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crocheting method, making dreadlocks with crochet hook

crocheted dreadlocks look extremely neat, but are very high maintenance

this is what crochet will do to your dreads!

this is a guide to creating and maintaining crocheted dreadlocks, however this method is not recommended because of the extreme damage caused and the excessive maintenance involved.

first lets talk about the issues:

the quest for perfection

dreadlocks are not meant to be perfect, but in todays corporate environment neatness may be a factor, so many opt for crocheting to create very neat tidy dreads. the problem with this is multiple issues.

1: the dreads have a distinct woven look very different from the natural growth so constant touch ups are needed to keep uniformity

2:when shoving a metal hook through a dread you break more hairs then you "fix" so the tidiness only lasts a week or 2 then the dreads get extra fuzzy and need to be crocheted again to fix the damage caused by crocheting

3:it becomes a never ending cycle of damage and repair, many continue crocheting year after year weekly or bi weekly, even up to 15 hours at a time>

4: over time the dreads become "perforated" and weak, even in extreme cases falling off or becoming very thin especially at the roots.

5: the dreads when crocheted obsessively can look "fake" having had all the natural personality woven out of them.

6: crocheting even one time just to start will delay any progress by 6 months or more the extreme tightness does not alow movement so they do not dread until they are allowed to loosen enough to dread this takes a very long time.

if you did start your dreads with crochet, stop, they should recover eventually unless the damage has progressed too far. i included the above video as a guide, crocheting dreads is an option for professional environments especially when permanence is not expected. however, neatness can also be acheived by just pulling your dreads back neatly, smoothing with aloe, or wearing a tram or wrap.

note to professionals:
no employer has the right to limit your freedom of religion, this does not mean you have to be rasta to wear dreadlocks. haveing any religions or spiritual belief connected to dreading is enough, even just believing in remaining natural. therefore they cannot demand neatness that is not reasonable while folowing a nazerite like vow to not maintain your hair. reasonable expectations can only include hiding the dreads or styling them in a presentable manor (tied back neatly)

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Comment by Kao Ganavi on December 23, 2010 at 1:42pm
yes soaring, i got it. thanks again ;)

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Comment by ☮ soaring eagle ॐ on December 23, 2010 at 10:43am

kao u missed the psaty yjat says u should never use crochet its so bad for dreads

chelsea do nothing to the roots but give them time

Comment by Kao Ganavi on December 23, 2010 at 5:04am
i love how this person crochet. he makes it look so simple. i just started and hopefully i can get better.
Comment by Chelsea Unschuld on November 2, 2010 at 4:01am
So how should I keep up the maintenance because the roots are lookin pretty bad.
Comment by Chelsea Unschuld on November 1, 2010 at 12:59pm
I got mine crotched about 2 months ago, and i wash them once a week. I really dont like the way they smell, what should I do? Also, the roots of my hair are pretty lose, and I dont know how to crotchet nor would I like to crotchet anymore. HELP PLEASE!
Comment by Rusty McDonald on October 21, 2010 at 11:00pm
D: I got my dreads crocheted and backcombed yesterday and I was really really happy with them until I saw this. What should I do????
Comment by Calin on April 23, 2010 at 12:00am
Crocheting is a very distructive method of making dreadlocks.Mine were made with crocheting and backcombing and I can tell you that it is a real hassle.This is what I've learnt about the method:The first couple of months you have to crochet the loose hair strains back in the dread about once every 4 days and it is also recommended not to wash your dreads too often,cause more hair gets loose from your dreads and you have to crochet them back in.After about 2 months,dependig on your own type of hair,you can crochet the dread once a week,and after about6 to 8 months,you can stop crocheting them.If you overdo with your crocheting,you could end up with very tight and stiff dreads.Also,since you break a lot of hair in the process,some of it will come out of the dread,making it thinner in that area,wich will eventually break,shortening your dread.This isn't a very easy method to do yourself,if you don't know what you are doing,because all of the above mentioned problems may accure.It is also a painfull way to make dredlocks,because sometimes your hair gets mangled around the crochet,and you end up pulling the root of the hair,too.The only advantage ,if you can call it that,is that you don;t need to use dread wax,or other products.But I wouldn't recommend this method,especially as a do-it-yourself.I used it because it was the only method available in my country,and there aren't a lot of dread-heads around to ask for help and advice.In fact,in my town there are 2 people who have dreadlocks:me and my sister :P She used the same method,but she was luckyer,I didn't crochet her dreads as often as I did mine.
Hope this helps anyone who is facing the same problems I was.
Dread safe :)and best use natural dreading method,like SE advises.
Comment by ranasta on April 21, 2010 at 8:40am
esto no es una moda es una forma de vida ..........
Comment by Vinny on February 25, 2010 at 6:05pm
I did a little research and it turns out that your beliefs do not technically have to be apart of a church or major/"recognized" religion to be protected. However an employer only has to offer accommodations to a certain degree. If your personal needs cause undue hardship on the employer or the employer feels that your needs endanger yourself or others they can legally deny/fire you. BTW undue hardship includes sacrificing the company's "public image" which would explain why Disney turns away anyone who doesn't look like they belong in the happiest place on earth.
Comment by Vinny on February 25, 2010 at 5:35pm
"tey cvannot refuse to ire you based on tat"

No I dont believe thats true sir. Disney turns people away everyday because of the way they look and its 100% legal. They cannot turn someone away for walking with a limp but they sure as hell can turn you away for a tattoo on your face.

and tacking the word "spiritual beliefs" to all your decisions is not a meal ticket to doing whatever you like in this country. There are tons of "beliefs" that are not recognized in this country and therefore are not protected by those laws. Also you kinda have to be able to prove that your decision has a "legitimate" religious bases, if they push it hard enough.

Also I dont think it's fair to call someone "weak" just because they choose a career over a hairstyle. dont insult people who put what they "should do" before what they "want to do".

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Comment by ☮ soaring eagle ॐ on February 25, 2010 at 5:00pm
personal spiritual beliefs are equal under the law to religios, religion and spoirituality are virtualy the same
a spiritual belief can be simoly tat we sould live a natural existence
eat natural foiods wear natural fibers and a natural airstyle

and no uy dont surprise ytour bos you tell em up front but tey cvannot refuse to ire you based on tat and i hatre to tell ya but there are many manmy police and firefigters wit dreads..prison guards doctors lawyers even polotitions (not in usdas yet but soon im sure)
i have a freind wos been te ceo of over 1o of te biggest corporations in te country and had dreads

your welcome to sell out give in and save your head foir a payceck but tat is yuour choice
and all youd ave to do to still get the payceck is say no you are not willing to shave
as lkong as you do your job you still wiull have the job..they legaly cannot fire you because of dreads.. but you have to stand uyp fgor your rigts and not be weak and give in
Comment by Vinny on February 25, 2010 at 4:47pm
Try any of that, while working in a hospital, and I guarantee that they will 86 your butt.

And there is most defiantly a difference between religious beliefs and personal beliefs, one is based on faith and the other is just an "idea". I know that employers have to respect (to a certain degree) religious practices but I seriously seriously doubt they have to make way for personal practices. People don't choose to get fired, if you choose to leave your job that's called quitting. If you choose to change your appearance so that it makes you "unfit" for your position, than that was your decision to take yourself off the payroll. Religious practices are not choices (at least not to those who make them), personal practices are. If employers were subject to personal practices you'd have a lot more firefighters, and police officers and other professionals, with long hair. If you aren't willing to fulfill requirements for a job, then you need to find work elsewhere.

on top of all that, if that story about those two ladies is true and their bosses are in positions where they cant fire them yet want to, then I believe those two deserve to fall and break something. Its unfair to secure a job, then surprise your employer with your bullshit, AND THEN play the "nahnahnah you cant stop me" game.

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Comment by ☮ soaring eagle ॐ on February 25, 2010 at 4:18pm
reacing for straws? most do have a sopiritual bond its totaly honnest\
and your welcome to explain it any way you wish
and no job canm requiore a professional look tat interferes wit religios freedoms tey cannot make a muslim not wear a wyatever teyre called nor can tey make a orthodox jew cot off te ear curly trhiungs
aw profesdssional look is just as neatness within te constraints of your personal beliefsa
no stained or ripped shirts.. 7no expposed butt crack.. etc if your perso9nal beliefs require ou toi be naked tey cannot require u to wear clotes to work in fact

i know women roofers wo do roofing nakesd just for that rreason and te boses cannot lkegaly stop em
Comment by Vinny on February 25, 2010 at 4:07pm
"if you just say you have a spiritual bond to dreadlocks that's enough"

That sounds a bit like "reaching for straws", and I doubt any employers would go for it. You gotta have your priorities in line, and putting your hair before your career is asinine. Some jobs require a professional look and looking the part, even just for the sake of others, is apart of your duty.

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Comment by ☮ soaring eagle ॐ on February 25, 2010 at 3:06pm
ignore em loose hairs outside a dread will become new dreads loose hairs stickin out of te dread itself are no big deal.. just ignore em only you even notice em
and when u crochet your breaking hairs causing more and more loose hairs which u crochet and break crochet and break its a never ending cycle of damage and fixing te damage wile causing more damage

stop feeling like they must be perfect and accept em as they are loose hairs and all
Comment by dantherastaman on February 25, 2010 at 2:03pm
I started out backcombing my dreads, then I let them tangle up and felt like that needed to be undone so I got a couple of friends of mine to rip and tear my dreads apart and they crocheted them. Since then I've had them re-crocheted a couple times, but I have a lot of loose hairs all over, and I'm fighting the urge to get get them redone so as to have the natural look. What do I do about all the loose hairs though?

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Comment by ☮ soaring eagle ॐ on February 11, 2010 at 9:48am
crochet does make dreads weak and prone to breaking
mine are 20 years old and only now started breaking from being stepped on never broke till they reaced te ground
Comment by Good Energy on February 11, 2010 at 6:01am
You can also get breakage from backcombing and crocheting. Just ask Soaring Eagle about anything dread related. As you can see from his pictures he's had em a long, long time. MUCH RESPECT brother!
Comment by Mixed Brotha on January 22, 2010 at 11:23pm
They are both great for maintaining dreads. I've had dreads for about 2 years, and my moms side of the family is black. And I know alot about dreads. I backcomb and CRochet, and they look alot better when you do. They look clean, feel clean, and don't look so bumish. Never liked the natural rasta way, there stinky and you can get breakage as they get old

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Comment by ☮ soaring eagle ॐ on October 17, 2009 at 12:50am
and if you think crochet is better then backcomb your wrong, the damage done initially backcombing may be more, but crocheting tends to be a never ending high maintenance process ..year after year adding on more damage, crochet damage is very extreme

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