Common Issues With Dreadlocks
If dreadlocks are installed incorrectly, or not routinely maintained, they can experience a variety of challenges. They can have holes or gaps in the dread that cause weakspots and will eventually break. Loops can form that affect the integrity of the dread and may look ratty. Dreads can flatten and beavertail, which some people like, but if you’re not one of those people they will require a lot of palm rolling to return them to their natural round composition. New growth and broken hairs can create a frizzy halo that can get really out of hand. Luckily, all of these issues are easily avoided with regular maintenance.
For new dreads, less than a year old, it is recommended to incorporate an average of 2-4 hours of maintenance per month into your hair care routine. As your dreads mature you can get away with less, so plan to maintain more mature dreads for a few hours every 3 months or so. Maintenance includes palm rolling, crocheting in new growth and lose hairs, tightening roots, separating connected dreadlocks, and fixing any weak spots that may have formed.
Another common complaint is a flaky, itchy scalp. This can be avoided by washing 2 times a week or so, and being sure to use high quality products specifically designed for locks. Thoroughly rinsing out the product you use will also help to prevent flaking and built up residue. We suggest not applying wax unless you really understand how much to apply and what kind to use as it can easily accumulate in your hair and on your scalp and is difficult to rinse out.