Dreadlocks are often believed to be the lowest-maintenance hairstyle possible, but that's actually not the entire truth. Especially in the first year, maintenance is crucial. Not only does it keep your hair looking neat, it also prevents matting and allows the scalp to breathe. If too much hair gets pulled loose from the dreadlock, it can cause the bases to thin out and can lead to weak spots or locs breaking off.
Regular crochet maintenance is one of the best ways to prevent any issues. In their first year, we recommend a maintenance appointment every 8-12 weeks. After that, it's pretty much up to you, your schedule, and your budget. At a minimum, we recommend coming in at least twice a year to keep the bases nice and full, and prevent any matting from becoming a repair project.
Typically, a maintenance appointment will just be the roots and any bumps, loops, or zigzags that you don't like, and runs about an hour to an hour and a half. We can also add a wash and dry and/or a style to your appointment if desired.
Note: We do not recommend crocheting yourself. Not only is it difficult to do on yourself (we don't even do our own), it can lead to overcrocheting the hair, which will make the locs very dense and heavy, and can cause breakage. If you are looking for ways to keep your locs neat in between sessions, check out the Aftercare page.
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