Dreadlocks FAQ

New Dreads (23)

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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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Methods for making dreadlocks (0)

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They will begin to lock up in about 2-3 months and they will be completely locked up by six months.

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Backcombing (57)

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They will begin to lock up in about 2-3 months and they will be completely locked up by six months.

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Twisting Dreadlocks (51)

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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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Twist and Rip Dreadlocks (48)

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Twist & rip is a really good method if you have curly hair, you will have good results.

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Dread Perm (54)

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Yes, people with thin hair can get dreads. You will probably want to go with the backcombing method, because most likely your hair is very delicate and a dread perm could fry your hair and make it break off.

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Brush Rubbing Dreadlocks (52)

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It would be really hard to put extensions in, in such short hair. Plus you would have to use a different method because this method only works on really short hair.

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Dread Braiding (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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Maintaining Dreadlocks (30)

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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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Washing Dreadlocks (18)

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You can use spritzers’ and spays to make them smell better. But whenever you add anything to your dreads that leaves a scent behind you are adding residues to your dreads. You can get rid of the residues when you wash if you use a shampoo that removes residues. It is best never to use scented oils on your dreads because they will loosen then a lot.

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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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You can, and you can keep the sides short if you want, or let the sides grow out and dread them later.

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Hair Types (0)

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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.

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Caucasian Hair (55)

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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.

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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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Curly hair is the easiest type of hair to dread. You can use just about any method and the dreads will eventually lock. If you go with the backcombing method if you have Caucasian hair you will have great results the same day you put the dreads in. If you use the Twist & Pin method and you have African American hair you will have great dreads in about 3 months.

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Straight Hair (28)

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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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Thin Hair (25)

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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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Thick Hair (22)

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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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Misc (66)

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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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Starting Dreads (40)

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Aloe Vera can be used in dreads to condition them, but it will not help the dreading process because it will coat the hair causing the dreads to have a hard time locking up.

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Asian Hair (22)

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You can use gel and make twist that look similar to dreadlocks. You can add loomed dreads to your hair. Or you can make silky dreads.

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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 should wash your hair and then apply the wax or maintenance product.

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Neglect or Freeform (39)

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Not at all, curly hair is the only hair type that I would say will work with the neglect method.

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