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salon dread guide (if you must go that route)

☮ soaring eagle ॐ
@soaring-eagle
8 years ago
28,092 posts
we all know most salon dreads are a scam, but one of our own loctitions just pointed out that lumping all salon dreads into that category is harmful to the small number that do use conscientious methodsso it inspired me to create this guide of what to look for and avoid when choosing a salon to help you dread..so, lets start withwhat to avoid1. first and most important question to ask is what products (wax's gels etc, weve even heard of glues and latex) are used, if they tell you they use waxes gels dread perms or anything at all say no thanks and hang up.2. maintanance recomendations, if they recomend any of the following..walk away.. using elastic bands for weeks or months.. using wax gels or any products except soap or maybe sea salt sprays if they recommend scheduling several more touch up/retightening visits (a true sign of the salon dread scam, which involveds doing an intentionaly bad job then schedulling months and months of repeat business which can cost you over $1000) and lastly if they tell you to refrain from washing your dreads for long periods of time..some salons go as far as to recomend no water touch your hair for 6 months to a year...if they say that..laugh before you run3. do they specialize in synthetic dreads and concider "natural dreads" to be any dreads that arent plastic? if so your best off to avoid them, they are in the bussiness of making temporary dreads to wear to a party but not to keep for lifesecond thing to concider is the methods they use these have been covered pretty well in other threads so i'll just give a short summery of common options and include some advanhtages and drawbacks backcombing this is a fairly common method used by people who do theyre own dreads at home, it doesnt require the skill of a professional loctition and can be done by yourself or with the help of a freind, advantage is it gets dreadlike clumps of hair knotted togetherin 1 day typicaly so kick starts progress, disadvantagews they tend to stick straight out like sideshow bob a few days, and the agressive backwards combing can be pretty dammaging twist n rip another methiod thats popular but many have trouble figuring out how to do it right, so a experienced locker can be a help..if your totaly unable to do it yourself.. advantages, the dreads look neater thyen backcombed from the start the dammage is far less and they dont generaly stich out weird.. its quick and easy once you figure out the technique crochetting this methods highly debated on the plus side it creates very neat tight dreads right away that can look mature faster, but the tradeoff is they require constant retouching with crochet to maintain an even look and its done by shoving a metal hook through the dread weakening the dread over time twisting and variations generaly used on african type hair with great results, its so simple you could do it yourself without even thinking, they tend to add gells and crap that should be avoided, and recvomend retwisting too often many require 1 twisting only some may need a couple retwists the 1st few weeks but once they hold shape theres no reason to retwist.. there have been stories of dreads over twisted (obsessivly maybe) that were twisted right offwhat to look for1. your best bet is a small time operation that does dreads more of as a favor secondary to theyre normal jobs. but still you should interview themn and be really sure they are going to only do what you want them to2. price, unless your hairs very long and crazy getting dreads done shouldnt cost more then rent for the month (far less in fact) if your able, its best to negotiate a fair price per hour..with a cap so you dont get surprised..if you have less then a foot of hair and they quote 500-700 dollars ..leave you can always pay a freing 50-70 to help you with the parts you cant do yourself3. if theyre "salon" is theyre living room chances are better you got a good one as long as all the above check out ok, however, if they do work in a salon setting make sure they listen to what you want them to do..instead of just telling you what they want to do to you.4. if anything they say doesnt sound right.. research it here before committingfinaly i'll sumerize by saying that in most cases your better off avoiding salon dreads as 90% make a total mess of things and i cant believe im suggesting this route for anyone, but, if you must have a professional look from the start and have alot of money and do your research it is possible to find that 1 in a hundred loctition that does a decent job and will give satisfactory results (i would not ever go only on the recomendation of others without doing this research too)if your willing and able i highly recomend going natural. or if not doing them yourself with the help of friends and leave the salon dreads as an option only if all otheres wont work for you.1 last concideration.. its unfortunate but when you tell others how you started yours you may face the fashion dread salon dread lable discrimination factor (hmm that sentence sounded weird)this might be acceptible to you if conciderations of professional image outweigh it..in a city the size of philly with possibly hundreds of loctitions i can only think of 1 i would refer people to..but i dont know every one here, there maybe as many as 3-5 out of a few hundred or sowhatever you do, if they are unwilling to do what you want them to do..or if they try telling you it wont work without products or certain tecxhniques dont let them tough you they dont know what theyre talking aboutremember the easiest way to dread is always ..forget you even have hair..it will dread on its own


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updated by @soaring-eagle: 01/13/15 08:27:54PM
Iain
@iain
8 years ago
844 posts
:fashion dread salon dread lable discrimination factor" thats something you don't hear every day :)I remember one salon lady on youtube backcombing some dummy hair with a very uncomfortable look on her face, at the end of it and twisting it ridiculously she mentioned "normally you'd put some sort of glue in this to hold it" that just confirmed the vibe she was giving. *facepalm*
☮ soaring eagle ॐ
@soaring-eagle
8 years ago
28,092 posts
after posting this decided to make it outr official salon dread guide page too so its now linked off the methods page along with your backcombing guide and the natural guidei would love to get every method and type of mainntenance covered in a page then maybe think abourt covering products the same way (see the member created pages and guides section of links to the right and feel free to submit your own guides to me to be added)


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