For your convenience, I have set up this FAQ page to address the most commonly asked questions. If you have any questions left unanswered, please let me know! I’m happy to help any way I can.
Q: Do you do custom dreads? How much does it cost?
A: I do! However, because of the personalized nature of custom work, the price may vary based on your custom set. As an estimate, human hair dreadlocks are $7 each, wool dreadlocks are $5 each, and synthetic dreadlocks are $3 each. Length, thickness, quantity, and number of colors you’d like to have will determine the final cost.
Q: How do you form your natural dreadlocks?
A: Divine Dreadlocks trained me in the Divine Hand and Hook method. Because this method uses gentle backcombing and thorough crochet hooking to tighten the dreadlocks without the use of products, waxes, or chemicals, you can be sure that they will be clean and comfortable to wear.
Q: What are the benefits to temporary dreads?
A: Temporary dreadlocks are a great option because they can look as natural or as “out there” as you’d like! Temporary dreads are perfect if you prefer a more wild look or if you simply prefer the versatility and ability to easily change your hair. You can easily braid wool and synthetic dreadlocks into and out of your hair, and you can wear them up to three months at a time. You can even add them to your own natural dreadlocks for extra volume or a pop of color!
Q: What is the difference between wool and synthetic dreadlocks?
A: Synthetic hair is more realistic in texture to human hair, but because it can be heat sealed, it can be formed into textures unique to this medium. Many people like to opt for a smooth twist or a more realistic bumpy crochet texture. Wool is softer and lighter for daily wear, but retains a lot of water and can get quite heavy when wet! I get the most requests for a more natural looking crochet texture, but crimpy and smooth felted dreadlocks are fun options too!
Q: Can you tell me the difference between single ended, double ended, and dreadlock extensions?
A: Double ended dreadlocks are made twice as long as the desired length and then folded in half, creating two dreadlocks connected in the middle. This allows for two dreadlocks per section of hair when you braid it in, which creates massive volume! Additionally, they are ideal for wearing with your own natural dreadlocks. Simply place a rubber band near the top to create a small loop and then slide it over your dread. Single ended dreadlocks are made to the actual desired length and are created with a small loop on one end. Just guide your hair through the loop and braid it in. This creates one dread per section of hair, allowing for a look with less volume. I create dread extensions with loose hair at the top that will overlap your own natural dread. You attach them by pulling in the hairs with a 0.6mm crochet hook.
Q: Can I wash my hair with the dreadlocks in?
A: Yes! A watered down shampoo poured over your scalp is the easiest way to get clean. If you want to be extra cautious in taking care of your dreadlocks, a residue-free shampoo would be ideal. Raging Roots Studio has a great list of residue-free shampoos, and How To Hair Girl’s shamPHree method is also a great option! Because they don’t collect the oils from your scalp, you don’t need to worry about washing the temporary dreadlocks themselves in the shower. Some people like to only wear their dreadlocks for 1-3 weeks at a time, and only wash between installs. Whatever makes your scalp happy and healthy is best!
Q: I installed my dreads and now my head itches! Why does it itch, and what can I do about it?
A: There are many reasons why your scalp may be itchy. If you:• have never worn dreads before, your scalp may be adjusting to the new texture. You may want to try a water and peppermint oil spray to get through the adjustment period.
- develop dandruff, try spot treating with coconut oil. If you are washing your hair with shamPHree, make sure the baking soda is aluminum-free.
- haven’t washed your hair in a while, the itchiness is your scalp’s way of telling you it’s time to wash.
- develop small, red, itchy bumps (especially near the hairline), this is a sign that your dreadlocks are braided in too tight or that they are too heavy. Try braiding it in a little looser or using a larger section of hair when installing your dreadlocks in problem areas.
- develop a rash or the itchiness just doesn’t go away no matter what you do, you may be allergic to the synthetic hair, lanolin, dyes, or the shampoo you’re using. Try changing your shampoo first. However, if both synthetic and wool cause problems for you, you may want to try plant fibers or other animal fibers that don’t contain lanolin.
Q: How do I clean and maintain my dreadlocks?
A: Because people typically wear temporary dreadlocks for 1-3 months, it’s a good idea to wash them after each wearing. You can wash all styles of dreadlocks in a bowl or clean sink with warm soapy water. If you’d like, you can wash crochet synthetic dreads in a pillowcase placed in the washing machine. Most wool dreads can also be washed this way, but different breeds of wool may react differently in the washing machine, so it’s a good idea to ask first. Washing may make your synthetic dreadlocks frizzy and need to be resealed. For crochet textures, carefully pouring boiling water over them as they hang will help. Smooth twist dreadlocks are a little more challenging, so it’s a good idea to have done professionally! After washing and resealing your dreadlocks, hang them up to air dry. Once dry, they’ll be ready to reinstall or store for later!
Q: How do I store my dreadlocks?
A: After washing and drying my dreadlocks, I like to loosely secure them with a hair elastic and store them as straight and flat as possible. Some other people like to keep their dreadlocks hanging nicely on a hanger. Both are great options to keep your dreadlocks looking nice! You can also store your own natural dreadlocks this way if you decide to cut them off. You can always re-attach them as extensions if you’re not sure you want to give them up for good!
Q: What if I have a question that wasn’t answered here?
Please feel free to contact me directly if you have any other questions!