People with dreadlocks

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When  you decide to get dreadlocks (lox), many people feel you can just jump in and start back-combing or whatever method you want to use. But the truth is,  you need to prepare. If you’re thinking about getting dreadlocks, there are a few things you can do right now to help your hair transition.

Prepare your Hair

First, you can get your hair ready. That means 2 things. One is to stop using conditioners on your hair. Our “Caucasian” hair is already soft, and the softer you make it by using conditioners, the slower it will be to lock up. It would be best to go without any conditioner at all for at least eight weeks.

Another important thing to do is remove all the residue from your hair. Start using a clarifying shampoo. It will get all those residues and chemicals out of your hair that other shampoos have put in, paving the way for your locks to get tighter faster. Keep using it right up until the night before you plan to start your dreadlocks.

I don’t know how this ever got started, but do not perm your hair right before getting lox.

Find a Loctitian

A loctitian is worth his or her weight in gold! Find one who knows how to work with straight hair. I think this is really important, because I started out with someone who did mostly ethnic hair. I thought she was the right choice, after all she was a dreadlocked expert, right?

Well, I was wrong. She filled my hair with wax, something that you and I don’t need in our hair. She told me to keep waxing it to make the dreadlocks tighter. I ended up with a big mess, and if my new loctitian hadn’t intervened I would’ve been stuck. It took me three non-stop days of washing and soaking in ACV to shampoo all that stuff out. Don’t make that mistake – ask around and find someone who understands your hair.

Learn All  You Can

By studying sites like this one and talking to people in forums, you can find out what you need to know. There are different methods for creating dreadlocks, for example. Which one do you plan to use?

There are various tools, too. And are you going to use a crochet hook? A latch hook? Do you have a good pointy comb for sectioning, and one for backcombing? If you assemble a kit ahead of time, you will be ready for creating lox or for any mishaps that could take place.

Here is our suggested kit for hair care and dreadlock creation.

This is my favorite shampoo – it’s not drying but it does the job. This price is half what I first paid locally.

Tea tree shampoo, for those initial itchies:

Scalp massage brush (you’ll thank me for this)

And this kit to lock up all that hair. Even if you’re having it professionally done, you’ll have those moments where you just need to tidy up some hair for a date, a wedding, or just because it’s out of control.