Dreadlocks FAQ

New Dreads (23)

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The best thing to do to make the dreads lock up at the roots is the clockwise rubbing technique

To get your dreads to lock up in the middle you should palm roll them.

To get your dreads to lock up at the tip you should use the tip rounding technique and rub the dreads against your palm.

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Methods for making dreadlocks (0)

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I’ve had my dreadlocks for over 4 years now, and I still use wax for little loose hairs, frizzes, and to condition them so they don’t get brittle. But you will not have to wax them all the time, once they are about a year old.

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Backcombing (57)

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I’ve had my dreadlocks for over 4 years now, and I still use wax for little loose hairs, frizzes, and to condition them so they don’t get brittle. But you will not have to wax them all the time, once they are about a year old.

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Twisting Dreadlocks (51)

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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 2 waxes that are appropriate for dreadlocking hair:
1. Knatty Dread cream
2. DreadHead wax

1. Knatty Dread Cream – This is the best loc cream we tested. It has necessary vitamins and nutrients for healthy locs and scalp and it’s not greasy.

2. DreadHead wax– This is the best of the waxes we have tested. Its strong points were its long lasting hold and its lack of grease

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Twist and Rip Dreadlocks (48)

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Twist and Rip
You could loose, 50% of your length or 30%, it could go either way, your hair chooses, how it wants to knot.

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Dread Perm (54)

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While your dreads are new you will probably want to wear a swim cap, but after they mature you will not need one.

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Brush Rubbing Dreadlocks (52)

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While your dreads are new you will probably want to wear a swim cap, but after they mature you will not need one.

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Dread Braiding (48)

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Elastics are really good for dreads, they help the dreads form the way you want them to and keep loose hairs in. And if you palm roll them while you have them in it will actually dread the hair.

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Maintaining Dreadlocks (30)

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You should make a habit of washing your dreadlocks every 3 days, but really, you can wash them as often as you like, but you should wash them at least once a week.

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Washing Dreadlocks (18)

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Absolutely not! Actually you should wash your hair and dry it before you dread it because it will dread faster, and easier.

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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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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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Hair Types (0)

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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, Knatty Dread Cream, 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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Caucasian Hair (55)

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Conditioner will always lubricate the hairs and loosen the dreads, because that’s what it’s supposed to do.

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African Hair (19)

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Well there are many different ways to make dreadlocks, I think the best method for starting nice dreadlocks with African textured hair is probably the Twist and pin method.

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Curly Hair (17)

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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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Straight Hair (28)

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1. DreadHeadHQ wax is the best for Caucasian straight hair.
2. Knotty Boy doesn’t have a very strong hold, so it doesn’t always work on all straight hair types.
3. Knatty Dread cream is great for African American straight hair.

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Thin Hair (25)

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There are two types of thin hair.
1. Hair strands that are thin and
2. Thin hair because you have very few strands.

If you have either type of thin hair you will not have a problem with the hair staying in knots, you will have more of a problem seeing your scalp in between the dreads. You can use DreadHead wax or Knotty Boy wax with these hair types, although I do recommend the DreadHead wax over the Knotty Boy because the Knotty Boy leaves a greasier feel behind.

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Thick Hair (22)

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There are two types of thick hair.
1. Hair strands that are thick and
2. Thick hair because you have a lot of hair.

If you have thick hair strands you will have more of a problem keeping the knots together in the hair. The only wax that has a strong enough hold to hold this hair type is DreadHead waxKnotty Boy wax will work but it does not have a strong enough hold to hold the hair together and let it dread.

If you have thick hair made of a lot of hair strands you won’t have much of a problem with your dreads forming or locking up. You can use DreadHead wax or Knotty Boy wax with this hair type, although I do recommend the DreadHead wax over the Knotty Boy because the Knotty Boy leaves a greasier feel behind.

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Misc (66)

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It’s up to you; the pluses of a dread perm are that they look like dreads right after you make them. The down side is the price, the maintenance, and the fact that you will have to cut almost all your hair off when you don’t want them anymore.

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Starting Dreads (40)

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Yep, dreads do grow; they grow at the same speed your normal hair grows. The hair does not grow into the dread unless the roots of the dread are locked up. So it is very important to lock the hair at the root, you can use the clockwise rubbing method to do this.

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Asian Hair (22)

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Well there are many different ways to make dreadlocks, I personally think that the backcombing method is a very easy, clean, and effective way to start dreads. This method allows you to make nice clean sections, so the dreads will all be the same size and you won’t have any problems with some of them having to much and some of them not having enough hair to lock up.

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Loomed Dreads (6)

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Loomed dreads are probably the fastest way to get temporary dreads, and backcombing is the fastest way to get permanent dreads.

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Industrial Dreads (23)

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Backcombing is probably the fastest way to get permanent dreads. Because the hair looks like dreads right after they are finished, there is also an estimated time of 3 months to lock up. This is the least amount of time out of all the methods.

The fastest way to get temporary dreads is probably the loomed dreads method. But you can only leave them in for a few days. So if you’re going with temporary dreads use the silky dreadmethod.

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Silky Dreads (31)

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Yes you can; you cab have them braided into the hair when you are doing the initial braiding.

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Neglect or Freeform (39)

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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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