From Loose to Loc’d: Months 1 – 6
Hi there. Is it gel or wax in your hair? Wax is really, really bad, it holds in water which causes mold, it allows lint & dirt to stick into your dreads. If it is wax, I would read the dreaducation page on how to remove it
Q. I just got dreads a few days ago. I always thought dreads were dry, but mine are moist with dread wax and probably greasy hair. Does it stay like this, or do they become dry? And my dreads aren’t sticking together too well, they kinda look like twists – will they become better? Is there anything I can do to help them?
How to Maintain Your Dreadlocks as They Grow
You simply spin the lock until it us under enough tension to compress it while at the same time applying some dread cream directly to the dread, working it in as you twist it around and around, always to the right or "clockwise". Finally you pin, clip, or attach the dread in some manner to hold it in this twisted position while you dry it, usually with the help of a hair dryer. Take care not to over heat the hair as it will do more harm than good. Let it dry completely and sit for at least 3 hours if possible. Then you can release or un-clip the dreads. For more detailed
How Dreadlocks Work
At first, dreadlocks should be washed sparingly. Experts differ somewhat about how often to wash, but about once a week initially is the general consensus. Consider covering your entire head with a nylon stocking at this stage, and letting the soap run through to prevent damage to the fragile locks.
How to maintain the perfect Dreadlocks
Washing your hair is pretty straight forward. Soak your dreads well with water in the shower, squirt a little Dread Empire shampoo and gently work them into the dreads. Be sure to rinse out the shampoo really, really well.
Locs don’t start to actually knot for a good while; three weeks is definitely too soon for them to be loc’d. You’ll have to exercise a bit of patience over the next few months, and you’ll see them tighten up soon enough. If you started your locs just by twisting them (no teasing or other forms of knotting first), then they’ll be pretty loose at first. But they’ll tighten up soon enough.
At any point in the locking process it’s considered “normal” to have between 1″ and 3″ of loose, undreaded growth at your roots. Having at least a little bit of loose hair is even considered desirable by some. It can help to shield your scalp from the elements (cold, wind, sun, etc.) and gives the appearance of better scalp coverage especially in the case of people who may have particularly thin hair. The goods new is, though, that usually the older your dreadlocks get, the closer to your scalp they tend to lock on their own without assistance.
Loose Hair in Your Dreads
If you’re starting dreads or have even had them for a while, you have probably had this issue: stray hairs poking out of your dreadlocks, making them appear fuzzy, unkept, and messy. There are several solutions to this problem.