I started doing dreads in 2000. I worked with a friend on each head. We backcombed and twisted their hair into ropes. I called it roping which is now 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. Tea Tree and Clarifying shampoos are great for washing dreads. Oils and salves are great for nourishment and moisture. There are a lot of nice sprays for your scalp too.
In the above photos, her style of dreads need little to no maintenance aside from washing. Here is a picture of what they look like freshly done.
I put these in using 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. 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 naturally use for most hair types is a mix of interlock, crochet, and backcombing while for other hair types I use twisting. I’m open to using certain methods is you prefer them. I always consider what my clients tell me. There are countless methods to dread hair, and there are endless combinations of these methods. I focus on making your dreads look great and maintaining their integrity.
Palm Rolling is a method for locking that works best on kinky 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 or Original Moxie Just Gel to start locks at the salon. They’re both all natural and petroleum-free. Once your hair is twisted, you sit under the dryer to lock everything in. Palm-rolled locks need maintenance every 2 to 3 weeks in the beginning. As they mature you’ll need maintenance, a retwist, around every 3 months.
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.
The possibilities are endless with hair extensions. If you have questions about extensions please contact us:
**If you’re looking for Fusion Extensions, we offer SoCap Fusions**
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.
Love your Dreads!
**I use “dreads” and “locks/locs” interchangeably. People usually call twisted hair locks and interlocked hair either dreads or locks. There’s a lot of history behind the names…