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Dread Perm

You should start out with hair that is about 6 inches long.

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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 dreadmethod.

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You can see a couple pictures in the pictures section of this site. You can also find some pictures on the Hair Police site.

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This method will work on Caucasian hair, but if you have the choice I would go with the backcombing or one of the other more natural methods of getting dread locks, just because of the damage the dread perm does to the hair.

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The dread perm will work on African textured hair, but I would not recommend it because it does so much damage to the hair and most people get the dread perm to get the same texture that African hair has.

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Yes, this is one of the hair types that the dread perm is made for.

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A dread perm is when a salon chemically damages your hair to make it hold knots better.

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It will probably take about 6 months for the dreads to lock up.

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It’s up to you; the pluses of a dread perm are that they look like dreads right after you make them. The down side is the price, the maintenance, and the fact that you will have to cut almost all your hair off when you don’t want them anymore.

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Maintenance is required every 1-3 months.

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Yes, you can get extensions with the dread perm method.

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I wouldn’t go with the Dread Perm method if your hair is thinning, just because your hair follicles are delicate enough as it is, but if you put harsh chemicals on your hair it might cause growth problems.

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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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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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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
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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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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Dread Perm
You won’t be perming much hair, so you won’t see a big result.

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Dread Perm
You will see results within a week, they may be good, or your hair may break, you never really know how your hair will react to the chemicals.

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Dread Perm
It really depends on the salon and the length of your hair. It could take anywhere from two hours to the whole day. The dreads will probably look like dreads when you come out of the salon.

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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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Dread Perm
You have to go to a salon for this method, because they do not sell the strong chemicals in normal stores.

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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. 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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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.

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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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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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es, 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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Dread Perm
You shouldn’t loose much length at all, but you could loose a lot, because a lot of your hair could break off.

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Actually there are. Here are a few tips.

1. If you have really straight hair you can give it more texture by braiding it for a couple days before you dread or getting a cheep perm from Wal-Mart.

2. Don’t use conditioners on it for at least a week before you dread.

3. Get the items you will need to dread a head of time; you never know what could happen at last minute.

4. Bleach or color your hair, but don’t use the conditioner that comes in the box. This will make your hair holds the knots better.

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ou 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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Elastics are really good for dreads, they help the dreads form the way you want them to and keep loose hairs in. And if you palm roll them while you have them in it will actually dread the hair.

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When you use a Dread Perm you do have to cut your hair down to about 2 inches when you don’t want them anymore.

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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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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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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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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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The best way to get round tips is to use the tip rounding technique where you rub the tip of the dread in the palm of your hand in a circular motion.

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Don’t worry about that, it’s normal for dreads to shrink right before they lock up. It means that all the hair in the dreads is finally locking up. You will soon start to get your length back and your dreads will get thicker!

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The best thing to do is roll the tip of the dread in the palm of your hand. This will make nice little round tips. I rolled my tips for three months and now they are round and really nice.

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Dreads do get fatter with time, because the hair that would have fallen out, builds up inside the dread. This is what makes the dreads become hard after a while. But if you want really big dreads and you haven’t started them yet it’s easy to make them fat, just make bigger sections. And it’s pretty easy to make the bigger if the dreads are only about two months old or younger, just rubber band them together and palm roll them as much as you can. But once they are hard it’s really hard to connect them, you can still rubber band them together, but you take a chance of having folds or creases in your dreads.

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The best way to have thin dreads is to make the sections thin when you start them. There really isn’t a good way to thin them once you have already put them in. You can tie string around the roots and make them grow in thinner sections, but if cut them or pull them apart it really tears up the dread.

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There are a couple methods for tightening roots

1. Crocheting– this really shouldn’t be used for tightening roots, you should only use it to get rid of loose loops. But what you do is stick the dread through the loop and pull it through; it’s kind of like sewing.

2. Clockwise Rubbing– In my opinion this is the best way to tighten roots, what you do is, rub the dread against your scalp in a clockwise motion. It has done wonders for my dreads.

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Use the clockwise rubbing method. Rub the dread against your scalp in a clockwise motion.

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The best way to tighten them is to palm roll them. Palm rolling has amazing affects.

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Dread Perm
1. Dread perm them in with the other dreads.

2. Make little dreads out of them. I saw one girl with little dreaded bangs, and she looked so cute!

3. Leave them just like they are, have dreads and straight bangs, I’ve seen it once before and it was neat.

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