Dreadlocks FAQ

Can I wash my dreadlocks?

Yes! Please do! I recommend Dollylocks shampoo bars for dreadlocks less than a year old and Dollylocks liquid shampoo for mature dreadlocks or temporary dreadlock extensions. No conditioner. Usually every 7-10 days is sufficient. Arguably more important than the washing, is the drying. Your dreadlocks should be completely dry before wetting them again. Drying can be a time-consuming process, and if your locks spend too much time being wet, they can develop mold, mildew, or mustiness.

Do I have to shave my head if I don't want my dreadlocks anymore?

No, dreadlocks can be brushed out, though this takes a very long time! Of course, you can always shave your head too; it just depends on whether you want to have hair after the dreadlocks are removed.

Can you color dreadlocks?

Yes, but keep in mind that dreadlocks can be very damaged by frequent color changes and may even fall off in some cases. Lightening dreadlocks is something that must be done extremely carefully, and is best left to a professional. If you are a person who likes to change your color a lot, natural dreadlocks may not be for you. However, we can always add in temporary extensions or colored synthetic hair so you can still get your color fix.

How long does my hair need to be to start dreadlocks?

If you are wanting to dreadlocks with your hair only, no extensions, I require the hair to be at least 6 inches. The longer it is, the more it will be able to tangle and lock up.

For temporary braid-in extensions or permanent extensions that are created at the same time as the dreadlocks, I can work with 2-3 inches. If your hair is very short or very straight, permanent extensions are prone to slippage or falling out. The more length you have, the more anchored the extension is.

What methods do you use?

I use a combination of backcomb and crochet. There are 80,000 ways to start dreadlocks, and I don't judge anyone for how they started their journey. However, this method has gotten the most consistent, predictable results for me and my clients. It works on ANY hair type, and done correctly, it does not damage the hair. I do not use any type of gel, interlocking, twist and rip, or wax. If you started your dreadlocks with a different method, you can switch to a crochet style of maintenance easily.

 

What kind of products do I need?

My favorite shampoo of all time is AG Balance ACV shampoo. It's great for everything and I haven't found a hair texture that it doesn't work on! I also recommend the Dollylocks line for tightening sprays, cleansing sprays, refreshing sprays, and dreadlock detoxes. The line was created exclusively for use on dreadlocks, by people with years of experience working with them. I know you will love their line as much as I do! Their tightening spray is one of my favorite products for new dreadlocks, and their conditioning oil is great for adding some moisture to dry locks and soothing an itchy scalp.

 

What if I only want a few dreadlocks instead of a full head? Can I do that?

Yes, absolutely! If you want to try out having dreadlocks, you need to have neat hair for work, or you just want a few "secret dreadlocks", partials are a great way to dip your toes in the world of dreadlocks. It does take a little bit of a different approach than a full head when it comes to washing and separating. You will have to be sure your loose hair remains separate from the dreadlocks. I recommend washing the loose hair completely separate from the dreadlocks, because they love to eat any loose hair surrounding them! It's not any less or more work to maintain them overall though, simply a personal preference.

I want extensions to add length to my existing locks. Do you do that?

Yes, I can add human hair to your dreadlocks for added length. These are crocheted into the ends of your dreadlocks and are relatively permanent, lasting at least a year. This is also a way to change up your color scheme. Please note that the processing required for blonde hair before it can be packaged and sold makes it more fragile, and your blonde extensions may not last as long as a darker color.

I just got my dreadlocks installed. What products do I need?

For baby dreadlocks, a tightening spray is essential. It's also a good idea to have some refreshing spray and cleansing spray on hand, too. These products are available through Dollylocks. Tightening spray should be used 1-3 times a week, and when palmrolling. Refreshing and cleansing sprays can be used in between shampoos to clean the scalp and keep locs smelling fresh!

 

Can you install temporary dreadlock extensions?

Yes, I can make and install temporary synthetic dreadlock extensions if you're not committed to the full journey. Wool dreadlocks are also an option, but I do not make these. If you would like wool dreadlocks, I can recommend you to some amazing makers. Temporary dreadlocks are braided into the natural hair and can be worn for 6-10 weeks before they need to be reinstalled or removed. There is no damage to the natural hair, and you will still have loose hair when they come out, though if they were left in too long, you may have some matting at the root. Gently brush this out, shampoo and condition as normal, and you'll be back to normal.

Wool and synthetic dreadlocks can also be looped or tied into natural dreadlocks to add density or a variety of colors. This can last up to 4-6 months depending on the quality of the extensions and how well they are cared for. 

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