Tightening Your Dreads: What to Look For in a Hair Salon

Posted on: 13 April 2017

When you have dreadlocks in your hair, the way you care for them greatly impacts how well they look when you style it. Every few months, you will need to have your dreads tightened, especially at the roots where the hair is in its natural state. When you tighten your locks, you pull in stray hairs that create static, keep your dreads in a more uniform, round shape, and get rid of kinks and pulled pieces that can take away from your look. You will likely be tightening your dreads a few times a year to keep them looking amazing. When choosing a hair salon to tend to your style, here are qualities to look for.

Experience in natural dreads

You want to choose a hair salon that has experience with both natural and synthetic dreads. Whether you have ethnic hair or straight hair, a specialist who understands how to repair existing dreads is key to getting great results. Some salon experts recommend adding synthetic pieces to your normal dreads to add length and volume depending on what you want the end results to be. If you do not have ethnic hair, then you want to find a salon who has stylists who are familiar with the common maladies less-textured dreads can experience, such as fly-aways, knots, and pieces that have grown into each other for a 'beaver tail' appearance so they can treat your hair and give you great results.

Selection of hair products

It's important to only use products that contain as few chemicals and residue-causing issues as possible. You want to pick a salon that has a wide selection of moisturizing hair wax and gentle shampoos and conditioners that are free of silicone and parabens. A salon that features items for dreadlocks that are healthy for the hair style is a salon that understands just how to care for and create lovely dreads.

Dread reconstruction

Even if your dreads don't need special attention now, they may need repair in the future. Dreadlocks can become flat when you lay on them, grow together in a large knot, get kinks and twists, or even break off. You want to work with a stylist who can not only create and tighten beautiful dreads as needed but who can also repair the ones that seem difficult to save. This way you can enjoy your hard-earned and unique hair style for as long as you want to without having to worry about losing any of your dreads along the way.