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08.06

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Hello and welcome.

We started this site in 2000 when there was hardly any information regarding dreadlocks online. You will notice by the number of posts and comments that there are many readers. This site is made up or articles relating to dreadlocks – anything from tutorials, to questions, to the history of the hairstyle itself. There is nothing for sale on dreadlocks.org, this site makes juuust enough money to support itself due to google adwords (so feel free to click a link :).

As you poke around you will notice that the readers of this site are varied and interesting as the articles. If you find an article you like, comment – we love to get feedback.

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  1. You forgot about the ancient Greeks who had dreadlocks before anyone

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  2. Hi, My Name is Ant,
    I couldn’t find anywhere to post this so I’ll just leave it here :)
    I just started my Dread Journey (Again) and I will be doing a monthly update video if anybody is interested to come see :)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rH573zEL1s

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  3. I just made a Tutorial on how to make your dreadlock wavy. I wanted to share it with all of you!
    http://dreadstuff.com/pages/how-to-make-wavy-dreadlocks

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  4. I have really been wanting dreads for ages now (about a year) the only problem is I’m A. Scottish so dreads aren’t greatly accepted in my community B. I’m 12 so I’m still in school still under my parents roof and my mum doesn’t want me to get dreads and I mentioned over Instagram that I was thinking to get dreads and I got bullied a lot just for thinking about it. To be fair I don’t care about criticism but I do wonder if I should just wait until I leave school and home to get them

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    • Hello Cat,

      My name is Luz Magdaleno, I am a journalism student at Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL, USA. I was wondering If I can interview you over email on your experience with wanting dreadlocks for a story I am writing on them.

      Thank you!

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  5. Hello! I am a Casting Director and I am looking for a FUN family that loves their dreadlocks! We’d like to break the mold with this series and really defy all the stereotypes out there! Ideally, we’re looking for a fun family with an entrepreneurial spirit! Maybe you own a business or are doing something else as a family? All of the info is below. We hope to hear from you!!
    NOW CASTING: COUPLES AND FAMILIES WITH DREADLOCKS!

    Are you part of an outgoing and fun couple or family who have dreadlocks?

    Does it drive you crazy when people assume that just because you or your family member has dreads you should act a certain way?

    Do you want them to know that you defy the stereotype?

    If so, we want to hear from you!

    Eastern is looking for THE NEXT TV FAMILY!

    Do you think your family is more fascinating than The Kardashians?

    Is your family authentic, hilarious, complicated, fun, loud and most importantly easy to love?

    Does your family of DREAD HEADS deserve their OWN SERIES?

    If so, we want to hear from you!

    Please email a brief description of your family along with everyone’s names, ages, location, contact info and photos to casting@eastern.tv

    We look forward to hearing from you!

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  6. am drizela and currently living in india but have artificial dreads wud love to know which dreadlock saloon to use in india for repair will be so gratefull

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  7. Hello , I promise I was a little embarrassed about the front of my hair but it has a slow growth, to it and they are not dreadlocks yet but the rest of my hair in the back is all locked but the front of my hair is thin and I’m just trying to figure out what I can do to speed up the process of my hair growing in the front

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  8. Hi. i have been wanting dreads for a very long time. I am 16yrs old and i live in scotland so they are not widley accepted. iv have seen a few people (on tv and out and about) with just 1 or 2 dreads in ther hair. and im wondering how u would get that without dreading the rest of my hair.
    thanks xxxx

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    • Hi Kirsty… I say go for it!! I myself am scottish with a full head of dreads now for the last 18months and just about to skip upstairs and get bleaching going on to add some colour.
      If we dont educate then opinions cant change. :)

      To be completely honest, ive not had any negativity about my dreads, even the older people think they look good too.

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  9. I have locks and I tighten my own. It is something that I actually love doing. I’ve been asked by others if I could install locks for them as well. I want to know if I have to be certified to (legally)make money doing this. I live in Oklahoma and I’ve had very little luck finding information about this.

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    • I mean its not some drug cartel going on, I don’t know what the problem would be as opposed to going to a real salon.

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  10. Hi I’m looking for a good place in the greater, Mesa/Tempe Arizona that can do dreadlock reconstruction. Would you know of any such salons?

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  11. You do not need supplies. You do not need to do anything. Stop brushing your hair. That’s all. Before I had mine (going on three years now) I used to think everyone who told me that was full of shit(excuse my french). But I stopped brushing and did nothing else and lo and behold a couple months later came dreadlocks. In my opinion, it should not be considered a hairstyle. It is simply letting your hair do what its supposed to, and not being worried about the outcome. If you sit and tease your hair a million times and rubber band it and wax it and whatever else people do, yes, you will get dreads, straight, greasy, uniform dreads, that will eventually get “frizzy” despite your best efforts. But if you are patient, and you let your hair dread itself, you will get beautiful unique curly loopy personalized dreadlocks, of all different shapes and sizes. Trust me, its worth the wait.

    p.s. if you are worried about frizz you should not get dreadlocks, there is nothing you can do but embrace the fuzziness.

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    • Hey. I’m thinking of getting dreads and have done for a long time. Do I just stop brushing my hair and wash it?

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  12. why do u guys dreadlock im doing a project on dreadlocking

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  13. You don’t need anything for dreads at all! Just don’t brush your hair and seperate! and you can wash it as much as you want! But please wash your hair more then once a month:) your natural oils are detangley I actuaLly used dishsoap to dry out my naturally greasy hair in order to get it to lock… Also I don’t know much about lice but I heard lemon juice (which is one of my favorite dread treatments) is really great for them :) good luck I’m going on a year :) and they look pretty nice :) I also really recomend not waxing even with all those terrible frizzys :/ I made that mistake and it never comes out :/

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  14. oh & my hair is Shoulder lenghth, does tht mean they’ll be super short? My hair is very thick

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  15. I don’t have dreads but I really want them, there aren’t any salons arouund here tht do themm. So I’m goinn’ to try do it at homee. Kinda worried they won’t look good on me thouugh. I live on a reservation with a bunch of kids tht more likely packed with headlicee. How many times can I wash my hair in a month with the dreads? & I don’t have the money for the online dread set…please email me baacck :S
    (paralyzer14@live.com)

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  16. Dont worry about the frizz, it will fade away in time..u can take care of the frizz with a crochet hook if u want.. but that method is extremely damaging and will be terrible if ur plannin on keeping dreads for more than 3 years or so. i’ve been dreading for half a year now, and from my research and personal experience i can tell you that the main thing is patience, if u want goodlooking and healthy dreadlocks. dreacklocks are messy if u cant deal with that u shud reconsider if u want them or not. p.s wax is out of the question

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  17. Hi, I have a question today. I had my dreads for about 4 months and every time I wash them they get more frizzier. What can I do to stop the frizz. (i hope i’m spelling this right) I want the more concervative look, but my hair is very soft and fine. Can I still get that look?
    Thanks.

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  18. I wanted to say first, I love this website and it help me a lot with my dreads. I’ve had my dreads for 3 months now and trying to be patient (so far so good) My hair is very soft and I am fighting the frezzy’s. I did have a lotician to get my dreads started and I go to her every 2 months (because of frezz). It took 1 year to make my mind up to get dreads. I was wearing what I call “silky dreads” for about 8 years. the difference is I can comb them out for other styles. Now I am locking them and know one can tell I have dreads. So I don’t say anything because to them. I look the same (my dreads curl up on the ends). I do have a little matting, but not much. I’m sure it will come soon. Because I am a professional, I want to try to keep them professional looking. I did my research on dreads after I had them done. I wish I had did it before, so I would have a better idea of what style I was looking for. However, I switch loctician and I feel better about how she is keeping my dreads up. I just wanted to add my experience so far. I will keep you up to date.

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  19. i have had my dreads for two months i wanted to know can i wash them and how what will make them lock faster

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  20. Kendra….I too have also wanted dreads since i was a child. I did mine all naturally so far and they are taking shape. I have sort of thick hair which is mostly gray :/ I started my new dreadlifestyle by just washinbg my hair with a natural bar soap. I didn’t use any conditioner. Of course, i never brushed it either. After a few days, the locks started forming on their own. Once they took some shape and decided where they wanted to live, I separated them into locks, back combed them and used a small crochet hook to gather them into dreads. I didn’t wear a sleep scarf so I now have some dreads that are really knarly in the back. So far i think i have only spent a total of 10 bucks on the crochet hook and a latch hook to try and tuck in the small baby hairs. I am not that coordinated, so the back of my head is pretty messy, but I keep them in a ponytail most of the time anyway. I will be seeing a loctician soon to do some repair work to the back. They charge 50 dollars an hour!….So kendra, take my advice…unless you have a great friend/person to help you do the back of your head well….maybe you should find a loctician to start your journey. But you can start them without money. LOVE, PEACE, DREADS to you my friend. Enjoy your locks!

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  21. Um.. So I dont have the money for the supplies for dreads and I really want them, I always have since i was little. I was wondering if i didnt use the waxes or locking agents or shampoos would it still work. Providing if i used normal shampoos?

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  22. Dreads are not unsanitary. Learn how to spell and be polite please. This site is helpful to those that have locks as well as to be informative to those who don’t. Do some research before you trash other people.

    -Sincerely, a clean headed, dread girl

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  23. Forget it–you can’t answer the question–there fore you have no illigetimate reason for being on the internet.

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  24. I am wanting why one wants dreadlock? Many hair stylish say they are unsanitary reagardless of what products used. Why does this effect one’s image positively? Thanks

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  25. DREDS ARE NOT A STYLE, DREADEDNESS IS A WAY OF LIFE…AND IF YOU DON’T KNOW THAT THEN YOU DON’T KNOW!!! IF YOU DON’T KNOW, THEN YOU DON’T GET THROUGH IT ALL…

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  26. Hello, I am writing a research paper on a really interesting artist named Rodney Mcmillian and am looking at an artwork of his called ‘Untitled (2007)’ which is currently on display in a show called ‘Thirty Americans’ at the Rubell Family Collection in Miami. The artwork is a huge 162 X 264 inch quilt of black vinyl stitched together and hung on a wall, with a few massive protruding black appendages jutting out – there is white stitching along the black appendages. I thought that perhaps the appendages evoked the look of dreadlocks that had a streak of grey hair running down each dreadlock. So I was wondering: Do older people who have dreadlocks sometimes have a single stripe of greyness running down some of their dreadlocks, if they are going grey? Also a friend of mine told me some people have a pretty closely shaven head with only a handful of dreadlocks extending from different areas of the scalp, and this hairdo is usually seen in older men. I am interested if this is true as well because I think this artwork looks like that too. If you want to see a picture of the artwork you can go to the website ‘Thirty Americans’ and click on Rodney Mcmillians name under the list of artists. If anyone has any responses to these questions, if you could email me at jgalb4@aol.com with them, I’d really really appreciate it. Thank you sincerely!!! J

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