Dreadlocks FAQ

  1. How long does my hair have to be to dread it?

    I can do dreads on any type of hair as long as its 8-10cm long. If you are unsure send me current pictures of your hair for advice and a quote.

  2. How much shorter will my hair be when I dread it?

    You can loose up to a 1/3 of your lenth during the dreading process, depending on your hair type and its condition. So if your hair is 30cm long before you dread it, it will be around 20cms after you dread it. Thinner hair shortens more, thick hair shortens less.

  3. How long will it take for my dreads to mature?

     The way I make dreads is with a crochet hook which means your hair is dreaded straight away, the same as it looks in the photos from my gallery. Of course, the hair is constantly growing and needs to be maintained more often in the beginning while they are settling in. I recommend the first touch up after 6 weeks. The second one 2-3 months after that. Then 3-4 times a year ideally.

    However if you do your dreads with the backcombing, wax or any other method your dreads will shape and form over a period of months and with this a lot of changes will occur, especially if your hair is wavy or thin.

  4. Can you dye or bleach dreads?

     I would suggest dying or bleaching the hair before its dreaded if possible, then just touch up the roots as your hair grows.

    If your hair is already dreaded, go for it, just exercise a little more caution. You shouldn't have any problems going darker (just remember that if your hair is blonde and you want to go dark or black you MUST use a dye that has a red base eg. auburn, mahogany, burgundy or you will end up with green hair!!

    If you want to go lighter, I suggest doing it in stages. Wrap each dread individually from the root to about an inch down with aluminium foil and dye the exposed section at the end of the dread first as it will take longer. Then remove the foil and continue to bleach the roots last, because the heat on your head activates the bleach quicker.

    DO NOT EVER apply bleach directly to the roots unless the rest of your dreads are at the desired colour and towards the end of the suggested application time. Heat activates the bleach and speeds up the process so this will help avoid white roots and yellow dreads.

    If you just want to a little lighter, I highly recommend a product called Sun-In. It’s in a spray bottle and very easy to use, select the super strength one (#4) and again starting at the ends spray as desired and use a hairdryer to help activate it or sit in the sun for an hour or so. It’s an awesome product and will give a very nice natural sun-bleached effect.

    Bleaching very dark hair is extremely time consuming it takes a few applications and you must be careful not to damage the hair by trying to get from black to platinum blonde in 1 application - it’s NOT gunna happen! So be patient and take your time.

  5. What about swimming with dreads?

     You can swim with dreads. Chlorine won't hurt them, and salt water is excellent for an itchy scalp. If you are going to be doing a lot of swimming with new dreads put them up ideally, or just be careful. It’s not the end of the world, but it will speed up the dreading process and can make them frizzy.

    Just don't let them sit with water in them or they will smell. Make sure they dry thoroughly every single time they are wet. If you don’t do this, you will end up smelling like a wet dog, and will probably eventually end up growing mould from the inside out – Not cool.

  6. Can I dread my hair by myself?

    Yes, you can, it is difficult though! The thing to be most aware of is the sectioning of the dreads – you don’t want to end up with big squares all over your head. Each dread section should really interlock and try to avoid a big centre part down the middle of your head. Get 2 good sized mirrors so you can see the back and front ideally. Better yet, try and rope in some friends!

  7. Will sports or sweating effect my dreadlocks?

    The sweat won't hurt your dreads at all. Lots of sweating though means lots of showers, running water over dreads to rinse them won't loosen them much but repeated scrubbing and pulling while they are soapy will usually loosen more than a few hairs. This is natural and usually isn't much of a problem. Again, just make sure your hair is allowed to dry naturally and thoroughly every time its wet.

  8. What if my parents don't feel it's a good idea?

    Well, contrary to the beliefs of some, dreadlocks are not an unclean hair style. They should be washed and cared for. They will not make you smelly or dirty and won't damage the scalp or roots. Unlike tattoos, dreads can be removed quickly and inexpensively by cutting them when you grow tired of them.

    They build self confidence and promote spiritual growth, and they allow freedom to express yourself in a natural and non-permanent way.

  9. Will my hair grow when I have dreadlocks?

    Your hair will grow at the same speed it did before, although it will feel slower. For every 5cm of growth you will only notice 2.5cm or so of actual length. You will need to weave the new loose hair into the dread with reguar maintenance every few months. Check out the DREAD CARE section for more details.

  10. What are natural dreadlocks?

    Natural dreadlocks are dreadlocks made entirely without the use of chemicals or perming solutions. You can read more about the different way of making dreads in the DREADLOCK METHODS page.

  11. Do I have to stop washing my hair before I make dreadlocks?

    No, actually you should wash your hair with a good normal shampoo 2 days before you make the dreadlocks and let you hair dry naturally. The way I dread means your hair is dreaded and mature looking immediately and can be washed regularly after 1 week. Contrary to popular belief the cleaner your hair is the more easily it will dread..

  12. Do I have to use a different shampoo when I have dreadlocks?

    I recommend using the same hair care routine you used before you had dreads. I don’t endorse any dread products or shampoos. Ive had my own dreads for 20 years and in my experience with my own hair as well as seeing the effects on my hundreds of clients, dread shampoos leave the hair greasy, oily, and waxy. This means that everything from dandruff to lint gets stuck and trapped in the hair and is near impossible to get out. Usually, the more a product promises the more sceptical I would be.

    There are plenty of natural and eco-friendly shampoos out there, just stay clear of ‘residue free’ products. Whatever they take out is what you need to clean the hair properly.

    Residue is the most overused word I hear when it comes to dreadlocks.Just wash the shampoo out until the water runs clear and then a few minutes more. 

  13. Is wax good for dreadlocks?

    The method that I use involves no wax and it is not necessary at all. I really advise against it at all. It gets trapped in the hair and it’s like a magnet for fluff, dandruff and lint.

  14. Is there anything I should put in my dreadlocks?

    The only thing I could recommend would be a spritz of Tea Tree/Water mixture if they are particulaly itchy in he beginning. Other than that you should not really have to do anything different that you did before you had dreads. 

  15. What about natural or household products to speed up the process?

    Mayonnaise, honey, toothpaste, glue, cement, mud, chewing gum, peanut butter, or hair gel can also be used if you want gross, dirty, smelly dreads! Just because "you can drive a car with your feet doesn’t make it a good idea!"

  16. Should I use rubber bands to keep my dreads tight?

    Again the method I use does not require this option, and its not something I would recommend to be honest. They will put dents in your hair and you usually end up losing quite a bit of hair around the elastic as they are so tight and hard to get out.

  17. Is there a special way to sleep?

    There are loads of different opinions about this and lots of different hats and wraps on offer but I think the best way is to just pull them up and over the back of your pillow. You will find its much more comfortable anyway than laying on your dreads. If you have just done maintenance to your dreads or they are super fresh they may be a little tight for this but hang in there a few days and they will drop enough for this option.

  18. Are dreadlocks for Rastafarians only?

    It is a misconception that dreadlocks were started by Rastas and only Rastas should wear them. It is common knowledge that cavemen wore dreadlocks, not for spiritual reasons, not for fashion, just for the fact that the comb wasn't invented yet. Dreads or Locs are worn in many different countries and cultures and for different reasons. It is ok for you to wear dreadlocks if you are wearing them for fashion, and it is ok for you to wear dreadlocks if you are doing it for spiritual reasons, whatever works for you and makes you feel good. We should all be educated and tolerant either way. Read more info on the History of Dreadlocks.

  19. Is there anything else I should do to my dreads?

    Wash them regularly, every 2 weeks is common but it really depends on your lifestyle. If you get dusty, dirty, sweaty or smelly wash them accordingly. Make sure they dry thoroughly and naturally, palm roll them if required (only when dry) and root rub occasionally to ensure the dreads are growing thick at the root. Get more info on these techniques in the DREAD CARE section.

  20. Can I get a refund if I'm not happy?

    I have never had an unsatisfied customer :)

    I am happy to fix small problems - so feel free to contact me should this be the case.

  21. How can I remove Dreadlocks?

    Dreads are not a hairstyle that you undo every night before bed, once they lock up they are tricky to ‘undo’. Though this doesn't mean it’s impossible, it just requires some patience (and some help ideally). You have the option no matter how long you have had your dreads or how mature they have become, to cut your hair short, not shaved, but short when you want them out. Then use shit loads of conditioner with a wide tooth comb and starting from the ends try and slowly separate and comb out the dread. If they are only new and you are positive you have made a mistake a hot shower and a lot of conditioner should help. Again, start at the bottom and work your way up.

    You will definitely need a haircut after though with mature dreads, loosing a good few inches at least to tidy the jagged ends.

    SYNTHETIC temporary dreads might be an alternative if you are not in it for the long haul.

  22. Im a concerned Parent, what should I think?

    So your son/daughter wants dreads and you don't feel it's in their best interest. Well dreads, contrary to the beliefs of some, are not an unclean hair style. They should be washed and cared for. They will not make your child smelly or dirty and won't damage their scalp or the roots of their hair. Unlike tattoos dreads can be removed quickly and inexpensively by cutting them when your child grows tired of them.

    They build self confidence and promote spiritual growth. And they allow your child to express themselves in a natural and non-permanent way!

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Synthetic Dreadlocks FAQ

  1. What length does my hair need to be for synthetic dread extensions?

    Your hair must be at least 2-3 inches in length to hold extensions properly. If it is quite short you should be prepared for the possibility of the braid sliping out, especially along the nape of your neck where hair is often shorter and thinner.

  2. How long will extensions last?

    Synthetic dreads will last roughly 3 months depending on your hair type and length. However this can vary, as some people may find their hair grows much faster due to the weight of any synthetic hair added. If you wish you can have a maintenance appointment after 2 months to tighten them and extend their life.

  3. Are they uncomfortable?

    Extensions can feel quite tight to start with, and sometimes a little sore for 24 hours, but they will soon loosen up as your hair grows out and your head gets used to the change.

  4. How long do they take to put in?

    It depends on what exactly you want and how thick your hair is, but for synthetic dreads/cyberlocks it usually takes around 2-4 hours.

  5. What if my parents don't feel it's a good idea?

    Well synthetic dreads are not permanant and easily removed. They should be washed and cared for the same as normal hair. They can be removed easily when you grow tired of them.

    They are also a good way to decide if you like them and they suit you before you take the plunge into permanent ones!

  6. What hair types are suitable for extensions?

    All hair types are suitable for extensions. If you have very fine hair, or it has thinned as a result of bleaching I recommend more lightweight extensions (handmade synthetic dreads or wool).

  7. My head is itchy, can I wash my hair with extensions in?

    Yes. Of course. You can purchase products made specifically for use with braids and synthetic dreads that contain tea tree and will help with an itchy scalp. However, I always recomend you carry on with the same hair care routine and products that you know work for you. When washing your dreads just take care and focus on gently massaging the scalp, allowing the shampoo to just rinse down the ends of your hair and then wash out thoroughly. (A few minutes after the water runs clear)

    It's best to let your extensions dry naturally after washing, but if you choose to use a hairdryer ensure it is on a LOW heat as most types of synthetic hair will melt if subjected to high temperatures!

  8. How do I look after my extensions?

    Gentle washing and common sense will maximise the life-span of any extensions. It really does depend on your lifestyle, if you exercise regularly and get very sweaty or smoke you will definitely feel the need to wash them more regularly. I would usually say once a week is good. But be gentle when styling and keep them clean and dry.

  9. Can I come back to have them tightened?

    It is not possible to tighten them once installed. They need to be completely removed and then reinstalled. I would advise removing the synthetic dreads at home and giving your hair a good wash, brush and condition before reinstalling them (it can be the next day).

    I don’t recommend leaving the synthetic dreads in longer than 2 months or you will find the hair starts to dread at the root as it grows.

  10. What about styling them?

    Just be careful of tying your hair too tight, or putting it up too often, as this can cause them to pull (and give you a headache) and they may fall out.

    Braid sprays can help to reduce the fuzzies and keep your synthetic dreads looking tidy and fresh.

  11. How should I sleep?

    In your bed.. :) You may find it weird for a couple of days but you will get used to it! Pulling them back over the top of your pillow should be comfortable and will reduce them fuzzing. You can try a silk bonet if your hair is particulary curly.

  12. I want my extensions for a certain event , can you do them?

    I work on an appointments basis, so it's best you book early to avoid disappointment. Just give me a call on 07546800482 or email DreadyGirl.Dreadlocks@gmail.com

  13. Do I need to bring my own synthetic dreads?

    My prices include the hair and installation, if you find particular dreads you want I will charge you accordingly and for the installation only. Please just send me the link or some pictures for advice before purchase. I also have beads, feathers, wraps and other decorative items to choose from.

  14. Can I get a refund if I'm not happy?

    I have never had an unsatisfied customer :)

    I am happy to fix small problems - so feel free to contact me should this be the case.


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