Did you come to this post looking for information about how to retouch dreadlocks? If so, you are in the right place. Let’s get right to it!
How to Retouch Dreadlocks Using the Palm Rolling Technique
There are many different ways to retouch dreadlocks but one of the simplest (though it applies mostly to longer locs) is palm rolling.
I won’t say much about how to palm roll, rather watch this video to find out all you need to know about that.
How to Retouch Dreadlocks With Wax
If you specifically want to know how to retouch your dreadlocks using wax, here’s a video that shows you how to do that as well as how to wash your dreadlocks in preparation for a retwist with wax.
How to Twist Dreads Yourself
How about if you can’t or don’t want to go to a salon to retwist your locs? Is it possible to retwist your locs at home?
Absolutely. In fact, that is what I do myself.
Here is a video showing you how to do that. I use the same method but omit the hair clips.
How to Retouch Dreadlocks: Best Product for Retwisting Dreads
Now that you know how to retwist your locs, what products should you use to do this?
Here are some popular products to use for your retwist:
How to Retouch Dreadlocks with Water and Oil
When it comes to products, though, there is another school of thought: one that says skip the products all together because they cause buildup.
What would these people suggest you use instead? Simply water and oil.
Watch this video to find out more.
Ok, so what oil should you use if you choose to go the water and oil route?
Here are some natural products that Yannie (from the video above) recommends to use when retwisting your locs:
My original post:
Can I let you in on a secret? Although I absolutely love the look of dreadlocks, I don’t have the patience nor the commitment necessary to grow them.
It’s true: I’ve tried four times so far and no matter what I do, about six months into the locking process, I simply wash out my dreadlocks and do something else with my hair. (Update: I am pleased to share that I’ve now been loc-ed for more than two years. This time might just be the charm!)
Still, every so often, I decide to try again.
As you can probably infer, I am flirting with the idea right now hence this post.
Want to flirt-with-the-idea along with me?
How about it?
Today, let’s talk about dreadlocks!
First, I’ll share with you a little of what I’ve learned on my previous four dreadlock journeys, including what I know about how to twist dreads yourself and then you, by leaving a comment on this post, can share what you know about growing dreadlocks.
What’s Your Motivation?
First things first, let’s talk about the motivation to grow dreadlocks.
For those of you who sport dreadlocks (or have done so in the past), what was your main reason for beginning to grow them?
Was it simply about fashion, or did you have a deeper, more meaningful reason to start growing locs?
Aside: Dreadlocks & Rastafarianism
Dreadlocks, as we know them today, entered popular culture by way of Jamaica’s Rastafarian culture.
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For me, the very first time was because I was going through some sort of phase.
This first time, I kept it simple: I simply stopped combing my hair (among other things that I stopped doing 😆 ).
That was an interesting experiment!
On subsequent dreadlock journeys, my reasons were a little less radical.
For the most part, after that, I started to grow dreadlocks for aesthetic reasons.
Starting Your Dreadlocks
Once the decision is made, there’s the small detail of getting started. As I mentioned before, the first time I started to grow dreadlocks, I decided to use the “neglect" method.
The third and fourth times, I acquiesced to saner methods and visited a loctitian.
How about you?
How did you get your dreadlocks started?
If you’ve had the opportunity to try different methods, which do you recommend? (I recommend visiting a loctitian! 🙂 )
The first day you begin your dreadlock journey is just that—the first day of a long (gruesome) journey to getting your dreadlocks looking the way you’ve always pictured them in your mind 🙂 — so let’s talk about the process of nurturing your natural hair as it grows to form beautiful, fully-locked dreadlocks.
For those of you who have been down this road before, what was your dreadlock maintenance routine during the early months?
I’ve used both methods with varying results.
Going to a loctitian can be relatively hassle-free, but at the going rates I’ve seen in East Africa, it can be quite expensive.
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That as well as it means putting your dreadlock-fortune into the hands of someone who may not necessarily share your dreadlock vision.
What do you say?
Would you recommend maintaining dreadlocks by visiting a salon regularly, or is DIY (do it yourself) the way to go?
For those who recommend visiting a salon, do you have loctitians/salons anywhere in East Africa that you would like to recommend?
With what frequency do you recommend visiting such salons?
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How to Twist Dreads Yourself
If DIY is your preference, then let’s get to the nitty-gritty: What is/was your personal dreadlock maintenance routine?
How and when did/do you wash and retwist your dreadlocks?
Do you have any particular way in which you do this?
What products have yielded the best results for you?
Personally, I like to wash and retwist my dreadlocks once a week. (Update: This was true for my previous loc journeys, but now I only wash my locs when my hair or scalp feels dirty, or if if I my hair has to be extremely neat for some reason.)
I do this because I like the manicured look.
How about once your locs are fully locked? Did you have to change your maintenance routine then? If so, what did you do differently at this stage of your dreadlock journey?
Do you have any tips to share about how to retouch dreadlocks yourself once they are locked and longer?
That’s all I have for you today.
Now, It’s Your Turn
I’d love to hear from you!
What do you have to share about your dreadlock journey(s)? What loctitians or salons do you recommend in your city?
How about products? Maintenance routines? Tips for how to retwist locs? Styling options?
I want to hear it all.
Don’t be shy, drop me a comment below.
I look forward to hearing what you have to say!
Until the next time,
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