The Anatomy of a Dreadlock
The Essence of Dreadlocks
To understand the anatomy of a dreadlock, let us take a look first at how it starts. A single dreadlock is formed when hair is left tangled to form knots and become matted, thus “locking.” Essentially, dreadlocks are a massive amount of knots that the owner actively encourages to grow into large, tangled sections.
If you examine locs really closely, you will see that they are like ropes made with threads woven tightly and carefully together, to form a solid object. In and out, in and out.
After a lengthy amount of time spend maintaining and knotting the new hair growth together, eventually, this new hair growth will also come out tangled perfectly, joining into the pattern of the existing locs.
While certain types of hair--like naturally curly and kinky hair-- form dreadlocks easeir than others types of textures. Regardless of the hair type of hair if you choose the right method the hair will lock. For example, the Neglect Method can already be really difficult to do per se, since it involves nothing but literally neglecting your hair and this takes a long time to form knots, but this can only work well on kinky hair.
Any other hair type, like very loose curls or wavy hair, especially stick straight hair, will get very inconsistent results from the Neglect Method. Some sections will form into dreads while others will not, and will remain loose and sticking out of the mass of dreads you have created.
When going for dreadlocks, you want uniform sections of hair locking together. If you have hair that leans more towards straight, you might want to actively twist it to dreads or have it done at the salon, instead of doing the Neglect or Wool Rubbing methods.
You can twist loose hairs into the dreads by palm rolling, interlocking or twisting. This process will also encourage your new hair growth to form into tight coils once they come out. This may take a long time, but it will happen eventually. Remember that dreadlocks require your patience and dedication.
For the first few months, you will notice that your hair will form knots by the roots. This is referred to as the “budding stage.”
The “locking stage” is when your dreadlocks are already becoming more secure and not as fragile. You will still have to keep re-twisting and palm rolling to maintain the locs.
If you have straight hair, though, you may not go through the same stages, but it’s important to keep palm rolling with just the right amount of dread wax to encourage your hair to twist and lock naturally.
Basic Loc Care
Once you have your locs, make sure to take care of it with the use of the proper hair products specifically made for them. Residue buildup from fragrances and synthetic moisturizers will slowly destroy your locs, so it’s important to find something that will not leave a residue.
f your locs develop product build, be sure to use Dr. Locs Pre-Cleanse Rinse to make sure that it stays clean and free of buildup. Protect your locs when sleeping and when exercising. Avoid getting them crushed while you sleep and getting too sweaty.