How To Prevent Lint In Your Dreadlocks
Discovering lint in your dreads can be very frustrating, especially when you’ve been on top of your maintenance. Lint is hard to get out and, to some, makes the hair dusty and neglected. So how can you keep your locks pristine and lint-free?
I repeat: You can’t.
No matter how diligent you are with your hair or how often you maintain it, lint comes along with the territory when you’re a dread.
As they say, prevention is the best medicine. So let’s discuss some ways to help keep your dreads as lint-free as possible.
- Keep ‘Em Covered
The easiest prevention method is to keep your dreads covered when possible, particularly when you’re going to be around a lot of dust. Covering your hair helps prevent it from attracting debris in the air and also fibers that it may come in contact with from your clothes. I’ve made it a habit to keep my head covered when I’m lounging around the house. I use and recommend the Dreadsock; it’s lightweight, breathable, and is made from a smooth, non-woven material.
- Avoid Heavy Products
Heavy, oily products are a no-no for dreads. Stay away from things like beeswax, grease, and pomades as they are lint magnets. Also be careful with the amount of oil you use. Excess simply sits on top of the hair and practically begs for lint. Along the same lines, please keep your hair clean to prevent build-up. When you have layers of product on your hair you increase your odds of attracting lint.
- Brush Before You Wash
Giving your hair a thorough brushing can help bring dirt and debris to the surface, increasing your chances of eliminating it. Take your time when doing each section and concentrate on possible problem areas like the nape where lint often attaches. I use a soft boar bristle brush like the one in the picture. You can also use a clothes lint brush daily to catch surface lint.
- Use Microfiber Towels
If you opt to towel-dry your hair, buy ones specifically for this purpose. Microfiber towels are great because they’re lint-free and have a smooth surface, unlike traditional cotton towels which can leave behind lint and can damage your hair. And never scrub your dreads when drying. Think “pat and squeeze.”
- Protect While You Rest
Your beautiful Egyptian cotton sheets and comfy down feather pillows are nice for your body but bad for your hair. Cotton delivers a double whammy: it attracts lint and robs your hair of moisture. There are two measures you can take at bedtime to help keep your hair lint-free. You can use satin/silk sheets and pillows or simply cover your dreads at night. I do both. Be particularly mindful in the winter when the wool blankets and heavy bedding come out.
How do you keep your hair/dreads lint-free? Share your tips.
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