Dreadlocks FAQ

New Dreads (23)

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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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Methods for making dreadlocks (0)

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Usually people only backcomb once, but sometimes they don’t push the hair back hard enough when they are backcombing and the knots start to spread out. In this case you will want to backcomb again. You can start at the root and push the knots you have already made towards the scalp.

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Backcombing (57)

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Usually people only backcomb once, but sometimes they don’t push the hair back hard enough when they are backcombing and the knots start to spread out. In this case you will want to backcomb again. You can start at the root and push the knots you have already made towards the scalp.

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Twisting Dreadlocks (51)

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Yep, your hair will dread, 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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Twist and Rip Dreadlocks (48)

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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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Dread Perm (54)

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Yes, thick slippery hair will dread. The Dread Perm method is a good way to get this kind of hair to dread too, because it will break down the hair and it will be able to stay in knots a whole lot easier.

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Brush Rubbing Dreadlocks (52)

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Just washing, the occasional waxing and twisting.

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Dread Braiding (48)

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Yep, your hair will dread, 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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Maintaining Dreadlocks (30)

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There are a couple ways to get rid of loose hairs.
Loose hairs in the middle of your dreads
1. Palm roll them and then wax to hold the hairs to the dread.
2. Use a dental floss threader and thread the loose hair through the middle of the dread. Then palm roll the dread to knot the loose hairs up in the dread and wax the dread to hold the loose hairs in the dread while the lock up.
3. Use a lighter to singe them off. *****Make sure you do not have any wax or any other hair products in your hair when you do this!*****

Loose hairs at the root
1. Use a dental floss threader and thread the loose hair through the root of the dread. Then put a rubber band around the root, make sure the rubber band is just snug on the dread, if it is to tight the rubber band will not allow the hair to move. Then use the clockwise rubbing technique and a little bit of wax to help hold everything together.

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Washing Dreadlocks (18)

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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.

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Dreadlocks Roots and Tips (20)

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Palm rolling is rolling the dread back and forth between your palms. It is very similar to making snakes out of Play dough.

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Hair Growth (15)

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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 put a rubber band at the tip.

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Hair Types (0)

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Extensions are hair that is braided or dreaded into your hair to make your dreads fatter, or longer. Most salons can put them in your hair, but you should check around and see how they put them in. It is better if they dread it into the hair, because if they braid it in the braided part never dreads and it looks really funny, but if they dread it in it looks like your real dreads.

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Caucasian Hair (55)

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Extensions are hair that is braided or dreaded into your hair to make your dreads fatter, or longer. Most salons can put them in your hair, but you should check around and see how they put them in. It is better if they dread it into the hair, because if they braid it in the braided part never dreads and it looks really funny, but if they dread it in it looks like your real dreads.

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African Hair (19)

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You should call all the salons in your area and see if they make dreads, you can also try posting on message boards to see if anyone knows of a place to get them done.

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Curly Hair (17)

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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 look good and you want to know that they will turn out, use the backcombing method, you won’t regret it.

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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’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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Thick Hair (22)

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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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Misc (66)

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I recommend not using conditioner for about a week before you dread, because it can make the dreading process easier.

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Starting Dreads (40)

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Regular beeswax is very brittle, it will be really hard to put on the dreads unless you melt it and then put it in. But as soon as it dries it’s just going to chunk off, and leave little pieces behind, that will hold dirt and make black spots in your dreads.

Honey is very sticky and it is not very thick so it will just coat the hair like gelatin would and not help hold the knots together in the dreads. It also attracts bugs and dirt.

The only thing Aloe Vera can be used for in dreads is to condition them, but it will not help the dreading process when the dreads are new.

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Asian Hair (22)

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I personally think this is a painful time consuming way to make dreads. Not to mention it is not very effective with Asian hair.

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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 will probably only go through one jar of wax or maintenance product every 6 months.

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Neglect or Freeform (39)

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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, you will have a lot of trouble getting this hair type to dread without any help, but if you use the backcombing method with a good wax, you won’t have many problems.

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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