Most Commonly Asked Questions
How long will it take to get my dreads started?
Depending on the method you choose to use, dreads can be started right away. However, it can take months — even years — for them to mature. It took mine a good couple years to mature, although I do will say that the time could have been cut down if I would have gone to see a loctitian for help from the beginning.
What do I do when my new dreads want to unravel?
You will have to re-tighten your dreads on occasion, especially when first starting them. Washing your hair can loosen up young dreads quite a bit. However, the good news is that as they mature, they will tighten up considerably. My dreads don’t unravel now at all (well, it’s been a decade, so, yeah.)
Help! I have a dread that’s hanging by a thread. What do I do?
Well, you have a couple options. You could cut it off if the weak part is only a few inches up from the bottom of your dread. However, if a good half foot or more is about to break off, you can “cheat fate” so to speak, by threading a few strands of real or synthetic hair through a needle and manually sowing it back on. If done correctly, no one will be the wiser, and you will have saved your dread.
How should I style my dreads?
The sky’s the limit on this one. The great thing about dreads is that they are extremely versatile. It can do anything non-dreaded hair can do, and even more, due to it’s unique tendency to hold it’s shape.
I’m an avid swimmer. Where can I find a dreadlock swimming cap?
The key is to find an extra large swim cap. At the moment, you’ll have a tough time finding one especially designated for “dreadlocks”, but if you go for the largest one you can, there’s a chance it will fit your head. There is an Extra Large Swim Cap for Dreadlocks, Braids, Extentions and Long Hair Styles you can by via Ebay at the moment.
My hair looks grimy and dirty, and washing it all the time isn’t helping. What am I doing wrong?
You’re using the wrong kind of shampoo. You want a good, clarifying shampoo that simply removes the dirt from your hair. That’s it. If the bottle says “Volumizing” or “Extra Shiny” or anything along those lines, stay away from it, because your hair will end up looking dirtier than when it first started. If you wash your hair consistently about once a week with your new clarifying shampoo, your dreads should clean right up, and nicely.