About Dreadlocks Natural Dreads
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
05/25/15 03:49:01PM, by General QuestionsHello, I'm a eighteen year old male college student. I know very little about dreads, but they are always something i've always wanted to do with my hair. I want to do something very similar if not identical or a tiny bit longer than the dreads in this picture. First question: How long would my hair need to be (before I dread) to get dreads these length. Second Question: What would I tell the hairdresser I wanted. So I guess I'm also asking what kind are these and what would I ask for. Thanks for the help.Replies 15
02/25/15 07:17:19AM, by Dread ProductsI was wondering if anyone could recommend me a good dreadshampoo which is mild for my scalp?My scalp/skin is very sensitive and itches easly. I bought http://www.abeni.co.uk/ourshop/prod_2811764-DREADLOCKS-SHAMPOO-BAR-With-Tea-Tree-Lemon-.html this one from Abeni and it works good. The only thing is that my scalp itches alot. My dreads are in the "Looping wild teenager"-stage :] Thank you!
07/31/09 10:05:37AM, by Dreading MethodsFirst off, welcome to Dreadlocking 101. We will be covering all possible aspects of the subject of dreading. Before we begin, if you're able to learn this one lesson you can skip everything else: The less you do and put into your dreadlocks, the better the results. Learn that and graduate now. Dreading History Dreading Methods Dreading Maintenance Above you will find some categories of interest in regards to dreadlocking history, currently known methods, and current maintenance. Information is power and We at Dreadlockssite encourage others to fully educate themselves in all things dreadlocks so that when the time comes for their own journey, an informed decision can be made. To...Replies 204
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...Replies 12
05/20/15 12:21:13AM, by Introduce YourselfHey guys, It has been a good long while since i last came about (about 2 years iirc) and for that i apologise since i started my dreads life got a bit far out with work amongst other things lol. I love what you have done with the site its looking awesome :D Onto more interesting topics :D I cannot find the original images i posted in the beginning though i likely still have them but i have continued my journey of beautiful neglect dreads and they are going great they are all different sizes shapes and oddness. Now that they are mostly formed and nice a strong and healthy from what info i have gleaned from the wisdom gathered here i have taken to forming them some with beads in the...Replies 13
05/23/15 06:37:58AM, by Introduce YourselfHello, you can call me Jigga. I'm a dready from Australia. I've had my dreads for almost three years. I discovered this site when I was first researching how to care for dreadlocks, just before I decided to stop brushing. I'm super grateful for everything I learned here, I'm very happy with how my first and only set of dreads has turned out! There have been no issues so far. The only thing that has concerned me in the slightest is a few of my skinniest, weakest dreads have broken off, but they formed weak and skinny at the very start and were bound to succumb to wear and tear eventually anyway, so the loss is easy to accept. I've joined up because I'm looking for friends and...
05/23/15 02:19:34AM, by salon and loctician dreads recoveryso the "loctitian" told me she had never done any caucasian hair. all she did was put my hair into twists that have very few knots. i used to have my neglect dreads but was forced to cut them off a year ago. im just impatient right now, now that im able to dread again. HELP!Replies 2
05/22/15 07:40:51PM, by Dreading MethodsOK so I've talked with SE when I first did my dreads, and got some great and helpful info from him(thank you). I have had backcombed dreads since end of December. That said my dreads have almost completely fallen out and my head is full of loose hairs from dreads that are falling apart. My hair is probably 7 inches long +/- and at most an inch is still "dreaded" I'm thinking of having my wife comb them out and start the process over using either TnR or freeform. My main questions are 1. If I do freeform is there any type of shampoo I should use when I start(currently use a liquid from buck county) 2. I can't have my hair too crazy for my job and before I started this all it gets...
05/22/15 03:46:17PM, by Introduce YourselfHello, I am a 29 year old caucasian female/soon to be mother, finally fulfilling my dreams of having dreadlocks :) I do however have a few questions in regards to how I should move forward with my dreadlocks in the least damaging/best manner. I dreaded my hair 5 days ago using the Twist and Rip method, and have naturally very curly/frizzy hair. The twist and rip seemed to work great for the dread formation, but I am having a hard time getting them to stay knotted right at the roots on a small number of the dreads. I have used no waxes or added anything onto my hair and right now it is crazy frizzy (I am assuming this is pretty normal from what I have been reading, and I have...
05/19/15 10:22:51PM, by Introduce YourselfLoc'd up April 2012... contrary to a comment on my profile - mine started as back comb, but are now neglect only (plus a couple of colorful extensions)... no wax, no crochet. Hair is 80% gray, knotty and awesome. Folks comment regularly on my "courage" for rockin' the locs at 47 and while working in a "professional" environment. Lol... nothing brave about it... just is... They exist solely for me, and tie in with my attempts to live a simplified life (shooting for minimalist). Tiny living, sustainable lifestyle - rooted in compassion and environmentalist beliefs.
11/18/14 06:35:05AM, by Dreads Hair and Scalp HealthMy natural/neglect are 14mth old. & for about 3wks my scalp has been overwhelmingly itchy. I use Vicki's dreadlock shampoo and have not changed anything else in my routine i.e.laundry detergent, soaps, body wash. I know the weather is changing and the air is somewhat dryer but I live in Southern CA and we don't have too drastic of a weather change. I work with young children and thought worse case scenario lice, but I've been checked and no buggers, thank goodness! Any and all suggestions for one itchy dreaded mama welcome thanks & peaceReplies 10
05/20/15 05:03:46PM, by Life Issues Facing DreadsHello there my fellow lockies. I haven't been on in awhile, but I wanted to share with you my first negative reaction to my dreadlocks! Most of the time when people (of any race) see my dreadlocks, they shower me with compliments and positive feedback. Seeing my locks even encouraged one young lady to keep hers going! She was going neglect route and was having those newbie worries we all had once upon a time. So I made a friend in the last year. I will let you know right now that this friend is a caucasian female. She let me know very soon in our friendship that she was a feminist. That's awesome! I can get on with the woman rights. So as time goes on, I also noticed she proclaimed...
05/14/15 05:38:58PM, by Dread MaintenanceJust out of curiousity I've been searching the internet on tutorials on how to split dreads (if there is a way to do it even?). Came across this video, and wondering, is this really a ok way to go about it?? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dyun43jyE0https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oynlDqkgKIoReplies 6
05/02/15 01:02:02AM, by Dread AccessoriesHi all. I'm trying to reduce some inventory and thought I'd offer everything in my Etsy shop at 50% off. It's a great time to grab that bead you've been wanting. Enter coupon code PaidVacation15 at checkout. This sale will run through 5/8. Thanks so much for checking it out. https://www.cloudeleven.etsy.com
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04/29/11 03:29:28PM, by Member Journals and Timelinesmy timelineReplies 37
04/04/10 06:39:23PM, by Dread Productsif you ever used any of the dreadheadhqq or knottyboy productsplease add your real honnest reviews heretheres alot of reviews from users online but every 1 ive seen was a review writtebn the day after the 1st usehttps://www.dreadlockssite.com/page/dreadheadhq-and-knotty-boy-badReplies 58
10/05/10 09:42:05PM, by Dread Maintenanceokay, so, recently there have been a huge buzz over this whole twisting thing. I have a few things to say about this, without doing any research and what not, of course because honestly, it's common sense. My hair is pretty natty on it's own, yes? I am a quarter African American and that's why, but even my hair would not benefit from any bit of twisting, so i don't know why some people would think that on they're fair hair, it would help. All it does is cause stress and everything on your root. When someone pulls your hair, it hurts right? it causes damage to your root, why would twisting not do the same exact thing? You're not being as rough with you're hair, i admit, but your still...Replies 46
09/27/10 12:51:13PM, by History and Religious SignificanceAs the human race migrated into the Northern Hemisphere, minor adaptive changes had to take place. Skin tone became lighter to absorb more of the sparse sunlight, and hair became straighter. Why? I speculate that this was for several reasons. In the Southern Hemisphere, sunlight and heat are more abundant than in the North. Curlier locks have more surface area in the knots and retain much more water. This allows more water to evaporate UP to the scalp and cool the brain. In the North, this is disadvantageous, because more water means more mold. Straighter knots retain less, which is good if there is less heat and sunlight. The blunted tips of African hair reflect this, and the 'speared'...Replies 16
02/23/12 05:06:34AM, by General TalkI'm having some sort of awakening lol... realized over the past week that instead of wanting to palm roll I'm staring at my dreads wanting to see more loops, bumps, zig zags, and it makes me laugh because I was the person having all this anxiety at the beginning, asking things like "They won't get REALLY loopy will they? They will go down over time, won't they?" and now I can't understand at all what I was worried about. I want them to look crazy. I CRAVE them looking crazy. And every time I see a new loop or bump that wasn't there before I'm like YAYYYYY! It's the oddest thing, I remember before starting my journey I would look at pics of people showing off their craziest dreads and...Replies 29
11/10/10 12:45:30PM, by History and Religious SignificanceMy research was relatively quick, and by no means do I consider it whole nor 100% accurate, so if you see anything that is in need of correction, elaboration, addition, omission, or you have any thoughts or opinions or concerns to express at all pretty please don't hesitate to do so!!!I must start by saying that long before people had combs, people had hair. Therefore, it is safe to assume that EVERYONE wore matted hair at some point!I'd also like to note a piece of information that I think relates well to the significance of all dreadlocks through all cultural histories and religions. It is an ancient a wide-spread belief in both Both Eastern and Western Traditions that bodily, mental,...Replies 29
08/05/09 09:59:03PM, by Dreads in the FamilyI get some of the oddest looks when I am out in public with my kids.. I wonder if anyone else wants to exchange experiences of being a parent with dreadlocks?I went to enroll my oldest into a great school last week (it really is a 5 star place) and was amazed at the way the director seemed to analyze me and my dreads. It was like he tried hard not to notice them, but awkwardly just smiled like I was a freak show as he talked. I was accepted but still.. It was strange the aura about the room.Replies 44
07/12/11 09:07:58PM, by Dreadlocks Journey Emotional SupportHey people! I just want to say that if you really want dreads, you have to know that you want crazy messy hair that does what it wants when it wants. No matter the method you use or how you "maintain" them, your dreads will lock up how they want and you don't have much control over it at all. Trust that if you just love them they WILL love you back! It is a beautiful thing! I often see people posting about how they think their hair looks "bad" or it "isn't locking" and worry if they are "doing it wrong"... If you stop brushing and wait long enough, they will become dreads. Keep them clean and separate if needed and let them go, it feels sooo freeing. That is all. They will lock up, in...Replies 21
08/10/09 09:27:59PM, by Dreads in the FamilyLets see if I can keep this short.I am 32 years old and I struggle with trying to please others. I am trying to learn to be more free and not care but it is so hard. I think I just have a lot of baggage and I have spent way too many years trying to fit into all the little molds people want me to fit into.My family is going to make negative comments? How do I react to them? What can I do? Does anyone else have family who just don't get it?Replies 21
01/08/12 12:59:52PM, by Dread Productsdreadlockshampoo.com makers of the best dreadlocks shampoo i ever used is soon to come out with a new dreadlocks locking gel like no other we all know how bad waxes are in dreads well many locking gels are chemical and contain plastics in em! they harden and buildup like wax this new locking gel when applied to to loose unknotted hair will make it knotty in a hurry when appliying it your hands dont even feel sticky! you dont even have to wash them! the ingredients are: distilled water, xantham gum, flax seed, pro-vitamin d5, lavender essential oil, patchoili essential oil, pine essential oil, orange essential oil, lemongrass essential oil the orange oil may even help remove wax but...Replies 99
01/28/12 12:54:18PM, by Dread Productsvicky from dreadlockshampoo.com has perfected the new wax b gone dread wax remover and has tested it by smearing a ton of wax on her dread way overwaxing to the piint where it stuck to her neck, and stiuck straight out and collected every bit of lint she can=me in contact with. she was grossed out by it but left it in 24 hours then used the wax b gone one time and it was all removed! note however that its not been tested on years old waxc in mature dresads but it should be strong enough although probably will take several applications to remove all wax. the ingredients are orange oil lemon oil lime oil grapefruit oil there is no way to make it any stronger without adding harsh...Replies 6
11/13/11 07:01:07PM, by Dreadlocks Journey Emotional SupportAfter using the dread hq wax ( or over using ) only once I had to cut off my dreads. There was no way it was going away. Dread hqs products are horrible and damaging. I now have shoe hair and the wax is still There after much effort of washing it out. I will have to shave my head very short and then I will never use their products again. Though I am not giving up on the dreadlock journey, I have learnt from my mistakes and will continue with natural neglect method once my hair is long enough again.Thanks SE for your inspiration and guidanceReplies 27
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
06/12/13 08:55:31PM, by General TalkFirst off, let me express my gratitude for the help I have received from Soaring Eagle, Baba Fats, and everyone here on dreadlockssite. Thank you so very much! Before I joined, I was so worried about how my locks looked, they were out of control loopy and messy. It caused me so much anxiety that they didn't look uniform. It got to the point where I even contemplated cutting them off. After joining, about a year into my journey, I realized that I was very uneducated about dreadlocks. I didn't know that loops and bumps and zig-zags were a very normal part of the locking process. I guess I was just caught up in what our society views as "acceptable dreadlocks". But since joining, I have...Replies 11
08/20/09 03:42:38AM, by Dreading Methodsthere is so much misinformation about growing (not making) natural dreadlocks the method called neglect is not accurate, you dont want to stop washing your hair and neglect hygeneclean hair dreads bestyou want to stop combing and conditioningcontinue washing but using a non residue soapwait...wait.. wake up 1 morning ind feel around.. whats this? a baby dread? feel for clumps forming holding togetherseperate them from eachother (unless your bound by beliefs to not rip or interfere then allow them to dread as they please)go play in the woods or swim inthe oceanput on some reggae and dancecheck again in a few weeksagain u can choose to play with em, roll twist or just allow em to go theyre...Replies 99
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.We are widely considered the only trustworthy source for dreadlocks info.
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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.