Do you LOVE dreadlocks? Do you have clients who love dreadlocks? Do you want to get dreaducated? Continue reading
Do you LOVE dreadlocks? Do you have clients who love dreadlocks? Do you want to get dreaducated? Continue reading
Synthetics are all the rave these days; a noncommittal, bold, and protective style.
With faux dreadlocks I see all types of people and varying desired effects for them… some want a synthetic dread that looks as natural as possible and others want an epic and maintenance free style for festival season. Either way, you’re going to learn how to give the people what they want in this 2 day, hands on course.
I am going to teach you everything you need to know about applying, cultivating and booking synthetic dreadlock extensions!
I am quite sure that between my social awkwardness and inability to hide a completely dumbfounded reaction, I have been perceived as rude in many cases. My daily interactions can be uncomfortable and strange from time to time, and it never ceases to amaze me what people will do or say to a complete passerby.
Honesty, I do know that it is my choice to walk around with an obnoxiously loud style and green dreadlocks… but I just wish I was given a better chance to engage with people. After all, I am a super social creature.
Here are some things you should never lead with if you want to have an actual conversation with me…
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.
BEADS AND DECOR
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!!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
This post is long overdue…
Contrary to popular belief from social media outlets and online sites, dreadlocks CAN be messed up and when you hire an inexperienced stylist to do your locks, you MAY HAVE TO SHAVE YOUR HEAD. If you don’t think that’s a big deal… I don’t know what is.
I have been actively working on and learning dreadlock techniques for over 4 years; practicing and experimenting on MY own head, and the willing heads of family and close friends. I WOULD NEVER attempt to create a PERMANENT style on someone’s head if I had not been properly trained in what I was doing; It blows my mind that I even have to say so.
My interest and techniques originated from hair and weaving methods I have been perfecting for over 9 years. Dread work and extension blending takes years of practice and is not something that is learned in a matter of one day or one course. Dreadlocks are like a tattoo, the goal is to never have them removed. You wouldn’t go get a tattoo from an artist who took a 4 hour class, now would you?? Although dreadlocks cannot put you at risk for blood borne diseases, you are chancing PERMANENT DAMAGE to your hair and scalp when you hire an untrained dreadlock technician. You are putting yourself at risk for PERMANENT patch balding, a receding hairline, major thinning and extreme breakage. Yes, these are worst case scenarios, but why would you chance that?! And why would an inexperienced stylist chance putting a client at risk for this??? Well…because they don’t even know they are putting you at risk.
Sometimes I wish I would have never ventured into this salon subculture, I am CONSTANTLY correcting misinformed clients, friends and stylists about dreadlocks and it’s become a full time job. My inbox is full of messages from inquiring clients who pick my mind for hours at a time. People are curious and they want to know what all of the hype is, and that’s great…but it’s still my job and sometimes I need a break from the anxious energy this subject brings me. I post new articles on my websites regarding dread work to help with some of the messaging work load, so please read and inform yourself with reputable DREADLOCK TECHNICIANS; stop looking on Pinterest and asking your friends questions they don’t know the answers to! Here are a few points we can clear up right away regarding dreadlocks.
WE WASH THEM!!!!- Me and my dread friends, keep our heads clean by washing them like regular hair with shampoo and water once a week. If you are not washing your hair, you probably stink.
Products- I sell and use Loma Organics, the shampoo my dreadies prefer is Loma Nourishing Shampoo. The only other product I will put on my dreads or suggest to my dreaded clients is Loma’s Leave in conditioner for a dry scalp or thirsty dreads. Loma is an organic line that is sulfate free and residue free, keeping your locks clear of build up and chemical. I DO NOT USE ANYTHING ELSE ON MY DREADLOCKS. I NEVER use locking peppers, dread wax’s, bars, or any other “dread product” to assist in locking.
Forced Dreading- You cannot have beautiful dreadlocks in one day. If a stylist tells you that you can, RUN AWAY. Dreadlocks take patience and a lot of work for typically the first year. Permanent extended dreadlocks take even longer. Forcibly dreading your hair AND extending it, will result in a disaster and dreadlocks that must be maintained for the rest of their dreadie lives. I offer many ways to appease the client seeking instant gratification, but forced dreading is not the way we do that.
Section size… UGH this is where the permanent damage happens. Your dread WILL GROW to the size of its section. This is a fact and where the technicians forcibly dreading make huge mistakes!! Hair naturally dreads by crawling towards the scalp, creeping like an inch worm and then tightening in diameter and creeping like an inch worm and tightening in diameter; this process continues until your dreads are tight tight tight and is why young dreads that have NOT been forcibly dreaded look like zig zags. As the hair creeps and tightens down to the scalp, through its own organic process, the dread itself becomes the size of the parting or section.
Here is why forced dreading is SO BAD! Locking down your dread sections with tools can create tight spots in the dreads that don’t allow this natural process; the dreads cannot move, which creates slack in areas (especially the regrowth)- requiring maintenance to correct- which results in more tight spots that don’t allow the hair to move. See the vicious cycle you have gotten yourself into? You are now committed to having a loctician tighten your regrowth and weak points, basically, FOREVER.
How does thinning and hair loss play in? When sectioning for dreadlocks, instant dreaders will create hair partings that pull together unlocked hair to the size you would like your dreads to be. Unlocked hair will not be the same size when ponied together as the section size, so typically the parting becomes larger to create an ideal dreadlock size. When you pull that section to the center and lock it down tight, you create tension on the entire perimeter of EACH section! Have you ever seen someone with 6-10 dreadlocks on their head and balding around each of their locks?? This is why.
I’m not saying my locking methods are the best or only good methods out there, but I am saying, there are plenty of people making a mess of dreadlocks and it is your responsibility as the consumer to DO YOUR DREADY HOMEWORK!!
Happy Locking People,
I am ready to coach you through the process.
First of all, are all of your “people” ok with this… BOSS, mother, husband, father, wife, children, etc… Dreadlocks can conflict majorly with dresscode in some businesses and schools and may affect your job.
Length- the longer the better! Plan to lose 1/3 of your current, natural length as your dreads mature. There are many ways to get your dreadlocks going even if length may become an issue.
Color- Dreadlocks CAN be colored, however an extreme color change can be very difficult to achieve without damaging your locks. I typically suggest a lower maintenance color because your dreads are going to be a lot of work on their own.
Time- How much time do you put into your hair daily? Dreadlocks require a lot of time and love during their first year. All of the time you get to save on blow drying and curling is now spent separating congos and palm rolling.
Washing- Yes WE WASH. I recommend to my clients 4-7 days for shampooing and I only get my dreads wet when I shampoo. Dreads can dry very slowly, even with a blowdryer. My dreads can remain damp for most of the day even, so about a week is great for me. Washing more or less than every 4-7 days can be ok as long as your hair thickness and dreads permit it. You will get the routine once you get going and will be able to determine what your dreads like best.
Feeling Crazy?- Yes us dread heads are a bit obsessed with our dreads. They become part of you, like a device for measuring time based on the Instagram photos and your locks maturation process. It’s like when a parent uses their child’s age to share the approximate time of a memory. Like children, you have your favorites, the dreads that behave and cause little grief, and then there are the naughty ones that don’t play nice with the others. They are an organism all their own, congoing together an hour after you separate your entire scalp. Because of this your hands are always in them, making you look like a monkey, or a crazy person. Eventually they mature and mellow out and become very little work.
Like training a puppy, if you give them the attention they need in the beginning they will become an easy companion for a lifetime.
Commitment- Oh yes, I did say lifetime… Dreads are not for the faint hearted. Once you jump on this dread wagon, you are on it. Permanent Dreadlocks are a permanent decision, I tell every client that they must be cut out. There are people that have combed them out, but this way should not be relied upon as your hair will not be the same once you try and reverse a hair locking process. If you are unsure as to whether you are ready to commit to dreadlocks, I suggest trying one of my synthetic methods.
The Steady Dready method gives you basically a mock run of natural dreads…. It’s the easy and reversible way to see if you are up for permanent dreads. Once they are installed, in most cases, you can go about 4-12 weeks without maintenance. At each maintenance appointment, you can choose to continue maintaining your dreads as a synthetic extension, or begin to convert the bonds to a permanently extended Dreadlock. I believe this method gives you the ability to easily trial dreadlocks and transition into permanent dreads, if you choose too.
Still convinced you want them?- If you are still convinced you want them, you do not need extensions, a color change, and your length is good to go, here is how we get started…
I do not believe in using waxes, pomades, locking sprays, peppers, etc etc etc…. Blah blah blah.
I do productLESS dreading.
I use two products in my dreadlocks,
Shampoo (LOMA Organics)
Leave-in Conditioner (LOMA Organics) when they are dry and frizzy.
You will at least need to plan on purchasing shampoo for your dreads, if you are dreading with me, I recommend and stock LOMA Organics.
I like to dread organically. Letting your hair choose what dreading and maintenance method it likes best and allowing your hair to dread on its own… Because yes, it will dread if you let it.
Appointments for dread locking are determined and scheduled according to the needs of your dreads. Some clients have an easier time working on their own dreads and can manage quite well with little time in the salon, while others NEED to come in regularly to get their dreads going in a direction we want them to.
During our first appointment together, we will consult to make sure we are on the same page about the dreads you are trying to achieve. I will separate most and sometimes all of your hair into sections and encourage these sections of hair to become friends, by lightly dreading your hair with the method it responds to best. I will give you homework and we will rebook another appointment for maintenance.
Each appointment duration and maintenance frequency depends upon the client and the hair locking ability. Typically 2 hours every 6-8 weeks has been beneficial for clients that need more help with their dreadlocks.
If you’re ready to get started, give me a call or use our email contact form!
Hope this helps!