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Six easy steps to add life to your dreadlocks

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Dreadlocks take time to tighten and mature but a good maintenance routine will get them there faster. Here are ways to keep your dreadlocks looking awesome.

Find a good loctician: This is essential in the early stages of growing locs. A loctician will  prescribe relevant products depending on the strength and length of your locs.

Massage your scalp and condition your dreads: Your hair needs moisture and so does your scalp. Massage your scalp as you apply a leave-in conditioner to maintain the blood circulation to the scalp. This is not only relaxing but also helps stimulate your scalp's natural oil production. The oils keep your hair soft.

Wash your hair regularly: You can keep your dreadlocks clean and conditioned by following this simple procedure: Dampen your hair and apply residue-free shampoo. Gently massage your scalp and let the shampoo soak your dreads. Rinse well and use a microfibre towel to squeeze out the extra moisture. A microfibre towel is best because it really soaks up the moisture. If you want to get your hair completely dry, invest in a bonnet hair dryer, and set it on low.

Don't re-twist your hair too much: A fresh look is great but if done too often it can cause breakage and thinning at the root.

Practice night care: Sleeping with a night scarf, especially  a silk wrap is important. Locs tend to shed a lot, and protecting your edges and your scalp is crucial. A silk night cap keeps the moisture in and protects your hair from pillow friction.

Use natural hair care products: Dreadlocks require special products which do not leave a residue or contain harsh chemicals. Look for products that contain natural ingredients as opposed to synthetic ones.

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