New Dreadlock Creation

If you're considering a brand new head or partial head of dreadlocks, you're in the right place! I try to be as informative and descriptive as possible, but it is nearly impossible to cover everything. I encourage you to read all pages under the Dreadlocks tab, and the Services menu for more details on specific services. If you have further questions, you can reach me at kaeley.dreadedbarber@gmail.com.

First and foremost, you need to be aware that dreadlocks are a journey. I use the crochet technique, also known as instant locs, where I manipulate the hair with a teeny tiny crochet hook to encourage it to form a dreadlock shape. The crochet technique means that you start at a much further stage than with other methods like the neglect or freeform methods. However, they still need to mature and this process can take up to 18 months depending on your hair texture. During their first year, they will be frizzy and wild. They may loop, zigzag, twist and basically have a mind of their own. THIS IS NORMAL. During their first year, I recommend a maintenance appointment every 8 weeks to keep them as neat as possible and circumvent any issues that may arise. Be certain you are committed to the journey. Once they are installed, it is very time-consuming, expensive, and heartbreaking to remove them.

I start every new head of dreadlocks with a consult at the salon where I explain the process and give you a clear idea of what to expect. For more information on this, see the Prerequisites page. 

*A Note About Crochet*

While crochet by an experienced loctician does not damage your hair or pull it out, there is a pulling sensation as individual strands are manipulated inside the dreadlock. Depending on how sensitive your scalp is, it may range from slightly uncomfortable to a little painful. If you have a tender head, I recommend taking some ibuprofen before your appointment.

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