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5 Basic Tips for Healthy Dreadlocks

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In 2009, I made the big chop and started growing my dreadlocks from a very short Afro. I knew absolutely nothing about natural hair and was completely terrified about maintaining my new hair. I had so many questions, and I really couldn’t find the answers online. Today, I know those answers and more. I’ve compiled a list of a few tips that are essential for growing healthy dreadlocks—the list I wish I’d had!


This is so important especially in your beginning stages of growing locs. You want a locktician that can give you great advice and recommend healthy products. If you’re cutting off the last of your perm and going natural so that you can start locking, or if you are twisting your already natural hair, please have a real conversation about your hair objectives and your desired look with your potential new stylist prior to them twisting your hair. Make sure you feel comfortable with her or him and get a sense of how knowledgeable they really are about dreadlocks. For example, a good locktician will share small but important details like: the size of your initial twists is a good indication of the width of your final locs.

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