Dreadlocks FAQ

New Dreads (23)

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You can ponytail, pigtail, or braid them. You can wrap them in hemp, ribbons, and string. You can dye them different colors. Wear a tam, crown, headband, bandana, toque, or those head wraps. You can put beads, peyote stitches, or Pyrex in too.

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Methods for making dreadlocks (0)

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You don’t have to but you will use about 10 plastic combs instead of just one metal comb. The plastic combs just aren’t durable enough to push hair back at that force and not break. You will end up with little plastics bristles all throughout your dreads.

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Backcombing (57)

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You don’t have to but you will use about 10 plastic combs instead of just one metal comb. The plastic combs just aren’t durable enough to push hair back at that force and not break. You will end up with little plastics bristles all throughout your dreads.

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Twisting Dreadlocks (51)

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It is when you twist the hair into sections and then twist the hair back and forth between your fingers until it knots up.

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Twist and Rip Dreadlocks (48)

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This method will work on African textured hair.

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Dread Perm (54)

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Maintenance is required every 1-3 months.

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Brush Rubbing Dreadlocks (52)

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It is when you rub a soft bristle brush against your hair in a circular motion to create dreads and dread sections.

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Dread Braiding (48)

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Yes, you can get extensions with the dread braiding method. This is probably the best method to get extensions with.

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Maintaining Dreadlocks (30)

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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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Washing Dreadlocks (18)

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DreadHead makes a great residue free shampoo that removes other residues along with not leaving any residues of its own behind. At the moment it is the only residue free shampoo we know of that is sold on the internet.

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Dreadlocks Roots and Tips (20)

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If it is just a regular rubber band then you should just leave it there until it falls off, but if it is one of those super Scunci elastics then it will never fall off, you should take it off after three months.

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Hair Growth (15)

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Of course, dreads are not picky. Actually thin hair is easier to make dreads in than a lot of other hair type, but it’s practically impossible to get the dreads out of thin hair if you ever did want to take them out.

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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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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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Curly Hair (17)

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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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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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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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Thick Hair (22)

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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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Misc (66)

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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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Starting Dreads (40)

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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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Asian Hair (22)

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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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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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Yes, people with thin hair can get dreads.

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Silky Dreads (31)

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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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Neglect or Freeform (39)

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There is no maintenance in this method.

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