• Caring for dreads in a hot climate (or, moisturizing Bali crispy-dreads!!!)

    There are a couple of things you probably know about me right now:   1) I have dreads (duh!!!) 2) I have bleached dreads  3) I’m a travel junkie 4) Right now I’m in Bali   So, what happens to my bleached, dehydrated, damaged dreads when I’m somewhere hot?  Think crispy.  Think very course rope that has been never used so it’s still prickly and stiff. Yep.  My dreads. I’m hoping that your dreads are not as bad as all that – but whatever the condition of your beloved dreadlocks it’s important to take some extra care of them in hot climates.   Here is my anti-crispy-dread formula.  You will…

  • Starting New Dreads

    Daily I get asked, How do I start my new dreads? So - here I will answer your question..... Starting new dreads - I kind of want to say "Come on guys, really?  I'm a loctician and I love neat dreads!  How do you think I'm going to answer this question??"  My short answer is go see a GOOD NATURAL loctician. The days of sitting around with your friends eating pizza and watching movies while they backcomb your hair and apply wax has gone.  Really.  Its gone.  Having dreads is much more serious than that - I mean don't you want your new dreads to be AMAZING and exactly what you're…

  • To wash, or Not to wash…?

    Ahhhhhh loc lovers....  SO often I am asked this question - pretty much daily and sometimes a couple of times. Should I wash my dreads?   What should I use?  How often should I wash them? Firstly let's get rid of a really old dreadlock myth around washing.  Dirty hair DOES NOT dreadlock.  You may, over time, get a big chunky matted mess - or you might not....  It depends on your hair-type. If you do not wash your hair often your hair will get oily (we do have natural oil from our scalp as well so I don't  necessarily mean super oily).  If your hair is oily then it will…