Wearing dreadlocks has become increasingly popular in recent years. Dreadlocks are created when hair is pulled out in clumps and braids, which can be quite beautiful.
In this article, we will explore both sides of the coin so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not to wear dreadlocks.
However, there are also several benefits and drawbacks to wearing dreadlocks. For starters, they can provide a sense of security and warmth.
Wool dreads are a popular hairstyle among women because they provide warmth and style. They are also popular among people who have sensitive scalps, as wool doesn’t irritate as other hair materials can.
Pros and Cons of Wearing Wool Dreads
- Easiest to make
You don’t have to backcomb or crochet the hair into locs, unlike with synthetic or human hair. It is easy to manufacture; you only need to roll the wool into a ball with your hands after dipping it in hot, soapy water.
Pour it into boiling water and roll it around three to four more times until it keeps its shape. Additionally, creating synthetic or real dreadlocks takes a lot of time and can occasionally be uncomfortable, especially with crocheting.
- Not Expensive and widely available
Wool is available at your neighborhood craft stores, and a pound costs not too much. Compared to human hair extensions, which cost $50–100 for 20 dreads and require more than twenty to cover the entire head, synthetic hair might cost $25 for 15 locs.
- Straightforward to install
Dreads made of wool are typically double-ended and relatively easy to install. To hold the locs in place, you can braid them into your hair or twist your hair around the dreads. Compared to human or synthetic hair, which call for using a crochet hook to attach them to your hair.
3. Washable and long-lasting
Washing wool dreadlocks take minutes to complete as you can soak them in soapy water and let them air dry. Besides this, you can wash wool dreads and reinstall them, and if it bends or takes an unnatural form, place them in hot water and roll them back into shape.
Other benefits of wearing wool dreads include:
- They are a natural hairstyle that can last for a long time.
- They are comfortable to wear, especially if you have fine hair.
- They provide insulation from the elements.
- They can be styled in many ways, making them versatile for both men and women.
- They are affordable, costing around $15-20 per dreadlock set.
- They can be dry-cleaned, which is great if you want to keep your dreadlocks pristine for formal events or photos!
- Some people believe that wool dreads reduce static electricity in the air, which benefits those with sensitive ears or an itchy scalp.
- Wool dreads are environmentally friendly because they require little maintenance (unless you get knots).
- Itchy Scalp
The phrase “Dreadlocks are itchy” probably resonates with most of the Deadheads. Because we don’t wash our hair or for any other stereotypical reasons.
Due to the stress and weight of the dreadlocks, the absence of head massages and the dryness of the scalp, dreadlocks can cause an itchy scalp.
You should regularly massage your scalp and apply oil to hydrate it and your dreadlocks.
- Washing & Drying
The advantage of having dreadlocks is that you don’t need to wash them as frequently as people with undreaded hair. However, since we are discussing the disadvantages of having dreadlocks, I must admit that a wash day can seem like an eternity.
My Dreadlocks often take me 30 to 40 minutes to wash alone and another 2 to 3 hours to properly dry. However, how quickly things dry depends on the weather.
- I blowdry them for 15 minutes in summer and let the sun do the rest.
- In winter, I blowdry them completely with my dryer hood, a serious life-saver and must-have for every Dreadhead living in countries with cold periods!
I generally wash my Dreadlocks once a week unless I do a lot of exercises, then I wash them 2-3 times a week.
You will need to put a lot of effort and time into preserving dreadlocks if you decide against having free-form dreadlocks.
How regularly you do your roots should depend on how quickly your hair grows. I typically redread my roots every 4-6 months and use a crochet hook to go over each and every dreadlock to remove newborn hair every 2-3 months.
Is Wool Good For Dreadlocks?
Yes, wool is a great material for dreadlocks due to its thermal properties. Wool locks in heat, which keeps your hair healthy and prevents it from becoming brittle or dry.
Additionally, wool is a natural insulator, so it will help keep your locks cool during humid weather.
To get the most out of wool for dreadlocks, follow these tips:
- Choose a high-quality wool yarn. Cheap wool dreadlock yarns will not last as long because they are not made to withstand the heat produced by Dreadlocks.
- Use a wet climate to lock in the moisture in the wool. Dampness is key for keeping your hair healthy and preventing it from becoming brittle or dry.
- Avoid using too much water when washing your dreadlocks with wool – only use enough to cover the locks. Too much water can cause damage to your locks.
How Long Do Wool Dreads Last?
Dreads made of wool can be worn for about 6 to 8 weeks. This is because you lose between 80 and 100 hairs per day, all of which are still in the attachment piece and will fall out when you remove your dreads.
Your dreadlocks will become more unknotted, have more loose hair, and be more difficult to comb out the longer you keep them in.
If you’re not careful, dirt, sweat, and other debris can build up in the locks and cause them to become brittle and break. Some people have even reported that wool dreads can last for just a few months before starting to deteriorate.
How to make existing dreadlocks longer
- To begin, divide the extension in half. Pry the top of the extension open, so it is looser and less compressed to attach it to your dread. You will also need to comb the ends out if your own dreadlocks are round and blunt so that overlap may be made.
- Insert the top of the extension into the portion of hair at the base of your dreadlocks fanning out. You can draw your hair through the extension with a 0.6mm crochet hook. Continue doing this until every last stray hair is tucked into the extension and a secure connection is created.
What Is The Difference Between Wool & Synthetic Dreads?
Wool dreads are made from the fiber of sheep’s wool, while synthetic dreadlocks are man-made.
The main difference between wool and synthetic dreadlocks is that wool dreads require more care than synthetic dreadlocks. Wool dreadlocks can get tangled and matted, while synthetic dreadlocks will not. Synthetic materials also tend to be less durable than wool, so they may eventually need to be replaced.
You must avoid harsh chemicals and treatments, as these could damage the hair follicles and lead to regrowth. You will also want to keep your wool dreads clean and conditioned regularly to keep them looking their best.
Wool dreads take longer to grow than synthetic dreadlocks because they need time to form an inner core of the hair. This can take up to six months, whereas synthetic dreadlocks can make the hair much shorter and denser in appearance from the start.
Another difference between wool and synthetic dreadlocks is the way they are treated. Wool dreadlocks require more care than synthetic ones because they can get tangled and matted. To keep wool dreads healthy, you must brush them often and avoid getting them wet.
On the other hand, synthetic Dreads do not require as much TLC since they do not get tangled as easily. However, if you snag a knot in your synthetic dreads, use a hair tie or bobby pin to untangle it!
How Long Do Wool Dreads Take To Dry
There is no one answer to this question since each person’s individual hair texture and climate will affect how long dreads will take to dry.
However, generally speaking, dreadlocks that have been tightly coiled for a period of time will take the longest to dry out. Once completely dry, they can be styled using regular hair-styling techniques.
Loosely coiled dreadlocks will usually dry faster and can be styled more easily using heat or sea salt.
How To Keep My Wool Dreads Clean
Wool dreadlocks are a great way to keep your locks looking clean and fresh, but they can be a challenge to keep clean. This article will teach you how to keep your wool dreads clean and healthy.
To start, make sure you shampoo your dreads regularly. You can use any kind of shampoo, but avoid over-shampooing or using harsh chemicals that may damage your locks. Be sure to rinse well and condition with a natural hair care product if needed.
If you sweat a lot, invest in a good quality Dreadlock Wipes kit. These wipes will help to remove sweat and oils from your scalp and locks. Be sure to replace the wipes every few weeks, so they don’t dry out your hair.
Finally, don’t neglect the little things! Keep all your Dreadlocks accessories (comb, brush, clips) clean and in good condition, so they don’t spread bacteria or minerals onto your locks.
As you now know, wearing dreadlocks can come with a few pros and cons. While the benefits of dreadlocks are clear, there are also some things to consider before making the big switch. Thanks for reading!