Dreadlock Installation & Care
DREADLOCK EXTENSION QUESTIONS
Dreadlocks are bulky in nature and therefore will be slightly bulgy when installed. Most people prefer to install around ear level around the head. This is the ideal area if you would like to conceal the bulk of the dreadlock. To determine length you will want to measure from the point at which you would like to attach the extension (ear level or otherwise) to where you want the extensions to fall. Please view our installation & care guide as well as our video tutorial for further information.
*For information on how to add to exsisting dreadlocks please see our installation & care guide.
Dreadlock Installation Video Tutorial
Dreadlock Installation & Care Guide
A: Our Standard Synthetic Hair, and Crocheted dread extensions are the closest to natural dreadlocks. These extensions will mimic natural hair tones. The difference between these two extensions is the way they are produced. Both extensions appear very convincing, however the Crocheted dreads are hand crocheted just as natural dreadlocks are. This results in a softer lock with the most realistic knotty looking appearance.
Wool & Nylon dreads on the other hand do not mimic natural hair tones. These soft dread extensions are best for adding color and decoration to your hair. Our Nylon dreads are our vegan tie-dye dread option and do not use any animal products.
A: The braiding loop, or natural hair loop, is ideal for the braiding method of installation. This is a semi-permanent method of install meaning you can leave your extensions installed for up to 3 months, or take them out on a daily basis. The braiding method is the most natural looking method of installation if you have regular (non-dreaded) hair.
The clip-in option in an additional service we offer to have your extensions sewn onto weft clips. Weft clips are professional hair extension clips. They are similar to snap clips, but have "teeth" allowing a more secure installation. These clips allow for quick and easy installation, and are best suited for daily on and off ware. Simply clip your extensions in and out at your convenience. You can find more information in our video tutorial.
A: The ends refer to the bottom finish of the dread extension. Natually tapered ends are more whispy and taper off. They blend in well with loose hair strands. Blunt ends are more defined. For crocheted dreads the blunt end will have a more rounded appearance. The blunt sealed ends in our synthetic hair dreads are a hard seal finish. This is the most secure finish in preventing the production process knotting from unraveling.
A: Nope! You can add them to existing dreadlocks, or you can braid, clip, or weave them into normal hair. View our tutorials above on how to add them to normal hair.
A: Absolutely! Aside from our Multi-Material extensions and twist wraps, you can wash them as you would your normal hair. Frequent swimming in chlorinated pools may lighten hair wraps or wool extensions over time. We recommend removing all added accessories prior to bathing.
*For wool extensions please keep in mind, just as wool clothing shrinks in your washing machine, exposing your wool extensions to warm water over an extended time can lead to shrinkage.
A: If using the braiding method of installation, extensions will last in your hair for up to 3 months, or with the natural growth of hair. The extensions can be re-installed over and over again.
A: If you are bathing or getting your extensions wet they will naturally ware and fade over time, just as clothing fades from washing. Your bathwater likely contains both chlorine and oxidized minerals which can strip both your hair, and dreadlock wraps (or wool dyed dreads) of color. We recommend using a sulfate free shampoo and conditioner for color treated hair. Color treated shampoos and conditioners are gentle cleansers that remove damaging elements and prevent color fading. Avoiding chlorinated water such as pools or jacuzzis will also help to reduce fading.
A: Synthetic hair extensions are made of a plastic based product. Due to this and the production process, it does result in a slightly stiff and scratchy texture. The extensions will naturally soften over time when washed in warm water. If you don't plan on bathing with them, or don't want to wait, there is another option! You can relax your synthetic extensions by dipping them into a pot of freshly boiled water. Let them sit in the water until they are fully saturated. Remove with gloves or tongs and set them to cool. Once cooled your dreads will be much more flexible and soft.
A: Synthetic hair extensions are made of a plastic based product which creates a scratchy Velcro-like texture during the production process. This texture may cause natural hair to cling to the extensions. Your hair should be brushed and separated from the extensions regularly to avoid these issues. Simply pull away any unbraided hair from the extension and comb out any knots. If properly maintained, your hair should not “dread” to the extension.
A: As long as extensions are properly installed you should not have any issues with the locks damaging your natural hair. An important tip while installing locks is to be sure NOT to install the locks too tightly! Overly tightened locks can lead to discomfort and damage. If you feel any discomfort it is recommended to reinstall the lock.
A: On average it usually takes between 40-75 locks to cover an entire head. Of course this will vary from person to person depending on the size of their head, the thickness of the locks, along with how closely the locks are spaced together when installed.