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July 13th, 2012

New Growth Dreadlocks

New growth dreadlocks are part of the process when growing healthy locs and sometimes new growth can get untidy. Dreadlocks are beautiful when kept up and one of the most unique hairstyles. However, they have to be maintained so that locs will not get loose and its beauty stay the same.  If you want to save time and money, you can just do it in your own way. Retwisting locs will not cost you too much money if done yourself and the beauty of your locs will remain neat.


New growth dreadlocks are part of the process when mature dreadlocks have loc’d so if you want to keep your locs healthier its good to retwist at least 2-3 months. Remember that it does take years for your locs to mature so for beginners its recommended to retwist new growth dreadlocks at least once a month while keeping your scalp clean to avoid build-up into your locs. Its also important to keep your sections separated to avoid conjoined locs and breakage, that way you’ll have clean looking strands that are easier to maintain.

For new growth dreadlocks, you will need shampoo, nylon(Head wraps,Dreadlock Hats,Du-rag), dreadlock wax/gels(organic is preferred), rubber bands, and combs with  a fine tooth. When new growth Dreadlocks are coming in you should wash your locs at least once a week even if its just with running water. A great growing process is so important in the beginning so don’t worry about the myths, WASH your locs to keep your hair healthy and clean. Choose a good shampoo that will not ruin your the locs so avoid sulfates and chemicals that can dry out your locs. Organic olive oil shampoos should not leave any residue. Instead, it will moisturize the scalp. While shampooing massage your scalp in-between the parts and sections of your hair. Be gentle but semi-thorough so it will keep new growth dreadlocks from separating while washing them.


After washing your dreads, let them dry. Mold or build up can grow if you did not squeeze excess water out of them. Always, and I mean ALWAYS use a dark towel when towel drying your locs to avoid lint and fabrics that can get caught in your locs, which can be a hassle to get out. Dry them in the sun if you want. Because new growth dreadlocks are not well-formed, use dreadlock wax or gels to retwist and tighten them to the root. Roll them back and forth on your palm to ensure that all of them are applied with organic gel. The root of dreadlocks is very important. So, don’t forget to apply a ample amount of gel and moisturizer based on the amount of hair your have. Comb through your dreads using fine tooth combs and retwist new growth dreadlocks.  More info and videos about when to retwist locs can be found on this site if you have any concerns. Use a mirror to help you determine which new growth dreadlocks are. Instead of combs, your fingers could be an alternative in separating sections of your hair. You can place a metal clip on every section for it to be secure. Loosend dreads will be avoided. In addition, apply gel on the new growth dreadlocks to have its form stay neat. After the gel is appliead, use a blow dryer  or sit under the salon chair so that gel will be effective and harden to your locs.

People who want to have dreadlocks must know how to maintain them, New growth dreadlocks require frequent twisting unlike mature dreads. When new growth dreadlocks become mature, twisting can be done once in every four weeks if needed. Overtwisting can damage your hair and the strands of your hair will become thinner so stay out of your hair and let your new growth dreadlocks do their thing and grow.


Dreadlock Wash and Twist Tutorial

When to Retwist Locs

Locs can be formed by using different methods. Many people have used some products to maintain the rope style of the hair. Others believe that if they don’t wash their hair, its structure will remain. Learning how to make and when to retwist locs should start by making yourself ready for having dreadlocks.


Many people don’t know when to retwist locs. Like other hairstyle, dreadlocks have different style also. The two most common dreadlocks are free form and cultivated. As its name implies, free form dreadlocks don’t need anything to form it, it grows naturally. When creating free form dreadlocks, the first thing that you should do is wash your hair and let it dry in a circular manner. Separate clusters of your hair according to the size you want for your dreadlock. Don’t use a comb for it to be effective. Dreadlocks will be formed in time. On the other hand, cultivated dreadlocks are formed by twisting your separated sections of hair. It can be single twist or double twist.

Retwisting is part of dreadlock’s maintenance. It will keep your locs tight. Normally, retwisting locs are done once every three to four weeks. If you do it too often, it may damage your hair. Retwisting locs daily can make your hair thinner and strands of hair tend to break easily. When your hair adapted the nature of dreadlocking, retwisting locs are lesser. Always try to have a professional do it and try to avoid retwisting your hair on your own time(YOU know…sitting around playing with your locs , keep your fingers out of your hair!). Keep in mind you want your locs to to be healthy and maintain strong roots.

People’s hair is different. Your hair might not go with the flow. If you want dreadlocking, consult an expert on dreadlocking to guide you while you’re in the process. Retwisting locs must be done frequently if you’re in the early stage of dreadlocking.

Retwisting locs are just one of the methods in maintaining dreadlocks. Dreadlocks that are not tight must be washed once a week. Use shampoo that doesn’t include conditioner. It should be made with tea tree or coconut oil. Some shampoos can damage your hair and may prevent locs from growing. Using the shampoo, wash your dreadlocks gently until it gets into the roots of your hair. You can also use gel or dreadlocks oils to help your locs moisten and to prevent roots of hair from dying.


Nowadays, dreadlocks are not just a hairstyle but it is also a fashion statement. Maintaining dreadlocks are easy for some people who have curly hair. If you know all the methods in dreadlocking, you’ll surely find an ease on maintaining it. However, you can find many tips from the internet in retwisting locs. Apply it on your dreadlocks and follow the instructions. Retwisting locs will determine how mature and tight your dreadlocks are. If you have dreadlocks since teenage, you will find that retwisting locs doesn’t need to be too often.


Retwisting Dreads with Clips

The cheapest maintenance is retwisting dreads with clips. Clips are just one of the numerous things that you can use in maintaining dreads. Today, people who have dreadlocks also adapt retwisting them without clips. They use something else which is easy for them. Using clips is traditional for some.


Retwisting is the common method which is used by many people. In retwisting dreads with clips, you’ll have to undergo the same process. The only difference is that you will use clips instead of rubber bands or nylons. Before retwisting dreads with clips, you must buy shampoos, gels, dreadlock oils, and other organic products that you want to put in your dreads for a natural growth process. Wash your hair with shampoo. Massage your scalp and rinse it gently until the dirt is gone and your hair is now clean. Don’t wash it too hard to avoid dreads from loosen up.

Take away all the excess water from your hair. You can use towel or a blow dryer to dry it up. Twist dreads by using combs. Repeat twisting to all section of your hair. After you have twisted it with your comb, use clips to secure locs or dreads. Do it with other dreads. You can apply gel or dreadlock hair lotion on it to have a smooth texture.

Retwisting dreads with clips is the simplest way to maintain the good look of it. You can buy metal clips anywhere. They are just cheap and won’t damage your pocket. Do not buy cheap clips. It doesn’t mean that you must buy expensive clips but buy the right dreadlock clips. Some clips can damage hair and may affect the blow dryer when drying dreads.

When retwisting dreads with clips, be sure that clips are arrange correctly and may not hurt you if you use blow dryer to dry your dreads. Since clips are made of metal, it can easily heat up and could burn your hair. Aside from the damage that you will get from it, your scalp may be burned and will hurt you instantly. Also, use an appropriate gel for your dreads because there are gels that aren’t water based that stick on metals. If this happens, your dreads could break off or cause traction alopecia and balding. As said by a reader .. AVOID WAXES.


If you want to have dreadlocks, you need high amount of patience and determination. It doesn’t grow instantly. You have to wait for the right time. Maintaining it may be costly for some people but you can use other alternatives to save more money and time. Know everything first about dreadlocks for you to have an ease while you’re in the process. Retwisting dreads with clips will keep them tight and strands of hair will not separate.

Many people have different ways on retwisting dreads with clips. You can use other procedure but choose the one which will provide you an ease. Browse the internet to find easy procedure on retwisting dreads with clips or you may ask someone who has dreads. You can also consult experts about retwisting dreads with clips but this How-To Video below will give you an idea of how start doing them yourself so you’ll save time and money, Enjoy!


 How to retwist dreads



  • soaringeagle says on: August 1, 2012 at 11:56 pm


    also wax never belongs in dreads wax is the number 1 cause of dreads being cut its pure evil in dreads

  • Thembi says on: August 13, 2014 at 12:50 pm


    Hi there, i have converted my relaxed hair into dreadlocks. Its been 2mnts now.

    My question is, how long does it take for relaxed hair to lock?

    Is there any method that will make them lock quicker?


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