Synthetic VS. Permanent

FOR MY DREAD INQUIRING MINDS…

Hello fellow dread enthusiasts!!

Or maybe you are just the curious sort and want to know what is up with this dreadlock ordeal…

To start with, the best information I can give the average joe about dreadlocks is: there are two major food groups… More specifically, there are SYNTHETIC dreadlocks and there are PERMANENT dreadlocks.

SYNTHETIC DREADLOCKS

Many people believe that a “synthetic dreadlock” is strictly speaking of the material used when creating a dreadlock style. This is only a half truth!

For me, the true meaning of a synthetic dreadlock is a dreadlock that is attached to your existing hair. This creates the look of “real” dreadlocks without the commitment. All of my synthetic methods can be removed from the hair.

Synthetic Dreadlocks MUST be maintained in the salon regularly to keep your natural hair from dreading, and to keep extensions tight and secured. Extension maintenace is dependant upon the method used and the client.

I do typically use a synthetic fiber for my “synthetic” methods, as a fiber takes less time to dry, is lighter weight than human hair, and there is no risk for color fading or bleeding.

PERMANENT DREADLOCKS

This is what it sounds like.. A permanent decision.

Your hair is sectioned off and purposefully locked and tangled until it stops unlocking and untangling…

Many people have combed out permanent dreadlock methods… I do not suggest relying on this way out, as your hair will not be the same after going through such a brutal undoing.

A permanent dreadlock style, in my opinion, should not be done in one sitting. Dreading your natural hair can take a year or more to accomplish a mature dreadlock style.

Permanent dreadlocks CAN be extended once they are fully mature.

SYNTHETIC to PERMANENT METHOD

I call this the Steady Dready method.

Best suited for my impatient short haired friends.

We start with a Brazilian Knot in extension. The initial installation for this method is approx 5-8 hours. This method can be worn without any salon maintenance for up to 15 weeks. At this point, you HAVE A CHOICE! You can maintain these extensions as a synthetic dreadlock, keeping the option to go back to your normal hair… OR you can begin the dreading process! If you can go 15 weeks without removing the dreadlock extension, the base of your hair will begin to gently tangle. This is caused by natural hair shedding being trapped in the locked extension, and from twisting. This is nothing to worry about, as the base cannot dread too much in that time frame. IF YOU CHOOSE to take the next step to permanent locs, we would leave the tangled base and remove the extension; allowing the rest of the strand to naturally lock up. The extensions are rotated through your dreads and overtime as the strands fully mature, your extension is permanently attached to your natural dreadlock. This method has many phases, some a little tougher than others. But you have the option of coming in for salon maintenance as little or as often as you would like, booking as many hours as you feel like you need to accomplish the maintenance necessary.. The process can be as fast or as slow as you would like, more time in the salon can result in faster locking, but this process is VERY dependant upon your hair’s ability to dread on its own. I believe I have created a way for short haired dreadie enthusiasts (like myself) to have long dreadlocks that look good MOST of the time. Below are some pictures of each phase so you can get an idea of what your dreadlocks will look like throughout their steady dready journey.

Please see my steady dready page https://steadydready.com/steady-dready-model-portfolio/ for pictures as to how this method progresses.

Happy Dreading!

XoXo

-Tia