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How to Love Your Locks
Dreadlocks are everywhere! The hairstyle popularized by Jamaican Bob Marley among others is associated with the Rastafari movement, but people from many ethnic groups have worn dreadlocks, including many ancient Hamitic people of North Africa and East Africa. But whether you hail from Jamaica or Jacksonville, keeping your locks in good condition is important to healthy hair.
Contrary to popular belief, shampooing your locked hair will actually help dreads develop faster and tighter, with the added plus of smelling pleasant. But it’s critical that after each washing, the hair be allowed to fully dry to its core, otherwise, an odor will develop.
Also watch out for split ends as they occur frequently with dryness. You can prevent them by using a wax or butter on your dreads a few times a month. Once you have split ends you can’t repair them, they can only be cut. Split ends are a clear sign that the hair requires moisture.
If you are just starting on the ‘dread journey’ be aware that a dread can begin dreading in two parts. This creates an upside down Y shape. Sometimes this happens on it’s own and sometimes it’s a direct result of clockwise rubbing dreads with longer roots and letting the roots spread apart while you rub.
Unless you’re trying to split a large dread into two dreads you’re going to want to avoid this, here’s how:
Since it can only happen when a dread knots and locks while it’s roots are separated in two (or more) parts you have to make sure that knotting happens when the roots are all held close together. If you are clockwise rubbing this is pretty easy to do just by giving the dread one clockwise twist before you start. You’ll also use your fingers to keep all the hair concentrated in the center as much as possible as you rub.
Remember it’s also always a great investment to visit a hair care expert with experience in working with dreadlocks. Don’t rely on friends or people who might not know the best way to care for your type of hair.
And in the theme of making the most of your locks, we acknowledge Ms. Asha Mandela, a 50-year-old Atlanta resident has claimed the world record for The world’s longest dreadlocks. Known as“the Black Rapunzel,” her dreads were officially measured to be 19 feet, 6 inches long, but an unofficial measurement found one of the strands measured a whopping 55 feet, 7 inches. Wow!