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Brush Rubbing Dreadlocks

Your hair should be at least ¼ inch long and shouldn’t be longer than 3 inches.

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Backcombing is probably the fastest way to get permanent dreads. Because the hair looks like dreads right after they are finished, there is also an estimated time of 3 months to lock up. This is the least amount of time out of all the methods.

The fastest way to get temporary dreads is probably the loomed dreads method. But you can only leave them in for a few days. So if you’re going with temporary dreads use the silky dread method.

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You can see some dreadlocks pictures in the pictures section of this page. You can also find dreadlocks pictures on sites like Knatty Dread.

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This method does not work in Caucasian hair.

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This method is the best way to get dreads with short African American hair.

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This method does not work in Asian hair.

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You just rub a soft bristle brush against your hair in a circular motion to create dreads and dread sections.

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I would start at the top of your head in the middle and then work your way to the front temple of your head and then to the side then to the back and then to the other side.

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It is really hard to mess up brush rubbing, there really isn’t anything you can do to mess it up unless you just rub the brush back and forth on your head instead of rubbing in a clockwise motion.

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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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When the dreads are new you will probably brush rub once a day for the first week or two and after that you will no have to brush rub again.

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Your dreads will look like little nub dreads right after you make them, and will lock up in about a month.

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Just washing, the occasional waxing and twisting.

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

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You shouldn’t have a problem just make sure you twist your dreads a lot so they will lock up before they have a chance to fall out.

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Brush rubbing
Your dreads will form very fast, and they will lock up quickly.

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Nope, you will just have little dread nubs.

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Brush rubbing
This is the best method for short black hair, you will have great results.

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There are a list of salons with web pages in the Salons section.

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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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It is OK to have your dreads made in a salon, many people will say that they are fake dreads, but I do not believe this. I believe that if there were fake dreads are made by using dread perms and bleaches, because the dreads are not matting by themselves, they have had chemicals put on them, to damage the hair so it will mat easier. Let me just say that even though I believe this, I have nothing against dread perm dreadlocks. Your dreads are your own thing, you have the right to make them however you want, and anyone who scolds you about it is just bitter because they made their dreads by doing nothing to their hair because they didn’t do any research to find other methods of doing it, and they’re upset because they have been working on these dreads for about 6 years and they still look like crap and you just walked out of the salon and your dreads look awesome.

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Salons usually charge between $100 & $400 to make dreads. IMPORTANT! Many salons say that they do know how to make dreadlocks, but few really do. They will just put your hair in twist and cover it with gel and call them dreads and charge you $200. The best thing to do is decide which method you would like to start your dreads with, print it, and call around. Just take the directions to the salon and tell them THIS IS HOW I WANT THEM DONE! and see if they can do it. If not, try another salon, you will be able to find one that can make the dreads the way you want them.

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Brush rubbing
Go find a brush! You can start right now.

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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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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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It depends on the size jar. Probably two. You will probably use a jar when you first start your dreads, and then get another one after the third month, and that jar will probably last a year, if not more. Dread Cream is preferable for the brush rubbing method. Once your dreads are locked up you won’t need to use wax anymore and you can start using a dread moisturizing product like Dread Butta to keep your dreads soft and prevent them from getting brittle

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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.

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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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I’ve had my dreadlocks for over 4 years now, and I still use wax for little loose hairs, frizzes, and to condition them so they don’t get brittle. But you will not have to wax them all the time, once they are about a year old.

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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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As often as you please. Some people will say that you can’t wash dreads at all, because they will fall out, but that is just another dreadlock myth. Dreadlocks should be washed at least once a week, just like normal untangled hair. Your dreads may feel a little loose after you wash them, but they will tighten back as soon as they dry. With new dreads you should be careful with them, the first few times you wash them, make sure to be gentle with them, after all, they are newbie baby dreads, and they are fragile.

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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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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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Brush rubbing
Well you don’t have much length to start with; you won’t loose enough to notice.

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There are many different products out on the market that say they are intended for dreadlocking hair, but that does not mean that they actually work. Any wax that has the ingredient of petroleum is bad for your dreads, it will make your dreads feel nasty and it will make your dreads fall apart. There are 3 waxes that are appropriate for dreadlocking hair:
1. DreadHead Wax
2. Knatty Dread Cream
3. Knotty Boy
4. Jamaican Mango and Lime
1. DreadHead Wax – This is the best of the waxes we have tested. Its strong points were its long lasting hold and its lack of grease.

2. Knatty Dread Cream – Coming Soon!

3. Knotty Boy -this wax is pretty good over all. Decent hold. Its main problem is that it’s greasier than it needs to be and the hold, while long lasting, isn’t that strong. I also think the smell of their wax is a bit much. At first I was like mmm yummy, but after a few hours or so I was like sick to my tummy.

4. Jamaican Mango and Lime – this is an acceptable wax. It seems to be a bit pasty but it beats all the Murray’s and Dax wax products. It has a pretty good hold but it does leave more it’s pasty feeling behind on your dreads.

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If you haven’t had the dreads for longer than a month you can probably comb them out, but after a month they are pretty much so there forever unless you shave your head.

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You really don’t have much length to work with, so there aren’t many styles you can put the dreads in, except for maybe wrapping different colored rubber bands around them, and dyeing them different colors.

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Elastics are really good for dreads, they help the dreads form the way you want them to and keep loose hairs in.

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The rubber band at the tip is used to help keep the dreads together when they are new and it helps the tip lock up once the dreads are tight. 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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You really don’t have much length to cut but if you cut them, cut them at an angle and twist them a lot.

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You really don’t have much tip to burn; your whole dread is pretty much a tip. And, usually, dreads made with the brush rubbing method already have round tips.

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Of course, they grow just like normal hair. Your normal straight hair grows out of your scalp and then it grows into the rest of the dread.

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Usually, dreads made with the brush rubbing method already have round tips.

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By combining them, just rubber band two dreads together.

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Just twist them back and forth between your fingers.

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Just twist them back and forth between your fingers.

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Just twist them back and forth between your fingers.

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Just twist them back and forth between your fingers.

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Brush rubbing

I doubt you have bangs, but if you do, and they are longer and you can’t dread them in with the other hair

1. Cut them

2. Backcomb or twist them

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Brush rubbing for short African hair- it usually takes about 1-3 hours to complete the process

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