Wednesday, 3 August 2016

NEW DREADS? - What To Expect!

Want to know what you can expect from new dreads?

The early days, weeks, even months of having dreads can be, well, shall we say a little stressful…potentially?. But if you’re appropriately prepared and know what to expect then you can keep the stress levels to a minimum.

The exact specifics are going to vary from person to person, depending on the individual circumstances, but in general, what you can expect is some irritation, a fair amount of messiness... and some quizzical looks.

I recommend relaxing your hair washing routine before starting the dreads to make the transition as easy a possible, but even then it’s going to take a little while and a few washes before your head starts to get used to the dreads. Depending on the starting method used, the scalp might also be a little sore, the dreads may pull a little uncomfortably… and chances are they’re gonna be a LITTLE bit itchy as things adjust. Once you get into a regular washing rhythm, things will calm down, get more comfortable… and eventually you’ll forget what you were stressing about in the first place - it just takes some time.

Something else that takes time… and usually quite a lot of it is the maturation process. Young dreads are gonna be loose, they’re gonna be frizzy, they’re gonna be messy - those tightly locked ropes you’re after - those take months, even years to fully form. Forming dreadlocks is a process that requires time and a whole lot of patience. You can expect your roots to loosen, tips to soften and usually a whole lot of fly-aways when the dreads are young. So long as the dreads keep themselves knotted into their sections then you’ll do fine, you just need to be prepared and be patient… ignore them as best you can.

Something that's not so easy to prepare for is the attention... you're gonna get some looks and some comments... and there's not much you can do about it.

I think so long as you’ve done some research before starting your dreads and checked out some timelines to see how dreads progress then dreadlock progression is usually pretty predictable - but even with all the preparation in the world, it’s still rather different going through it for yourself.

Dumbest. Comment. EVER!

It's storytime today and I'm going to share with you what is likely the dumbest comment I've ever received.

Monday, 1 August 2016

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Moisturise Those Dreads!

Let’s talk about moisturising those dreads!

Moisturising and conditioning are not words that usually go hand in hand with forming dreads, in fact when it comes to forming dreads people often look to do the opposite and actively try and dry their hair out to help encourage knots to form. In practice it’s actually all about balance - keeping your hair in that nice sweet spot between too soft and too dry - you want the hair to be dry enough so that the knots don’t loosen, but conditioned enough that the hair doesn’t become brittle and damaged.

Everyone’s hair is different, some naturally have drier hair than others and some live in drier environments than others, but personally I tend to find that conditioning becomes more of an issue for people with older, already mature dreads. When the dreads are still forming then you’re generally just looking to keep the hair in a state that will allow the dreads to lock as fast as they can, but once your dreads are already fully locked and mature you’re more likely to feel the need to moisturise the body of the dreads so as to keep them from becoming rough and potentially brittle.

There are many ways that you can moisturise dreads, from more moisturising shampoos to applying oils directly or in soaks or sprays. Each method has it’s pros and cons - a more moisturising shampoo is usually the simplest way as you have to shampoo the hair anyway, but it will affect all the hair, including the roots and can potentially over soften the roots. Applying oils directly seems to be the most effective and targeted, but it’s easy to over do it. Oils in sprays may conversely not be effective enough and oils in soaks… well soaking isn’t always the most practical. As everyone’s hair and situation is different you’ve just got to find what balances best for you.

Personally I like sprays for a little softening and for scent, but for proper conditioning I favour Dollylocks’ Dreadlocks Conditioning Oil which is designed with this task specifically in mind.

Monday, 11 July 2016

Too OLD For Dreads!?

So recently I’ve actually come across a few people getting told that they’re too old for dreads and I had to double check as I must have missed the fine print where the age cut-off was specified, seriously. I had a message this week from a very friendly would-be dreadhead who has been deterred because she feels the window of opportunity has now passed.

Too old for dreads, what does that even mean?! On the eve of your 25th birthday you must cease and desist all forms of youthful displays of expression and adhere to a predetermined list of "age-appropriate" interests and activities?

I guess the idea that if you think you’re too old for something, then you probably are may come to mind… but don’t limit yourself based solely on what someone else thinks of it. You’re only truly too old if all your hair has fallen out!

I actually took a survey over on to find out some ages, and you’d be surprised - check the video out to see!