So, you've washed your dreadlocks and palm-rolled them to maintain length and shape. The next step is to dry your dreadlocks. This is an extremely important step of caring for your dreadlocks!
It is vital that you dry your hair in a timely manner. This means that you should aim to have your hair entirely dry no longer than 8-12 hours after it has been washed. It’s best to wash your hair early in the day to help with this. The reason why it’s so important to get your dreads dry as soon as you can is because moist dreads over a longer period of time can seriously impact on the overall health of your dreadlocks. If you don’t get into the habit of efficiently drying your dreads after every shower or swim this can have negative consequences further down the line.
How to Dry Your Dreadlocks
Once you’ve finished your shower, squeeze your dreads in small handfuls to remove as much water as possible. You can get more water out of them by bending over and gently swinging your dreads from side to side. This is the ideal point to palm-roll your dreadlocks and apply any product you might choose to use, such as Dollylocks Tightening Spray or Tightening Gel. After your dreads have stopped dripping, use your microfibre or lint-free towel to squeeze your dreads to water out of them. I like to then keep my dreads wrapped in a towel for 20 minutes to allow more water to soak up into the towel.
Once you’ve towel dried your hair as best you can, you have two options. You can now either air-dry the dreads (best for younger dreads or if you live in a warm, dry climate). If you’re air-drying, head outside for some sunshine and fresh air to speed the process along. Remember, it’s best to wash your hair in the morning so that they are completely dry before bad.
If you live somewhere cold or humid the best thing to do is dry your hair using a hairdryer. I find the best way to do this is to put all the dreads up in a high ponytail at the front of your head, and then bring down rows of dreads, giving each dreadlock another squeeze with your towel and then drying it. You could also consider purchasing a bonnet attachment for your hairdryer which can make it a bit easier to dry your hair.