OK so I’ve been growning my dread locs for a year and a half now so far and recently I hadn’t washed it for about going on maybe 6months now and I started to notice that they only locked in the middle and one thined out and the part that broke off

recently locked leaving it thin and damaged. do you think theirs any think I could use of do to fix it and are their any natural remedies I could use to wash it and make the grow faster?

Hello, 

Please make a habit of washing your hair, unless a spiritual belief bars it. It’s especially important to wash and condition locs because our hair types are more fragile. Neglecting to do so results in extreme breakage and compromised hair health. I would definitely suggest washing your hair more regularly and conditioning it.

Unfortunately, hair breakage is permanent and cannot be reversed, so you’ll have so visit a maintenance technician to see how they can fix the thin spots. The only thing you can do from here is be preventative.

Unless you make soaps at home, there’s nothing out there that will clean your scalp of oils, so you’ll have to buy something. If you’re looking for something all-natural, vegan, fair trade, biodegradable, and with a super short ingredient list and reasonable price, Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile soaps are a good option. However, these soaps are extremely harsh and drying, so many people in the locs community shudder at name! So I would suggest other gentler shampoos over Dr. Bronner’s for you.

Washing your hair more regularly will help your stubborn loose locs knot up, and moisturizing it will help keep it from breaking.

As for natural remedies to increase hair growth, there isn’t anything that can make your hair grow faster, other than maintaining your physical and mental health. This is often best achieved through a balanced diet, regular exercise, and stress management.

Hopefully this helped, and I wish you and your hair the best,
KJ

Hello, Tomorrow I’m getting my first dreads and I’m very happy and ready for them. Is there any advice you can give me concerning my the new dreads?

Hello there. 

Please respect our askbox guidelines. Specifically:

“General tips” questions — e.g., “I’m thinking about starting locks soon. Do you have any tips before I get started?” 

Our blog is full of information, so I suggest you look around our ask page and click on the tags to the right and read over our past Q&A to gain some basic knowledge! We also have an FAQ page, a Starting Methods page, a Sectioning page, a Washing page, and many more. 

– JR

Do you think it would be safe to use chalk hair color on my platinum blonde dreads? Just curious, because i use it in my hair now and it would be pretty rad on dreads.

Hello,

Hair chalk and temporary dyes are something I’m really not sure about, to be honest. None of the admins here have ever tried it, so it’s a little bit of a ore debatable subject. To be honest, what we say here about the topic is based on conjecture and other people’s experiences, rather than hands-on experience. But I’ll try to help as much as possible!

Here is what JR has to say about hair chalking, which I agree with. I will also add that chalk is typically made out of calcium carbonate, which isn’t very soluble in water, and may therefore be more difficult to wash out. Alternate forms of chalk, such as magnesium carbonate, are also insoluble.

Here is a photo of someone with locs and hair chalk.

I have also seen someone use temporary color spray. The particular product she used is called “Jerome Russell B Wild Temp’ry Hair Color Spray.” According to Walgreens, its ingredients are simple and as follows:

Dimethyl Ether, SD 40 Ethanol, Titanium Dioxide Coated Mica, PVP, VA Copolymer, Iron Oxide

Dimethyl Ether has a low degree of water solubility. But Ethanol is extremely soluble in water.

Titanium Dioxide Coated Mica is a pigment that gives the spray its color. Titanium dioxide is insoluble in water. Mica powder is ground-up minerals. It’s difficult to say what kind of minerals constitute mica powder, because many can be used. However, since the silicate minerals used to make mica don’t dissolve when it rains, it logically follows that all mica powders are water insoluble.

PVP (aka, Polyvinylpyrrolidone) and VA Copolymer are water-soluble.

There are different molecular combinations of Iron Oxides, so it is hard to say whether this particular ingredient is water soluble.

That being said, though, many people with free-flowing hair have complained in reviews that this product “comes out too easily.” This is a good sign that it will probably wash out of your hair with ease. 

However, I still wouldn’t jump too quickly to put any of the above in your hair. Instead, I would suggest that you put in thread wraps for pops of color. You can also use synthetic locks to temporarily give your hair color, too.

I’m still on the lookout for water-soluble chemical powders to put on hair, but until then, I don’t personally endorse anything other than thread wraps and synthetic hair. We are here to give you the best advice concerning your hair health. Of course, you can do anything you want with your hair, but it’s up to your own discretion.

– KJ

I have pretty long hair, basically till my waist, and the ends are kinda dead. Do i need to cut it before dreading it?

Hi,

It’s best to start your locks with healthy hair, so I definitely recommend a trim. It will also be nice to cut your hair in particular, because excessively long hair is more difficult to set up locks with; it is very labor-intensive and time-consuming. Starting with fewer inches of hair in your case will help speed up the already-long process!

– KJ

Hey! (I love your blog by the way). So my hair is curly and at about my lower back. I am planning starting dreadlocks in the next school year. But my ends are a bit hear damaged and I’d like to cut them now is they can help my dreadlocks growing in nice and healthy just like the rest of my hair. Do your recommend cutting it due to hear damage because I’m am willing to cut my hair

Hello,

We recommend starting locks with healthy hair, so a trim would be good to do before starting. Timming your hair will help it stay moisturized and keep your split ends from traveling farther up the lock. This will be helpful if you plan to color your hair, because each hair will absorb the color evenly, and also has other benefits if you plan to brush them out in the future.

Best,
KJ

I dreaded and wrapped a piece of hair 5 months ago. It is a big, messy, defiantly not a dreadlock ball now. How can I take it out without cutting my hair?? I have other locks that locked up nicely so I don’t know what happened to this one. But please help

Hi,

You can follow the removal methods in this post:

http://dreadlockinfo.com/post/55827951457

However, if it is more like a mat, you can find more resources for removing the mat in our “mats” tag:

http://dreadlockinfo.com/tagged/mats

It will take a while to remove, but just take it slow and approach it with patience. After you brush it out, you can restart the lock.

In the future, try not to leave wraps in place for more than two weeks at a time on baby locks. Wraps disrupt the locking process and can lead to little problems like these, so it’s best to be preventative by giving your hair a breather.

– KJ

do you know of any blogs similar to yours more centered around african american locs

Hello,

There are many blogs I follow specifically about locs. However, I am not aware of one that is as information-oriented as we are. Most feature more photos than advice. Unfortunately, information-oriented blogs about locs are sparse on Tumblr, and you’re better off looking into natural hair forums and social networking groups.

Off the top of my head, there are the following on Tumblr:

  • Lovedivika — Mostly photos, but can answer questions and has a lovely YouTube channel with information.
  • Menwithlocs — Photos, bios, and care regimens.
  • IllyLussiano — A professional hair stylist who has locs and can answer questions, though that is not the focus of her blog.

This blog features photos from people of all backgrounds, and a majority of our photo queue is comprised of people of color. Despite that, a lot of our advice is geared toward straight and wavy hair, simply because those are the kinds of questions we receive, and we cannot control that.

However, as a black person myself, we are more than happy and very much able to answer locs-related questions. We would not only love to help, but it would also be beneficial to us by expanding our reach and fulfilling our mission of equal representation.

– KJ