Dictionary

What is Dreadrot?

Dreadrot is an instance where residue and moisture accumulate inside the body of the dreadlock resulting in mold growth. Mold and mildew, although uncommon, can be a serious problem for people with dreadlocks. A usual cause of dreadrot is the use of wax or improper shampoo combined with excessive washing. Dreadlocks take a very long…

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Residue or residue buildup is any substance that remains inside the body of the dreadlock which is unable to be rinsed out. Almost all residue buildup is a result of poor shampoo choice and/or the use of wax. Most shampoos, including some that claim to be residue free and even many shampoos designed for dreadlocks,…

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An open end is when the end of a dreadlock is left “un-dreaded” or “un-locked” allowing the original hair to remain free flowing. Some people prefer this look, others prefer to “close” or “blunt” their ends. This is simply a matter of preference and does not positively or negatively affect your dreadlocks in any way.…

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When the tip of a dreadlock is fully “dreaded” and knotted up resulting in ALL of the hair being held inside the dreadlock. This is completely a matter of preference. Often times people who want a more neat and professional appearance opt for closed ends. “Can you please blunt my ends? They’re open and I…

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What is Kinky Hair?

Kinky hair is hair with very small and tight curls – this term is most often used to refer to African American hair types “I doubt you’ll be able to use the backcomb method to install your dreadlocks because you have very kinky hair.”

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What are Baby hairs?

Baby hair is the short fine hair along the hairline that typically only grows to a maximum of 1-2 inches. Many people are frustrated with baby hair because it can never be pulled into a nearby dreadlock. This hair leaves a messier, unkempt look simply because it remains loose and outside of the dreadlock. “I’m…

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What is Coarse hair?

Coarse hair is when the diameter of a strand of hair is larger than average. The coarseness of your hair will affect how your dreadlocks act when being installed or maintained. Straight coarse hair is sometimes difficult for us to work with, whereas kinky coarse hair is among the easiest to crochet. “Since you have…

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What is Fine hair?

Fine hair is when the diameter of a strand of hair is smaller than average. The fineness of your hair will affect how your dreadlocks act when being installed or maintained. Fine hair often backcombs and knots up easier, but it can also be damaged easier. “My dreadlocks formed very easily because I have fine…

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What is Hair Texture?

Hair texture is the measure of the circumference of each hair strand. Different hair textures include fine, coarse, and medium hair. This term is not to be confused with Hair Density, which is a completely different term. “I’ll need to know your hair texture before I can help you.”

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What is Thick hair?

Thick hair is when someone has a higher than average number of hair per square inch. Thick hair generally takes longer to install and maintain, and will often result in having more dreadlocks or thicker dreadlocks than the average person. “You have very thick hair”

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