Category Archives: Dreadlocks

Installing Synthetic Dreadlocks

Synthetics are all the rave these days; a noncommittal, bold, and protective style.

With faux dreadlocks I see all types of people and varying desired effects for them… some want a synthetic dread that looks as natural as possible and others want an epic and maintenance free style for festival season.

Either way, you’re going to learn how to give the people what they want in this 2 day, hands on course.

I am going to teach you everything you need to know about applying, cultivating and booking synthetic dreadlock extensions!

In this class we will be covering:

  • Cultivating Dreadlock Extensions
  • Care and Maintenance
  • Charging for Installation and Materials
  • Consulting with Potential Clients
  • Tools and Materials
  • Braiding Technique
  • 2 Types of Installation (Temporary to Semi Permanent)
  • Double Ended Dreadlock Application
  • Single Ended Dreadlock Application
  • Wrap and Seal Dreadlock Application
  • A Touch on Micro Braiding/Box Braiding
  • How to Choose the Right Materials For Your Client

Not only will I give you the all of the techniques and knowledge I have about this niche of dreadlocks and styling, I will prepare you for the client inquiries, and show you how to sell this service. With just over 5 years of dreadlock application experience, I believe I have the right tools to offer, in order to help you succeed with this investment.

Prerequisite for this course: You must be able to braid and french braid WELL, I will need video evidence with your registration form, there will be an attached video for you to mimic so that I can determine if this class is the right fit for you.

This Complete Synthetics Course is $349

All materials, models, tools, and mannequins provided.

The following dates are for this course only, space is limited.

Idaho Falls, ID- January 28th & 29th

Submit your questions below, or click REGISTER HERE to sign up!

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Taking The Plunge- Permanent Dreadlocks


So you think you are ready to take the plunge…

I am ready to coach you through the process.

First of all, are all of your “people” ok with this… BOSS, mother, husband, father, wife, children, etc… Dreadlocks can conflict majorly with dresscode in some businesses and schools and may affect your job.

Length- the longer the better! Plan to lose 1/3 of your current, natural length as your dreads mature. There are many ways to get your dreadlocks going even if length may become an issue.

Color- Dreadlocks CAN be colored, however an extreme color change can be very difficult to achieve without damaging your locks. I typically suggest a lower maintenance color because your dreads are going to be a lot of work on their own.

Time- How much time do you put into your hair daily? Dreadlocks require a lot of time and love during their first year. All of the time you get to save on blow drying and curling is now spent separating congos and palm rolling.

Washing- Yes WE WASH. I recommend to my clients 4-7 days for shampooing and I only get my dreads wet when I shampoo. Dreads can dry very slowly, even with a blowdryer. My dreads can remain damp for most of the day even, so about a week is great for me. Washing more or less than every 4-7 days can be ok as long as your hair thickness and dreads permit it. You will get the routine once you get going and will be able to determine what your dreads like best.

Feeling Crazy?- Yes us dread heads are a bit obsessed with our dreads. They become part of you, like a device for measuring time based on the Instagram photos and your locks maturation process. It’s like when a parent uses their child’s age to share the approximate time of a memory. Like children, you have your favorites, the dreads that behave and cause little grief, and then there are the naughty ones that don’t play nice with the others. They are an organism all their own, congoing together an hour after you separate your entire scalp. Because of this your hands are always in them, making you look like a monkey, or a crazy person. Eventually they mature and mellow out and become very little work.

Like training a puppy, if you give them the attention they need in the beginning they will become an easy companion for a lifetime.

Commitment- Oh yes, I did say lifetime… Dreads are not for the faint hearted. Once you jump on this dread wagon, you are on it. Permanent Dreadlocks are a permanent decision, I tell every client that they must be cut out. There are people that have combed them out, but this way should not be relied upon as your hair will not be the same once you try and reverse a hair locking process. If you are unsure as to whether you are ready to commit to dreadlocks, I suggest trying one of my synthetic methods.

The Steady Dready method gives you basically a mock run of natural dreads…. It’s the easy and reversible way to see if you are up for permanent dreads. Once they are installed, in most cases, you can go about 4-12 weeks without maintenance. At each maintenance appointment, you can choose to continue maintaining your dreads as a synthetic extension, or begin to convert the bonds to a permanently extended Dreadlock. I believe this method gives you the ability to easily trial dreadlocks and transition into permanent dreads, if you choose too.

Still convinced you want them?- If you are still convinced you want them, you do not need extensions, a color change, and your length is good to go, here is how we get started…

I do not believe in using waxes, pomades, locking sprays, peppers, etc etc etc…. Blah blah blah.

I do productLESS dreading.

I use two products in my dreadlocks,

Shampoo (LOMA Organics)

Leave-in Conditioner (LOMA Organics) when they are dry and frizzy.

You will at least need to plan on purchasing shampoo for your dreads, if you are dreading with me, I recommend and stock LOMA Organics.

I like to dread organically. Letting your hair choose what dreading and maintenance method it likes best and allowing your hair to dread on its own… Because yes, it will dread if you let it.

Appointments for dread locking are determined and scheduled according to the needs of your dreads. Some clients have an easier time working on their own dreads and can manage quite well with little time in the salon, while others NEED to come in regularly to get their dreads going in a direction we want them to.

During our first appointment together, we will consult to make sure we are on the same page about the dreads you are trying to achieve. I will separate most and sometimes all of your hair into sections and encourage these sections of hair to become friends, by lightly dreading your hair with the method it responds to best. I will give you homework and we will rebook another appointment for maintenance.

Each appointment duration and maintenance frequency depends upon the client and the hair locking ability. Typically 2 hours every 6-8 weeks has been beneficial for clients that need more help with their dreadlocks.

If you’re ready to get started, give me a call or use our email contact form!

Hope this helps!

– Tia





Discover Your Passion

imageI had an experience the other day that caused question to my live’s work and career. I have always dreamt of leaving a legacy of artistic expression and passion… Providing that in services to clients is how I always knew I would bless the world, but what I secretly dreamed of was passing it along; through education. I was always sure I couldn’t teach at a school because I wanted the persons being educated to receive a valuable and lasting experience.

Throughout the one year’s time it takes to get through cosmetology school, a lot of information is fed to you. You are taking in anatomy, emotional social work, geometry and all the while trying to maintatin Zen relations with your peers. Teaching in that setting seems hectic and controlled.

Something you will learn about me, I DON’T like rules.

Probably because I typically DO follow them… I like learning what I want to learn and doing things in the way that feels most right and authentic to me.

Learn all of the rules so that you can pick your favorites.

As a cosmetologist considering teaching other cosmetologists, I have been through the process… 9 years of it. I remember the school shenanigans, that one lady crying in the other girls chair, the bad cuts, the crazy clients, but most of all I rememeber why I started. For the passion and the art. I still feel excited when I pick up a little trick of the trade or have a new client squeals with excitement when I hand them the mirror.

I remember 🙂

The time I remember needing help the most were the following few years after beauty school. That point you reach when you have graduated, found a job, begun working in a salon, and bam… what now? Those were the points in my career I learned the most. I had the time open on my schedule, as my clientele was still growing, and I still had that craving for knowledge. I knew nothing!!

I have a vivid memory of standing in the dispensary of my first salon job gathering supplies for my appointment; a walk in perm. I stood facing my cupboard, staring at the boxes of perm solution… “OMG What solution do I use?! What color rod?! What order do these go in?!”

Anyone licensed is laughing right now because the irony is, we have all wrapped over 80 perms by this point. I knew what I was doing, but I was not feeling secure in my knowledge or in myself!

The owner of the salon was also in the back and could see that I was sweating, he asked if I needed any help. I blurted the ridiculous things going through my head, and he calmly said; “Ok. How resistant does her hair seem? Is it colored? What do you think you should use?”

I anwered to which he replied, “See? You do know what you’re doing.”

I was validated in his 30 seconds of questions. It felt nice. At that time in my fragile, building stages, I needed that support to feel strong and secure. I needed an experienced professional to tell me that I was doing good, not tell me what to do. He was my sounding board; I had a damn good hairstylist to bounce my creative and quirky ideas off of.

The most common complaint I hear in the beauty industry from graduated cosmetologist… In schools we are not taught to come to our own conclusions, we are taught to memorize and follow suit. Our instructors mixed our color formulas, grabbed our perm solutions, told us what steps to take…

See my issue with rules?

In their defense, it is such a small window of time to cram in all of the knowledge needed to pass boards. So we memorize and memorize… Which pushes us to experiment in the ladder years… At that point in my career, I needed my boss to bounce my experiments off of verbally, before trying them physically.

We chatted about A-lines, texturized cutting, color, lightening, decolorizing, toning, and styling products. He gave me his experienced opinion and I gave him my quirky concocted day dreams. He met me in the middle by validating my thought process but steered them to a more chemically or practically accurate concept.

I admire him.

I always hoped I would lead a salon team with that concept behind building stylists. What I did not fully know about myself is that I set very high expectations for others; because I set high expectations for myself.

Owning a salon and trying to teach motivation was not something I had in me. OBVIOUSLY… Cause it didn’t work like I had hoped. You can’t teach someone to be passionate, but you can teach them how to turn their passions into a concept and manifest it.

That is what I want to do.

I dream of leaving a legacy of passion to the other individuals in this industry just trying to make it. I hope to share my thoughts, experiments and creativity with others as we walk this treturous path to self discovery and fabulous hair. Cheers to all of you 😉




Homecare for Synthetic Dreaded Extensions

Already have your very own set of installed, synthetic, dreaded extensions??

Well here are some tips for the aftercare!


Yes we wash.

I recommend washing every 4-7 days… I find that washing more often tends to lead to extension slippage, mildew dread and frizziness at the base. If you choose to go longer, that is up to you and friends… as them if you smell 🙂 (haha)


If it feels tight and pulls, you are probably causing tension on your scalp and bond. Putting them in 14 different styles each day is not going to aide in the longevity of your extensions.

There are many youtube videos on how to style dreadlocks, if you are looking for creative styles. If easy is more your style, I am in love with a dreadie invention we are now carrying in the salon; a 12in wire noodle (not sure what the real name is) but thats the gist of it. Bundle your dreads and bend this wire around them. BEST $10 I have spent to control these bad boys.


Yes decorate them!! Hemp, leather, strings etc! Keep in mind, adding a lot of weight is never a good idea for your scalp and hair, and adding thickness and material to your dread can keep it from drying. Watch for weak spots or slipping caused by weight, and make sure your dreadies are drying within a day!

Hope this helps!!


Custom Synthetic Dread Sets

Interested in the dread style… but not quite ready for the comitment?

Single-Ended synthetic dread extensions may be the answer you are looking for!

Dreaded extensions can be attached to your hair for a temporary to semi permanent dread “fix”. Remove the extension binding to get your hair back to its previous, free-stranded state!



Methods of application, price for install, and length of hair required will vary stylist to stylist… But I always say: 3 inches of hair minimum, $40 per hour for install (full head approx 4-5 hours).

Dread sets can be made in any length, most commonly requested in 18-24 inch lengths. You have the option of thick, skinny, or varying diameters, Color possibilities are pretty endless, and dreads can be ombre’d.

Full Head sets range from 50-60 single ended dreads @ $180-$240

Partial Head sets 30 single ended dreads @ $60-$100

*Accent Dread Sets*

5 single ended dreads fully decorated starting @ $25


Watch my instagram for the sets I will be creating and sending out @thahairbiz


For My Dread Inquiring Minds…

Hello fellow dread enthusiasts!!

Or maybe you are just the curious sort and want to know what is up with this dreadlock ordeal…

To start with, the best information I can give the average joe about dreadlocks is: there are two major food groups… More specifically, there are SYNTHETIC dreadlocks and there are PERMANENT dreadlocks.


Many people believe that a “synthetic dreadlock” is strictly speaking of the material used when creating a dreadlock style. This is only a half truth!

For me, the true meaning of a synthetic dreadlock is a dreadlock that is attached to your existing hair. This creates the look of “real” dreadlocks without the commitment. ALL of my synthetic methods can be removed from the hair and your existing hair will return to its original form.

I do typically use a synthetic fiber for my “synthetic” methods, as a fiber takes less time to dry, is lighter weight than human hair, and there is absolutely no risk for color fading or bleeding.


This is what it sounds like.. A permanent decision.

Your hair is sectioned off and purposefully locked and tangled until it stops unlocking and untangling…

Many people have combed out permanent dreadlock methods… I do not suggest relying on this way out, as your hair will not be the same after undergoing such a brutal undoing.

Permanent dreadlocks CAN be extended once your locs are fully mature.


I call this the Steady Dready method.

Best suited for my impatient short haired friends.

We start with a Brazilian Knot in extension. The initial installation for this method is approx 5-8 hours. This method can be worn without any salon maintenance for up to 15 weeks. At this point, you HAVE A CHOICE! You can maintain these extensions as a synthetic dreadlock, keeping the option to go back to your normal hair… OR you can begin the dreading process! If you can go 15 weeks without removing the dreadlock extension, the base of your hair will begin to gently tangle. This is caused by natural hair shedding being trapped in the locked extension, and from twisting. This is nothing to worry about, as the base cannot dread too much in that time frame. IF YOU CHOOSE to take the next step to permanent locs, we would leave the tangled base and remove the extension; allowing the rest of the strand to naturally lock up. The extensions are rotated through your locs and overtime as the strands fully mature, your extension is permanently attached to your natural dreadlock. This method has many phases, some a little tougher than others. But you have the option of coming in for salon maintenance as little or as often as you would like, booking as many hours as you feel like you need to accomplish the maintenance necessary.. The process can be as fast or as slow as you would like, it only requires time in the salon. I believe I have created a way for short haired dreadie enthusiasts (like myself) to have long dreadlocks that look good MOST of the time. Below are some pictures of each phase so you can get an idea of what your dreadlocks will look like throughout their steady dready journey.


Taken immediately after installation


Taken one week after installation; you can see the the hair is beginning to loc up.

Her dreadlocks are currently about 2 months old and have not had any maintenance thus far.


My dread journey looked a little like this… Don’t mind the selfies, please!


Taken about one week after installation


Taken about 2.5 months later (some of the free strands are beginning to loc up) pulling some of the front back helps to tame them when they are trying to have a wild day.


Taken about 15 weeks later, most of the dreadlocks are permanently extended at this point.


And the picture of completion.

From start to finish, this process was approximately 7 months.

My hair will remain like this until I choose to cut it off. The outgrowth will continue to loc up as it grows out and YES I can continue coloring my hair. I have the option of doing a little maintenance by pulling in free hairs surrounding the dreads, or locking in any imperfections.

Hope that was helpful!!



Loc Hair Adventures -My Dreadlocks-

Having beautiful locs takes dedication…
takes a little sweat to produce a masterpiece is how I see it.

When you make the decision to get dreadlocks, patience is no longer a virtue. You want them yesterday, regardless of the length of your hair. LENGTH is a problem most of us face. I loved having short crazy hair but was ready for something completely different and long hair just wasn’t for me. I fell in love with a few dreaded heads in SLC and decided I NEEDED them… yesterday. My hair was a barely growing mohawk and getting long enough hair to dread was going to be a problem… No one (that I know) wants short dreadlocks sticking straight out from their head, right?

A little luck, some research, my mom (installer), and I had my first set.

WARNING: Here come the selfies… How else was I supposed to document this journey?!
I have had dreadlocks for the better part of 2 years now and I started at an average of 2.5 inches in length for hair…my bangs being the longest length.

This was my first dread experience
A synthetic dread extension

Pros to this method
-They are completely and easily reversible
-Very good for someone totally undecided about wearing dreadlocks
-Can be installed for a skilled technician in approx 4-5 hours

Drawback to this method
-Maintenance was approx 5 hours every 6 weeks
-Very heavy to wear, so I typically cornrowed the front back and wore them back while working.. making the maintenance on the front about 1 hour every other week.

I removed these locks for the summer as they were too heavy and too hot to wear. I left them out for a few months and researched new methods, there had to be something better than that for short haired, semi- committed, dreadhead wannabes, right?!

I decided on purple

And a new method

This masterpiece consists of 3 types of synthetic dread extension methods, some micro braids sprinkled in there, and free strand bead-lock extensions.

Which brought up another important learning experience; dreadlocks and free strand extensions cannot live on the same head! Needless to say, my beads came out in a clump and got tossed, which led me to this

This is the synthetic extension I most commonly do now. Its the most reliable, lowest maintenance and its exactly what brought me to my next experiment…

Overhaul time! Took everything out of my hair that wasnt grown from my head, and I set up a color appt. I had committed to natural dreadlocks and knew exactly how I wanted my hair to look once it was “complete”.

Again pardon the terrible selfie!

I wanted my natural dark blonde hair to melt into aqua/turquoise into blonde. I planned to keep some fun color in my hair, since I was letting my natural grow in; as I do not recommend lightening your roots once your hair is dreaded.

                                   ***Steady Dready***
***Phase one***

*Phase one is a complete set of synthetic extensions. Can be worn for up to 12 weeks with little to no salon maintenance.
***Phase Two***
*Begin natural locking process…
***Phase Three***

(Shown worn down and up)

*Phase three can last a while, here is where we begin permanently extending and “completing” your locs.

Again patience.

Cause look at where you are now…

Once you are “complete” your roots will need tightened and regular maintenance required typically until your locs have their first birthday!

The steady dready method can go as quickly as the client wants, or as slowly… Each phase can go with little to no maintenance for up to 12 weeks, leaving the process to your schedules availability and the clients wallet.

Dreadlock Education- Feb 2015

20-hour Dreadlock Certification for Licensed Salon Professionals



Everything you need to know to start, maintain, and care for dreadlocks in the salon… AND get paid for it.

Class one- Intro to Dreadlocks
In this class I give you the full run down verbally, on everything you need to know about dreadlocks.

Class two- (HANDS ON) Synthetic Methods
**3 synthetic methods with easy to advanced techniques for completing these methods and extending the life of the synthetic dreadlock.

Class three- (HANDS ON) Natural Locing Methods
**3 Natural locing methods and introduction to permanent natural extending.

Class Four- (HANDS ON) Synthetic to Natural Transition (Steady Dready) & Natural Dread Extending
**In this class, we take everything you have learned, and we dig into the good stuff.
Starting with a fourth and most advanced synthetic extension method, we perfect our technique so that I can teach you how to seamlessly transition from a synthetic dreadlock (aka “FAKE” or dreadlock extension) style, to permanently extended loc hair (aka long “REAL” dreadlocks). You will learn the methods necessary to complete the phases of the transition and tips to help make this transition easier for your clients.

This course has been designed to build from each class, so that you have all of the knowledge necessary to learn and practice the most advanced techniques in dreadlocking. It was through my experiences with dreadlocks, some good, some bad, that I was able to create a technique to gently transition your clients into a natural/natural extended loc from a synthetic dread extension. This has shown useful when the client has hair that will become too short when loc’d, and for those not ready to commit to a full head of natural locs. It has been my experience that the majority of clients fall into one of these two categories.

By the time this course is completed, you will feel confident in performing dreadlock and loc hair work as well as comfortable in charging top dollar for your skill. The price of this course in full, considering my rate, can be paid for in 3 dread appointments.

All materials and tools included.

Sunday February 1, 2015- Intro to Dreadlocks
Monday February 2, 2015 Morning- Synthetic Methods
Monday February 2, 2015 Afternoon- Natural Locing Methods
Tuesday February 3, 2015- Synthetic to Natural Transistion and Natural Dread Extending

Each class must be completed in sequence, starting with the Introduction class. Registration for this course closes on January 26, 2015, half down as a deposit is required to attend this class and must be paid by January 26, 2015. The remainder must be paid by February 1, 2015.

1 COURSE- 4 CLASSES (3 HANDS ON!!) for $1200.

SPECIAL PRICE- If entire course is paid for by the registration deadline (January 26, 2015) your entire course is $1000!! Savings of $200.

These Dreadie Babies!


A word that encompasses all that I seem to be these days!! Dreadie whirlwind! Girl with the green dreadlocks! Girl with the blue dreadlocks! Technically they are a mousy, melty, turquoisey and blonde mess of locks.
And I.Love.Them.
dreadlocks > any hair. ever.
Yes they are dreadlocks.
Yes they are real.
Yes they are also extensions.
Yes you can wash them.
Yes I do wash them.
Now please…
Stop touching them when I am not looking.
Please stop touching them when i am not looking.
Stop saying “What is that?” like I should assume as a grocery store cashier you’re FIRST asking what my hair “is” and not inquiring about the strange looking vegetable in your hand. “Bok choy” is an appropriate reply, so don’t look at me in that tone of voice.
Stop petting me when I am not looking.