the question how much does it cost to get dreadlocks gets asked alot, well theres more then one answer to this and all the answers might surprise those who would ask this question.
most people with dreadlocks would answer..nothing..not a cent
and this is the most correct answer
but not the only one
there are 3 schools of thought when it comes to dreadlocks, or locs as some prefer to call them.
there are those who prefer to grow dreads naturally, or start them themselves using simple to learn starter methods like twist and rip or backcombing, these people buy a decent dread soap..and thats it..a few bucks every couple months..not much diferent from what they spent pre-dread for shampoo.
then there are the kit victims that fall for the instant dread lies.. they generaly spend about 100 dollars on useless and harmful products that they are lead to believe are "needed" to dread. about 90% of them realize the products arent worthwhile in the 1st several weeks to a couple months, and these kits occupy a special place collecting dust in the bottom of a closet..a reminder to never touch that stuff again.. about 1/2 of these end up starting over .
the 3rd school of thought is kind of ironic they believe if its expensive it must be superior they generaly look down on natural dreads calling them nasty and saying they dont look clean..the reason its ironic is cause this group will not wash the hair at all for the 1st year and then only when they make a salon apointment to have it washed and re-tightened.
this group spends an outrageous amount on their hair. typicaly 500-800 to start, then 50-150 every 2 weeks to every 2-3 months..
not only do they rarely wash the hair themselves but they believe profesionaly maintained means healthier but the oposites true and very agressive and harmful methods maintenances and products are used..
the pricetag over just a few years can rise to 10-20 thousand dollars, only to have severely damaged dreads. in some cases other problems arise from the use of such harmful methods, like hair loss, in the form of traction alopecia in some cases requiring transplants. and in other cases the harsh chenmicals, or the use of waxes cause medical issues requiring medical intervention as well. this can add an additional 5- 15 thousand dollars on to the already high cost.
if you paid to dread how much did you pay to start
how much did you pay to maintain
for how long
what made you stop
what problems did you face
if you dreaded for free
how was your experience
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updated by @soaring-eagle: 02/14/15 10:22:06AM