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When done properly will be noticed for what they are - a hairstyle. Like all hairstyles they need to be maintained to look their best. Dreadlocks contrary to belief are very high mainantence requiring a lot of time and patience.  Our Stylists Joanne & Emma are trained in Dreadlocks and Dreadlock maintenance.

All our dreadlocks are perfected by hand, with a hook, backcombing and a tightening tool.  All natural. No glue, stitching, perm solution or rubber bands are used.

You will be required to wash your hair a couple of times before arriving with no conditioner and completely dry.

Dreading your hair requires a minimum of eight (8) to fifteen (15) cm in length depending on your hair type. You must be aware you will lose a lot of length when dreading - you will lose approximately 1/3 of the length of undreaded hair.

Dread X-tenders are available using 100% human hair, unfortunately x-tenders cannot be attached to new dreads. Colour matching is no problem no one will notice the difference between your hair and the x-tender. The hair for extensions is ordered after your appointment for a colour match. All x-tenders are individually handmade and attached by hand and are totally seamless. There is no stitching or glue used; only hair.  Colour work is also available for dreadlocks whether it is a regrowth or full head colour. For any sort of colour work you will need to have a consultation prior to your appointment.

Dreads can be cut, although this will have to be in conjunction with a maintenance appointment, as your ends will need to be re tightened to avoid fraying.

FACTS & RUMOURS

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 idea!"

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 clean.

Rumor: Natural dreads are those that are made by neglect.
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 truly natural dreads as most of these religions also require that no one, not even your spouse in some cases, see your dreads. These truly natural dreads can be washed but they cannot be cut trimmed or ripped in any way and no combing or products can be used to maintain them.

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 without any chemical dread perms or synthetic additions. This is what is commonly thought of as natural and what we reffer to throughout the site. All methods listed in our methods section are natural methods except for the dread perm. We 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: Dreads damage your scalp and can lead to thinning hair.
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 your head.
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.

As with all hairstyles Dreadlocks require specific products for home maintenance. Do yourself a favour do it right the first time. Knotty Boy has been specially formulated for Dreads.

WHAT IS A GOOD MAINTENANCE ROUTINE?

So you're now rocking your new set of dreads but what's next? Dreadlocks take time to tighten and mature but a good maintenance routine with get them there faster.

1. If your dreads are brand new you won't need to wash them for around a week. They are newly waxed and probably hurt a little because initially they are very tight. If you have a pair of pantyhose, pop those over your head while you sleep to help keep the frizz at bay. It's normal for dreads to make your scalp a little itchy at first. If that's the case, get your hands on some Knotty Boy Peppermint Cooling Spray which is specifically designed to soothe an itchy scalp.

2. Ok, so they are a week old and probably right about now you are ready to give them a good ol' shampoo. It's really important you use a residue free dreadlock shampoo.  Normal shampoos leave behind conditioning residues - great if you want soft, silky, knot free hair but not so much if you have dreadlocks! Anyone of the Dread Knotty Boy liquid shampoos or shampoo bar are perfect for newborn dreads.

Washing your hair is pretty straight forward. Soak your dreads well with water in the shower, squirt a little Knotty Boy shampoo and gently work them into the dreads. Be sure to rinse out the shampoo really really well.

Ok, time to dry. Lean over letting your dreads hang down in front of you and squeeze as much water out as you can. When there's no water coming out spray them down with Knotty BoyNatural MISTic Deodorizer & Fragrance Spray and squeeze any excess off. Now throw a towel round your head to soak up any leftover moisture and after 15 minutes or so whip it off and let them air dry.

3. Now that they are dry, clean and full of Deodoriser this is the perfect time to dread ball loose hairs, palm roll your dreads (Palm rolling is when you roll the dread back and forth between your palm like you are playing with Play-Doh®), and to use the clockwise rubbing method. Your dreadlocks will knot and tighten easily now because being clean, there is a lot of friction between the hair strands. They may get a little frizzy while you work on them but just dread ball the frizzes and work them into the nearest dread. Once you are all rubbed out treat your dreads to a small coat of Dread Wax. Work it in real good and smooth out any frizz as you go. You can use a Hair Dryer to help melt the wax in really good, although be careful not to overdo it as it can dry your dreads out. If you prefer, the Knotty Boy Tightening Gel Locktight can be used as an alternative to Dread Wax or if you need extra help in smoothing down loose hairs, use in addition to wax. At this point your dreads should look pretty well maintained and this should last up to a week.

4. From here on in, you are welcome to wash your dreads as frequently as you want because clean hair locks and tightens better than hair with oily build up. Just follow the steps above, and be sure to let them dry out thoroughly.  As for waxing, after your first shampoo followed by a wax, re apply wax once or twice a fortnight - always following a shampoo and be sure to let your hair thoroughly dry before applying. When your dreadlocks reach their desired tightness you can pull right back on the wax and only apply it when you feel the dreadlocks have become a little loose or if you find them particularly dry. Wax does inject your hair follicle with necessary vitamins so it is a good way to condition mature dreadlocks but if you're after something lighter try Knotty Boy Deadlock Conditioning Spray.

If you ever feel like the wax needs afreshen up or you have waxy build up then de wax by heating each dread with a hair dryer. Press a paper towel into the dreadlock to mop up as much excess wax as you can and then soak them in hot water (taking care of course not to burn yourself). Then follow this with a good wash using Knotty Boy Bee Washed Pre-Dreading & De-Waxing Soap Bar and if necessary, repeat this process.

History

The first known examples of dreadlocks date back to North Africa and the Horn of Africa. In ancient Egypt examples of Egyptians wearing locked hairstyles and wigs have appeared on bas-reliefs, statuary and other artifacts. Mummified remains of ancient Egyptians with locks, as well as locked wigs, have also been recovered from archaeological sites.

Maasai men found in the regions of northern Kenya claim that they have been wearing dreadlocks for as long as they have survived. According to their oral history, the Maasai originated from the lower Nile valley north of Lake Turkana (Northwest Kenya) and began migrating south around the 15th century, arriving in a long trunk of land stretching from what is now northern Kenya between the 17th and late 18th century. Even today, Maasai men can be found donning their dreadlocks, with a tint of red color from the soil.

The Hindu deity Shiva and his followers were described in the scriptures as wearing "Jataa", meaning "twisted locks of hair". The Greeks and several ascetic groups within various major religions have at times worn their hair in locks, including the monks of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, the Nazirites ofJudaism, Qalandari Sufi's, the Sadhus of Hinduism, and the Dervishes of Islam, among others. The very earliest Christians also may have worn this hairstyle. Particularly noteworthy are descriptions of James the Just, first Bishop of Jerusalem, who wore them to his ankles.

Pre-Columbian Aztec priests were described in Aztec codices (including the Durán Codex, the Codex Tudela and the Codex Mendoza) as wearing their hair untouched, allowing it to grow long and matted.

In Senegal, the Baye Fall, followers of the Mouride movement, a sect of Islam founded in 1887 by Shaykh Aamadu Bàmba Mbàkke, are famous for growing locks and wearing multi-colored gowns. Cheikh Ibra Fall, founder of the Baye Fall School of the Mouride Brotherhood, popularized the style by adding a mystic touch to it. It's important to note that warriors among the Fulani, Wolof and Serer in Mauritania, and Mandinka in Mali and Niger were also known to have dreadlocks when old and cornrows when young for centuries.