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.

SYNTHETIC 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.

PERMANENT DREADLOCKS

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.

SYNTHETIC to PERMANENT METHOD

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.

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Taken immediately after installation

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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.

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

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Taken about one week after installation

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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.

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

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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!!

-Tia

 

About Tia Panter

My name is Tia, my mom and I own The Eclectic Chair salon in Idaho Falls, ID. Styling hair, makeup and my work spaces are what I do best. I had a 60 pound transformation when I fell in love with yoga and out of lust with food; I am a blue, loc-haired, yoga-loving vegan, and this is where I plan to document my discoveries.

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