Dreadlocks FAQ

New Dreads (23)

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Well that depends on what wax you are using, if you are using a pomade wax (like Murray’s beeswax, which I do not recommend, it is greasy and they will make your dreads fall apart) you will have to use a lot because it does not hold the dreads together.
If you use the Dread Head, or Knotty Boy you will be using a finger full of wax on each dred (depending on how thick the dreads are and how long they are).

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Methods for making dreadlocks (0)

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This is probably the best method to start with if you have Caucasian hair. I believe that this method was thought up with Caucasian hair in mind. Because it’s really only one of the few natural ways to make dreads naturally in Caucasian hair.

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Backcombing (57)

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This is probably the best method to start with if you have Caucasian hair. I believe that this method was thought up with Caucasian hair in mind. Because it’s really only one of the few natural ways to make dreads naturally in Caucasian hair.

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Twisting Dreadlocks (51)

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This is one of the top recommended methods for African hair.

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Twist and Rip Dreadlocks (48)

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This method will work on Caucasian hair if it is very thin or curly. Straight hair usually doesn’t stay knotted up and thick hair has a hard time staying in knots.

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Dread Perm (54)

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The dread perm will work on African textured hair, but I would not recommend it because it does so much damage to the hair and most people get the dread perm to get the same texture that African hair has.

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Brush Rubbing Dreadlocks (52)

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This method is the best way to get dreads with short African American hair.

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Dread Braiding (48)

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This method will work on all types of African hair.

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Maintaining Dreadlocks (30)

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Yes, you do have to renew dread perms. Maintenance can be required every month or every 3 months depending on who you go to and how they actually do the perm.

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Washing Dreadlocks (18)

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I’ve heard that if you soak the dreads in rubbing alcohol for 30 minutes and cover the dreads in a plastic bag and then repeat in one week then it will kill the lice and their eggs. I haven’t had lice before so I haven’t tried this so I don’t know if it works for sure, but it’s worth a try, because dreads are part of you and you do not want to give them up easily.

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Dreadlocks Roots and Tips (20)

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Use the clockwise rubbing method. Rub the dread against your scalp in a clockwise motion.

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Hair Growth (15)

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Use the clockwise rubbing method. Rub the dread against your scalp in a clockwise motion.

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Hair Types (0)

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I recommend not using conditioner for about a week before you dread, because it can make the dreading process easier.

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Caucasian Hair (55)

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I recommend not using conditioner for about a week before you dread, because it can make the dreading process easier.

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African Hair (19)

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Well if you start your dreads with really short hair I recommend you go with the brush rubbing method. If you go with the bush rubbing method expect the dreads to form rather easily, all you do is rub the brush in a circular motion to form little dread balls. You will see results right after you finish forming the dreads.

If you start your dreads with hair that is longer than an inch then you should use the twisting method or the twist and pin method. The hair will look very similar to dreads after you are finished but they will require a lot of twisting before they will lock up.

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Curly Hair (17)

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There are many different products out on the market that say they are intended for dreadlocking hair, but that does not mean that they actually work. Any wax that has the ingredient of petroleum is bad for your dreads, it will make your dreads feel nasty and it will make your dreads fall apart. There are 3 waxes that are appropriate for dreadlocking hair:
1. DreadHeadHQ wax
2.Knotty Boy

1. DreadHeadHQ – this is my favorite wax. It has a really strong hold but it’s not overbearing or greasy and it washes out in warm water.

2. Knotty Boy – this wax is pretty good over all. Decent hold. Its main problem is that it’s greasier than it needs to be and the hold, while long lasting, isn’t that strong. I also think the smell of their wax is a bit much. At first I was like mmm yummy, but after a week or so I was like sick to my tummy.

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Straight Hair (28)

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There are many different products out on the market that say they are intended for dreadlocking hair, but that does not mean that they actually work. Any wax that has the ingredient of petroleum is bad for your dreads, it will make your dreads feel nasty and it will make your dreads fall apart. There are 3 waxes that are appropriate for dreadlocking hair:

1. DreadHeadHQ wax
2.Knotty Boy

1. DreadHeadHQ – this is my favorite wax. It has a really strong hold but it’s not overbearing or greasy and it washes out in warm water.

2. Knotty Boy – this wax is pretty good over all. Decent hold. Its main problem is that it’s greasier than it needs to be and the hold, while long lasting, isn’t that strong. I also think the smell of their wax is a bit much. At first I was like mmm yummy, but after a week or so I was like sick to my tummy.

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Thin Hair (25)

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There are many different products out on the market that say they are intended for dreadlocking hair, but that does not mean that they actually work. Any wax that has the ingredient of petroleum is bad for your dreads, it will make your dreads feel nasty and it will make your dreads fall apart. There are 3 waxes that are appropriate for dreadlocking hair:

1. DreadHeadHQ wax
2.Knotty Boy

1. DreadHeadHQ – this is my favorite wax. It has a really strong hold but it’s not overbearing or greasy and it washes out in warm water.

2. Knotty Boy – this wax is pretty good over all. Decent hold. Its main problem is that it’s greasier than it needs to be and the hold, while long lasting, isn’t that strong. I also think the smell of their wax is a bit much. At first I was like mmm yummy, but after a week or so I was like sick to my tummy.

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Thick Hair (22)

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There are many different products out on the market that say they are intended for dreadlocking hair, but that does not mean that they actually work. Any wax that has the ingredient of petroleum is bad for your dreads, it will make your dreads feel nasty and it will make your dreads fall apart. There are 3 waxes that are appropriate for dreadlocking hair:

1. DreadHeadHQ wax
2.Knotty Boy

1. DreadHeadHQ – this is my favorite wax. It has a really strong hold but it’s not overbearing or greasy and it washes out in warm water.

2. Knotty Boy – this wax is pretty good over all. Decent hold. Its main problem is that it’s greasier than it needs to be and the hold, while long lasting, isn’t that strong. I also think the smell of their wax is a bit much. At first I was like mmm yummy, but after a week or so I was like sick to my tummy.

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Misc (66)

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You can see more pictures of dreadlocks in the pictures section of this site. You can also find some pages that have pictures on them in the links section.

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Starting Dreads (40)

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You can use the backcombing, twisting, dread perm, neglect, brush rubbing, and dread braiding methods for permanent dreads. You can use the silky dreads and loomed dreads for temporary dreads.

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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 any hair type.

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Industrial Dreads (23)

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You can put Industrial dreads on African hair.

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Silky Dreads (31)

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The method works on all hair types.

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Neglect or Freeform (39)

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This method will work on African hair.

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