1. How long does my hair have to be to dread it?
Your hair needs to be at least 8 cm's. The longer your hair is, the easier it will be to dread and quicker it will mature so if your hair is on the shorter side they may just need a little more maintenance before they really start to lock and tighten. Top
Just like if you had curly hair, you'll lose some length once your hair is dreaded. How much you loose depends on your hair type as thinner hair tends to shorten more than thick hair. On average, expect to loose about 20% of your length. Top
Well this depends on a couple of things - some hair types dread easier than others (think curly, course hair) and how much time your spend on maintenance can influence it also.
From day one you'll most definately get the dreadlock look. You might find some are standing straight up, particularly if your hair is shorter but over the comeing days and weeks these little guys will start to settle down.
From about the first to fourth week it may seem like they are starting to loosen and you'll have lots of loose hair coming away from the dreads. Don't panic, this is normal as dreads tend to tighten and mature from the inside out. Keep them on track by dread balling, palm rolling and by keeping the rubber bands in place for as long as possible. Check out our maintenance and techniques page for more info on what to do.
By week 6 - 8 you should notice them really start to tighten and mature. You may notice them shrink a little more and perhaps get a little lumpy as and crooked as some mature faster than others. Your dreads are basically going through puberty but hang in there, they're are well on there way to adult hood!
At the 3 month mark they are becoming smoother and tighter by the day. Less wax is needed by this point and you may need to clockwise rub more often to tighten up the new growth. Be sure to keep the clean with a residue free shampoo as this will also help encourage the new growth to lock up.
6 months and they should be well over shrinking and you're on your way to getting some length. They should feel tight and smooth and no doubt can hold a lot of water - make sure you squeeze them out after washing and allow them to dry properly.
By their 1st birthday you should be sporting a hot head of mature dreadlocks - congratulations! From here on in maintenance only gets easier. Keep them clean, clockwise rub the new growth and wax them once in a while to prevent drying and breakage.Top
So your son/daughter wants dreads and you don't feel it's in their best interest. Well dreads, contrary to the beliefs of some, are not an inherently unclean or unsanitary hair style. They are washed and cared for in much the same way that braids are. They will not make your child smelly or dirty and won't damage their scalp or the roots of their hair. Unlike tattoos dreads can be removed quickly and inexpensively by cutting them when your child grows tired of them. Most workplaces accept well maintained dreadlocks and those that don't are usually content with an all black dread tam (hat for holding dreads). Dreads are not associated with any cults or illicit behaviors, however they are associated with vegetarianism, veganism and other natural and heath conscious life styles. Dreads are very inexpensive to maintain compared to normal hairstyles which require maintenance by a salon.
So they are sanitary, actually healthy for the hair and scalp. They are socially liberal rather than conservative, but not offensive in any way. They build self confidence and promote spiritual growth. And they allow your child to express themselves in a natural and non-permanent way.
It's your call. Top
Yep and coloured dreads can look amazing! It's best to dye or bleach the hair before it is dreaded and don't use the deep conditioner which is often supplied with the colour. Colouring and bleach does tend to dry out the hair but this is all good for dreads as it means knotting and locking up will be easier.
If you already have dreadlocks just wait until they are about 10 to 12 weeks old. Give them a good deep clean and remove the wax by soaking them in a little dread shampoo and very hot water (obviously taking care not to burn yourself). Again, don't use the conditioner but it is a very good idea to follow the colour with a good waxing to replace the nutrients and prevent over drying and brittleness.Top
You can swim with dreads. Chlorine won't hurt them and salt water helps the hair dread faster. If you have baby dreads you may end up with a few loose hairs but just follow your swim with our recommended maintenance routine of palm rolling and dread balling. Rubber bands at the base and tips are also a good idea and always squeeze your dreads and get them as dry as possible. Don't let them sit with water in them or they will smell like a wet towel. Top
Yes you can but it's a challenge! If you're having trouble finding someone to dread your hair, you can go ahead a dread 3/4 of your hair and beg someone to just finished the back. If 3/4 of your hair is already dreaded the back really doesn't seem like much. Alternatively just do a few at a time so you won't find it so back breaking. Top
No, sweats fine and dreadlocks should not inhibit your ability to get amongst it! Lots of sweating though means lots of showers and those can loosen new dreads. Always use a residue free dread shampoo and handle new dreadies with care. If your hair is very short wearing rubber bands at the root and tip of the dread will hold the hair secure giving it time to dread and tighten. Top
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Dreadlocks, or at least the method we promote, are not a one time only hair style. This doesn't mean you're going to have them for the rest of your life. We offer a Knotty Boy removal system which includes deep conditioners and there is also the option to cut your hair short, not shaved, but short, probably around 6cm or 8cm when you want them out.
Now let's say you dread up your hair and neglect to tell your parents. (I'm not saying this is a good thing to do or trying to give you ideas, if your parents are against it have them read the "note for parents".) When they arrive home from their vacation in NZ they freak and want it gone. Well if it's only been dreaded for around a week, you could undread it. A hot shower to melt out all the wax and a lot of conditioner would get it undreaded unless it's really long and fine, then it may take a little more work. Top
After importing and supplying DreadheadHQ and Knotty Boy to the dread heads of Oz for some years, we started on a quest to find the ultimate in dread products. That led us to designing our very own dreadlock product range, Dread Empire. Not only is Dread Empire made in Australia, but it embodies the awesome characteristics from both the DreadheadHQ and Knotty Boy products.
Sure, we are a little bias and Dread Empire is our baby but we love the stuff. Each product has been tried, tested and fine tuned over many months and we continue to work closely with our NSW based manufacturer to perfect and evolve the product line. It's free from Lauryl Sulphates and packed with nutrient goodies and essential oils, these products also smell delish! In a nusthell, you can't go wrong with any of the products. We've tried to expand the line up to simply give you more choice and it's all up to personal preference. We are committed to selling only premium products designed especially for dreads. Top
We are big advocates of dread wax providing it's used correctly. Wax accelerates the locking process of new dreads by bringing the puffy loose knots close together so they can begin to find their place in the dread. When it's worked int o the dread properly it will help the dread tighten from the core first which will avoid loops and zig zags. For these reasons you don't need to wax once your dreads are mature and have reached the desired tightness.
Wax also delivers excellent conditioning properties which prevents dry brittle hair without inhibiting the locking process. Hair on the outside of the dread is always exposed to friction, sun light and perhaps bleach and other chemicals so dreads by their very nature can cause the hair to become dry. Another way to ocndition the hair is the regular use of Dread Blam or Conditioning Spray. These are lighter alternatives to the wax and won't build up.
And finally, we also prefer our dreadlocks to have that well groomed and maintained look and wax plays a big role in achieving this. Of course it's all personal preference because dreadlocks are unique to you - some people prefer the more rugged look and want to achieve dreadlocks through the neglect method, others don't mind the loose fly away hairs so much and use lighter wash out formula's like the Dread Balm and Tightening gel as alternatives.