Dreadlocks FAQ

New Dreads (23)

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Depends on which method you choose:

Backcombing – it will take about 3-6 hours to dread the hair, and about a month to three for them to lock up.

Twist and Rip – it will take six months to a year to form dreads, and they lock up on the way.

Neglect or Freeform Dreads – it usually takes about 2-3 years to lock up.

Dread Perm – locks up in about 3 months

Twisting – I haven’t heard of it working for Caucasian hair, but it usually takes about 2 months for African American hair to lock.

Brush rubbing for short African American hair- it usually takes about 3-4 hours to complete the process

Dread Braiding – it can take 1-5 hours to braid your hair depending on how long your hair is. It can take anywhere from a year to three for the braids to turn into dreads and lock up.

Silky Dreads – It can take 2-6 hours to braid the synthetic hair into your hair and wrap the braids. Your dreads will look just like normal dreadlocks right after they are finished

Industrial Dreads – Check methods above for your dreading method.

Loomed Dreads – It will probably take about 1-2 hours to put them in and they will look like dreads right after you finish.

Twist & Pin – It will take between 1-3 hours to put the dreads in and it can take 3-6 months for the dreads to lock up.

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Methods for making dreadlocks (0)

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Backcombing is a method where you can start dreads with very little hair but your hair should be at least 3 inches when starting dreads with the backcombing method. If you start any shorter than that you will have big problems with getting the dread to stay in, because there is not enough hair to hold the knots together.

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Backcombing (57)

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Backcombing is a method where you can start dreads with very little hair but your hair should be at least 3 inches when starting dreads with the backcombing method. If you start any shorter than that you will have big problems with getting the dread to stay in, because there is not enough hair to hold the knots together.

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Twisting Dreadlocks (51)

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Your hair should be at least 2 inches to start this method and no longer than 7 inches.

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Twist and Rip Dreadlocks (48)

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You should probably have at least 6 inches of hair and no more than 12 inches.

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Dread Perm (54)

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You should start out with hair that is about 6 inches long.

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Brush Rubbing Dreadlocks (52)

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Your hair should be at least ¼ inch long and shouldn’t be longer than 3 inches.

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Dread Braiding (48)

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Your hair should be at least 6 inches to start dreads with this method. This way you will have hair long enough to braid.

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Maintaining Dreadlocks (30)

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You or a friend can maintain your dreads for you if you use the backcombing, twisting, twist & rip, brush rubbing, dread braiding, twist & pin or industrial method. No maintenance is required for freeform or neglect dreads. And you should go to a salon to have dread made with the dread perm, silky dreads, or loomed dreads methods. You can go to the salon section on the links page to find some salons in your area that do dread maintenance. And if you know of a salon that does dread maintenance please let us know about them.

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Washing Dreadlocks (18)

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It really depends on what soap you are using. There are 3 types of soap

1. Regular Soap- you can get this at the grocery store or drug store, Wal-Mart, you name it. The problem with these soaps is that they leave residue behind on the hair. (Refer to what is residue for a complete description) residues are left behind from the scents, holders, and moisturizers of the soaps and they build on the hair up over time. Well it’s not a problem if you have normal hair, actually it helps the hair because it keeps it from getting into tangles, but it is very bad for dreads because it keeps them from tightening. The residue will also build up and suffocate the scalp, keeping it from breathing and will cause dandruff

2. Residue Free Soap – This shampoo is harder to come by. Soaps for sensitive skin are usually residue free. You can sometimes find them at drug stores, and they always advertise that they are residue free, so don’t worry you will know! I get mine from DreadHeadHQ, because you can get it for half price if you order 6, and its really hard for me to find residue free shampoo where I’m living.

3. Dandruff Shampoo– Some people make the mistake of using this type of shampoo all the time. The reason it is bad to use this shampoo all the time is because, like regular shampoos, it leaves a residue behind. Not a scent residue but a medicated residue. This residue builds up just like the scented residue and keeps the dreads from tightening and the scalp from breathing so it causes the dandruff to form. So it’s actually working against you when it is supposed to be helping you. It is best to wash your dreadlocks in this shampoo when you have an itchy scalp, wash it once or twice to make the itches go away and the continue using your residue free shampoo.

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Dreadlocks Roots and Tips (20)

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The best way to get round tips is use the tip rounding technique. This is where you rub the tip of the dread in the palm of your hand in a circular motion.

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Hair Growth (15)

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Normal hair usually grows about a half inch a month. You can take herbs like horsetail, salmon oil, vitamin E.

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Hair Types (0)

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Well that all depends on how much work you want to put into your dread locks, if you start your dreads with 2 inches of hair, then you will be putting a lot of work into them but they won’t really look like dreads. If you start your dreads with 5 or 6 inches of hair then you will have a much easier and rewarding experience with making dread locks.

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Caucasian Hair (55)

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Well that all depends on how much work you want to put into your dread locks, if you start your dreads with 2 inches of hair, then you will be putting a lot of work into them but they won’t really look like dreads. If you start your dreads with 5 or 6 inches of hair then you will have a much easier and rewarding experience with making dread locks.

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African Hair (19)

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Well that all depends on how much work you want to put into your dread locks, if you start your dreads with 2 inches of hair, then you will be putting a lot of work into them but they won’t really look like dreads. If you start your dreads with 5 or 6 inches of hair then you will have a much easier and rewarding experience with making dread locks.

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Curly Hair (17)

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1. DreadHeadHQ Wax is the best for Caucasian curly hair.
2. Knotty Boy wax works on Caucasian curly hair.
3. Knatty Dread is great for African American curly hair.

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Straight Hair (28)

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It is best to use a shampoo removes residues and leaves no residues behind. This is a proven technique that is known to be the fastest way to tighten dreadlocks.

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Thin Hair (25)

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It is best to use a shampoo removes residues and leaves no residues behind. This is a proven technique that is known to be the fastest way to tighten dreadlocks.

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Thick Hair (22)

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It is best to use a shampoo removes residues and leaves no residues behind. This is a proven technique that is known to be the fastest way to tighten dreadlocks.

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Misc (66)

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Well that all depends on how much work you want to put into your dread locks, if you start your dreds with 2 inches of hair, then you will be putting a lot of work into them but they won’t really look like dreads. If you start your dreds with 5 or 6 inches of hair then you will have a much easier and rewarding experience with making dread locks.

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Starting Dreads (40)

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Well that all depends on how much work you want to put into your dread locks, if you start your dreads with 2 inches of hair, then you will be putting a lot of work into them but they won’t really look like dreads. If you start your dreads with 5 or 6 inches of hair then you will have a much easier and rewarding experience with making dread locks.

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Asian Hair (22)

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Well that all depends on how much work you want to put into your dread locks, if you start your dreads with 2 inches of hair, then you will be putting a lot of work into them but they won’t really look like dreads. If you start your dreads with 5 or 6 inches of hair then you will have a much easier and rewarding experience with making dread locks.

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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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Industrial dreads are dreadlocks that have wire stuck in the middle of the dread or, wrapped around the outside of the dread in order to let the dreads be flexible.

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Silky Dreads (31)

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Your hair should be at least 3 inches to put the braids in.

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Neglect or Freeform (39)

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You can start with 2 inches and the hair can be as long as you want it.

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