Dreadlocks FAQ

New Dreads (23)

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Wearing a helmet will not hurt your dreads. Your dreads may be a little flat after you take the helmet off, but they will poof back up after you wash them. You may need to get a larger one that your dreads will fit in.

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Methods for making dreadlocks (0)

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You should start with the back and bottom of your head. Backcombing is a skill and you get better at it the more you do it. So the last ones you do will look the best and you want your best to be the ones people see and your worst to be the ones hidden. So it only makes sense to start in the back. A good idea when starting dreads with the backcombing method is to get some synthetic hair and backcomb a dread or two to get the hang of it before you start on your head.

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Backcombing (57)

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You should start with the back and bottom of your head. Backcombing is a skill and you get better at it the more you do it. So the last ones you do will look the best and you want your best to be the ones people see and your worst to be the ones hidden. So it only makes sense to start in the back. A good idea when starting dreads with the backcombing method is to get some synthetic hair and backcomb a dread or two to get the hang of it before you start on your head.

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Twisting Dreadlocks (51)

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You can get extension put in before you start twisting the hair, and then twist the extensions.

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Twist and Rip Dreadlocks (48)

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It is when you rub all your hair in a clockwise motion and once you get a big nest of knotted hair ripping it apart into sections. To learn more about this method visit the Twist and Rip Dreadlocks page.

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Dread Perm (54)

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It will probably take about 6 months for the dreads to lock up.

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Brush Rubbing Dreadlocks (52)

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I would start at the top of your head in the middle and then work your way to the front temple of your head and then to the side then to the back and then to the other side.

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Dread Braiding (48)

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It will take about a year for the dreads to form and lock up.

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Maintaining Dreadlocks (30)

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There is a list of salons in the methods section. There is also a list of salon sites in the links section. If you know of a salon that does extensions please let us know about them.

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Washing Dreadlocks (18)

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Some shampoos are bad for dreads because they leave residues behind. Residues are worst for dreads than they are for normal hair because when you have dreads they hold a lot of stuff that usually falls out of normal hair when you brush it. The stuff will build up in the dreads and will cause the dreads to break down, loosen, and fall apart. You can usually tell a shampoo that has residue in it by the way it smells. If it smells like flowers, tea tree, or if it is advertised as smelling sweet than you know it’s packed with residues.

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Dreadlocks Roots and Tips (20)

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Elastics are great to use on roots when your dreadlocks are new. They are also great to use when you are Dreadball Z-ing and clockwise rubbing.

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Hair Growth (15)

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There are two types of thick hair
1. Thick strands- usually Asian people have this kind of hair, it is harder for this kind of hair to actually lock up, but if you use the backcombing method with a good wax, you won’t have many problems. Neglect, and twist and rip will not work well with this hair type.
2. Lots of hair- people who have curly have usually have lots of it. The stands are usually thin or normal size, and the dread great. A person with this hair will have no problems getting dreads, with any method.

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Hair Types (0)

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Actually there are. Here are a few tips.

1. If you have really straight hair you can give it more texture by braiding it for a couple days before you dread or getting a cheep perm from Wal-Mart.
2. Don’t use conditioners on it for at least a week before you dread.
3. Get the items you will need to dread a head of time; you never know what could happen at last minute.
4. Bleach or color your hair, but don’t use the conditioner that comes in the box. This will make your hair holds the knots better.

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Caucasian Hair (55)

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Actually there are. Here are a few tips.

1. If you have really straight hair you can give it more texture by braiding it for a couple days before you dread or getting a cheep perm from Wal-Mart.
2. Don’t use conditioners on it for at least a week before you dread.
3. Get the items you will need to dread a head of time; you never know what could happen at last minute.
4. Bleach or color your hair, but don’t use the conditioner that comes in the box. This will make your hair holds the knots better.

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African Hair (19)

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It depends on which method you use. Check out the methods section in FAQ Part 2 to find more information about the method you want to use.

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Curly Hair (17)

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The best way to have thin dreads is to make the sections thin when you start them. There really isn’t a good way to thin them once you have already put them in. You can tie string around the roots and make them grow in thinner sections, but if cut them or pull them apart it really tears up the dread.

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Straight Hair (28)

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The best way to have thin dreads is to make the sections thin when you start them. There really isn’t a good way to thin them once you have already put them in. You can tie string around the roots and make them grow in thinner sections, but if cut them or pull them apart it really tears up the dread.

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Thin Hair (25)

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The best way to have thin dreads is to make the sections thin when you start them. There really isn’t a good way to thin them once you have already put them in. You can tie string around the roots and make them grow in thinner sections, but if cut them or pull them apart it really tears up the dread.

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Thick Hair (22)

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Yes, actually your hair will dread easier because the hair has been damaged, so it will hold knots a lot easier. You can use any method and the dreads will lock up.

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Misc (66)

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It depends on which method you use. Check out the methods section in FAQ Part 2 to find more information about the method you want to use.

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Starting Dreads (40)

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You can try posting on message boards to see if there is a dread head in your area that would be interested. And if you are interested in helping someone out with their dreads email us and we will recommend you when people email us. You can also check the salons section in the links section for salons in your area.

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Asian Hair (22)

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It depends on which method you use. Check out the methods section in FAQ Part 2 to find more information about the method you want to use.

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Loomed Dreads (6)

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You can put loomed dreads in with any hair length.

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Industrial Dreads (23)

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These are the two things you should make your decision by

If the dreads get really long they can pull on the scalp if they get really long which can make you loose more hair.Another way to look at it is that you will get to keep the hair longer, because the dreads will hold the hairs together.

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Silky Dreads (31)

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It can take anywhere from an hour to 3 to put the braids in your hair and wrap the synthetic hair around your braids. Your dreads will look just like dreads right after you make them.

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Neglect or Freeform (39)

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You can braid the extensions in and let those dread by themselves, but when you do this you decide where the section are and when you decide where the sections are it kind of takes away from the whole process.

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