Depends on which method you choose:
Backcombing – it will take about 3-6 hours to dread the hair, and about a month to three for them to lock up.
Twist and Rip – it will take six months to a year to form dreads, and they lock up on the way.
Neglect or Freeform Dreads – it usually takes about 2-3 years to lock up.
Dread Perm – locks up in about 3 months
Twisting – I haven’t heard of it working for Caucasian hair, but it usually takes about 2 months for African American hair to lock.
Brush rubbing for short African American hair- it usually takes about 3-4 hours to complete the process
Dread Braiding – it can take 1-5 hours to braid your hair depending on how long your hair is. It can take anywhere from a year to three for the braids to turn into dreads and lock up.
Silky Dreads – It can take 2-6 hours to braid the synthetic hair into your hair and wrap the braids. Your dreads will look just like normal dreadlocks right after they are finished
Industrial Dreads – Check methods above for your dreading method.
Loomed Dreads – It will probably take about 1-2 hours to put them in and they will look like dreads right after you finish.
Twist & Pin – It will take between 1-3 hours to put the dreads in and it can take 3-6 months for the dreads to lock up.
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