Dreadlocks FAQ

  1. How long does my hair have to be?

    I can do dreads on any type of hair as long as its 10cm long.

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

    Usually the hair is about 20% - 30% shorter after its dreaded depending on your hair type. So if your hair is 15cm long before you dread it, it will be about 10cm after you dread it. Thinner hair shortens more, thick hair shortens less.

  3. How long will it take for my dreads to dread 'all the way'?

    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 with no need to wait for maturing. If you do your dreads with the backcombing and wax 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?

    Yes, No Problem, blonde dreads look great! However I would suggest dying or bleaching the hair before its dreaded as all the hair will be easy to cover and it will not leave dreads damaged and porous after 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 you 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!! You can always put a darker dye in after if it’s too red but it’s incredibly difficult to correct green hair.

    If you want to go lighter I would suggest doing it in stages. Wrap each dread individually from the root to about 2 -3 inches 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 bleach the roots last this will only take a few minutes usually as the heat on your head activates the bleach. Be very careful not to leave it too long or you will have extremely bleached roots that will look ridiculous! 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 dark brown to platinum blonde in 1 application - it’s NOT gunna happen! So be patient and take your time.

    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 with the heat you have on your scalp it fastens the process and you will end up with white roots and yellow dreads. I would highly recommend a product called Sun-In for bleaching dreads it’s in a spray form 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.

  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 you should really pile them on top of your head in a ripped up old stocking band or oversized band. Don't let them sit with water in them or they will smell like a wet towel. Make sure they are allowed to dry thoroughly every time they are wet. If you don’t do this they will end up smelly like a wet dog constantly 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's a little 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, and if you do manage to rope in some friends to help make sure they all keep rotating sides so you dont end up with the left side really tight that one person did and the other loose.

  7. Will sports or sweating effect my dreadlocks?

    The sweat won't hurt your dreads at all, it's just salt water really. 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 dreads, contrary to the beliefs of some, 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 you dreaded your hair although for every 5cm of growth you will only notice 2.5cm or so of actual length, as the hair is being matted into the dread and with that you lose length. You  will now also have to weave the new loose hair into the dread. There are a number of ways to do this, just check out the DREAD CARE section.

  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 residue free shampoo right 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?

    You will need to use a shampoo that leaves no or little residue. The reason being is that this kind of shampoo will remove any built up dirt, sweat, pieces of material from pillows/hats, pieces of grass or bits of tree (you would be surprised)  from your hair. When you have normal hair these residues and unwanted items are free to wash out and fall out while you are brushing your hair.

  13. Is wax good for dreadlocks?

    The method that I use involves no wax and it is not necessary at all. However if you are going for the DIY option wax can help to speed up the process as it helps bond the hair together.

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

    The only thing I could recommend would be a Tea Tree, Cocoa or Peppermint cooling and itch relief spray if required – 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?

    Mayonaise, Honey, Toothpaste, Glue, Rubber Cement, Mud, Chewing Gum, Peanut Butter, Shae Butter, Candle Wax and Hair Gel - can also be used if you want gross dirty smelly dreads but. 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 black 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. 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, hey, whatever works for you and makes you feel good.

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

    Wash them regularly once every 1-2 weeks, make sure they dry thoroughly and naturally, palm roll them if required 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 pretty tricky to undo. Though this doesn't mean you are going to have them for the rest of your life. You have the option no matter how long you have had your dreads and 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 to melt out any wax or product used and a lot of conditioner should get it un-dreaded. Again start at the bottom and work your way up. You will probably need a haircut after though loosing an inch or so just to tidy the jaggard 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 3-4 inches in length to hold extensions properly. If it is quite short you should be prepared for the possibility of odd braids or dreads to slip, 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 usually 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.  Unlike tattoos 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, including every day sprays and leave-in spray shampoos/conditioners. Anything with tea tree will be great for an itchy scalp. When washing your dreads just take care and focus on gently massaging the root allowing the shampoo to just rinse of the ends of your hair and wash out thoroughly.

    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?

    Regular maintenance and common sense will maximise the life-span of any extensions. It really does depend on your life style, 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 you can keep the extensions for much longer than usual.

  9. Can I come back to have them retightened and maintained?

    Yes of course I would advise removing the synthetic dreads and giving your hair a really good wash and brush before reinstalling them especially if has been a while as you may find dreads have started to grow at the root (nothing to be alarmed about should wash straight out with a good conditioner)

  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 may fall out.

    Braid sprays will also 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.

  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 hair or synthetic dreads?

    My prices include the hair and installation, obviously if you find particular dreads you want I will charge you accordingly. If there are other gadgets or materials you would like attached we can talk about that before your appointment so we can agree on a time and price.

  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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