Never has a hairstyle been so misunderstood
and generated so many rumors. Who would have guessed that people would
be so willing to put random house hold foods and products in their hair.
You can infact, with a great deal of work and suffering, start dreadlocks
in some hair types with honey and tree sap but like Chris Rock says,
"You can drive a car with your feet but don't make it a good f---ing
Rumor: You do not wash dreadlocks. Hair must be
dirty to dread.
Fact: If you do not wash your hair it will stink. Dreadlocked
hair needs to be washed regularly just like un-dreaded hair. You can
wash dreads just as you would wash a sponge, by working the soap in
and then squeezing and rinsing repeatedly to get all the soap out. Clean
hair will actually lock up faster than dirty or oily hair. Because nearly
every soap and shampoo on the market contains residues it was thought
that clean hair does not dread quickly, when in fact it is the residues
(conditioners, moisterizers, builders and fragrance holders) in the
soaps that prevent hair from locking up. This is why we reccommend washing
you dreads only in residue free soaps and shampoos.
Rumor: Simply not combing your hair is the only
way to get nice dreads.
Fact: This is called the neglect method. Under some circumstances
simply not combing hair will make it dread. The best example of this
is African-textured hair. Left alone, African hair will eventually dread.
Unfortunately the results, although technically called dreads, are usually
less than pleasing to the eye. The hair forms giant matts at random
all over the head. Some caucasion hair, if it is curly enough, will
also dread by neglect but the same problem exists. It takes several
years for the hair to lock fully and when it does it generally looks
un kept, kind of like you might expect hair to look after not combing
it for a few years. We do have tips in the methods section for caring
for you dreads as you neglect them, but please note that the neglect
method is not the only way to go about getting dreads and that the dreads
you will get are rarely "nice" looking.
Rumor: Only black people can have nice dreads.
Nice dreads are high maintenance.
Fact: While it is easier for black people to have nice smooth
dreads it is completely possible for other hair textures to dread tightly
and smoothly. Dreads are difficult to start and the first month is a
pain, but as they tighten and mature they become virtually maintenance
free. They look great all the time, all you have to do is keep them
Rumor: Your hair grows slower when it's in dreadlocks.
Fact: Dreadlocks do gain length slower than un-dreaded hair but the hair is actually growing at the same speed, in dreads or not.
The reason that dreadlocks gain length slower is that the hair does not grow in a straight line. I tends to grow back and forth randomly so it takes more than 3" of hair to increase the length of the dread 3". The thicker the dreads, generally the slower they gain length. To help your hair grow faster and to increase the strength of your dreadlocks, proper nutrition is important. In addition to eating well a supplement can be taken to ensure you are getting the vitamins your hair needs. A specialized hair growth supplement
for people growing dreadlocks is also available. It includes MSM and Horsetail herb to greatly increase the speed of your hair growth. This boost helps make up for the fact that dreadlocks appear to grow much slower. It's also worth noting that long dreads can grow to become fairly heavy. Doing what you can to maximise the strength of your hair will be beneficial down the road when your dreads get longer.
Rumor: Natural dreads are those that are made by
Fact: There are two types of natural dreadlocks. Those that are
required by religion to be natural, and natural for you or I, which
means non-chemically processed dreads.
If you are rastafarian or in some sects of middle eastern religions
you are required to not interfere with the growth of your dreads. You
have probably not seen many natural dreads of this type as most of these religions
also require that no one, not even your spouse in some cases, see your
dreads. These natural dreads can be washed, but they can not be
cut, trimmed, rolled, rubbed or ripped in any way.
The second type of natural are those dreads that came
to be without the use of any chemical proccesses. You can wash them,
cut them, comb them, rip them, tie them and wax them as you like but
they are started and grow naturally with no chemical dread perms
or synthetic additions. This is what is commonly thought of as natural dreadlocks
and what we reffer to throughout the site. All methods listed in our
methods section are natural methods except for the dread perm. We personally belive
that dreads should be natural and only natural products and methods
should be used to care for them. For a list of natural dread products
see our Products and Accessories section.
Rumor: Rubberbands break hair and can thin dreadlocks.
Fact: Rubberbands used correctly help roots and tips tighten,
especially when dreads are new. If rubberbands are applied too tightly
they can compress an area of the dread and cause a thin spot. However,
proper tension will speed the locking proccess and prevent loose hairs
especially when washing newer dreads.
Rumor: Dreads damage your scalp and can lead to
Fact: If cared for using the proper methods and products dreadlocks
are actualy a very heathly hairstyle. Natural dreads do not require
the use of any chemical processes making them better for your scalp
than any hair style that requires your hair to be chemically permed
or straightened. The residue free soaps that dreadlocks are washed in
actually increase hair growth and cause hair to grow thicker and faster
by removing residue from the hair folicles.
Rumor: If you decide you no longer want dreads you have to shave
Fact: It is true that you have to cut dreads to take them out
but you do not have to shave your head. You can usually leave at least
2" inches of hair when you cut the dreads, so your hair will be
short, but not shaved.
Rumor: Mayonase, Honey, Toothpaste, Glue, Rubber
Cement, Mud, Chewing Gum, Peanut Butter, Shae Butter, Candle Wax and
Hair Gel all work great for starting dreadlocks.
Fact: People will try anything but there are products that do
the job fast, clean, and with no danger to your scalp or furnature.
Rumor: Any product you find that says it works
for dreads will work for starting dreadlocks.
Fact: Many products on the market that mention
they work for dreadlocks are actually intended to add shine and fragrance
and to make corn rows look neater but they don't acually help the dreading
process at all. The majority of these shine waxes are made with petrolium
as the primary ingredient. Petrolium is a lubricant and products that
contain petrolium will feel greasy and cause your dreads to slip apart
rather than holding them together. Petrolium products are better suited
for African textured hair which has already been dreaded.