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Welcome to the new dreadlockssite
We specialize in healthy dreadlocks, therefore we only promote dreading methods and dreadlocks maintenance that are healthy for your dreadlocks.
Dreads grown the dreadlockssite way remain beautiful and healthy throughout the lifetime of your dreadlocks.
There are only a small number of dreadlocks sites that are not strictly profit driven, and therefor willing to do great harm in the creation of instant dreads, using very harmful methods.
We have strict standards and will never promote, or alow the sales of harmful dreadlocks products, or dreading tools.
We do provide free shops for hand made natural dreadlocks products and accessories. All dread products sold here must meet our strict standards and are guaranteed to be healthy for your dreadlocks, hair, and scalp.
Although we recommend the natural way of growing dreadlocks, we recognize that many people start their dreads using many dreading methods. We are just here to provide the information on the gentlest healthiest alternatives and to help you recover if you used a aggressive damaging method.
We care more about dreadlocks than about profit. We just want you're dreads to last a lifetime
Latest Dreadlocks Forums Discussions
04/19/15 02:29:25PM, by Help! Save My DreadsLong story short, I rinsed my hair with a coconut oil/water/oil mix a couple weeks back for my itchy scalp. WHOA did it work, but I used way too much on accident, and it's extrememly difficult to wash out. It took a few washes/soaks and multiple remedies to find out how to wash it out, but ultimately baking soda was my only solution. I had to work the baking soda into my dreads and let it sit to soak up the coconut oil, then rinse it out. Only now my dreads have a faint, funky-sour smell from the coconut oil that won't go away not matter what I wash with. I'm worried I didn't wash out all the coconut oil and that it'll start to mold. Should I do another soak? Any recommendedations on oil...
04/16/15 03:46:24PM, by Introduce YourselfHello dread head family, my name is Antone and I just joined your wonderful community the other day and I am very excited to learn from and contribute to it all! Over a year ago I decided I was going to dread my locks. I did a lot of reading and researching on the best approach and thought I had gotten a lot of good information, turns out I was wrong... I did a lot of reading on dreadheadhq and was going to go about a backcomb/rip and tear method and boy am I glad I found this site before going down that road. Personally I see nothing worng with the two methods but I don't like the look of the even dreads as much, very in favor of the natural un even look. Over a year ago when I decided...
04/15/15 10:30:33PM, by Introduce YourselfHello I have been a member for awhile but have been on the site in a long time. I did have about shoulder length hair that I had started using the bs/acv wash on-hair delt cleaner then with "regular" shampoo. Since then I had to shave my head. I have been continuing to shave it about every other month. So now Im wanting to get back to dreading my hair, but now Ill be starting from a bald head. My issue now is with short hair I have really bad dandruf?? I dont have it when I have long hair. Or maybe I just dont notice it. But with a shaved head its like a film across my scalp. and when wet its clay like. I can scratch off my scalp in small chunks when its wet. Im guessing this is bad...
04/14/15 02:33:53PM, by General QuestionsSo, maybe I should start with a brief history of my hair and myself? Anyways, my hair is pretty straight (I will include pictures of before and after the dreading process) and I've dreaded it once before. Unfortunately, the first time I dreaded my hair, my mom couldn't stand it and after about a month I ended up combing them out. Now, it's been about 4 years since then (my hair has grown, been cut, etc.) and I've been through a few bad "trims" and now I've grown tired of my plain old boring long straight hair. I decided I would attempt to dread again instead of just chopping it off (I have somewhat of an attachment to my hair). My girlfriend is supportive and all of my room mates. My...Replies 19
04/13/15 01:00:30AM, by Dreads Hair and Scalp HealthI dunno if this goes in this category or maintenance but I've been wondering about my roots. I searched a little and nothing immediately came up but I'm sure this is somewhere on the site. I let my hair section itself and do its thing except for separating and I'm noticing a couple locks seem to have wide roots. They don't seem too big unless I pull on one side and I can feel some hair pulling at the root like an inch or two away from the actual lock. Is this a normal way for the roots to be? I've read it's like a web and not to mess with the roots but I'm worried some of these might actually grow into 1-2 inch locks and I don't want that! I really need to take some photos but can't...
04/09/15 05:17:54PM, by Help! Save My DreadsHello everybody,I made the mistake of going to a barber to get the loose hair around my hairline trimmed. They severed half the roots on 5 dreadlocks: 3 by my ears, and 2 back of the neck. What should I do to minimize the damage done?Half of the root is still in the place, the other half is sticking out, removed from the scalp. I really appreciate your input. Thank you,Nick
04/01/15 02:18:33AM, by General Talktomorow night or next there will be a site downperiod possibly many hours long the servers being reloaded on larger drives so it will be a rebuild and all sites will need to be restored thissite can take many hours to restore after wich there will be several updates applieed to dreadlockshampoo and to thissite i changed how backups are done to minimize any possible data loss during the processand to minimize downntime the restore process will take the longest, many hours then the updates afterwards may also take several hours downtime maybe as long as 20 hours,although i expect it tbe much less
03/31/15 09:21:06AM, by Introduce YourselfI have been a member of this group for a while, but have been inactive for a long time. Now that I have dreadlocks, I feel that I have something to contribute, and have lots of questions, too! I started letting my hair lock naturally last August (2014), so they are pretty young. I currently have 13 strong, well-established locks with more being born all the time. None of the front is locking yet...not sure it ever will. I had one dreadlock misadventure a few years ago....fell for the sales pitch I guess you could say. I have found this site to be so helpful and by following the advice on it, this time around the process has been so successful and happy! Thank you!
03/30/15 02:08:30AM, by General QuestionsI have started rubbing my hair its a little nappy I'm white with very thick stright hair I wash it every 2-3 days but when I do my hair goes back to normal please help!
10/25/14 04:00:54PM, by Member Journals and TimelinesFirst things first, a general thanks to everyone who contributes to the practical, unbiased and most assuredly, useful information available on this site!If it's possible, I would love a quick diagnosis of the health of current/ viability of future dreads from the pictures provided. The basic information if it helps:Date of Placement - 10/15/2014, Method - Twist and Rip + Crochet.Products - Trader Joes Tree Tea Tingle Shampoo (For 6 weeks before dread placement and current shampoo), Vital Goods - Ambrosia Dry Bar (Haven't used it yet).No Palm/Pinch Rolling, etc. I just separate them lightly upon waking up.I had my foundation for dreads placed at a dreads-only salon with a lot of really...Replies 10
11/03/14 07:43:56PM, by Dread Productswww.dreadlockshampoo.com has done it again with a near miraculouse product coming soon that instantly gets rid of itchy scalp dry crusty flaky skin dandruff you name it i sprayed a little ona cottonball and wiped on the dry flaky skin around my nose and the people watching me just said wow its disapeaered ...instantly my dry flaky itchy skin was super happy healthy and smoooth and you only need to use it oncde a week max.additionaly theres a new dreadlocks deep conditioner coming out thats wonderful i only used a little bit but what a diferencea visible diference they just looks so much healthieradditionaly there is a liquid version of the goddess shampoo out soon i dont know when they...Replies 11
03/27/15 03:40:50PM, by Dreads Hair and Scalp HealthThis is my second go at dreads. I did TnR before and after a while I started to get these itchy, irritated bumps at certain spots about an inch in from my hair line. Mostly behind each ear, at the nape, and up front and center. They would ooze clear when picked and had hairs in them. They would get better after I pulled the hair. To me it seemed like they were hairs that wanted to fall out but couldn't because they weren't getting gently pulled but brushing. So instead they sat in the follicle and got irritated. This is time in doing all natural but I want to know if there's anything I can do to prevent this bother. I do a BS wash every 3-4 days. Sometimes that is too drying but only...
03/27/15 03:45:54PM, by Dreading MethodsI'm about six weeks into a neglect journey. I've seen some people recommend putting beads or wraps in the middle or ends of the early sections. Is this a good idea? It's supposed to help them stay together but it seems like it might prevent the movement needed to lock up.
03/27/15 04:35:08PM, by Member Journals and TimelinesIn November 2012 I did a set of TnR. I loved them but they had some problems. The sections were unnatural for my hair growth pattern and they always felt uncomfortable. I made them too big and I didn't like the stiff, twisted feeling from that method. I kept them long enough to see that most problems really will work themselves out and learned a lot along the way. But I didn't want to invest more time into dreads that weren't quite as awesome as they could be. So at 22 months I bought some detangler and a flea comb and went to town. That hurt so bad and took For. Ev. Er. Most people think I combed them out because I didn't like them or that I got tired of them. Couldn't be further from...
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06/29/11 05:46:21PM, by General Talkok so you probably noticed the google +1 button by now? is on the front page as wekl as every page above the login the more this is plussed the more it boosts our search ranking right now its at a pathetic 14 on front page and 9 on main page this should be in the thousands with a site this large and popular but not enough of u have added yoir +1 clicks so herws whart u wanna do all of u add yoir +1 to the front and main pages as well as every page u visit u havent plussed yet anytime u see us in search engines under any keywords plus us (unless u plussed that page) the more plusses the better we do we need alot to make a difference so plus away on every page but at least the...
04/21/12 12:32:26AM, by Help! Save My Dreadswould love to have a few volunteers to take on some projects call it outreach programs since alotta ppl get info from a variety of sourses like yahoo answers youtube etc i would love it if a few people volunteered to answer questions on these sites and or create instructional or informational posts/vids (in the case of youtube and others that are more like article sites then ask and get answer sites) 1st off lets compile a list of sites we can do this on and get 1 or 2 (or more) volunteers to pay attention to them sites like yahoo answers youd search for questiins with dreads or dreadlocks in the question then answer the question and where it says reference provide links to further...Replies 25
12/31/10 08:21:54AM, by Saved Dreads Success Storiesso basically heres the storry i started my dreadlocks in a saloon when i was 13 because i didnt know better and they backcombed them and used wax but after more or less half a year i realized that it wasnt good at all so i just let them grow for about 2 years and i cut them short occasionally thats what they looked like at this piont anyway if i look back i think they where pretty cool but at this time i was 15 and pretty unsecure about my appearence (mostly because i wanted to look attractive for girls ;-) so i talked with a few dreadheads and they all recomended me to start crocheting, so thats what i did. At the beginning the looked great and really neat and i was really happy...Replies 54
09/20/12 04:28:25PM, by Member Journals and TimelinesSo one year ago today, i started my dreads. If you dont know my story, here's a little quick recap. I got them done with the comb twist and finger twist. Wax, gel, lock peppa, the jamaican lime locking gel, and all this other crap was used. After about 5 months, it was february and i had washed my hair maybe 3 times, once the last 3 visits. I was advised not to, but i wanted to have it washed anyway, i was told that washing my hair would slow down the locking process. (mind you my locktician has had dreads since he was 15, he's now in his mid 30's). So after feeling like something was not right, i came across this site. Then it clicked. After some solid advice from S.E, i ordered the...Replies 23
01/03/12 04:37:41PM, by Dread MaintenanceThought I just might share a little something that completely solidified my decision to no crochet (besides being told not to here lol) I saw a friend out yesterday who has dreads (2 years), and she was telling me that I need to rebackcomb and fix all the babies that are starting to unravel and a loose in the body-tip. She was alsotellingme that she gets her hair done at this company called "organic dreadlocks" and they use the crochet on her dreads and she has to go back there all the time to continue hermaintenance. Talk about wasting money! I just very politely told her that I've done my bit for my babies, and I trust them to do their own thing now. Then when I was on facebook, I...Replies 50
02/09/14 07:22:48PM, by Dreading Methodsnote all of these images were foind on google many on salon sites that specialize in crochetting dreadlocks, i apologize to the people in the photos for using them as examples, and do not wish to make it about the person, the persons choice to dread that way, the reasons behind those choices, or anything personal, just about the issues that arise from crocheting dreads on to photo example 1 (from a salon) stiffness and broken hairs the stiffness is obvious and universal to all crochetted (and waxed) dreads but can be extreme or hard to notice depending on how tight and how often crochets done (this was after 1 session day 1 of dreading so these were done extremely tight ) harder to...Replies 34
08/15/09 01:37:38AM, by History and Religious SignificanceAfricansBlack Africans and people of Black African descent are known to wear this hairstyle. Various African tribes wear locks and the styles change from one group to another. The warriors of The Maasai tribesmen of Kenya are famous for their long, thin, red dreadlocks. These men dye their hair red with root extracts. In West Africa what are known as Fetish priests, spiritual men or women who serve and speak to spirits or deities, often wear locks. In Benin the priests of the Yoruba religion of Olokun the spirit of water wear locks. The Hemba people in the southeast of Congo-Kinshasa also dye their dreadlocks red, but their style is thicker than that of the Maasai. Other tribes include...Replies 17
08/14/09 02:13:42PM, by Dread Craft Show and Tradethis threads specificaly for trading only (or gifting) no buying or selling whatsoeverhave old beads hats tams wraps silly lil doodads or anything dread related ya wanna trade? (i suppose even drums and musical lil toys could be dread related in a way)anything can be traded for anything or given away freelylets just keep the mention of money out of itrelative values as defined by the currency system have no place hereReplies 70
08/26/12 04:20:26PM, by General TalkWhen I decided I really did want to embark on the dread journey, I was the only one I knew who was on that path. I convinced some people in my online community to consider it, but I knew of no one in real life. There are days when that makes this process really lonely. But most days are like today. No one I know has dreads and no one really understands. But that leads me to more focus inward instead of outward and that's EXACTLY what this journey is all about, right? I'm an individual. I'm unique. No one NEEDS to truly understand me. My husband and kids love me and accept me and that's all I need. I'm the only one who needs to really understand who I am on the inside. And all this...Replies 76
08/14/09 01:04:35PM, by Dread MaintenanceSo I decided after having major irritable scalp, snowflakes and itchies quite extreme that I would do something different when I wash my dreads.SoaringEagle had mentioned baking soda- and keeping that in mind ..I decided to use my Dr. Bronners (1 part to 25parts water- very diluted) and washed my scalp and dreads good with it first. but I wasnt satisfied- I still felt icky and itchy.Then thinking about SE (cause my scalp still didnt seem happy) I took 1/2 cup baking soda to 2 quarts of water, added peppermint oil, only about 5-10drops- TTO, dark concentrated brewed rosemary and chamomile - shook it up to blend and poured half on the top of my head and then bent over to pour the remainder...Replies 31
06/17/11 05:17:09PM, by General Talkya all may have noticed the +1 button on the pages (front page and every page above login) its now confoirmed this increses your search possition as well as site value increasing the potential ad revenues and listing higher in search engines its pretty pathetic with a community of 5000 qwe have only 12 on the front page 8 on the main page these numbers should be over 1000 so if you havent added your support using the +1 then please do it now on every page you havent plussed that yiu think is worth recomendingReplies 1
08/17/09 07:05:32PM, by Dread Maintenancei had my dreads crocheted 4 months ago and i love them, but little loops are starting to poke out of them. i've tried fixing them with a crochet needle by myself but that hasn't worked out for me. is there any other method someone could suggest to fix my problem? if not, i fear i'll have to get rid of them and that's the last thing i wanna do! please help me, my fellow dreadheadsReplies 18
08/13/09 09:10:12PM, by Dreadlock Picture Gallerysimple as can be post pictures of beautiful dreads freinds family your own random ones off the netany dreadlocks you find beautiful or inspirationallets keep the icon worship to a minumum by that i mean all the holiwood or rock idol typesinstead just everyday dreadies youd meet on the street or in the woodsReplies 197
03/31/10 03:46:08PM, by General QuestionsHi guysIm doing a report for my uni work so was wondering if you had anything to add. Im doing it on the general perceptions of dreadlocks mainly non-dreads ( Im not too keen on using this term all as one XX) but I wanted to do it on something I love so Im doing it!!I wanted to ask about your experiences with your dreadlocks?How long have you had dreads?How have other people reacted to your dreads (negative and positive experiences)?Do you get asked if you wash them a lot?Thanks guysBlessingsXX smiles and sunbeams XXrachaelp.s i put a copy of the questionarre with this post (if it works, i'm not too good with computers!!)Replies 13
06/04/12 09:06:11PM, by Saved Dreads Success StoriesWhattup ya'll im writing this on here for a cpl reasons. One because i owe SE and a bunch of ya'll here a big heartfelt thank you for helping me "see the light" about dreads, and second because its never too late to fix your mistakes in dreading, much like life. I started my dreads in sept 2011 at a salon. It was done with wax and gel and all that garbage and i was told that i wasnt supposed to wash my hair at all for a few months. This sounded funny to me but i let it be. I went 2 months without washing. Came back and with not a lot of progress and wasnt happy with this loctician, so i went to another one. This guy mind you, has had dreads for 20 years, his go down to his lower back( i...Replies 19
Healthy DreadsThe easiest difference to spot between dreads on our site vs 'locs' on most other sites is the fact we have no balding, no excessively tight roots, and excessivly tight styling.
We do not promote the tightening of dread roots by force, this alows the hair to continue to grow on your head and remain healthy. Most dread salons over tighten the dreads roots till it causes a form of balding called traction alopecia.
We only promote products and methods that keep your dreads healthy and strong for a lifetime.
We promote no wax or other products that build up, nor do we promote products that contain known carcinogens and skin iritants.
We are the only site that has such strict standards, so when it comes to dread health we are the site to trust.
Many strictly profit driven sites are not happy about the information we provide!
We are experts at fixing the problems other sites cause, unfortunately many sites cause so much harm to dreads they need to be restarted. We try to avoid this if possible.
Our dread health experts are always here to help undo the damage caused by those other sites.
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Latest BlogsAwwww yeah man I finally made it my six months! I'm hella juiced about it my hair has come a long freakin way from the pictures I took in my 4th month. It really is amazing how much change has come about in just 2 months time. The patch I had at the back of my head has totally dreaded up in fact the whole bottom half of my head looks like a dread bob on account of the mega shrinkage. I dig it though man, I really do. I still have hella loose hair and now that its shrinking so much its a...
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Natural Dreadlocks, Why Choose Natural Dreads?So why should you choose natural dreads over salon dreads?
Salon dreads give you instant gratification, but at the cost of severe harm. You look like you have dreads immediately, but actually takes much much longer for them to actually become locked. They use aggressive force in order to force them to look like dreads often damaging the scalp and the hair severely.
Natural dreads on the other hand form organically with more unique personality, your dreads are yours and not like anyone else's. Natural dreads remain strong, healthy and are kept clean. Salons often tell you not to wash your locs for long periods of time. Sometimes his six months. Even the entire first year.
When you're growing natural dreads, it is the washing that makes them dread. Additionally, companies that sell dread kits and products to make growing dreads easier actually make it much harder and ruin your locks. Dreads caked in wax might seem too mature fast, but they are only being glued together in wax and actually take much, much longer. These products designed to hold like wax, especially are very difficult to remove, and can sometimes result in the dreads needing to be cut.
We have become experts at saving dreads that other dreadlocks sites and dread salons have harmed.
If you are experiencing your dreads thinning at the roots, locs breaking off, scratchy rough dreads, heavy dreads from product buildup, we are here to help you restore the health of your precious dreads.