Dreadlocks FAQ

New Dreads (23)

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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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Methods for making dreadlocks (0)

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You should create a graph of 1 inch sections of hair.

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Backcombing (57)

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You should create a graph of 1 inch sections of hair.

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Twisting Dreadlocks (51)

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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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Twist and Rip Dreadlocks (48)

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It will probably be very hard to dread that hair type with this method. You probably will want to go with a method that has to lock up, like backcombing.

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Dread Perm (54)

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Yes, you can get extensions with the dread perm method.

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Brush Rubbing Dreadlocks (52)

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When the dreads are new you will probably brush rub once a day for the first week or two and after that you will no have to brush rub again.

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Dread Braiding (48)

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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.

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Maintaining Dreadlocks (30)

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The best way to tighten roots is to use the clockwise rubbing technique. Just rub the root against your scalp in a clockwise motion. You can go here to see an animation on how to do it and get detailed instructions.

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Washing Dreadlocks (18)

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The main thing you should stay away from with shampoos is strong scents. Whenever there is a strong scent present there are loads of residues left behind. It a shampoo is advertised for its scent you know its bad.

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Dreadlocks Roots and Tips (20)

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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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Hair Growth (15)

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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.

It’s really a give take situation, but I have never heard of anyone’s hair follicles being damaged because of have dreads, it’s just a warning that needs to thrown out there just in case anything did happen.

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Hair Types (0)

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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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Caucasian Hair (55)

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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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African Hair (19)

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You should twist them into the other dreads, or make little dreads out of them.

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Curly Hair (17)

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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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Straight Hair (28)

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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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Thin Hair (25)

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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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Thick Hair (22)

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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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Misc (66)

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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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Starting Dreads (40)

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Yes, you can let your braids turn into dreadlocks. And yes, it will work, but these are some things you should expect and know about before you choose this method.

1. The dreads will not be as thick as they would if you were to use another method such as backcombing. When you backcomb the dreads the hair is teased up and down and across and every direction, so it makes a thick dread because the hair is scattered everywhere. But when you let the braid turn into a dread the hairs will be side by side, so the dread will be a lot thinner. This doesn’t mean that you can’t have thin dreads if you use the backcombing method, because you can, it’s just another way to have thin dreads.

2. The dreads will probably have a lot of loops, lumps, and bumps. The hair is side by side, so nothing is holding them in one place, so one side of the braid my pop out of the dread and cause a big loop or bump.

3. The dreads will probably never look smooth. I’m not saying all dreads formed this way will by wavy and lumpy and loopy, you may have dreads that have formed this way and they look great, good for you, but most people who make dreads this way will have a big problem. You will be able to see where the hair is braided, because the only way to cover up the braided part is to have the loose hairs knot and dread over the braid, and you probably don’t have enough loose hairs to cover the entire braid.

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Asian Hair (22)

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I usually start in the back and work my way forward, because you don’t see the back dreads very often, so if you screw up, it’s not that big of a deal.

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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 can but it will be a lot of work, I recommend getting a friend to help you or going to a salon.

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Neglect or Freeform (39)

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This is when you do nothing to your hair and after about 5 years it turns into dreads.

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