Frequently asked questions
WHAT METHOD DO YOU USE?
I use a gentle backcombing with a weaving style of crochet. This weaving crochet creates a tight, cylindrical dreadlock that needs little maintenance. They are tight to begin and slowly fatten and loosen to create dreadlocks with integrity.
It is gentle in the way that I do not break or cut the hair making the dreadlocks sturdy with few flyaway hairs at the base.
HOW OFTEN WILL I NEED MAINTENANCE?
Maintenance timing is up to you and your hair.
If you want tight neat dreadlocks you may need maintenance every8-16 weeks. If your hair dreads well and you don't mind the more natural look 16weeks or more will suit.
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HOW DO I WASH THEM AND HOW OFTEN?
I recommend to wash your hair the day before a new install, then not for 2 weeks to allow the knots and dreadlocks to settle in. You can do these washes with Bi-Carb soda paste. This is not to be used often as it can make the hair brittle and the integrity is lost in the dreadlocks. Also in this time if your scalp is itchy and you can not relieve it, wash it as having a better experience and comfort is important. Also scratching can break and loosen the bases.
After the initial 2 weeks I recommend weekly washing. Wash in the morning so it can dry during the day. Having damp hair overnight can cause an itchy, goopy scalp that can smell a little.
I also recommend a residue free shampoo that suits your scalp. And NO conditioners in most cases.
Bleached brittle dreadlocks may need conditioners and masks. If you feel you may need this let me know and we can see what will be best.
CAN I BRUSH THEM OUT?
Yes you can.
I would say that this process is not a fast or fun one, but it can be done.
It is like unpicking form the bottom up.
WILL I LOOSE LENGTH?
It depends on your hair and the thickness of the dreadlocks you want.
The thinner the dreads the more length you will loose (5-20cm in long hair, more if it is really thin on the ends).
Thicker dreadlocks you loose less length (2-10cm).
Blunt ends you will loose more as the hair needs to be turned up (5-20cm).
If you are wanting your hair to look thicker to start I recommend opting to loose a little length as they look better to start. We can talk about this and create what suits you, your hair and your needs.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I GET LICE
YOU DO NOT NEED TO SHAVE YOU HEAD!!!
There are many remedies for lice.
Homeopaths have some good remedies.
Mouth wash and Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) - Put the rubbing alcohol on your scalp, then wrap it for 1hr to fumigate them, wash it out with shampoo rinse with ACV. Do this for 5 rounds every 4days. This interrupts the lifecycle so they are dead before they can lay more eggs. And it also covers the eggs that hatch. The alcohol kills the live ones and the ACV breaks down the eggs and detaches them from the hair. If you see any eggs or adults pull them out. If not, the washing will help remove them.
The solutions from the chemist - use these every 5days for 5 rounds. I recommend this intense schedule as you cannot comb them out and you need to kill them before they are old enough to bread once they hatch.