The Pros and Cons of Thick Dreadlocks

Like a chemical relaxer (straightener), dreadlocks are pretty permanent. This is why choosing the size of your locs can be a difficult decision. Well this blog post discussed the advantages and disadvantages of having thick dreadlocks. Consider these before you start locking your hair to decide whether thick (or thin) locs are for you.

Pros and Cons Thick Locs

Pros and Cons Thick Locs

Pros of Thick Dreadlocks

  • Thick locs work well for extremely thick hair or people with a bigger head. If you have thick hair, you may end up with a lot of locs if you want tiny dreadlocks and if you have a bigger head, you’ll have more locs by default. (No shade – some of us have bigger heads). So, you can spend less time maintaining your hair if you opt for thick locs.
  • Fewer locs usually means less time spent on maintenance. Besides taking less time, thicker dreadlocks also use less product to maintain them (while tightening the roots). This means that you’re saving money.
  • Thick locs are easier and less expensive to maintain as you’ll probably be retightening your roots less frequently. Also, as a result of it taking less time, it will be easier for you to maintain on your own locs.
  •  With thick locs, there is less risk of having thinning locs that can sometimes break – especially when you bleach or colour your hair frequently.
  • If you are looking for a bold, stand-out look, thick dreads are for  you. Thick dreadlocks tend to be more of a statement than finer locs that can sometimes even be mistaken for loose hair (for example, when they’re in a bun or ponytail).
  • Thicker locs tend to have a stronger root system. So, you are less likely to experience bald spots .
Side profile of Jocelyn's Freeform Locs

Side profile of Jocelyn’s Freeform Locs

Cons of Thick Dreadlocks

  • Do not work well on thin hair if you desire to have fullness. So, if you have medium density hair and do thick locs, you will not have as full a head of hair as you might desire.
  • Thick locs take longer to show length because of the large base. If you’re looking for quick growth, thick locs are not for you, but, if you love it and have patience, it will still grow.
  • Thick locs can take a very long time to dry in comparison to its thinner counterparts. Air drying mature locs, especially in colder climates, can cause mildew. So, you will probably have to use a bonnet dryer or blow dryer to prevent wet-space-friendly bacteria from festering in your lovely locs.
  • Thick locs are not for thin hair. You may think thin hair in bigger partings will be good but it won’t. Here’s why – Your thin toots are trying to support a heavier base. So, you may experience breakage and alopecia from the weight of your thick loc pulling at your thin hair.
  • Thick locs are very bold, and it can be distracting in a workplace. Depending on just how thick your locs are, some people find them unprofessional in the more corporate workplace. Assess you work environment. Maybe even talk to your HR manager. Decide whether thick locs are good for your profession and, if not, decide which is more important to you – your personal self-expression through your hair, or your job.
  • Thick locs often provide fewer styling options and less versatility.
  • Thick dreads tend to hold more dirt and build-up. You have to spend more time washing them and maybe wash more regularly to keep them clean.

I hope that these points were helpful in deciding whether thick or thin locs are for you.

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