USE LIGHT PRODUCTS
Locked up hair is prone to buildup, as it is no longer worn loosely. Choose products that are on the lighter side to prevent this. Aloe Vera Gel, Jojoba oil, Castor oil, Grapeseed oil, Olive oil and Argan oil are all recommended.
CLARIFY YOUR HAIR OFTEN
As previously stated, locked up hair is prone to buildup, as it is no longer worn loosely so beginning a clarifying regimen is highly recommended. Clarifying shampoos can achieve this. You can also use a mixture of equal parts water and apple cider vinegar. This recipe can also be used to prevent scalp itch.
OUR TOP TIPS FOR MAINTAINING LOVELY LOCKS
MAKE SURE TO PROPERLY SHAMPOO AND DRY YOUR HAIR AT LEAST ONCE A MONTH.
This is an essential step for the maintenance of your locks. Hair should be washed every 2-3 weeks even when beginning the locking process. The water will Kink and curl your hair speeding up the locking process. Find a shampoo that does two things:
Use a clarifying shampoo that is residue free and has anti-fungal or antibacterial properties.
MAKE SURE YOUR DREADS ARE THOROUGHLY DRY AFTER WASHING
Locks kept in a wet state can become susceptible to bacterial growth and mold. After washing, Leave your locks down rather than putting them up in a style, this holds in too much moisture.
Natural sun will allow them to get a good air dry.
KEEP YOUR HAIR MOISTURIZED
For afro kinky hair, adopt a regiment of light daily moisturizer. When your hair is dry, it will be prone to breakage. Hair should feel soft to the touch. Just because you have locks doesn't mean that your hair has to feel rough and dry.
AVOID REPEATED TENSION ON YOUR LOCKS.
This usually occurs by wearing the same hairstyles over and over again (ponytails, flat twists) and frequent ret-wisting and/or interlocking maintenance.
This puts repeat tension and strain on the same locks. Generally, this results in breakage around the hairline and thinner locks at the roots.
Depending on the dreadlock method, hair should be twisted no more than every 2 -3 weeks for dreadlock twists and every 8-9 weeks for interlocking.
DON`T OVERDYE YOUR LOCKS
Don`t do it every month and only re-dye the roots.
COVER HAIR WHEN SLEEPING
Use a satin or silk fabric scarf. Covering your hair at night will do three things:
1. Keeps your hair moisturized. Cotton sheets robs your hair of its natural moisture.
2. It prevents lint. The friction of rubbing on sheets causes lint balls in your locks.
3. It prevents fuzzy hair