Soo i thought of something, i have a lot of flaking on my scalp and its kind of annoying to try and get rid of it when u have dreads :( how about with something like a vacuum or something on a very low setting vacuum those flakes :D idont know is that stupid? would it work?

Hi!

That certainly is a creative idea! I’ve never heard of it! It’s worth a try. I don’t think it would work (because the flakes might be too small to get sucked up), but it can’t hurt to see how it goes! It could be a pleasant surprise.

Here are some in-house tips for what to do if you have flakes in your locks and want to get them out.

To rid of dandruff, you should use whatever shampoo works best. If you had a favorite shampoo from before your had locks, try that and see if it helps.

If that doesn’t work, here is some advice for cutting down dry scalp, which from my observation, seems to be the #1 cause of dandruff. 

– KJ

Hi there I look at your blog very often for tips. I have had my dreads for about a year and a half. However I am getting really nervous. I havent been able to tighten my roots for about 7 months now and I have a halo of loose hairs around my face. Besides that making me feel self conscious to begin with, I feel like I am starting to get a slight bald spot up front. Do you have any helpful tips? I need anything I can get.

Hello!

There’s not a whole bunch one can do about frizz on the top of the head. Maintaining your locks will help reduce frizz, but it won’t completely eliminate it. Here is a post by JR about that.

However, if you have a special event, you and drastically clean up your hair by twisting with aloe, pinning the twisted roots back, and letting it dry that way. The aloe will help set the hair in place. If you sleep with your head covered at night, this tidiness should last for about a week (or until your first wash), so it might be something you like.

As for your hair thinning, if you tike multivitamins and watch your diet, there’s not much else that could be done. We are not professionals though, so if it is a concern of yours, a licensed dermatologist should be able to offer the best suggestions for you.

– KJ

I have one dread that was separating so i had my friend try to help me close up the hole and they interlocked it :(…. the dread is fairly new and i was reading that the interlocked part creates a week spot and that it’ll break off… it’s only one interlock, 2 1/2 – 3 inches from the root, the dread is almost two months old… should i take it out and start over or do you think that i will be okay? the dread is fairly thin, maybe pencil width? Thank you so much!

Hello,

While interlocking is at times an appropriate way to start and maintain locks, it is not a preferred method for closing holes in locks. Crochet hooking is more effective for the job.

However, doing it once should not harm your locks. Usually improper maintenance methods need to be repeated over and over again to create dramatic long-term damage. Since your lock is only two months old, you can brush it out and start over to give you some peace of mind. but if you think it’ll be alright, you can keep it as well. It’s really up to you! 

So long as hairs weren’t snapping off or being broken, your locks shouldn’t have any problems. Interlocking tends to only work with thin locks in the first place, so take this information and make the best decision for you!

– KJ

So I have a question for KJ or any of your followers that may know the answer to this. So last week I started my loc journey again. I had them started with braids at a salon. I have more than enough hair to start them but for some reason the woman who was doing my hair braided in synthetic kinky hair. There was a bit of a language barrier so I was having a hard time understanding her. Any ideas why she did it??

Hey, congrats on starting again! That’s awesome. But you definitely have enough hair to start locs without any odd tricks; were the locs extended at all? I can see how they might have used the kinky hair to braid your natural hair to a longer state, then wrapped the braid to make it look loc-like. But I wouldn’t expect anyone to start braidlocs that way; I have a suspicion the kinky hair, because it doesn’t have any cuticles, won’t mat with your natural hair too successfully.

One potential reason I can imagine is that the kinky hair was added to make the thickness of your new growth match the braided part. Braids don’t plump up as much over time as matted hair will, so the braided ends may be narrower than the new growth that comes in. But this is just a guess! Other than that, I don’t have any ideas, but hopefully a follower will?

– KJ

Followers: Do you know of a reason why Afro kinky hair would be braided into natural hair to start locs?

I wanna put like one or two dreads in my hair cz I’m not suppose to have them for work but I figured they won’t notice one or two but how would I go about getting them?! And maintaining them and not making my whole head into a knot Thanks :D

Hello,

Basically, all you have to do is choose a starting method (I suggest backcombing, crochet hooking, twist-and-rip, or any combination thereof for your hair type), section off some squares at the nape of your neck, then start your locks! Everything else from there is simple.

Aftercare does not require much and will not affect how you wash the rest of your unlocked hair.

This won’t look silly at all; we get questions about it all the time! It is far more common than you think! We have a tag packed full of starting tips, sectioning tips, photos, and other Q&As that I suggest you read over before starting. It should answer any question you have!

If questions still remain after reading the tag, please let us know! We would love to help.

– KJ

Hii My dreads were great but about 2 mths ago some of my roots are gettin really thin and I don’t want 2 lose my dreads Help please

Hello,

Sometimes locs can become thin at the roots. This can be for several reasons.

Hormones often dictate the thickness of hair on one’s head. As some people age, hair loss can be common. This is prevalent with biologically sexed males, but it can happen to anyone regardless of sex. Stress, diet and lifestyle also contribute to hormone levels.

Another common reason for thinned loc roots is overmaintenance. Some people retwist their locs too tightly or too frequently, and the constant scalp tension causes traction alopecia. Many people with locs think traction alopecia is only for people who abuse weaves or braids, but this is false! Traction alopecia can follow improper loc care as well.

If you suspect this may be the case for you, try to retwist your locs every two weeks at most frequent. Make sure the twists aren’t too tight on your head. Some people also freeform their roots for a couple months to plump them up.

Tightly styling your hair, pulling on it frequently, or wearing it in a ponytail can also contribute to the problem.

Other than reducing sources of scalp tension and eating right (taking vitamins, too!), there’s not much that can be done to combat natural hair thinning. To keep your shin locs from falling out, you can either permanently freeform the roots or combine the thin locs together to make thicker roots.

– KJ

Hey guys. So I have stuff this off-white stuff stuck in the core of some of my dreads? It is not lint, it seems sticky and flaky. I don’t think it is mold, because it does not smell and I don’t leave my hair wet for more than a few hours. I’ve never used wax either. Could it be residue? Or dandruff/dry scalp? How can I go about getting rid of it? Thanks!

Hi,

I’m sorry to hear about your buildup problem. From the sounds of it, you certainly have something inside of your locks that shouldn’t be there! It’s hard to say what exactly it is without a photo or hands-on look, but it’s likely soap residue, dead skin, or a combination of the two. The only way to know for sure is to pick out the end of a lock with the throat of a small crochet hook or the end of a rat tail comb and take a look for yourself.

You have a few options to remove the buildup. My primary suggestion is to watch this video on buildup removal by Quotidianlight on YouTube. The second suggestion is to rinse your hair very, very well with hot water for a week or so—a pressurized shower head may help. Also try a Deep Clean.

Lastly, the only way to really get rid of it all is to brush your locks out. Of course, this is a bit of an extreme measure, so I don’t really suggest it.

If it’s skip buildup, dead skin cells aren’t harmful to your hair. They are all over your house, in your clothes, and on other places of your body. While it isn’t the most desirable thing to have in your hair, just know that it isn’t a bad thing. Everyone with locks has some number of skin cells in their hair; its unavoidable. In the future, you can prevent excess skin buildup in your new growth by managing dry scalp.

If it’s shampoo residue, then it could potentially harbor moisture and encourage mildew. But if you are careful to keep your hair dry whenever possible, it shouldn’t be too much of a problem. 

Even if you are dissatisfied with the lower parts of your locks, there is always hope for your new growth. So if you are really attached to them and don’t want to brush them out, you can just make sure your new growth comes in clean and slowly trim off the built-up ends over time.

– KJ