Styling gel/wax this holds the hair together until the next wash

Leave in conditioner this keeps the hair moisturised and provides nutrients to keep it healthy

Maintainance

  • It is important to do wash your dreads as often as you want. The recommended time is 3-5 weeks to give it time to lock. Depending on your lifestyle it could be less time.
  • Twist/roll them regularly so as to prevent them from fusing together. You can twist/roll them in any direction (clockwise or anticlockwise) but maintain the direction for the as long as you have dreads.

 

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