Dreadlocks FAQ

New Dreads (23)

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I tried it once, and I didn’t like the way my hair looked afterward, it looked really unhealthy and singed, a lot of the hair broke off, and it smelled so bad. The tips didn’t have the blunt look I was looking for either they just looked fried. If you are going to do it make sure you don’t have any wax or products in your hair, most hair products are very flammable. But I got the best results just rolling the tips in my palms.

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Methods for making dreadlocks (0)

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Just washing, the occasional waxing and palm rolling.

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Backcombing (57)

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Just washing, the occasional waxing and palm rolling.

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Twisting Dreadlocks (51)

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Twisting
This is a really good method if you have curly hair, you will have good results.

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Twist and Rip Dreadlocks (48)

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You shouldn’t because when you twist & rip you are actually pulling out the hair, and it won’t be growing all in one direction anymore it will be random, so the curly hair will be random and it won’t have a chance to curl one way.

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Dread Perm (54)

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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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Brush Rubbing Dreadlocks (52)

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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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Dread Braiding (48)

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Not at all; curly hair is the easiest type of hair to dread.

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Maintaining Dreadlocks (30)

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You only need to backcomb the dreads when they are new, you should not be backcombing them after they are two months old. The only reason you might backcomb your dreads, after the initial backcombing you did to put them in, is if they became so loose, that you had all kinds of loose hair floating around, and parts of the dred were completely undreaded.

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Washing Dreadlocks (18)

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The reason the smell is there is because your hair is not clean, it could be that you haven’t washed for a while or you may have some residues that have built up and are now molding. It could also be mildew from letting the water sit in your dreads to long. If you feel the reason may be a cleanliness problem that one is easy to solve, just make sure you wash your hair at least once a week. If you feel it may be a mold problem the first thing to do is try and wash it with a residue removes shampoo, it might take 3 washings to determine if the problem is severe. If the problem is severe you should dilute some bleach and rinse your dreads with it. The measurement is 1-gallon water to a teaspoon of bleach. If it is a mildew problem wash your dreads in a residue removing shampoo and make sure you squeeze all of the water out of your dreads when you are finished washing them.

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Dreadlocks Roots and Tips (20)

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Twisting is basically just rolling the dreads in between your fingers. Twisting is used with shorter dreads. Longer dreads usually use palm rolling.

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Hair Growth (15)

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There are a couple herbs you can take to make your hair grow fast
1. Horsetail- the is the most effective one
2. Salmon oil
3. Vitamin E

Scalp massages also help hair grow fast

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Hair Types (0)

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You could use gel and put twist in your hair. Or you could add loomed dreads to your hair. Or make silky dreads.

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Caucasian Hair (55)

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You could use gel and put twist in your hair. Or you could add loomed dreads to your hair. Or make silky dreads.

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Curly Hair (17)

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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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Straight Hair (28)

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You don’t have to shave your head. There are a couple ways to get dreadlocks out, if you haven’t used a dread perm

1. The Easiest way: cut your dreads off a little below root and have about 2 inches of hair. You won’t have to spend hardly anytime with this, and if you are not partial to your hair then this is a good way for you to do it.

2. Cut the first half of your dread off, from the tip of the dread to the middle. Then soak the rest of the dread in conditioner and comb the dread out. This will take some time, but you will have cut the strongest part of the dread off, so it will be a lot easier to comb the rest out.

3. You just love your long hair and don’t want short hair: I can completely understand this, this is probably the way I would choose if I were ever thinking about cutting my dreads off, but I’m not so I don’t have to think about it 🙂 Soak the whole dread in conditioner, and comb the dread out. Let me warn you that this will take a lot of time, probably 4 or 5 times longer than it took you to put them in, but if you love your hair, it’s completely worth it. Some people will say that you can’t do this, but you can, I know a person who did this, and I helped them take some of them out. I didn’t stay the whole time, but I know when I came back the next day, they were still working on taking them out.
And if you have chosen the silky dread method all you have to do is take out the extensions.

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Thin Hair (25)

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Salons usually charge between $100 & $400 to make dreads. IMPORTANT! Many salons say that they do know how to make dreadlocks, but few really do. They will just put your hair in twist and cover it with gel and call them dreads and charge you $200. The best thing to do is decide which method you would like to start your dreads with, print it, and call around. Just take the directions to the salon and tell them THIS IS HOW I WANT THEM DONE! and see if they can do it. If not, try another salon, you will be able to find one that can make the dreads the way you want them.

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Thick Hair (22)

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A dread perm is when a salon puts all these chemicals on your hair, (fries your hair) and then they just twist the hair, put wax and rubber bands on it and eventually the hair will dread.

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Misc (66)

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It’s not really a good idea, because the dread will start to unravel because the hair that was holding the knots together before is gone. You will have to wait for the tip to lock up again and it’s just a pain in the arse. But if you are going to do it the best way to cut it is like a flower, cut it at an angle and then put a rubber band around the tip and rub the tip against the palm of your hand everyday for about 2 days and then take the rubber band out.

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Starting Dreads (40)

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It depends on the size jar. Probably two. You will probably use a jar when you first start your dreads, and then get another one after the third month, and that jar will probably last a year, if not more. Once your dreads are locked up you won’t need to use wax anymore and you can start using a dread moisturizing product like Dread Butta to keep your dreads soft and prevent them from getting brittle

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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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It depends on what method you use to get dreads.

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Silky Dreads (31)

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You will use the wax or maintenance product the whole time you have dreads to hold in loose hairs.

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Neglect or Freeform (39)

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They may curl a little when they are new, but if you palm roll them a lot they will straighten out in about a month.

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