Prepare hair and scalp for the dreadlocks journey.
All of your life you’ve more or less treated your hair and scalp pretty much the same way. Your scalp in particular has become accustomed to certain things, like how often it gets brushed or combed and your washing routine. To make the transition to dreadlocks smoother there are a few things you can do by preparing hair and scalp.
A general rule: If your scalp itches , wash it . Even if there is only a day or two for your planned wash. It is much better to wash it sooner, rather than to wait and put up with itching. You will have a little extra loose hair to take take care of afterwards, but not a big problem (especially if you have a Loose hair tool).
Itching: Most people experience a little bit of itching when they start their dreads . It must not be ignored . This usually means that your scalp needs stimulation, or washing. If you leave it itching too much it can lead to severe irritation. Avoid these problems by washing with residue free/ dreadlock shampoo at the first sign of persistent itching.
Dandruff: A sideeffect of brushing your hair, is that it helps the dead skin cells from your scalp to fall off or exfoliate. When you stop brushing, these skincells begin to accumulate and fall off in flakes. Regular washing and use of a Head Honcho is a great way to prevent these problems.
As you can see, our scalp is important when it comes to dreadlocks. If it freaks out on you, it will really put a stick in the wheel of your dreadlock plans. Keep the scalp happy by following these guidelines:
Decide how often you want to wash your dreads during the first month. (Every 3rd day works well for most) If possible, start to wash your hair every third day approximately two weeks before beginning your dreads. This will give your scalp a lot of time to adapt to this washing schedule and will ease the transition.
When your dreads are made, you can’t brush your hair. Therefore it is a good idea, to get the scalp used to less stimulation by touching the scalp less when you brush your hair. Do not stop brushing completely just because it is so much easier to start dreadlocks, when the hair is already tangled. Just brush without touching the scalp so much.
Some stimulation is required for your scalp to exfoliate and remain happy. Once you have dreads, stimulation of the scalp, comes in the form of washing, towel drying and the rest can be done with a little scalp massage.
One thing you definitely want to do to help prepare your hair for dreads, is to stop using conditioner at least 2 weeks prior to the commencement of dreads.
If possible you should also begin to wash your hair with a residue free / dreadlock shampoo.
These two changes will mean that the hair and scalp will not have to adapt later. It will also leave your hair in the best dread-mode when it’s time to backcomb.
If you want to be sure to have Dread Shampoo on hand for the pre- wash, you should order it 4 weeks before you start your dreads. This will give you plenty of time to get your stuff home and get any questions answered before you get started.