Frequently asked questions

 

General

 

Do dreads need alot of looking after?

Dreadlocks are an amazingly easy hairstyle- once they are established. For the first 3 to 6 months there is a bit of work but once mature they are easy. On a day-to-day basis you don’t need to do anything. Every now and then you need to put some energy into them to tidy regrowth. Our clients on average come to us every 3-4 months for some maintenance and it really depends on how tidy you like to have them. It is always good to spend a little time once a week or so separating your dreads so they don’t grow together and palm rolling is always good for maintaining the shape of your dreads.

 

Does the crochet method hurt?

The crochet method is one in which we take the dread and using a really tiny hook we make lots and lots of tiny knots to form or maintain the dread. For some people this can be painful because your hair is being pulled close to the scalp. For other people they don’t feel it at all. The longer the appointment the more sensitive your head can become. As there are two of us it makes it much faster and less likely to be as painful. If you know you have a sensitive head we recommend painkillers like nurofen before the appointment.

 

To wax or not to wax?

There is alot of debate about whether to wax your dreads. It really is a personal choice. It is definitely not necessary to use wax or any other products to have nice dreads. The crochet method is great because it is not necessary to use products. Some people find wax beneficial but it can be very sticky and you can end up with alot of residual wax in your dreads. If it is something you want to do, we would recommend using a very basic bee’s wax with very little added and only use a little bit at a time. There are some dread waxes out there that we have found to be actually quite detrimental to your dreads – so choose with caution.

 

Are there special products that I need for my dreads?

There are no special products that you need to develop or maintain nice dreads. When washing it is important to use a non-residual shampoo so residue is not left in the dread. We use and recommend Dr Bronners multi-purpose liquid soaps – especially the peppermint – you can purchase this shampoo on this site.

 

What do I do if I get lice?

This issue would have to cause the greatest dread among dreadheads. Lice!! It is definitely something that you don’t want to get. It is possible to keep your dreads and remove the lice and a number of our clients have been successful. But it can be quite a nasty process. If you end up in this very unfortunate circumstance do some research online and work out what you might like to try. As a preventative one of our clients has a water/tea tree mix that she sprays on her dreads every couple of days because apparently lice don’t like tea tree. As a last resort you could also cut off your dreads, treat them and then bring them to us and we can re-attach them. We have done this before.

 

Does having dreadlocks affect my chances of employment?

Attitudes to dreadlocks have changed over recent years. We have quite a high number of professionals with dreadlocks such as teachers, nurses, scientists and architects. Generally as long as your dreads are neat and tidy they do not seem to be a problem.

 

Can I dye my dreads?

It is possible to dye dreads just like any other hair. More dye will be necessary because it will soak into the dread and it’s important to wash out really, really well. As a natural alternative some people like to use henna as a dye because it is chemical free.

 

 

Start-up/creation

 

How long does my hair have to be?

Hair needs to be 3-4 inches long.

 

Can all types of hair be dreaded?

We can dread all types of hair whether hair is straight, curly, afro, thin or silky.

 

How long until the hair is ‘locked up’?

Generally it takes between 3 to 6 months for the dreads to ‘lock up’ or mature.

 

I want to get dreads but i’m still not sure if they will suit me?

Dreads can be a big change for people and it is something to consider. It is possible to brush them out afterwards but this can take much time and effort and a ton of conditioner! That said, we have many clients who have wanted to get dreads for a long time and once they have them they fall in love with their dreadies. We also sell single dreads and clip on dreads on this site. If you are a little unsure you could get one or two dreads and attach them to your own hair and see how they feel before making the commitment.

 

Can you wash your hair?

Yes you can absolutely wash your hair. Best to use a non-residual shampoo so you do not end up with residue in your dreads. We use and recommend Dr Bronners multi-purpose liquid soaps – especially the peppermint – you can purchase this shampoo on this site. Make sure that you wash out the shampoo really well. The cleanest dreads that we come across are the ones that are not washed so often. The reason for this is that over-washing strips the natural oils from your scalp which actually help to clean your head – we all have a certain self-cleaning aspect that is already part of our biological makeup. In Western societies we have been affected by the marketing campaigns of shampoo companies and are under the impression that we need to wash our hair all the time. This is not accurate. It is best to wash your dreads in the morning or on a sunny day so as to allow them plenty of time to dry. We would not recommend going to sleep with wet dreads.

 

How does having dreads affect scalp conditions like dandruff and psiorisis?

From our experience with clients who have scalp conditions – having dreads can actually help to alleviate problems. While we are not exactly sure why this is (perhaps from not over washing?) it is definitely something that our clients report to us. Dreads love seawater and salty water also seems to help relieve scalp conditions.

 

Will spiders or other lifeforms inhabit my dreads?

How many times have we all been told a story of this happening? “No it really is true – it happened to my uncle’s wife’s daughter’s friend’s brother” – really? No, creatures will not live in your dreads. This is just a story to scare us dreadheads and to stereotype dreads in general.

 

What other methods are available for getting dreads?

There are many different ways of getting dreads. If you are interested in getting them do some research on different methods available beforehand. Having had dreads for many years and seeing our clients who have got their dreads through different methods we totally attest to the crochet method as the most effective way of getting and maintaining dreads. Unfortunately we do alot of repair work on people who have originally got their dreads at a hair salon or by someone who is not experienced with dreads. Our best advice is to get dreadlocks with someone who knows what they are doing and doesn’t use products to achieve them. It can save you alot of time and money. If you are going to do them yourself or have a friend who is keen to help – be aware that it can take a long time – make sure you and them are committed to the end!

 

 

Maintenance

 

How often should i get maintenance?

How often to get maintenance depends on a number of factors like how quickly your hair grows, how many fly-aways you get and basically how neat you like to have them. Generally people come for maintenance every 3-4 months. Some people like them super neat and get them tidied every 6-8 weeks and then we have other clients who only book in once a year. It really depends on you.

 

What other types of maintenance can i use for my dreads?

There are a few different methods for maintenance and you’ll find much discussion about these methods on the net. From our experience the best maintenance method is the crochet. We have seen effective use of the rub and roll on the roots only once – and you’d need to be fairly lucky to be able to get away with it. Another method is re-threading – where the dread is pulled through itself. This is a quick fix and if only done occasionally it’s ok. What tends to happen with this method though is you end up with a big hole in the dread and it isn’t actually dreaded – can almost look like braiding. This is a maintenance method that we would not recommend. We sell crochet hooks on this site and while it takes alot of practice to be able to effectively crochet dreads, it is definitely worth it.

 

What are some good things to do for my dreads generally?

There are a couple of easy things to do to keep your dreads going well. One of the most important things is to separate – ie rip the dreads apart so they are not growing together. If you do this once a week it’s possible to stay on top of it. The other thing to do is palm roll. Yes, it is really boring and doesn’t feel like you are achieving anything but it really does help to keep the strays in and to maintain a consistent shape.

 

 

Repair

I don’t think my dreads are salvageable?

We have never had a set of dreads that we couldn’t save. From our repair work photos you can see what is possible. We can save your dreads!

 

 

Extensions

 

How do you attach the extensions?

We specialise in 100% human hair extensions. We also sell the extensions pre-made through this site. We attach the extensions to your own hair using the crochet method. We do not use any products, thread or glue to attach the extensions to your hair or existing dreads. Creating a seamless join, we can provide you with instant dread length.

 

Are they permanent or will they come out?

The dread extensions we install are permanent and will not come out. Once we have attached them you can treat the hair as your own. As it is human hair it is possible to dye it. We guarantee all our extension work.