Locked and struggling with lint?

I have had dread locks for 4 and a half years now and I love my dreads. There’s nothing dreadful about them, in fact I think they should be called glory locks. As, locking hair into ropes was something done by holy men and women in many spiritual traditions. Growing up in the Christian tradition, we learnt the story of Samson and his locked hair and how it was cut by the deceitful Delilah. When this was done, he lost his legendary strength.

My dreaded hair was the first body part I fell in love with. I loved my natural dark drown hair colour. And then I met my foe, lint. Lint became trapped in my dread locks and made my hair look gross. This made me no longer proud of my hair and it was a psychological blow. This may sound vain but you would be surprised how much hair effects your self-esteem. We all want strong, healthy and clean hair, it shows you are taking care of yourself.

What happens is that when you lay down for example, your hair touches the fabric of your pillow or couch. Those fibres on the fabric stick to hair due it static. I also think that the thickness of the hair strands plays a role as my mother has glorious dread locks and has never had a lint problem. My hypothesis is that the finer the hair the more susceptible the locks made from that hair will be to lint getting trapped in between the hairs within the lock.


I tried everything, I did countless deep cleanses and sprayed apple cider vinegar directly onto my hair many times and the lint was still there! The lint hot spot is the back of your head, particularly the dreads that touch the clothes on your back as I used to always wear my hair down. Finally, I gave in and died my dark chocolate hair, black. I used to be a natural hair purist, I would avoid all harsh chemicals and I used to consider permanent dye harsh chemicals. So understand, I really contemplated this decision.

I used the Inecto super black dye, it really did the job. As my hair is now super black. I’m open to trying henna dyes as I think the natural temporary dye will be better for my hair as colouring is known to dry out hair. And the foe of all naturals is dry hair because it breaks off, and then people think black hair doesn’t grow past a certain length. As the rate of hair breakage is equal to the rate at which it grows.


After dying and retwisting my hair I asked my hair stylist to apply the Girl Boss hair growth oil onto my scalp. Then she continued with the styling process. Later that day when I hugged my mom, she told me I smelled nice and it was the hair growth oil that gave me this pleasant scent.

The Girl Boss hair growth oil is suitable for both relaxed, natural and locked hair; it is recommended that you apply it about twice a week to combat dry scalp which is the cause of dandruff. Our hair oil is available at Game stores nationwide and it contains the healing powers of mango butter, marula oil, castor oil, shea butter and vitamin E oil. When I traveled to India in 2011, at the school I was an exchange student at, every girl used to oil their hair every Saturday morning (it was a boarding school) and then plait their hair into a single braid, after lunch the girls would all rise out the Amla oil from their hair. It was actually school policy to deep condition hair once a week. As you know, Indians are known for their healthy hair.

You can also use our hair growth oil for a hot oil treatment. A hot oil treatment is a type of deep conditioning that leaves hair shiny and soft. For a hot oil treatment it is recommended that you wash your hair first to ensure that there is no dirt that will sit on hair/scalp and block the nutrients of the oils from penetrating the hair and scalp. So, to damp hair you apply the heated oil. You can boil water from a kettle, put a stopper in the sink then pour the hot water into the sink. Then put the Girl Boss Hair Growth Oil bottle in the hot water for about 15 minutes. Then apply the oil, from roots to tips of the hair. The tips of the hair are where the hair is the driest as it is the oldest hair so be sure to moisturise the tips of your locs/hair. Massage the oil into the scalp as well. Then cover with a plastic cap or plastic bag, and then wrap your towel over the plastic to keep the heat in.

After about 45 minutes, or you can leave it in overnight (just make sure you secure your doek to prevent the oils from seeping out whilst you sleep). You can wash your hair with clean water. You can wash out the oil with shampoo but then you’d need to condition again after that so I think washing with plain water that isn’t too hot as hot water dries out the hair, will be just fine. It is actually recommended that you wash your hair and face with the coldest water you can tolerate to protect your hair and skin from being stripped of moisture. But this is definitely for the brave, especially during winter!

Simi Gumede

A lover of love

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