Dreadlocks FAQ

New Dreads (23)

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There are two kinds of flat dreads

1. Dreads that were made using rectangular sections, there’s really nothing you can do to make these dreads round, because they start out flat. If you want round dreads section the dread into two sections at the roots using a string, and they will start growing round.

2. Helmet/hat/sleep head dreads- these can be poofed back up by palm rolling or washing.

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Methods for making dreadlocks (0)

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Backcombing is a lot like teasing hair except you leave the hair teased. It is basically pushing the hair towards the scalp.

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Backcombing (57)

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Backcombing is a lot like teasing hair except you leave the hair teased. It is basically pushing the hair towards the scalp.

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Twisting Dreadlocks (51)

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Twisting
You can do this method by yourself and you can start right now.

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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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I wouldn’t go with the Dread Perm method if your hair is thinning, just because your hair follicles are delicate enough as it is, but if you put harsh chemicals on your hair it might cause growth problems.

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Brush Rubbing Dreadlocks (52)

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Your dreads will look like little nub dreads right after you make them, and will lock up in about a month.

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Dread Braiding (48)

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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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Maintaining Dreadlocks (30)

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The best way to tighten tips is to rub them against the palm of your hand in a circular motion. You can go to the tip rounding page in the Tips section to see an animation and get detailed instructions.

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Washing Dreadlocks (18)

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Washing helps tighten your dreads by removing dirt and other things that are left behind in dreads. When theses things are present the dreads are unable to tighten because these things are blocking them. As soon as you remove them the hair is able to knot up where the residue was.

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Dreadlocks Roots and Tips (20)

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There are two types of loose hairs:
Root loose hairs
You should twist them into a ball and thread them through the root of your dread. Put a rubber band around the roots, do not make the rubber band to tight, just snug, if it is to tight the hairs will not be able to move to knot into the dread. Then use the clockwise rubbing technique and rub the dread against your scalp. Put a little bit of wax on the dread and work it into the root to help hold things together.

Mid-dread loose hairs
The best thing to do is get a dental floss threader and thread the hair through the middle of the dread. Then add a little wax to the dread and start palm rolling.

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Hair Growth (15)

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Yep, dreads do grow; they grow at the same speed your normal hair grows. Even though it seems like they are growing slower because the hair has to spiral and twist and knot. So it seems like dreads are growing ΒΌ the amount that 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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Hair Types (0)

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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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Caucasian Hair (55)

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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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African Hair (19)

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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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Curly Hair (17)

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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 πŸ™‚ 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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Straight Hair (28)

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Wearing a helmet will not hurt your dreads. Your dreads may be a little flat after you take the helmet off, but they will poof back up after you wash them. You may need to get a larger one that your dreads will fit in.

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Thin Hair (25)

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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 πŸ™‚ 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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Thick Hair (22)

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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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Misc (66)

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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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Starting Dreads (40)

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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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Asian Hair (22)

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You don’t have to but I recommend it, you will only need one, if you use a plastic comb you will probably go through about ten. Also, you will be able to backcomb the dreads a lot tighter.

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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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Silky Dreads (31)

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Aloe Vera can be used in dreads to condition them, but it may harm silky dreads by loosening the hair and making them fall apart.

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Neglect or Freeform (39)

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Yep, your hair will dread, but not with the neglect method, you will probably want to use the backcombing method because you will have the best results. The hair might slip out a little, if you don’t backcomb the dreads tight enough, so make sure you do, and make sure you put rubber bands at the tips.

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