I started doing dreads in 2000. I worked with a friend on each head. (We actually used to hand-wrap each dreadlock at the base!) We would backcomb and twist the hair into ropes. I called it roping, and it is now commonly called the Twist-n-Rip method. This method creates beautiful and amazing dreadlocks. Knotty dreads! I prefer not to use any type of wax unless it is absolutely necessary, and most times it is not. It’s a myth that dreadlocks do not need to be washed. Nice dreads are actually very clean. I have my favorite oils and salves for moisture. Scalp health is very important too.
Devon’s dreads are about 6 years old. I was just lucky enough to get to play with them and style them for some photos! She had them put in by a friend on the West coast, and they need little to no maintenance aside from washing. Here is a picture of what they look like freshly done.
Red dreads! I put these in without any hooks at all, using just a comb and my hands — no wax!!
Over the years, I’ve developed my own method of creating dreads. I began using different hooks after 8 years of strictly avoiding them, due to popular demand. I’ve learned how to use them effectively without doing any damage to your hair or your locks. The benefits of using different tools to put in dreads is that they mature a lot faster, and more difficult hair to dread will actually stay in the dreads!! Even after washing. I want you to walk out with your new dreads able to face the world with somewhat tame looking hair that you can wash at your leisure. These dreads will stay in no matter what your hair texture! If I do feel your hair may be damaged from any method we’re considering, I will tell you.
I also use these hooks and methods for repairs and maintenance to dreadlocks that otherwise couldn’t be done. I add extensions of all kinds to dreads and locks using many different methods depending on the type of locks, hair type, and desired outcome.
The method I prefer is somewhat like the interlock method and somewhat like crochet, but it’s slightly different. If there is a certain method you prefer, I certainly will use that on your hair if I feel it will work. I always consider what my clients tell me. There are countless methods to dread hair, and there are endless combinations of these methods. I’ve learned quite a few! Chances are I’ve used or at least heard of any method you would like to use. Again, if I don’t think something is good for your hair, I will tell you, and I will not use it. The method I’ve developed is very detailed and works in all hair types, so we most often use that.
I’ve created a take home sheet for all dreads clients to help with the dreading process once you’ve left the salon. The sheet has everything you need to know about maintaining your fresh dreads.
Some older interlock pics! This is Josh back when I worked at Above Ground Hair Studio.
Josh looks great! These dreads took me seven hours.
I love them!
Palm Rolling is a method for locking that works best on the kinkiest of hair. You can see the hair spiraling evenly down the entire loc. A very smooth look. These locks were started with two-strand twists. You can also begin locking hair by twisting into smooth twists. We use Knotty Boy Tightening Gel to start locks at the salon. It’s organic and petroleum-free, and it works! Once your hair is twisted and clipped, you will sit under the dryer to lock everything in. Palm-rolled locks need maintenance often, in the beginning. You will need less retwisting visits as your locks mature.
Dreadlock, Interlock, and Palm-Rolled Extensions
At the salon, we do all kinds of extensions for dreads and locks. We only use top quality human hair. We prefer to get the hair ourselves because the salon is able to get exactly what we need at a reasonable price. A consultation is required for dreads extensions. At this time, we will talk about what you want and the type and amount of hair we will need. We require a deposit at this time to pay for the hair.
Coloring Dreads / Locs
Adding color to your dreads or locs is a lot of fun. You can choose natural colors, highlights, or bright colors. I also like doing gradated color on locs. The possibilities are endless!
A note to all of the natural free-form dreads out there. I love free-form dreads and have had them myself. I occasionally hear someone say that a salon goes against what natural dreads are about. On the contrary, I am here to help you and support your decision to leave your dreads untouched.