Dreadlocks FAQ

New Dreads (23)

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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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Methods for making dreadlocks (0)

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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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Backcombing (57)

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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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Twisting Dreadlocks (51)

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They may curl a little when they are new, but if you palm roll them a lot they will straighten out in about a month.

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Twist and Rip Dreadlocks (48)

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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 Perm (54)

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Dread Perm
You don’t need a dread perm, you already have what everyone is trying to achieve with a perm. You should use the backcombing method.

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Brush Rubbing Dreadlocks (52)

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Yes, people with thin hair can get dreads, and this is a great method for thin hair.

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Dread Braiding (48)

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They may curl a little when they are new, but if you palm roll them a lot they will straighten out in about a month.

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Maintaining Dreadlocks (30)

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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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Washing Dreadlocks (18)

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The best way to get rid of bacteria is to wash the dreads in a residue removing shampoo. If the problem is severe you should dilute some bleach and rinse your dreads with it. The measurement is 1-gallon water to a teaspoon of bleach.

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Dreadlocks Roots and Tips (20)

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Twisting helps tighten your dreads, it can also help push in loose hairs, and make flat dreads round.

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Hair Growth (15)

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Normal hair usually grows about a half inch a month. You can take herbs like horsetail, salmon oil, vitamin E.

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Hair Types (0)

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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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Caucasian Hair (55)

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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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African Hair (19)

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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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Curly Hair (17)

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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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Straight Hair (28)

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It’s all preference; I found the backcombing method to be the best for Caucasian and Asian hair types, and the twisting technique to be the best for African hair. But if you have your heart set on the twist and rip technique go for it, if you aren’t happy with it try a different one. I can tell you this, if you want your dreads to happen and you want to know that they will turn out, use the backcombing method, you won’t regret it.

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Thin Hair (25)

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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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Thick Hair (22)

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I don’t recommend them, because it ruins your hair, makes it brittle, and break, but if you want one you should talk to the hair police they do them and they have tours.

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Misc (66)

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Sports and sweating will not hurt your dreads. If you are involved in a water sport where your dreads will get very wet, very often, then you may want to use a swim cap while they are new.

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Starting Dreads (40)

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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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Asian 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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Loomed Dreads (6)

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You can put loomed dreads in with any hair length.

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Silky Dreads (31)

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Expect the wax to be firm and a little sticky. It might be a little hard to get off of your hands, since it’s waterproof, but you can use liquid Dawn to get it off or a product called Waxx Off that is specifically made for breaking down dread wax. You may find it a little different to work the wax into the dreads for the first time, if you do, get a hair dryer and heat the wax a little before you smooth it on the dread, then melt the wax into the dread using the hair dryer when you’re done.

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Neglect or Freeform (39)

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Neglect
There’s not much to expect with this method and short hair, it will happen when it happens, but it will take longer for the short hair to knot than it will for longer hair. You should probably wait until your hair is longer before you go neglect.

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