Use diet, supplementation and stimulation to make dreads grow faster. Eat a nutrient-rich diet, and take supplements if you are not getting enough vitamins and minerals through diet. Use massage to stimulate the hair follicles; this stimulates blood flow to the scalp, which encourages growth.
Dreadlocked hair actually grows at the same rate as un-dreadlocked hair. It only appears to grow more slowly because the growth occurs in a back-and-forth pattern rather than linearly. For example, a single strand of hair found in a 3-inch dreadlock is longer than the dreadlock itself as a result of being so tightly coiled within it.
A combination of vitamins A and E helps keep the scalp healthy for optimum hair growth. Specialty hair growth supplements are available for people growing dreadlocks. Horsetail herb is found in some of these supplements because its anti-inflammatory properties are believed to improve circulation, which promotes hair growth. Supplements may also contain MSM, which reportedly contributes to tissue repair, thereby aiding hair growth.
Keeping dreads strong is essential to maintaining length and growth. Dreads become heavy as they grow, so it is important to maximize hair strength by applying oils or cream to maintain moisture and protect them from damage.