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Silky Dreads

Your hair should be at least 3 inches to put the braids in.

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Yes you can; you cab have them braided into the hair when you are doing the initial braiding.

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You can see some pictures in the pictures section of this page

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The method works on all hair types.

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The method works on all hair types.

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The method works on all hair types.

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Basic maintenance of washing and waxing is required. And you have to get the dreads redone every month or two

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It can take anywhere from an hour to 3 to put the braids in your hair and wrap the synthetic hair around your braids. Your dreads will look just like dreads right after you make them.

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There are a list of salons with web pages in the links section there is also a list of salons in the methods 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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You can but it will be a lot of work, I recommend getting a friend to help you or going to a salon.

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Aloe Vera can be used in dreads to condition them, but it may harm silky dreads by loosening the hair and making them fall apart.

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

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

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You will use the wax or maintenance product the whole time you have dreads to hold in loose hairs.

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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 hair.

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Yes, you can swim with silky dreads; just make sure you squeeze all the water out of the dreads when you are finished swimming so the dreads don’t grow mold.

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Yes, you can make silky dreads with hair that has been relaxed. It will not hurt the dreads or the hair at all.

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That’s the great thing about this method you can choose if you want your dreads short, longer or the same length as your normal hair.

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The best thing to prepare for making silky dreads is make sure you have the right products.
1. A wax or maintenance product to hold the loose hairs in

2. A shampoo that doesn’t leave residue behind. Because if you use a shampoo that leaves residue behind with silky dreads it will make them fall apart faster.

You should also make sure your hair is clean before putting the dreads in.

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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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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
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 – This is the best loc cream we tested. It has necessary vitamins and nutrients for healthy locs and scalp and it’s not greasy.

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.

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Elastics are great for silky dreads they help hold them together at the tips.

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I don’t recommend it with this method because they are kind of a pain to put back together once they are taken apart, and they only last about a month and you can put them in shorter the next time you put them in.

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Not with the silky dreads method. Just take apart the twisted hair and undo the braid.

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To make dreads fatter with this method, just make the braids bigger.

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To make dreads thinner with this method, just make the braids smaller.

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You can’t really tighten your dreads permanently with this method. If the dreads are loose than they need to be redone.

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1. You can leave them out or

2. You can make little braids out of them and make little silky dreads.

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