Nobody prepared me for the names we dread heads are called – the most common being rasta. All my life I knew rasta meant braids. I actually used to call them that until I became- well let’s just say until I learned they are braids. With my dreads and the name calling now, I am still strong in my resolve to have them until a certain point in life.
In my one of my previous posts, I talked of how great the dread head journey has been. I received a few questions (for real) on how I have managed to maintain mine especially during the first few months before they actually lock, and this is how I did it:
Before you start out, identify a good loctician
I knew I wanted to have dreads installed. At first, I wanted to have sister locks – but they are expensive to install weh! So I opted to have thin dreads, and thus began my research on the best places to have them installed. I talked to a few locticians before finally settling on one. I thought he did a good job with other dread heads and despite the high price (it was 3,500 bob), I knew it would be done well.
To date, I am always told how well my dreads look well organized – thanks to my loctician.
Know the size of the locs you want to have
Research is key. This is not one of those hairstyles you see someone looking good in and go to the loctician wanting the same thing. You have to be sure of what you want because once it is done, that’s it.
Because I had wanted sister locks but could not get them, I knew I wanted thin dreads. When you have them installed however, it is hard to know how they will turn out especially because they don’t loc immediately.
Ensure that you and your loctician are on the same page in regards to the size you want.
Regularly visit the salon
Dreadlocks go through different phases, one of them being the ugly phase where the locs just don’t seem to cooperate.
As you start out, you will definitely spend more money as you try to tame the locs before they loc. Ensure that you regularly visit the salon every 2-3 weeks for washing and retwisting of your locs. This way, they stay fresh and still look neat even in the ‘ugly’ phase.
You can have them plaited
I just did not see how I would be in the ‘ugly’ phase with the dreads and still be attractive. Hair is a woman’s crown, and bad hair just spoils it all.
To combat this phase, I plaited my hair quite a lot. I had it braided most times. I would go for a re-twist and after three weeks, have it plaited. When I undid the braids, I would go for another re-twist. This, I alternated until they turned a year. Since then, I haven’t plaited them yet.
There are various hairstyles that you can try including faux locs that work perfectly as you can have them for a longer time. Braids also do it.
Plaiting is optional. You can choose to wear your crown the best way you know how to and still look bomb while at it.
Dreads take a long time to look #goals. They require a lot of maintenance especially in the first three months, and a lot more patience throughout the journey.
You may easily get to a point where you just want them chopped. However, remember that every good thing takes time. So make the most out of the journey you are oon and enjoy every step of it.
It is not easy at first, but it gets easier with time. You will not miss your hair after the dreads loc – trust me 😉
Until next time, all my love
Today I have an announcement, rather a wish… Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there. Where would we be without you?❤