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Maintenance of your real dreads

Your are completely free on how, when and how often you want to maintain your real dreadlocks but I will share some of my advise with you here.

Starting from when you have your “baby” dreads installed;

Washing; after a new install I recommend to wait for 1 or 2 weeks for the first wash, however when your scalp is to itchy, you can gently wash your baby dreads. It is normal your Locs will be a little messy and more loose after washing. This is the time to start palmrolling (read about palmrolling in the next chapter).

After the first wash you can wash your Locs once a week or every other week.

Washing your Dreads more than once a week on a regular basis is not necessary. In fact it can disrupt the maturing process.

Shampooing: use a natural, residu-free shampoo, take a small amount in your hands, then gently massage your scalp with the shampoo. Make sure you go all the way down to the tips of the Dreadlocks.  It is very important to rinse the Dreads with water after shampooing. 

Drying: when you have washed your Dreads it is super important they dry thoroughly! After you have squeezed as much water as you can out of your Dreads, wrap a (microfiber) towel on your head for 30 to 60 minutes to soak the rest of the water out. Let them air dry, or use a blowdryer and set it to moderate heat.  Make sure your Dreads are dry before you go to sleep or are tied up.

It is strongly recommended not to sleep with wet dreads!

Moisturizing: the older your dreads become, the more you may find them to become drier, this is why moisturizing them is important. You can use a natural (vegetable) oil, combined with water and essential oils to it or use a (natural) product which is especially made to moisturize dreadlocks. 

I strongly recommend NOT use wax in your dreads.

Palm rolling: the first few months I recommend to palm roll your dreads regularly, at least after every washing, when the dreads are still damp. Palm rolling will speed up the drying proces, will help reduce loops and bumps, stay round shaped, prevent from getting flat and it speeds up the maturing of the locs. Excessive palmrolling can damage your dreads, 1-2 times a week (after washing) is enough.

Separating: always separate your dreads after every washing to prevent them to grow together.

Maintenance: the first maintenance I recommend to do after 2 months and after that every 3 to 4 months the first year. For healthy dreads go for your maintenance to a professional loctician. 

Maturing: real dreadlocks have a maturing proces between 8-12 months. During this proces it is completely normal that they change in size and length. During this maturing process you can choose to let them freeform (which will give the bumpy wavy look) or to palm roll them (which will give a more smooth look). 

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