About Dreadlocks ~ FAQ
There are so many myths, taboos & especially just Frequently Asked Questions about dreadlocks.
On this page i’d like to inform you to the best of my abilities and hopefully give an answer to your questions.
I want to point out that there is no right or wrong in having, getting or making dreadlocks.
There is a beautiful variety of methods of growing dreadlocks and is part of many different cultures all over the world, from all eras and ages...
If you're interested in these different cultures and in history of dreadlocks, there is this wonderful book you can find it online:
"Dreads" Franscesco Mastalia & Alfonse Pagano introduced by Alice Walker
How to maintain my dreadlocks at home?
Here you can click this link below, it will guide you to an online course offered by Seienstyle on how to maintain your dreadlocks at home.
Some people ask if you can wash dreadlocks,
first of all i think this is a personal choice, some people deliberately don't wash their dreadlocks because of there own personal believes.
This being said, i want to point out that yes, ofcourse you can wash them. In my opinion, from my experiences and having dreadlocks myself, i would recommend to wash them with a chemical-free softener-free shampoo. Mainly it's important to wash your scalp thoroughly and let your natural shampoo run down your dreadlocks.
Can I dye my dreadlocks and how? Which kind of products can I use?
Well, you have options.
Lots of people who have dreadlocks prefer to use henna (for black, brown or red) because it’s a more natural product, it will be less damaging for your hair, and the henna colors can be very vibrant.
You can also choose a different dye product of your choice for a crazy color for example.
In this case it is wise to keep in mind that; when you bleach or use a de-coloring product, that it can do damage to your dreadlocks, or make your dreadlocks weak. (As this is always the case, even with normal loose hair)
If you wish to color your dreadlocks; keep in mind that:
- No matter which product you want to use, you will need more packages than when your hair is loose. So for example; some people who dye their dreads will need 3 packages instead of 1
- If you have human hair extensions; yes you can color them but the color result can be different than with your own natural hair color.
So a good idea is to run a test with a little piece of your hair & also extension hair.
- Make sure to take out all of your dreadlocks decoration before you start to dye. If you have fake/synthetic hair extensions in, do not color them!
- While you are dying your dreadlocks, the weight of your dreads can get more heavy, because dreads soak up more water & hair dye. So take care of your neck & posture or better let someone help you ☺️
- I do not recommend going from black or dark brown to blonde or high blonde / platina / white tones with your dreadlocks. Because of the obvious reason that dying your hair blonde & using bleach is highly damaging for your hair and certainly for your dreadlocks.
If you want to change your haircolor drastically from dark to light, it is recommended to do this before you get your dreadlocks, and it is always better to do this gradually!
However this being said, everything is possible!
Do it with consideration and thought. Think about the other state of your hair / dreadlocks. Are they healthy? Thick? Ferm? If you already notice a lot of breakage, please consider not to dye it and ask for advice with your local hairstylist or locktician 🤗!
Can i bring/use my own hair for dreadlocks with extensions or extenders?
Yes! If you like the energy of your own hair, or hair from a family member, or maybe you just want to save some money...This is a great way to honour nature and treasure lost hair, or cut-off hair from a family member. Some people even ask to blend in some hair from a pet...
It is only possible to add your own hair or dreadlocks. if you still have loose hairs you can save up, you already saved up or maybe you still have some cut-off hair from the past.
If you have a full head of dreadlocks you can extend them with your own dread (maybe some broke off, cut-off; if this is the case they can be re-added...) Or it is also possible to make extenders from loose hairs that are gifted to you by a friend, family member, or even a pet!
Please note to ask for advice with your professional loctician before hand!
- save your loose hairs from a hairbrush and keep , save them in a dry & clean bag, somewhere in a dry, clean and neat place.
- some people have saved up some of their own hair they cut off in the past (keep it dry, neat & clean).
- maybe some family cut their hair short and want to donate their hairs. Always ask permission to this person first! It's very important to do this with honour and respect. (Keep it dry, neat & clean)