my dreadlock journey
I live the journey I encourage you to take, so this is where you can follow the progress of my dreadlocks, made by Ann-Marie at Seienstyle herself.
This is how my hair looked before dreadlocked
To prepare my hair for dreadlocks:
I started washing it 1-2 times a week using using only Dollylocks Tea Tree Shampoo Bar for about 4 weeks before my appointment.
If you have hard water where you live, you may want to do a Dollylocks Detox on your hair before using the shampoo to help kickstart the use of new natural residue free products.
This is how my hair looked when it was just finished by Seienstyle, Ann-Marie
The magic that went into doing this is nothing but remarkable. I always wanted gray/white hair and she made them just that. With a beautiful transition from my natural brown.
14 days Old
The frizziness is normal! It takes time for the hair to learn it is supposed to grow into a dreadlock. Lose hairs and frizz are normal, for how long varies depending on your hair and how you treat it.
To minimize frizz:
Sleep with a durag, or any other hair wrap
Use Dollylocks Tightening Spray regularly
After every wash, palm-roll with Dollylocks Tightening Gel
21 days Old
So much fun testing out new up-dos and seeing how they mature!
I have had some minor itches in my scalp, especially around my neckline and temporal hairline.
To treat and prevent itchy scalp:
Spray scalp with Dollylocks Refreshing Spray (I LOVE it!)
Rub some Dollylocks Conditioning Oil on the itchy areas
3 months Old
Before / After
I was definitely overdue for a maintenance. No, I do not maintain my own dreadlocks. I wanted another Seienstyle loctician to do it so @dreadsbykris got to work her magic!
This is the un-filtered before and after picture! O'boy does it feel great!
Just the right tightness and cleaned up feeling we get at first install. The itch has come back [THANK goodness for Dollylocks Refreshing Lavender Spray] expect it to lessen after wash.
3 months Old
I absolutely love how they are maturing!
The initial look that Seienstyle dreadlocks have, the wrapped look, has settled and they are starting to take their mature shape. A few of them has started getting a wavy shape close to the head. I like it! (I'm not the best at palm-rolling).
How I care for my locs:
Washing them every 7-10 day with Dollylocks Shampoo bar.
When damp, apply tiny amount of Dollylocks Tightening Gel all over, then palm-roll each loc
Using Dollylocks Refreshing Spray on scalp if itching or when I want the amazing smell of lavender
Using Dollylocks Tightening Spray 1-2 times a week, just evenly spraying the body of the locs
Using a head-wrap when sleeping but letting the locs stay lose and 'free'
Only style with Spiralocks and round thick hair ties to prevent damage.
6 months Old
Still adore how they are maturing and slightly changing! Mostly wear them in updos so the brown part of the dread (my own hair) are getting a bit more uneven and some, lumpier. But I like it so haven't dealt with it much.
I have a lot, A LOT, of small lose hairs around by head. Due to my own fault when I thought it was a good idea to try and remove some of my root ties by myself. I wanted to experience the difference with vs. without root ties. Accidentally cut strands of my hairs. No bueno. Waiting for them to get long enough to crochet back into the locks.
How I care for my locks:
Wash every 7-10 day with Dollylocks Shampoo bar (used silver shampoo twice)
Suck at palm-rolling
Using Dollylocks Refreshing Spray every now and then
Moderately use Dollylocks Tightening Spray 1-2 times a month
Not using a head-wrap at night. Letting them be free and lose
Style with Spiralocks, round thick hair ties, or nothing at all
6,5 months Old
For some reson I forgot to take pictures after I had my second maintenance done to my dreadlocks. But, I made a little video. So here it is.
This time I chose to get help from a local loctician who do not use the Seienstyle technique. I'm an analyst at the core so I had to experience the difference.
I didn't want my Seienstyle dreadlock structure altered so I asked to just have my roots done. Out till about an inch from my scalp.
Mind-blown by how fast the maintenance went, one and a half hour. Wow! My head felt really good during, the right tight and clean. The next few days were a struggle, very tender and sore. Felt like small areas of my scalp were being pulled more than other. About a week and it softened up a little bit.
I could immediately feel the difference in structure between the new non-seienstyle crocheted sections, and the body of the locks. Excited to see how the maintenance progress and change over time.