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dreadlock maintenance

dreadlocks are typically low maintenance, however if you do a lot of maintenance you can make a low maintenance hairstyle into a high maintenance one.

typical maintenance for low maintenance dreads include:

washing dreads

separating dreadlocks to prevent congos.

high maintenance dreads can include any or all of the following, all of which is unnecessary:

twisting dreads.

palm rolling

root rubbing

clockwise or counterclockwise rubbing.



interlocking or root flipping


sewing in loose hairs

tip rubbing



for more info on all these dreadlocks maintenance methods see the maintenance section of the forums


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Comment by ☮ soaring eagle ॐ on November 7, 2012 at 2:16pm

doesnt really matter palm rolling does nothing permenant 9except harm)  the effects of palm rolling last hours to a day or so no longer  and its completely pointless but if u do it lot can cause permenant harm

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Comment by Rhianna Loves You on November 7, 2012 at 2:08pm

mmm, What hair type do you have?

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Comment by ☮ soaring eagle ॐ on November 6, 2012 at 2:54pm

nope it does nothing at all

ive never palm rolled once and mine dreded very fast

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Comment by Rhianna Loves You on November 6, 2012 at 2:35pm

I still think palm rolling plays a part

Comment by Marcellus Wallace on November 1, 2012 at 11:00am

selling real human dreads? if one puts a price on their dreads then they my friend aren't quite human

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Comment by carey jones on October 21, 2012 at 5:19pm

i was wondering do anybody have real human dreadlocks for sale

Comment by Venessa B on October 9, 2012 at 5:36pm

okay good to know. thanks for all the help :)

Comment by Elijah Entrampas on October 6, 2012 at 3:18pm

i love my locks

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Comment by ☮ soaring eagle ॐ on October 3, 2012 at 6:51pm

they shouldnt be all even and uniform  and u never ever tighten the roots

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Comment by Baba Fats on October 3, 2012 at 6:18pm

When you tighten your roots manually, you are making them thinner and weaker.  You need that loose hair at the root to snag and tangle with new growth.  If it's not there to tangle, the locks will keep getting thinner and thinner until one day it's too thin and weak to hold the weight of the lock.  

Just let them tighten on their own pace.  Locks should have a certain amount of messy rats nest hair at the roots for the health of your scalp and locks in general

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Comment by Tara C on October 3, 2012 at 4:12pm

I had more or less the same problem, the sectioning was bad and would've gotten uncomfortable as the roots tightened, so I ended up splitting them or combing those ones out. I wouldn't advise tightening the dreads at all; they'll tighten naturally. To force it will do more harm than good, and it's pointless because they'll tighten eventually anyway.

Comment by Venessa B on October 3, 2012 at 3:59pm

Hey everyone. :) Ive had my dreads for about five months and when they were started, they were parted kind of oddly and uneven...(i wasnt the one that started them). My husband has tried to help me separate them and make them look a little better in the back but it only helped a bit. they dont look HORRIBLE, but id prefer them a little more neat...What is the best way to tighten the locks, especially the ones near the root? Thank you.

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Comment by ☮ soaring eagle ॐ on September 9, 2012 at 9:08pm

the answers ..always

its not a how long its a constant thing

they are becoming dreass as we speak are they not? but as you seperate  u get loose hairs ..they grow,,they dread..more come

its not like someday your not gonna have  any more loose hairs  it grow s from your head  undreaded then dreads

its a constant process

but there will be far far less loose hairs when mature bout 6-8 more months

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Comment by Karli Cain on September 9, 2012 at 8:55pm

On average how long does it take for the lose hairs to find there place in my dreads? I dont want to do nothing to them i want them to naturally find there way but i was wonder how long it usually takes and if they do find there place at all, my dreads are maybe 2 months,

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Comment by ☮ soaring eagle ॐ on July 5, 2012 at 5:51pm

wash 2-3 times a week with the teatree rosemary bar or baking soda acv teatree and rosemary also stop using hot water

Comment by Tamarin Heerdt-Wingfield on July 5, 2012 at 5:43pm

Hey somebody please help me! i've had my dreads for about 6 months and just recently i've started to get really bad dandruff, it's so bad the dandruff is stuck in the roots of my dreads and looks so nasty what can i do to get rid of it?

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Comment by ☮ soaring eagle ॐ on June 9, 2012 at 10:22pm

local garden centers aqnywhere that sellds plants just buy a couple large alowe vera plants and harvest a leaf now and then

on amazon i dunno see if they have lily of the dessert

btw we have an amazon shop here and a small percebtage bought through the dreadlockssite shop suports the site

Comment by Scott Blankenship on June 9, 2012 at 9:32pm

hey I was wondering if anyone who lives in the UK could help me - I really would like some aloe vera and wanna make sure it's pure. Thus, I don't wanna go buying the first thing i see on amazon of course. Anyone know where to get some?

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Comment by Baba Fats on April 21, 2012 at 11:12am

Oh yeah, I totally forgot about that.  I'd try the Aloe first.  Brush second.  and if all else fails, the razor

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Comment by ☮ soaring eagle ॐ on April 21, 2012 at 11:09am

or try a soft bristled brush and brush out the tips

dont pay attention to silly ppl on youtube  theres alotta newbies tea=ching newbies how to make the mistakes they make

everytime 1 gets the "good idea" to put superglue or rubber cen=ment in their dreads they rush off to make a video about it and convince a dozen others to try it too

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