Updated: Mar 8
Everyone has seen the photos of one massive beavertail to the tiny, thin sister locs. There is uniform sizing, wide range sizing on one head to bulky ends or thin ones. These different looks can be created depending on what you want, your lifestyle, and hair type. But the big issue is how do you know what is best for you??? There is so much conflicting information out there!
When choosing your dreadlocks style, some thicknesses will be more suited to you. Depending on the level of care you want to give them, your lifestyle, and the roughness of your hair. The thing is, there is no one answer. There is a uniqueness to dreadlocks that makes the journey amazing.
Here I want to clarify and help you make the best decision for you and your journey.
Knotty hair, you know that hair that mats up when you leave it down and it rubs on your clothes. The type you have to brush all the time to stop it turning onto a bird's nest? It can create some of the thickest dreadlocks. At the start, they may seem so thin that they could never mature to decent-sized dreadlocks. These dreadlocks expand in size more than any other type of hair. They mature quite quickly compared to the below types. When you have thinner knotty hair it is better suited to fine and medium size dreadlocks (the thick size the look is sparse). When your hair is thick and knotty, you can choose any size. The journey may not always be an easy one but it is well worth it for a look in the end.
Then there is silky hair.
Silky hair is not suited to thin dreadlocks. It is better suited to medium to thick dreadlocks. They will not thicken as much as hair that knots well. They will need more maintenance as well. The hair takes a longer time to mature than other types. You can have a lot of fly away hair that makes its way out so ticked dreadlocks give more surface area for the hair to bind and hold together. If you try thin dreadlocks, your maintenance will be VERY often and your journey can be a little intense.
Curly Knotty Hair
This hair is the absolute best, you can pretty much do whatever size dreadlocks you want. Extremely thin to hugely think. Blunted ends to wispy ends it really doesn’t matter. When the hair is incredibly curly is better to have blunted/rounded ends
Average hair… Normal hair… You know the type that is just normal…. It isn’t to knotty or silky… This is a good percentage of Caucasian people.
This type of hair is best suited to the mid-range dreadlocks. Just because you are in the mid-range, it does not mean cookie-cutter and boring. This hair with medium dreadlocks can be made into the most unique look and style. I wouldn’t advise you to get them too thin nor to think. It is generally suited to a medium range of dreadlocks. If you have a lot of hair you have a lot more dreadlocks to have the medium size, if you have less hair you have fewer dreadlocks to make the medium size. It’s a pretty simple way to do this. You will generally have around 55 to 75 dreads with “normal” hair.
Then there is the hair that is THICK. Not the amount of hair, but the shaft is really strong and
thick. On a scale from silk to horsehair, you are at the more horsehair end with this type of hair.
I would advise thick dreadlocks for this type of hair. They can take a long time to form and a lot of fuzzy hair sticking out around the length of the loc. Maintenance is more for this type of hair. I would say between 8-12 weeks (average for me is 16 weeks). They can take a long time to come together and mature. Generally, this hair is really straight and strong and does not like to do what it is told. This type of hair covers a small percentage of the population I have seen. My Asian clients seem to have this type of hair. So yes, it can work with dreadlocks, but beware that there are a lot more maintenance and a lot more loops and a lot fuzzier. But the reward to sticking it out is when they come together they are stunning!
Every person has a unique style of hair be it thick, thin, fuzzy, easily matted, silky, and more. When choosing a style you want, keep this in mind. When talking to your loctitian you need to describe your hair type so they can give you the best advice. Ask them if they have worked with this type of hair and to send you pictures of their work and when it is matured. This ensures your journey starts on the right foot.
Please do not see this description as a limitation to your dreadlocks or absolute truth. Things can be done to create the look you want if you choose the right loctitian. Choosing the right thickness of your dreadlocks to give you gives you a more full voluminous look.
May you be happy and well.