Dreadlocks FAQ

New Dreads (23)

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Backcombing

When the dreads are new you will wax them about twice in the first week and not wash the dreads. In the second week you will wash the dreads once and wax them twice. In the third week you should start to wash your dreads twice a week, you will still wax your dreads twice in this week. And you will do the same in the fourth week. Once the dreads are about a month old you will want to wax them after you have washed them, make sure your dreads are dry before you wax them, otherwise you might get a mildew smell. Once your dreads are about 3 months old you will only want to wax them about once every week or two, it is always best to wax your dreads when they are clean.

Twisting

While your dreads are new you will want to wax them about twice a week and not wash them. Once the dreads are about 2 weeks old you should wash them and once they are dry apply the wax. Once your dreads are locked up you will only want to wax them about once every two to three weeks to condition them and make them look healthy.

Twist and Rip

You should wash your hair about once every 2 days. You can rub your hair in the shower to make the knots or you can wait until the hair is dry. You will not want to pull the knots apart when they are wet, because it will damage your hair root beds. Once you have finished pulling the knots apart you should wax each dread section and palm roll or twist them, depending on the length of your hair.

Dread Perm

You should not wash your hair for at least 48 hours and longer if you stylist says to wait longer. Once the perm setting time is over you can wash your dreads about once a week while they are new, because they will be delicate. You should wax your dreads after each washing, but wait until the hair is dry before waxing because you will have a mildew smell if you don’t.

Brush rubbing

You can wash your dreads as often as you like and you should wax about once every 3 days while the dreads are new. And once the dreads are about two weeks old wax once every week or two.

Neglect

Your choice…. Everyone has their own ideas of how they want it done.

Dread Braiding

You can wash as often as you like. Actually I recommend washing everyday, because the more you wash the more loose hairs will come out of the braid and turn into knots. You should palm roll and wax after every washing but make sure your hair is dry before waxing because if you don’t you will get a mildew smell.

Silky Dreads

I recommend only washing about once a week because the more you wash the more delicate the dreads will become. You will probably wax once every day or two to hold loose hairs down.

Industrial Dreads

It depends on which method you choose when you make the dreads. Check out the sections above for your method.

Loomed Dreads

You can take these out and wash as often as you want. You will probably want to wax them once every 2 or 3 days to hold the loose hairs down.

Twist & Pin

You should apply cream or wax before you make twist and re-wax or cream after the twist are about 4 days old, then once a week after that. If any of the twist fall apart apply the wax or cream and re-twist them. You shouldn’t wash your dreads until they are a month old, your dreads will be very delicate, you should cover them with a nylon when you wash and be very gentle. After you have washed and the hair is dry, apply cream or wax to the twist and re-twist them. Do not change your sections or comb the twist out.

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Methods for making dreadlocks (0)

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This method will work wonders in African hair. The dreads seem to lock up just weeks after you are finished backcombing.

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Backcombing (57)

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This method will work wonders in African hair. The dreads seem to lock up just weeks after you are finished backcombing.

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Twisting Dreadlocks (51)

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Unfortunately this method does not respond well to Asian hair types.

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Twist and Rip Dreadlocks (48)

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It will probably take a year to a year and a half for the dreads to lock up. I have heard in certain rare cases with people with extremely curly or textured hair that the dreads can lock up in 8 months, but that was something I only heard from one person.

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Dread Perm (54)

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Yes, this is one of the hair types that the dread perm is made for.

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Brush Rubbing Dreadlocks (52)

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This method does not work in Asian hair.

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Dread Braiding (48)

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This method will not work on Asian hair types.

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Maintaining Dreadlocks (30)

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There is a list of salons that do dread perms on the salons page in the links section, you can also find a list that do not have web addresses in the methods section.

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Washing Dreadlocks (18)

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Some shampoos can be really bad for dreads because they leave residue behind on the hair, which can lubricate the hairs and cause the knots to fall apart. Residue is not a problem for normal hair because normal hair is straight and free flowing, whereas dreads and braids are a little harder to rinse well because they hold residues much easier because of the way it is tightly packed together. The residues can also cause itching and irritation on the scalp because they build up and the scalp cannot breath.

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

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Dreadlocks Roots and Tips (20)

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You should pull them apart and then put a rubber band around the loose hairs, wax them and palm roll. And keep an eye on them, because if it happened once it can happen again.

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Hair Growth (15)

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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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Hair Types (0)

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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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Caucasian Hair (55)

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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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African Hair (19)

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You should use the twisting method or the twist and pin method. The hair will look very similar to dreads after you are finished but they will require a lot of twisting before they will lock up.

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Curly Hair (17)

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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, 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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Straight Hair (28)

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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, 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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Thin Hair (25)

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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, 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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Thick Hair (22)

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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, 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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Misc (66)

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Of course you can sleep with your dreads, were you really planning on taking them out every night and putting them back in every morning? NOPE, didn’t think so. You sleep on dreads just like you sleep on normal hair. Sometimes when the dreads are new, they will be flat when you wake up in the morning, but they will poof back up as soon as you palm roll them.
Dreads can get on your nerves when you are rolling around when you sleep, they can get under your face, or poke you in the ear, but my dreads have grown long now, so I just tie them back, now, when I sleep.

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Starting Dreads (40)

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You can use the backcombing and dread perm methods for permanent dreads. You can use the silky dreads and loomed dreads for temporary dreads.

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Asian Hair (22)

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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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Loomed Dreads (6)

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It depends on what method you use to get dreads.

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Industrial Dreads (23)

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You can put Industrial dreads in Asian hair.

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Silky Dreads (31)

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The method works on all hair types.

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Neglect or Freeform (39)

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This method will not work on Asian hair.

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