How often do I “need” maintenance?
Dreadlocks can be as much or as little maintenance as you want them to be. If you typically prefer a “neat and tidy” look you may decide you’ll want maintenance more often than letting the new growth get wild and crazy. The younger the dreadlocks, and the tidier you want them, the more they will benefit and mature from keeping up with them. To keep your dreadlocks neat, coming back every 8 weeks will allow the hair to grow enough to be tightened back up. Waiting longer than 4-6 months between appointments can cause a lot of tangling of the roots if you are not keeping up on separating them.
If you are not able to come as often as you would like for your routine maintenance, you can benefit by palm rolling, separating after washes and in the morning after sleeping, and washing your dreadlocks. This will keep them in good condition and require less maintenance at your appointment.
Do I have to cut my dreadlocks when I no longer want them?
No. If they were formed properly, they can be removed at any time. I offer dreadlock removal as a service.
Should I stop washing my hair if I want to start neglect/natural dreadlocks?
No. Washing your hair with residue free shampoo will promote locking. As long as you separate your sections after you wash your hair, and palm roll them, they will start to form nicely. Dirty hair does not knot. Do not ever use conditioner on your dreadlocks.