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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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 your going with temporary dreads use the silky dread method.

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Backcombing (57)

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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 your going with temporary dreads use the silky dread method.

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Twisting Dreadlocks (51)

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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 your going with temporary dreads use the silky dreadmethod.

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Twist and Rip Dreadlocks (48)

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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 your going with temporary dreads use the silky dreadmethod.

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Dread Perm (54)

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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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Brush Rubbing Dreadlocks (52)

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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 dread method.

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Dread Braiding (48)

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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 your going with temporary dreads use the silky dreadmethod.

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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 on 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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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 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 dreds 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.

But there also many other ways to start dreads. Some people start dreads by not combing and washing their hair. They call this the neglect method, for those of you who have not started your dreads yet and are considering this method, let me please say that this is not a fun or rewarding way to make dreads. Your dreds will not be in nice sections, some will lock up and some won’t. The dreads will itch and they will probably smell bad.

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Caucasian Hair (55)

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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 dreds 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.

But there also many other ways to start dreads. Some people start dreads by not combing and washing their hair. They call this the neglect method, for those of you who have not started your dreads yet and are considering this method, let me please say that this is not a fun or rewarding way to make dreads. Your dreds will not be in nice sections, some will lock up and some won’t. The dreads will itch and they will probably smell bad.

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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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You don’t have to shave your head. There are a couple ways to get dredlocks 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.4. And if you have chosen the silky dread method all you have to do is take out the extensions.

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Starting Dreads (40)

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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 your going with temporary dreads use the silky dread method.

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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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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 your going with temporary dreads use the silky dreadmethod.

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