Tips For Maintaining Your Synthetic Dread Extensions

Already have your very own set of installed, synthetic, dreaded extensions??

Well here are some tips for the aftercare!


Yes we wash.

I recommend washing every 4-7 days… I find that washing more often tends to lead to extension slippage, mildew dread and frizziness at the base. If you choose to go longer, that is up to you and friends… ask them if you smell 🙂 (haha)


If it feels tight and pulls, you are probably causing tension on your scalp and bond. Putting them in 14 different styles each day is not going to aide in the longevity of your extensions.

There are many youtube videos on how to style dreadlocks, if you are looking for creative styles. If easy is more your style, I am in love with a dreadie invention we are now carrying in the salon; a 12in wire noodle (not sure what the real name is) but thats the gist of it. Bundle your dreads and bend this wire around them. BEST $10 I have spent to control these bad boys.


Yes decorate them!! Hemp, leather, strings etc! Keep in mind, adding a lot of weight is never a good idea for your scalp and hair, and adding thickness and material to your dread can keep it from drying. Watch for weak spots or slipping caused by weight, and make sure your dreadies are drying within a day!

Hope this helps!!

Please Read- IF You Think You Want Dreadlocks

If you are interested in dreadlocks, there are a number of questions I am going to ask before we can even talk about price, color choices, maintenance etc…

No two dread heads are the same… And no two dreadlock appointments are either!

So, here are a few questions you can get the answers to, prior to contacting me for an appointment 🙂

1. How long is your hair? It must be AT LEAST 3 inches… I prefer 5.

2. Are the people IMPORTANT to you, ok with you having dreadlocks…. BOSS, wife, mother, husband, etc…

3. Are you interested in Permanent or Synthetic dreadlocks? PLEASE read the article Permanent VS Synthetic even if you THINK you know the answer, this article will help us to use the same terms when communicating about your dreadlock appointment.

4. Are you interested in adding any length to your hair? Plan on losing about 1/3 of your length once your hair is dreaded. (You should have an idea of what this will entail if you read the link in question 2!)

5. Are you interested in a partial dread? One dread? A few? Or a full head?

6. Is your hair colored? If so, are you interested in a color appointment prior to your dreadlock appointment? If we are adding length, are you interested in adding color to your hair with the extension hair? Pictures help us determine color.. It is helpful to have a pic of your existing color, and color preference after it is dreadlocked.

Read the articles under the Dreadlocks tab on the Home Page for more information on dreadlocks, and my services. Please contact me with any further questions you may have, or to schedule your dreadlock appointment!



Synthetic VS. Permanent

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.

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 maintenance 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.

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.

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 for pictures as to how this method progresses.

Happy Dreading!



Dreadlock Dictionary

Dreadlock Vocabulary 101

Dreadlock- a style created by allowing the hair to matt into rope-like locks.

Synthetic Dreadlock- A preformed dreadlock made from human hair or monofiber, attached to existing sections of hair to create the look of a dreadlock style.

Neglect Method- Letting dreadlocks naturally form without much/if any assistance or maintenance.

Backcomb Method- Using a dread comb to back stroke sections of hair into dreadlocks.

Crochet Method- Using a crochet or dread hook to lock sections of hair into dreadlocks.

Rip and Tear Method- Pinching and twisting strands of hair to section hair and begin forming dreadlocks.

Latch Hooking- Using a latch hook tool to tidy up newgrowth and stray strands in dreadlocks.

Seperating- The act of pulling strands of hair out of dreads that do not belong together.

Congo- When two or more dreads begin to ajoin.



Nice Cream



  • Frozen Bananas
  • Peanut or Almond Butter

Thats it, just blend it!

The topping is some Vegan whip that can be tricky at times so don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t turn out.

  • Canned Full Fat Coconut Milk
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Agave Syrup

Let the coconut milk settle so that the thick cream is on top of the coconut water… In other words, don’t shake it, you want it solid when you open it. Scrape the coconut milk into a bullet or blender, don’t get any of the liquid from the bottom into the mix. Add vanilla extract and agave syrup and blend for quite a while. It will kind of begin to curdle and then it will start to blend together and fluff up, as soon as it looks creamy take it out and put it in the fridge for a few minutes. Should be the consistency of cool whip when you take it out. Put this on top of your “nice cream” with a little sprinkle of raw cacao nibs.




Veg Steaks


  • Green Cabbage
  • Chard
  • Mushrooms
  • Avocado
  • Olive Oil
  • Curry Powder
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Pinch of Salt

Slice your head of cabbage into sections about 1.5 inches thick, cover a cookie sheet with large pieces of chard and place your cabbage slices on top along with crimni or baby bella mushrooms. Drizzle olive oil and season all of it with curry powder, salt and cayenne pepper. Pop the cookie sheet in the oven for 25 minutes at 400 degrees, or until it’s slightly browned.

I plated this with half of an avocado.

I had cabbage left over and I had added a large portobello to the cookie sheet to be baked with the rest of my dinner, which all went in the fridge over night. The next day for lunch I made a sandwich with the large, cooked but cold portobello and cabbage. Kind of a little veg steak sandwich!


  • Dave’s Killer Bread (White Bread Done Right)
  • Avocado
  • Cooked & Refrigerated Portobello Mushroom
  • Cooked & Refrigerated Cabbage
  • Mixed Greens
  • Tomato
  • Served with Salted Plantain Chips

Love a good sandwich!





  • Red Bell Peppers
  • Yellow Bell Peppers
  • Yellow Onion
  • Garlic
  • Cumin
  • Paprika
  • Chili Powder
  • Corn Tortillas
  • Kale
  • Tomato
  • Avocado
  • Hot Sauce

Saute up those peppers, garlic and onion in olive oil, cumin, paprika and chili powder. Warm your corn tortillas in a damp towel in the microwave, and chop your kale, tomatoes and avocado for your side salad. Add hot sauce… As always.



Black Bean & Portobello Tacos


  • Corn Tortillas
  • Canned Black Beans
  • Baby Portobellos
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Cumin
  • Chili Powder
  • Paprika
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Greens
  • Tapatio

Slice and dice everything to small pieces, the smaller the better… Start in a fry pan by sautéing the garlic and onion in a bit of olive oil and salt, add the baby bellas, cumin, paprika, and chili powder. I do not hold back on the spices! Once everything is browned add the black beans and hot sauce (if you want). Throw your corn tortillas in a wet towel in the microwave to gently warm. Add some greens, cilantro and hot sauce when you serve it up, or whatever toppings you like with your tacos!




Kitchen Staples

There are a few things I always have around the kitchen… I hate getting stressed about food, and when you’re a vegan in Idaho it can be tough to find a quick meal.


Veggie Patty- This brand makes several favors and they truly are all delicious! Free of processed crap and a ton of allergens. Two come to a package and at our local Natural Grocer, they run about $3.69 per package. Always have a couple flavors in my freezer!



I pop one of these babies in my little toaster oven at about 425 for 15 minutes and it’s good to go! I eat this for protein on a sandwich, with salad or rice.




Rice Cups by McDougalls- I LOVE his stuff. These Curry Almond rice cups are a staple in my pantry and in my suitcase. I toss a couple of these in my carry on and drop by a Starbucks for a little hot water when I am ready to eat it. Just empty the flavor packet on the inside of the cup and fill with boiling water. At home when I eat these items together, I pop my veg patty in the oven and get the water boiling for this rice cup, they usually are ready at about the same time. Our Local Natural Grocer stocks these for $2.19 per cup.

Give them a try!