Installation FAQ

Generally speaking, yes, you will see your scalp. However, this can be adjusted to your preference to some extent. Some people want their sections to be in perfect lines and visible where others want a more natural look that hides the lines of your sections. Each hair type varies but this can be adjusted on…

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For the crochet method, yes, the shorter your dreadlocks are the more they’ll stick up. With medium length you’ll notice a “lift”, and for longer dreadlocks and extensions you shouldn’t experience any visibly noticeable lift. The stiff look is only temporary however, if you wear a hat for the first day or wrap them for…

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The amount of length lost will vary based on your hair type, installation method, and whether you want your ends open or closed. For Kinky hair, you’ll only loose 1-3 inches in most cases. For Straighter hair with open ends you’ll typically lose 2-4 inches. When you close your ends you’ll typically loose 2-6 inches.…

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We recommend once every 2-3 months. This time frame seems to be a happy and healthy medium where your dreadlocks will still look clean without over-maintaining. Maintenance that is done too frequently can lead to traction alopecia and we just don’t think it’s necessary in most cases. Maintenance that is done to infrequently will simply…

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99% of the time we would say no, with the exception of Kinky hair and African American salons, but many of those salons also cause problems even with Kinky hair because they care more about their paycheck than they do about the client. One example is over maintenance and traction alopecia, another example is using…

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Followup maintenance for your dreads will depend mostly on the method and hair type. Some people choose zero maintenance to free form the rest of their dreadlock journey, while others prefer to maintain their dreadlocks every month. The most maintenance you’ll have to do to keep your dreadlocks looking clean is done in the first…

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Yes, you can simply cut them off. However, taking the dreadlocks out without cutting your hair is not always possible. The younger the dreads are the easier they are to undo but the older and more mature they are the more difficult they are to remove. The method used for installation and maintenance also makes…

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Yes, it’s very common for dreads to look shorter with a new dreadlock installation. The amount of shrinkage varies depending on your hair type and the method being used for installation.

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For skinny dreadlocks the minimum length should be 3 inches. For thicker dreadlocks the minimum length should be 5 inches. Just keep in mind that if your hair is in fact this short you will experience your dreadlocks sticking straight up immediately after the installation.

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The amount of time varies greatly, however most installations are completed within 8-12 hours on average. For undercuts and mohawks with thicker dreadlocks the time can be reduced to around 4-8 hours and with thick hair or very large amounts of dreadlocks (80-120 or more) the time frame may be beyond 12 hours.

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