2011
04.26

Sometimes, despite the best of intentions, your hair can get a little out of hand. I’m not talking “loose hair, a little bit of joining” like my last post, I’m talking “Oh wait… why do I only have one dreadlock now?”. There is a crazy amount of misinformation on the subject of dreads, and you need to be discerning about who you listen to. You would not believe the insane theories I’ve heard surrounding starting dreads and maintaining them. (I’m not going to get into it right now as that would deprive me of an excellent rant subject for a later post, but as a general rule you can safely avoid vehicle fluids and food, all right?)

Today I want to explain what goes into Dreadlock Repair and Reconstruction services. It’s one of the more “wow! awesome!” services offered at the shop – it makes a huge difference in how people look at their hair. R&R is a step up in intensity from Root Maintenance, and it covers a whole lot o’ dissatisfactions we see regularly. In repairs, I’m looking for folks with semi- mature/mature dreads who have neglected to maintain them, or worse – were never told how to by their stylists. Besides reattaching broken locks and strengthening weak spots, I can fix these common dread problems:

Matting between locks

Major joining

Undreaded sections

 

Irregularities in shape

Before

After!

 

In cases of Reconstruction, I’m looking at newer, immature locks. Most often they’ve been started at home, and just aren’t as radtastic as my client would like. I start by resectioning, and reweaving from top to bottom to create tight, easier-to-maintain locks. It’s tough to tell from the picture, but there are sections started in here – only problem is that they’re waaaay too small. Sounds like a great idea at the time, until you have to individually palmroll 100 dreads. I’m not gonna say you won’t… but I will say that most won’t.
Before Reconstruction
After Reconstruction

And even after joining up most of her dreads, she still had about 50! After a few days the gaps become less visible, and the tightly woven locks start to lay flat. You have an almost-new head of dreadlocks! If any of these pictures look familiar, come on by to chat about it. I’ll see what I can do!

Cross Post from: Scissor Ninja. A specialist in dreadlocks, synthetic dreads, and hair extensions, Kris spends her days rocking out killer hair from behind the chair at the Knotty Boy salon.

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  1. Hi can you help me ? I had my dread for five years . They are mid my back, the problem is the front of my hair is very thin. I am going to loose the two dreads directly in front of my head.Then there is a bold spot behind the two in front. Can this be helped .

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  2. i av been sporting dreadlocks for two years now..they av gottn longer but cant seem to thicken…pleaze advise

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  3. I would like to come in and see you ASAP. I really like what Im seeing and would like your
    help… Thanks for the site..

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  4. I use to know a guy with blonde dreads kinda like the one in the photo, but yours are much nice4r. Good work :)

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  5. Oh mi Buddha!! I’ve been looking everywhere ta find some help ta fix mi dreads, looks like I’ve found tha source. =] Mi dreads are in dire need of help =[ I’ve done everything I know ta try and fix ‘em…please help?

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  6. How do you fix irregularities in locs? Mines are 8months old, I started them shoulder length and a few of them look bunched up on oneself (not joined) and I was wondering if I did something wrong or what can I do different. Thank you in advance.

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  7. They wre so beautiful and now they’re so… o_o

    But that’s just my taste. Besides, all dreads look roughly the same when they’ve matured.

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  8. Пишите больше!

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  9. It’s always great to see the before and after shots. I posted here a couple of weeks ago about my sons beautiful black curly hair that dreads up quite nicely on its own, however, after seeing some of your work, it looks like I will have to have it done by a professional to really make his dreads healthy and beautiful.

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