So you’ve been thinking about getting dreadlocks and you’re totally loving the idea. You’re already thinking of different ways you can style your dreads but what you need to know is that getting dreadlocks is quite a huge decision. It is, after all, basically permanent, so you have to really think long and hard about your decision before having them done. So before you finally decide, let’s go through a few things that you should know.
1.Your employer: Unfortunately, there are still a lot of employers out there who, consider dreadlocks as unprofessional, so it is important to think about your employer’s dress codes before getting locs.
2.Your hair’s texture: Fine hair with a loose texture usually does not do well with dreadlocks. Also are you going to be fine with having them re-twisted every 2-8 weeks? Dreadlocks take time and a lot of money to maintain.
3.Patience? The locks are not going to be perfect right after you get them done. They are going to be pretty messy at first, and it takes over a year for your locks to behave and knot together on their own. You might have to wear hats or tie scarves for a while. Meanwhile, contrary to popular belief, you can have to wash your dreadlocks and dreadlocks take a long time to dry after washing.
4.Dreadlocks are not all the same: You may look up pictures of dreadlocks on the internet thinking that that is exactly how your locks are going to be, but you can’t tell that for sure. Every person’s hair turns out very different in the same cut, and this is also the case with getting dreads. It all depends on your hair’s unique texture and thickness.
5.A stylist in your area:It’s easier to have your stylist accessible, as re-twisting, interlocking or palm-rolling locks may take hours and hours, depending on your method.
By: Dammy Eneli