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Growing healthy dreadlocks takes time and patience.And while there are plenty of dubious ‘hair growth solutions’ out there, we prefer to stick to more natural methods – ones that are well-tested and low-risk.Here are a few of our top tips for getting happy and healthy dreadlocks that grow faster. Hopefully a few of these can work for you!
If your dreadlocks are new, your stylist has probably told you to avoid washing them for the first month or so.
Just like any other part of your body, your hair needs a steady supply of nutrients to grow and flourish.
And without a healthy flow of blood to carry those nutrients to the hair, your dreadlocks could end up starved and less able to grow.Luckily, there are loads of easy ways to improve the blood flow to your hair to keep your dreads happy. You could try:
That’s not just good hair advice – it’s good life advice.When you’re dealing with something stressful, your body creates extra adrenaline and cortisol (they’re often called ‘stress hormones’).These hormones are great for helping you to escape or resolve a stressful situation. But if you keep getting stressed over a longer period of time, your body can struggle to regulate these hormones, leading to higher levels of another hormone, DHT.DHT causes your hair follicles to shrink and enter a resting phase, where hair production slows down. And that’s something you really don’t want when you’re trying to help your dreadlocks grow faster.So if you want the best possible hair growth, do everything you can to reduce or eliminate stress from your life:Get plenty of exercise and sleep, avoid difficult people and situations, and find some time in your daily routine to relax and unwind.
There are loads of drugs and chemicals available that claim to help your hair grow faster. But there are also plenty of natural alternatives that have been used for hundreds of years.Castor oil (made from pressed castor seeds) is packed with proteins and beneficial fatty acids. It’s rich in antioxidants that support the keratin in your hair, and it has plenty of ricinoleic acid, which can help to improve blood circulation in the scalp.Unfortunately, it’s also a bit thick and sticky – so some people prefer to mix it with coconut oil to make it easier to use.But take care: some people can be allergic to some of the ingredients. So always do a quick test on a small area of skin first – and wait a day or two to see if you have any problems.
All the growth-boosting tips in the world won’t help you if your dreadlocks can’t survive once they’ve grown.You can help to protect them from damage and breakage by:
Growing any type of hair takes time and careful maintenance.But with dreadlocks, it takes even longer – so you need to be patient and fight the temptation to take risks that could damage your dreads.In particular, you should try to avoid:
Written by Michael Chapman
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