Author: htdreads

My name is Penny Thomas, I love blogging, and the founder of HTW dreads. I had dreadlocks for the past tens years. However, I cut my hair off to grow them with natural oils and no wax. Apart from my hair, I love reading and swimming.

blowdry dreads

Blow-dryers are popular amongst people with dreadlocks when drying their hair after washing. Since they don’t want to risk getting mould or any problems associated with damp hair. There are so many ways to dry your hair, for example, people with short dreads in Summer can leave their dreads to air dry, while people with long thick dreads in Winter will have a harder time air drying their locs and this is where blow dryers come in handy. But, is it safe to use a blow-dryer on your locs? Yes, only if you use your dryer on its lowest setting.…

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twist and rip method dreads

The twist and rip method sounds scary right! Well, it’s not. No one wants to do this to their hair when hearing the name, but there is no ripping and tearing involve it’s a motion you do to your hair to have dreadlocks. Twist and Rip is a popular method and you don’t have to use any tools to achieve dreads this way. So, what is the twist and rip method for dreads? It is sectioning out your hair, twist a section, hold it tight then, take two random strands of your hair to twist and pull continuously. This method…

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dry shampoo for dreads

For those who don’t know what dry shampoo is: it is a shampoo, to spray on your dreads, that you don’t have to wash off. The idea of dry shampoo attracts many people since you can decrease wash day but, can you use dry shampoo on your dreads? NO, it’s not recommended. If you have used dry shampoo before you’ll notice it leaves a dust-like residue and clumps together the oils in your hair. People without dreads can comb out whatever buildup left behind. However, this is not the case with dreadlocks; you can’t comb through your locs so, you would experience…

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dreads balding

Balding is scary to dread heads. However, your dreadlocks are like plants as long as your roots are healthy, your dreads will continue to grow healthy. Like plants, if you damage the roots, then the leaves would deteriorate. So, do dreads cause balding? To answer that, let’s explore the factors that contribute to dreads thinning and balding. A common factor of dreads balding is ageing. There are no surprises here since many people suffer from hair loss as they get older. Natural hair loss affects dreadlocks the same way they affect non-dread hair. While you wouldn’t notice your hair shedding,…

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taking care of new dreads

Everyone wants healthy new dreads and No! It’s not that hard! Taking care of new dreads is stressful, but be patient! Because your dreads will look the way you want soon. Here I’ll give you some easy tips that can help you take care of new dreads. One of the most important things you can do for your dreads is to moisturize. Locs are like a plant, and you can’t expect a plant to grow on dry sand. So you want to keep your hair and scalp moisturized. Oils like natural coconut and Olive oils will protect your dreads. Also,…

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palm rolling dreads

Palm rolling your dreadlocks is placing the dread at the bottom of your palm and rubbing it back and forth. This is one of the best methods to smooth out bumps and loose hairs in your dread. While some people prefer palm rolling wet dread others palm roll dry dreads. It’s the perfect technique for beginners, however, don’t over roll your hair, For example, if you tighten up your locs every two months don’t do this method. Instead, try the twist technique to tighten the roots, and every other two months return to palm rolling to train your locks. When…

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dreads bun

The two-strand twist is a popular method to grow starter locs and a beautiful style to use after retwisting. It’s so easy to do; you can do these twist at home. It involves taking two strands of your hair and twisting them together and is excellent for short and long natural black hair. Like the coil, method two-strand is ideal for black hair and varies from small to thick twist according to the client. So, what to expect with the two strand twist, well for one, the unraveling. You may experience unraveling on wash day or sleeping without a head…

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freeform dreads

Natural dreads, commonly known as freeform dreads, is unique. They are easy to identify and low maintenance. While they are the cheapest to achieve, Freeform dreads involves little to no manipulation and grow and shape naturally. People with straight hair, who want to achieve freeform dreads without manipulating their locs, should start with long hair since they dread faster and don’t unravel as much. Plus, long straight hair will compact to create that freeform look while natural black hair will dread no matter its length. Washing Freeform Dreads A clean set of dreads is healthy; however, don’t wash your hair…

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dreads oils

When you think of oils for your dreadlocks, natural oils should be the only oils that come to mind. These include natural coconut, olive, and Jamaican Castro oil. I can’t tell you not to put unnatural products in your hair. However, I can try to convince you not to. Products such as locking gel or locking cream will only cause buildup, leaving dreads thin and dense. When using products that are meant for natural loose hair, unlike undreaded hair, you can’t comb out your locs, so whatever you put in your dreads, stays there and it’s not easily washed off.…

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how to wash dreadlocks

This is a common question asked during the starter dreads stage. Contrary to popular belief, you can wash your hair once a week. However, some people wait until their one-month mark to shampoo their locs, and this depends on the person. So, How often should you wash your dreadlocks- this range from one week to a month is the appropriate window to wash your dreads. If you are using products in your dreadlocks, then you will experience product build-up, and it’s essential to maintain clean and healthy locks for growth. There are no simple wash and go with dreads; however,…

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