Organic Natural Dreadlocksthroughout history locks were often a sign of royalty and holiness
Dreadly locks and myself
My love affair with Dreadlocks started when I was 20 years old. I had them done by an experienced hairdresser who back combed my hair and used surf board wax! They didn’t last for long.
In those days that was the most popular method. Nevertheless, I loved them.
Then in my 30s I had a new head of Dreadlocks created by Sam from the Dreadshed, who created my ultimate dreads.
She specialised in a natural technique, using nothing but a comb and a crochet needle.
These where the dreads I always wanted!
I was inspired and was trained by Sam, hands on In Sydney.
The excitement I felt came from the deep knowing that I was doing exactly what I should be doing and have been doing with Dreadly Locks since 2012.
Not only do I enjoy welcoming newbees into the dreadlock community and creating the head sculpture they’ve dreamed of, but I really enjoy the challenge of re-sculpturing a client’s hair when they come to me with dreads that are less than what they really want.
Dreadly Locks is located in the Shoalhaven, 15 mins south of Nowra, Please contact me for more Information and to make an appointment.
The truth is that locks were often a sign of royalty and holiness throughout history. They predate the Jamaican /Rastafarian culture that they are most often associated with today, by thousands of years. Locks were worn by kings and pharaohs, prophets, holy men, gurus, and philosophers since the earliest known times. They were a prestigious part of many civilizations, religions and cultures.
What are natural dreadlocks?
It’s a natural process… A Natural Loctician will create a foundation by carefully sectioning the hair to begin the process in which the dreadlock will mature, It’s ‘Natural’ because it is free of product, chemical or destructive method (like Rip & Twist; Dread Perming; and Backcombing , which relies on an abundance of heavy, sticky wax).
There are a few other ways you can create dreadlocks that don’t entail chemicals, like the Woolsweater and the Neglect Methods, but I believe the Crochet Method gives dreadlocks a better foundation from which to develop. I’ve found that the Woolsweater and Neglect Methods often make the base of the dreadlock weak. This may cause them to break off over time. Also, the dreads resulting from these methods are messy and uneven, and they may matt into clumps. In my opinion, it isn’t a great look.
Of course I am going to say my method is the best method because that is what I believe, and I am passionate about what I do.
Whatever method you decide to use, congratulations to you for doing your research before getting your Dreadlocks done.
Will I need to maintain my dreadlocks?
After getting your new head of dreads, a follow up visit maybe required depending on your hair type. Depending on your hair type, a visit 4-6 weeks later is recommended – just to tighten-up where the hair has loosened while they are still forming.
Then, every 3-6 months thereafter to incorporate the regrowth is a good idea. Everyone is different so it really depends on your hair growth.
A weekly palm-rolling while dreads are slightly damp helps the dreadlock to keep in form and stay rounded when the dreadlock is still young and hasn’t matured.
Why use a loctician when dreadlocks can form themselves?
A foundation is created so the dreadlocks are sectioned in a desirable way … but more importantly, your dreadlocks have a strong foundation from the start so they form while they mature and harden.
Bricklaying Dreadlocks, Diamond Dreadlocks and Freestyle Dreadlocks are a few ways of sectioning the hair.
I can be as creative as you like, utilising different styles and widths with just a comb and a crochet needle.
Do I wash my dreadlocks?
Yes. Normal shampoo isn’t recommended because it will synthetically coat the hair shaft leaving a residue, which will in turn discourage the binding of the hair into dreads.
A tea tree shampoo and daily misting with sea salt solution is recommended.
If you are experiencing some itchiness due to the scalp adjusting to being manipulated, I have found that adding peppermint to your daily mist spray is beneficial. Keeping your hair clean with regular washing (once or twice a week) will help keep your scalp comfortable.
$60 per hour for Maintenance
Shoulder length hair usually takes me about 5-6 hours, below the shoulders 6-8 hrs and long hair 9hrs plus. Time varies according to hair type and thickness (fine, straight hair takes a little longer)
Estimated Starting price for just above the shoulders is $250 – $300 (Please phone me for detailed pricing on extensions as they are variable.) Best to send me a picture of the hair you want to dread and I can give you a quote.
When you have made your decision
It’s really helpful to send a current picture of your hair (front and back) so I can give a more accurate quote, also to get an idea of the hair type I will be working with. After you’ve sent me the photos I will then email you information on how best to prepare your hair before coming to your appointment.
Deep dreadlock cleanse
I have been asked many times from my customers about a deep Dreadlock cleanse. This is what you need… ”1 cup Baking soda – ½ cup Apple cider vinegar – 2-3 gallons of hot water + Optional ingredients: 2 tablespoons sea salt – 2 tablespoons lemon juice – 8 or 9 drops Tea Tree essential oil – 8 or 9 drops Lavender essential oil.” Place in a wash basin, maybe on the floor or what ever is easiest and let dreadlocks soak in mixture. You will be surprised by the result then just rinse. Apple cider is quite strong smelling so u may want to wash your hair with tea tea shampoo after you have done the deep cleanse.
Before & Aftercare
Preparation and After Care Info
My aim is to create Beautiful Natural Healthy Dreadlocks and to promote the use of only natural products. I do not under any circumstances recommend that you use any wax or chemicals on your hair prior to or after getting your dreadlocks.
Wax and Chemical dread perms do not create dreadlocks and you surely will be disappointed if you choose to take these options, not to mention quite possibly severely damage or even wreck your hair.
After many years of trying a wide variety of dreadlock products I now only use the recommended products that are all natural, silicone free and residue free. Silicones and residues create a build-up in dreads that you really do not want.
The Ideal environment for dreads is to have hair as dry in condition as possible, especially prior to dreading and then for the first few months of having dreads.
How do I prepare my hair for my maintenance appointment?
The week prior to getting your dreads maintained is an important one as you want to have your roots/hair in the best possible pre dread condition.
• To prepare your hair we ask that you wash your dreads with a natural and drying shampoo. This helps to remove the silicones and other build up that can be lurking in the follicle from using regular shampoos and conditioners. I recommend Tea tree shampoo that you can buy from the supermarket. The brands to look for are Redwin, Thursday Plantation or Grace & Cole and that’s a Tea tree Shampoo with Witch hazel in it which can help with the fuss.
• The day before your appointment rinse your hair with a salt wash. Mix up and stir 3 tbs of sea salt in 1 litre of hot water, let it cool then pour it over your dreads. Do not rinse out.
• Come to your appointment on time and with dry dreads.
Feel Free to bring some lunch/snacks to your appointment maybe a movie or some music.
If you are getting a full set of dreads it can take up to 6 -8 hrs which is a long time to be seated.
We do take a short break. Feel free to bring something to help time pass because it’s important that you are as comfortable
Maintained Dreadlocks, what to do next?
Remember when your dreads where new and tight? Well the first night after maintenance can feel a little uncomfortable when you went to bed. Dont worry this will pass really quickly.
People also sometimes report having a itchy scalp because the scalp has gone through a bit of trauma. It will take a few days to adjust, so be nice and dont scratch. If you have an itch you have to scratch try some Aloe Vera straight from the plant. Even keep a leaf or two in the fridge for an extra cooling effect.
Dont wash your dreads for 1 – 2 weeks after maintenance. Give them a bit of time to settle. Use Tea Tree Shampoo when you do wash your dreads as this not only keeps them clean and healthy but also helps them to tighten. When washing, gently pat the shampoo into your dreads and scalp. None of that big hand motion lathering up washing motion that you might have been used to in the past as this will pull out loose hair and make them fussy.
Use a salt spray on your dreads twice a day. Mix 4 tbs of sea salt in hot water, let it cool and add your favourite oil (about 20 drops)
Hint; Peppermint can be very helpful for a itchy scalp but only a little bit (5 drops)
I also used witch hazel that you can buy from the chemist or supermarket and put in your spray. This helps the hair from not fuzzing and keeps the hair dry if you have hair more prone to the oily side. I have found a Shampoo and conditioner thats Tea Tree and has Witch Hazel in it. The Brand is Grace & Cole Co. I know the Chemist Warehouse stocks it.
Put mixture into a spray bottle and spray your dreadlocks twice a day getting all the dreads in there rows and not just the top of your head, being careful not to get to much on your scalp as it may make you itch.
If you find you are itchy after using the spray then water it down and keep it away from your scalp as much as possible.
Not only does it smell delicious but it helps to keep your dreads and maintenance in place and nice and firm while they thicken up and dread more on there own.
As you properly already know, your dreadlocks are as individual as you are and they go through their own processes.
Its Impossible to know how often you will require maintenance as some dreads require regular care and maintenance while others do not. Some people come in for maintenance every 1-6 months. This really depends on you and whether your dreads form easily on their own or not.
Personally I think its important to get regular maintenance in the beginning so your dreadlock have a strong foundation from the start so they form and have a nice shape while they mature and harden. In between maintenance sessions you can palm roll your bases (roots), but definitely do not use any product other then what I recommend.
I hope you enjoyed your experience and Welcome to the Dreadlock Community. I look forward to seeing you again. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.