Welcome to your new set of JAM Dreadlocks! Here are a few tips and tricks to help you along your dread journey.
BRAND NEW DREADS:
The most important thing after having your dreads done, for the first time, is to keep them dry for at least 2 weeks (longer if possible). This just ensures that your hair has the best chance to tighten and strengthen after the chemical process (the smelly part that locked your dreads).
If you pop in for a short appointment in the first 2 weeks of having your dreads we will give them a band and wax (see DREAD MAINTENANCE) free of charge, to get you set on the right track of your new dread life.
Here are a few different things you can do to keep your dreads looking great.
Waxing is the process of rolling a small amount of wax clockwise into each dread. This is a great way of keeping them smelling sweet and keeping all those nasty fly always under control. Once a fortnight for the first 6 months and then as needed after that should do the trick. DREAD IT is your go to wax product for this, nice and natural and only $25. Recommended as continuous maintenance for the life of your dreads.
Banding is the process of putting small rubber bands at the base of each dread. Bands can help the hair to dread up naturally but most importantly they help keep each dread separate as they have a tendency to join together which isn’t very healthy for your scalp. This is a service we offer at JAM called BAND AND WAX for $45-$70 (depending on the amount of hair you have). Bands can also be purchased in store for $5 per bag if you want to take care of it yourself. (Twist each dread clockwise and wrap a band around no more than 3 times making sure to include only the loose hair from that particular dread). Recommended as continuous maintenance for the life of your dreads.
Weaving and threading do this and crocheting is the process of rejoining all of the loose hair that inevitably works it way out of the dread. This is a good chemical free way of tidying your dreads up if it hasn’t been too long since your last maintenance (if you have too much regrowth a RE-DREAD may be your best option. Crocheting is $125 per hour (average time for a full head is 2-3 hours). Recommended every 4-6 months.
A Re-dread is done using the same method as crocheting but is taken a step further by winding each dread in pipe cleaners and perming them just like the first time they were done. Using this method we can sort out any regrowth and loose hair and make you feel brand new again. A Re-dread is from $450 and you are usually in the salon for about 5 hours. Recommended every 6-8 months.
Contrary to popular belief dreads (and your scalp) benefit from being clean and there are a couple great ways of doing this.
HOT TOWEL STEAM:
Heat up a damp towel or tea towel in the microwave for 2-3 minutes and then lay this over your dreads. This is like a steam clean which is great because it means your dreads and scalp get nice and fresh without getting wet (drying them can take a while). You can use this method as frequently as you like.
Shampoo is a great way of stopping any itchiness and keeping your scalp healthy. Squirt a bit of shampoo in your hand and foam it up then pat this through your scalp (what runs through your dreads when you rinse it will be all they need). We have a great really natural shampoo called THEORIE which is magic for this. Once a fortnight is a pretty good timeframe for this one.
Hopefully this information helps but if you have any other questions we are only a phone call away.
Oh one more thing…ENJOY YOUR DREADS!