During the winter your dreads will need some extra TLC. People with natural hair always experience dryness of the hair and skin. Therefore, it is important to pay attention to your hair’s reaction to the cold.
In this post, I’ll give you three tips on how to care for your dreads during the winter.
One of the vital parts of having dreadlocks in the winter is to moisturize daily. My scalp is dry even through the summer. So I always try to add a light oil like Jamaican Black Castor oil.
For people who don’t suffer from dry scalp can moisturise every other day. However, as the winter is approaching, it is very important to stick to a schedule.
Moisturize Your Hair
Some people don’t add any products to the length of their dreadlocks because of fear of lint and buildup. But this step is critical, especially during the winter.
As the temperature drops, it exposes your hair to the cold. As a result, you will experience brittle locs so add natural oils to give your dreadlocks an extra layer of protection in the winter.
Essentially, what moisturising does to dreads is softened and makes your hair manageable. So, while you are out in the cold, your hair can withstand the elements. Rosewater is the perfect conditioner for your dreadlocks because of its lightweight characteristics.
Protect your Dreadlocks In the Winter
Just like you protect your hand with gloves during the winter, you should do the same for your dreads with hats. If you live in an area where the temperature drops very low, make sure you are covering your dreads with a scarf, or a hat.
Use materials that will not leave behind lint. Silk materials are the perfect choice for dreadlocks since they leave behind no residue.
Decrease Your Washing Days
There are people who avoid washing their dreads during the winter. Because wet hair attracts ice, especially if you are out in the cold. Do not attempt to air dry your dreads in the winters as it will expose your hair to dreads rot.
If your schedule requires you to wash your dreadlocks 1-2 times a week dry your dreads with a blow or hood dryer. This will ensure your locs are dry and there is no water trapped in your locs.
Decreasing your washing days will allow your dreadlocks to hold moisture and the natural oil your scalp produces.
Maintaining Your Dreadlocks In The Winter
Dreadlocks are extra frizzy during the winter because of the cold. As a result, palm rolling is an excellent way to keep your locs tidy.
However, do not palm roll your dreadlocks every day. Again, because of the cold weather, your dreads may snap off. So, try this method at least once a month until the frizz is under control.
Dreadlocks Oils For The Winter
During the winter, there are some natural oils that can provide the best remedies for brittle hair. Oils like almond increase hair growth and prevent breakage. They also contain omega- 3 fatty acid and vitamin E oil that nourish your hair and scalp.
Argan and avocado oil are the perfect alternative to coconut oil, especially in the winter. Because of their lightweight features, you can massage these oils into your hair and scalp without them weighing down your dreadlocks.
Taking additional care of your dreadlocks during the winter will protect your hair from dryness. Dry and brittle hair breaks faster and destroys the integrity of your locs.
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.