Dreadlocks are for sure one hairstyle that is not for everyone. That is for sure. If you don’t know what dreadlocks are, here’s a bit of history about them. They actually originated as a silent protest against white colonialism in Kenya by the Mau Mau’s.
It was Bob Marley, who popularized this hairstyle and made it also mainstream. He adopted this hairstyle for being an adherent of the Rastafarian religion. And thanks to him, it’s been adopted by so many people around the world and also by so many different cultures.
How do you achieve this hairstyle? Well, it doesn’t require much more than lots of patience and also dreadlocks wax. You can have them done at a salon, but be aware that probably not most places offer this service. So, it is recommended that you investigate or call ahead a visit.
Doing them at home will be eventually less expensive and also more natural. And one of the most effective ways to get them done is by backcombing your hair, whether you have straight or curly hair. And of course, it is important that you take great care of them.
Here are the following steps to achieve them at home. You start by washing your hair with clarifying residue-free shampoo. Then section your hair into squares. These squares will become your dreadlocks. Wrap your hair around your fingers in section and backcomb your hair. Then secure your dreads with rubber or elastic bands. Then apply dread wax to your dreads or roll the dreads between your hands if you don’t want to use the wax. And that’s pretty much how you do them yourself.
Now, taking care of this hairstyle and keeping it can totally be very challenging. For example, with normal hairstyles, your hair will be able to fall out of your hair… Yes, that terrible hair loss we all suffer…, and it will take away any residue it might have with it. But that doesn’t really happen with dreadlocks.
If you use the wrong shampoo, this residue can accumulate in your hair, cause mold n them and the residue also lubricates the hair, which makes hair not lock in tightly. Of course, as with normal hairstyles, it is extremely important that you wash and rinse your dreadlocks very regularly (once every three days), and you have to do it with an especially formulated shampoo that is residue-free. This shampoo will minimize itching and any possible irritation and help lock up the dread quickly and of course, make them smell good.
There are some great shampoos that are specially made for dreadlocks and are highly recommended, as they help you keep your dreads clean and locked up tighter and of course smelling good. These are Dread Head Lock Soap, Taliah Waajid Total Body Black Earth Shampoo & Herbal Conditioner, Jamaican Mango and Lime Tingle Shampoo, Dollylocks Nag Champa Liquid Shampoo, Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo, California Baby Tea Tree and Lavender Shampoo, DreadsUK – Liquid Dreadlocks Shampoo, Alaffia African Black Soap, Shea Moisture Clarifying Shampoo and Dread Empire Shampoo.