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What do you need to get dreads
Hair Type: Almost every hair can be dreaded so don’t worry if you have thin/fine hair, they can still be dreaded.
Length Needed: The minimum length you need for having dreads for the first time is 5 inches. If you want to add extensions you can get away with 4 inches length.
Adding Extensions: If you are not adding extensions expect you will look like a hedgehog for a while if your hair is short. If you add extensions though, they will pull your dreads down and another benefit is that your dreads won’t shrink. They will keep on being pulled down and they will grow downwards. Dreadlocks need around one to two years to mature, within that period they will change shape and probably shrink a bit, until they are hard and mature enough.
One last thing thing to have in mind is that you have to stop using hair conditioner. Conditioner softens your hair and which is exactly the opposite if what we need.
How to wash your dreads
When to wash your dreads: You can wash your dreadlocks for the first time after three weeks to a month from their start. I would advise keeping it to once every 2 weeks. After one to two years, when they are matured enough, you will be able to feel when your dreads need a wash -there is no specific day you need to wash them, depends on the hair type.
What shampoo to use: It’s good to use a no residue shampoo or a soap bar so no chemicals are left inside your locks. If you use a normal shampoo though it’s not the end of the world. Conditioner is not suggested as it softens the dreads and makes them loosen than keeping them tight.
Dreadlock Deep Clean: Give a deep clean to your dreads once or twice a year and get rid of all the dirt that wont come out with just shampoo. You can find the recipe here – How to: Dreadlocks Deep Cleaning
On the shop you can find a selection of dreadlock care products from Raw Roots organic which are friendly to your dreads and the environment. To find the Herbal Cleanser Dreadlock Shampoo and the Greenie Genie Soap Bar click here:
Keep palm rolling your dreads at least once a day for the first six months. This will keep your dreads in a proper straight and circular shape and it will prevent them from going flat or from having loads of bumps.
How to Palm Roll: Start rolling your dreads, starting from the root and going downwards. Do this for a couple of times and focus on any parts that have bumps or to the direction your dreads are trying to move. This will help the shape of the dread from been everywhere. You can reduce this process in the future but for the time being keep palm rolling!
Making & Maintaining Dreads with crochet needles
Making new dreads: For making new dreads I use a 0.75mm needle. I first section the hair I need for a dreadlock and then I use back combing and palm rolling to form the dread. Then 0.75mm to get the dreadlock nice and tight.
Maintaining dreadlocks: The needle size recommended for maintaining your locks is 0.75mm. Others use 0.6mm which is also good. Personally i use the 0.75mm as it gives more space for the dread to breath whilst is still tight.
How to use a crochet needle: To maintain a dread you have to pass the needle through the middle, grab the loose hair around the dread with your loose hand, wrap it around the needle and pull it inside the dread.
This is an easy way to start and then you can develop your technique. On our experience everybody finds a different way to use crochet needles depending on how it works for them.
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Contact us for dreads from scratch and extensions
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