So you’re now rocking your new set of dreads but what’s next? Dreadlocks take time to tighten and mature but a good maintenance routine with get them there faster.
1. Use Essential Oils.
Remember, shampooing too often strips the hair of its natural oils so be sure not to overdo it! Every other week is usually enough.
2. Strengthen & Replenish Every Day.
It’s imperative to use a good protectant on your hair daily. Coconut oil is great for rejuvenating the scalp and enhancing shine without adding weight. For weak hair, there’s nothing like castor oil to help nourish weak, fragile strands while fortifying hair with the strength it needs to grow. Or, try a dab of Jojoba oil to lubricate hair at the shaft and add maximum shine with no greasy residue.
3. Deep Condition.
Why? It helps to defend against damage and maximize shine. Don’t be afraid to veer away from store-bought brands and keep your hair care 100% natural by mixing your own deep penetrating hair conditioner. Use one part olive oil and one part honey. For deeper penetration, apply warm (microwave for 10-15 seconds) and pop on a plastic cap for 45 minutes. Be sure to shampoo out all of the mixture and use a regular conditioner afterwards.
4. Watch out for Moisture Leeches!
A word of warning: Nothing makes natural hair look as dull and dry as excessive coloring. Explore natural coloring tools such as henna. But, if you really must color, take extra care by using a replenishing moisture mask after every coloring session and don’t forget to use a leave-in conditioner every day.