Before getting your new dreads, you must prepare your hair correctly and get the right products.
Here are some tips to get you ready for the big day!
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Should You Wash Your Hair Less Often Before Getting New Dreads?
Preparing your hair for dreadlocks does not mean you automatically stop taking care of it.
There is misinformation circulating on the internet that you should reduce the frequency of washes before starting your dreads. We don’t recommend that.
Instead, you should frequently wash your hair before and after getting dreads.
Washing your hair less often can be unhealthy for your scalp and hair and can be responsible for dandruff and itchy scalp.
How to Prepare Your Hair Before Getting Dreads
One Month Before: Get Your Residue-free Dreadlock Shampoos and Sleeping Scarf
Once you have started dreadlocks, you will need to wash your dreads once to twice a week with a residue-free dreadlock shampoo.
Below is a selection of shampoos to use:
Order your deep cleansing shampoo. Use it to detox your dreadlocks and remove any residue or dirt once a month.
Get your durag or scarf to protect your dreadlocks from frizz and lint when you go to sleep.
The Night Before Your Appointment
You must wash your hair using your deep cleansing shampoo the night before your appointment.
Do not apply a conditioner on your hair. Doing so will make your hair more slippery, which can make it more difficult for your loctician to lock your hair.
Dry and detangle your hair thoroughly.
What to Do After Getting Dreadlocks
Once you have gotten dreads, you will need to wash your hair using residue-free dreadlock shampoo at least once or twice a week.
This article will guide on when to have your first maintenance after getting your new dreads.