Q. Is it true that if I make smaller, skinnier dreads now, that they will grow together into bigger ones in the future?

A. Yep, they’ll definitely thicken up. See, all those hairs that swirl around in gross clumps in the tub after your shower will still be falling out of your head every day, BUT they’re just staying in the dreads. Therefore, after a few months or so, you’ll notice that they are starting to get thicker, and this is the reason why.

If you prefer thin dreads, start thin and they won’t get huge or anything, just a bit fatter. You can ALWAYS cut them down the middle if they get too fat.

But don’t start too thin! Hair is always breaking and retangling and regrowing, and you don’t want your dreads to be so thin that they start breaking off, eek!

Just use your judgment; one finger wide is usually a good guide.

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  1. Hi :)
    I recently got extensions on my dreads in Thailand and the guy who did them made them way thicker (maybe 3 x the thickness) of my dreads so they have gone descending from the scalp medium to thin to thick at the end. This was really bothering me so I took to them with the scissors and cut the extended thick parts length ways to thin them out. It was late in the evening and i honestly didn’t give it to much thought. Now i am left with tiny hairs falling out all the time and I’m concerned eventually I they will thin so much and break off. Also these hairs are everywhere in my house and on my where ever i go.
    Can anybody give me any advice on what to do here? I have thought to see another dreadie guy in Thailand and add a little hair around to secure the cut loose hairs or get some thin string and sew around and in between them. I don’t know.. :/
    Additional info: Crochet method has been used

    Thank you so much for any info or thoughts you can give me :)
    Kat xx

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    • Hi! So, basically how dreads work, is the hair in them zig zags accross the dread to create the knots. So when you cut down the length of the dreads, you probably cut several hairs in half, and that is why they were falling out. (unfortunately I learned this the hard way. Next time you want to split a dread, rip it down the middle instead of cutting. You still lose some hair, but not as much.) It might help to add some hair, or just replace the extensions. If you are able to go back to the same guy who did them before, thats probably a good idea, though make sure he puts them in the right six this time. Hope this helps :)

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  2. I Started My Dreads Three Months Ago , Noticed Improvement ! But I Took Them Out For A Retwist Cause I Washed It . And She Did Them Skinny Will They Bust And Look Like Chief Keef Dreads ?

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  3. What’s going on I need some help I’m 23 and growing my locks bc my hair was thinning at the top now my locks are growing all around my head except the top what should I do

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  4. hello there,
    i’ve just done the back side of my head, i wanted my dreads a bit thick and who’s doing them said thin were better, so we went on a half way size, although i thought to have lots of hair they are so few (10 on the whole back side) and they dont look that thick. what should i do, should i do the rest thinner so there will be more dreads or keep the size and hope as they get thicker the visible skin of my head will be cover?

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  5. I’ve had my dreads for 4 months now and there isn’t any growth.
    Will they start to grow faster?

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  6. I recently started my dreads & I have about 70 or so.. But my concern is should I have more the that & does they way it’s parted matter.?

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  7. Hi,

    I have been loc’n my hair for the past 4 months. I started on about 7 1’2 inchs of not too thick not too thin natural hair. My hair is course but really soft for some odd reason. Anyways, I was wondering at this stage of my journey, knowing that I started on what would be considered typically long hair, should I be concerned about the thickness of my locs? I went to a hair stylist to start them, not a loctician. They seem really thick and full before a retwist, but after a fresh one they seem a bit stringy. At 4 months should I be worried about them? Will they thicken up more than they are now, or should I be concerned?

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  8. When I am doing the twist and pull on my dreads I can’t really get the ends to come together, they just fray out and are not eve knotted together. It’s like an inch worth of not binded hairs.

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  9. What should I do if my twists come undone, I just got my dreads started with comb coils. I have mixed hair so its little kinky and some wavy. I go back in 3 weeks from today to get them retwisted.

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  10. Hi :) I just had my hair loc’d a week ago my location used locking gel to install them but I’ve since done research and have a couple of questions
    1.Is it okay if I switch from loc’n gel to homemade aloe vera gel
    2.Is it possible to increase my number of locs I currently have 50 I would like 70

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  12. I have grown locks and the tips are bigger than the roots and always worried that its will one day get torn.What will i do to prevent that?

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  13. Hey I have braidlocs but there really thin because my original braids were but not that long but does that mean when they get longer there eventually gonna fall out?

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  14. Hi :) ive had dreads before but a mate had messed them up doing it but told me it would come right and they obviously never did so When I brushed them out my hair got super thin. I just recently gotten them redone but only have 20 and they not really thick but will they get thicker and be able to split over time?

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    • When the twist are short they can tend to be thin but thats not a disadvantage becauseover time the twist will grow and become thicker with new growth being added to them as they become more mature and enter into a lock phase. Plus when they lock up you will be able to wash them: use shampoo lock or dread related products mainly organic blends, after twist esch with organic mix of wax or gel for locks with clips if they have been locked up for up to six to ten months then put them a half an inch after six months and an inch after ten, next use a blow dryer to completely dry for up to 30 minutes; make sure you go around your entire head so that they can stay together for up to 2 hours.

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  15. You guys are so useful!

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  16. hi, I’m 18 years old and I’m planning to start my lock journey next few months and I have really rough hair. I’m African American and my hair is knotty if I don’t comb it for about a week when I try to comb it, it seems almost impossible to comb. I was wondering if that is a good sign or not for locking? will my hair lock fast? and also I want my dreads to be the exact size of chief keefs dreads. what size would you call that? small or medium? also my hair is VERY thick and black. at 1 inch of hair you cannot see my scalp at all.

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    • AyTo kyle johnson
      Dont worry, your hair being knotted and hard to comb is actually not a bad thing. The only thing to worry about is washing your scalp atleast 2 times a week so that your scalp is clean for strong healthy locks. Make sure the first time you get them twisted that they’re done by a professional so that the roots start of evenly parted and not to thin or unsymetrical.. When they are in the twist stage let them stay in for 2 or 3 months if posible. After get them retwisted, this process can take up to 7 months after the months of letting the twist stay in.. The roots are the most important, and also dont bother them after they are completely retwisted.

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    • The texture of your hair sounds similar to mine,I’m black but I’m from New Orleans so my roots are creole,i have a pretty good grain of hair.I grew my hair for about 5 months before I twisted it,my hair grows extremely fast &&was extremely curly when I wash it,I thought that would be bad for my locs having such good hair but it turned out pretty good once I actually twist them it took only about 3 months for mine to start locking &&they literally are growing right before my eyes it seems like everyday my hair gets longer.Im not sure if its due to just my hair naturally growing fast or if its the fact that they are locking so its filling its natural state now,either way once you twist them you won’t wanna take it out lol. Cheif Keef has whats called free form dreads if I’m not mistaken which is what I have mine or more on the medium thick side but not wild like some of the ones I’ve seen they are just thick I wanted my hair to hang like a rastas while I was getting twisted I kepted stressing that I didn’t want small locs I wanted mine thick Im a really spiritual person so I want my locs to grow thick &&strong which is a reflection of myself.You can youtube free form dreads and it’ll show you everything from how to start,to how to wash &&everything else,even if you’re not to fond of the free form just youtube “different types of dreads” and their are videos the explain the different types and show you the different methods for starting them.

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