Dreadlock Installation

✓ Instant Locs & Crochet Method only
✓ 99.9% Success with all hair types
✓ Professional In-Home Services
✓ Zero use of string, waxes, gels

How to schedule with us:

1. Read this page
2. Launch client form
3. Receive custom quote
4. Book your appointment

Dreadlock Installation from trusted pros

Many of our clients come to us after they’ve had a terrible experience at other salons. We do things differently – instead of doing hair and dabbling with dreadlocks we ONLY work with dreadlocks. This gives us experience and expertise by only spending time executing on methods and techniques that work for locking hair, period. Avoid costly mistakes from salons and have us install your dreadlocks nice and tight from day one!

Caucasian Dreadlock Installation

Afro Dreadlock Installation

Hispanic Dreadlock Installation

Asian Dreadlock Installation

Our Dreadlock Installation Services are mobile - We travel directly to you!

We work as a mobile salon traveling directly to your home to install your dreadlocks. If your home is unsuitable we can discuss an alternative location if necessary.

Dreadlock Installation Portfolio

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Partial Dreadlock Installation in Straight Caucasian Hair in Woodbridge VA
Straight Hair Dreadlock Installation
Christian originally went to a salon that twisted his straight hair and it all fell out within the first 24 hours... After being frustrated with paying a salon that totally ripped him off he started looking for someone who specializes in ALL hair types. He found us and we scheduled an appointment to get him on the right track.
Dreadlock Installation 1
Dreadlock Installation 2
Dread Installation in DC
Mixed Race Short Installation
We met up with Tim to get his short mixed race hair locked up tight from day one. Here's what he had to say:

"..Service was great. Price was well worth it. My experience today was awesome. Definitely recommended for folks that wants a service done correctly and professionally the FIRST!! time. Super impressed!!!"
Dreadlock Installation 2
Dreadlock Installation 3
Installation for Caucasian Dreadlocks
Caucasian Dreadlock Installation
Josiah drove several hours to meet up with us and get his Caucasian Dreadlocks installed via the crochet method. We were all pretty happy with the end results of this 8 hour transformation.
Dreadlock Installation 3
Dreadlock Installation 4
Dreadlock Installation on mixed ethnicity hair types
Undercut Dread Install and style
Leslie has been wanting dreadlocks for years and when she moved from South Africa to the Washington DC area she knew she had to satisfy her desire for dreadlocks. We met up and got her straightened out with fresh set of dreadlocks and a double braid without using any products at all!
Dreadlock Installation 4
Dreadlock Installation 5
Straight hair Caucasian Dreadlock Installation via the crochet method in Washington DC
Caucasian Dreadlock Installation
For this installation our client asked to leave her ends open and whispy. Open ends are purely a matter of preference and do not positively or negatively effect your dreadlocks from a functional point of view. It's simply a stylistic preference.
Dreadlock Installation 5


Passionate people.
Great vibes.
Amazing dreadlocks.

Our company culture is based on serving you as a fellow human being and a unique individual, not just another paying customer to add to a list. We’re friendly and passionate people and we’re proud of the work we do!

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Do you have questions?

Well we have answers!

The rest of this page will explain everything you need to know for your new dreadlock installation.

How should I to prepare for my new dreads?

The most important things you must do to prepare for a new dreadlock installation is to get the right shampoo and simply wash your hair with that shampoo (or a stripping shampoo) a full 24 hours before your appointment. For our method we need your hair to be completely clean, dry, and product free. You can also start washing your hair less frequently, try to stretch your washing out to approximately twice per week to prepare for the same wash schedule with your new dreadlocks. And that’s it!

How much length will I loose with my dreadlock installation?

This is a common concern of many of our clients. The length you will lose with a new dreadlock installation can vary quite drastically between hair types and preferences.

Sometimes you won’t lose any noticeable length if you opt for open ends, however closed ends will certainly result in some length lost. Very straight hair types will loose more visible length than curly hair, however this is just based on the appearance and not the actual length of the hair. Damaged or hair that is thinned at the ends will loose much more noticeable length than hair that is healthy. And finally, longer hair will tend to loose more length than very short hair.

A great benefit of using the crochet method is that you will experience very little or even zero length lost AFTER the installation. Other installation methods such as backcombing, twist and rip, and free forming will result in a gradual loss of length over the course of a year or so. With the crochet method they will not shrink any further!

The actual amount of length lost to be expected:

Typically with open/whipsy ends you will only lose about 2-4 inches.

With closed ends you will lose approximately 2-6 inches depending on the length, hair texture, and health of your hair.

For Kinky Afro hair types you will only loose approximately 1-3 inches from the length of when your hair that is pulled out straight.

How many dreads do I need for a new installation?

How many dreadlocks you need is dependent on the thickness of your hair and the size of dreadlocks you want.

The thinner your hair is the larger the number of dreads you’ll have and the thicker your hair is the smaller the number will be.

Also, the thicker you want the diameter of each dreadlock to be the lower the number and the thinner the diameter the more dreadlocks you’ll end up with.

Check out the photos in this section for size, thickness, and number reference. Many people misjudge this number so these photos will give you a good idea and visualization of what is possibly for you.

40-50 Dreadlocks

Caucasian Dreadlock Maintenance with the Crochet Method

50-70 Dreadlocks

70-100 Dreadlocks

What is the maintenance after installing dreadlocks?

Your dreadlocks will be tight and feeling fully locked from day one! The only thing you’ll have to do from home is wash your dreads 1-2 times per week preferably with a shampoo we recommend (be sure to check our shampoo guide after you send your form submission). We also recommend separating your dreadlocks after each wash just to ensure they don’t start growing together. You also have the option of palm rolling and/or root rubbing, but this is not a requirement by any means.

We recommend seeing us for root maintenance about once every 2-3 months, we also recommend doing a deep cleanse before every root maintenance since this is the perfect reminder to do a quarterly deep cleanse. However, the frequency of your root maintenance is completely preference and optional, you could simply go free from after your installation or get them crocheted every month. It’s mostly a matter of preference. The deep cleanse on the other hand should be done 2-4 times per yer.

Following your installation you may experience a lot of fuzziness, this happens with certain hair textures and is more common in straighter hair. It is normal for young dreadlocks to be somewhat fuzzy and must be tolerated to an extent. If your fuzziness is out of control and you want it taken care of we recommend a followup appointment within the first 2-3 months do to a full length workup to pull in the fuzz.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have unanswered questions about your dreadlock installation? This FAQ section should take care of any further questions you may have. Please browse the questions and open the ones that apply to your interest.

Will I see my scalp with new dreadlocks?

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 some level.

Will my dreadlocks stick up straight after installation?

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 sleeping they will maintain the way they lay under your hat or wrap. Also, after a wash or two they will start to relax.

How much length will I loose with a dreadlock installation?

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. And finally, for hair that is brittle or thinned at the ends you will lose more length.

How often should I get root maintenance after my dreadlock installation?

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 result in a messier look, or the possibility of your dreadlocks growing together.

Can I trust a salon or hairdresser to dread my hair?

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 more product than necessary just so they can charge you more. And practically no salons understand how to work with dreadlocks in hair that is straight.. We’ve seen so many clients from all types of different salons and we end up fixing the problems that salons caused.

What is the maintenance after installing dreadlocks?

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 6 months.

Can you get rid of dreadlocks?

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 a big difference. Dreadlocks that are interlocked, especially with straighter hair, is often the easiest to remove. Dreads that are young and twisted would be fairly easy to remove as well. The hardest to remove is dreadlocks that are done with the crochet method, which is one of the only downsides of the method.

Do new dreads shorten your hair?

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.

How long does my hair have to be to start dreads?

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.

How long does it take to install dreads?

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.

How much does it cost to get dreads?

Salons will charge anywhere from $300 to over $1,000 to install a full head of dreadlocks depending on hair length, hair type, dreadlock size, method, and reputation of the salon.

How long does it take for dreadlocks to fully mature?

The amount of time it takes for dreads to fully mature varies greatly based on hair type and installation and maintenance methods. Generally speaking well maintained dreadlocks will fully mature in about 1.5-2 years, and dreads that are free-formed or neglected typically take 3-5 years to fully mature.

How long does it take for dreadlocks to lock up?

The amount of time it takes for dreads to lock up varies significantly based on hair type and choice of method. Also consider that the term “lock up” means to get knots established in your dreadlocks whereas the term “mature” refers more to when your dreadlocks are very well established and fully tightened.

Kinky hair types lock up the easiest whereas straighter hair types take more effort and care.

For twist and rip, backcomb, palm rolling, and free form methods you should expect 12-18 months to lock up and reach maturity.

Interlocking, in some cases never locks up properly for Kinky hair, which mainly depends on how skilled your stylist is with interlocking. For straighter hair types interlocking never fully locks up, it just creates a braided or giant knot effect in your hair that is not truly a dreadlock.

For twisting in Kinky Afro hair the timeframe is typically 6-12 months. Mixed races will experience a longer timeframe with this method. Twisting in Straighter hair types typically falls out within a day or two and is highly discouraged for straight hair types.

For the crochet method your hair is locked up on day one for any hair type! It’s literally instant. This method will also produce the quickest route to fully mature dreadlocks.

How long will I have to go through the awkward phase with dreadlocks?

The awkward phase varies significantly in severity and length of time and is influenced by hair type, installation and maintenance methods, and the products you use.

With the twist and rip, backcomb, palm rolling, and free form methods you will experience the greatest severity and length of time dealing with the awkward phase. Typically around 6-12 months.

With twisting you will experience loose dreadlocks due to the fact that your hair is simply twisted and not actually locked up initially. The products used while twisting are important to hold the twist in place however they reduce the locking ability in many cases. Typically around 6-12 months.

With the crochet method the only awkwardness you’ll deal with is some fuzziness with certain hair types. But the crochet method is the most effective method to reduce or even eliminate the awkward phase. Typically 0-3 months, with proper maintenance.

What is the awkward phase for dreadlocks?

Dreadlocks are generally a process. They evolve and shape-shift and change through their lifetime as they mature. Young dreads typically take the most work and effort to get started and they are often loose and messy resulting in what is referred to as the “awkward phase”. Fortunately with the crochet method most of the awkward phase isn’t any concern because your dreadlocks are locked up tight from day one! If you are interested in learning how we can crochet your dreadlocks click here.

Dreadlock Installation Pricing

Pricing is a rough estimate of what you should expect. Final pricing amounts will be quoted when we reply to your appointment request.

*Pricing varies depending on each city and metropolitan area

*Appointments are typically subject to an additional $20+ travel fee

Partial Dread Installation



Appointment Time: 3-5+ hours


A great option to fit into the professional world yet also have an alternative side. Also great to try out before committing to a full installation.


Undercut or Mohawk Install



Appointment Time: 4-8 hours


This option is perfect for someone wanting to make a statement. An added bonus is that maintenance is often easier with partial dreadlocks.


Full Head Short/Medium Length



Appointment Time: 8-10+ hours


Get your dreadlocks installed in short or medium hair. Minimum length required is typically 3-5 inches.


Full Head Long Hair



Appointment Time: 10-12+ hours


Keep your length without the long hair problems. Dreadlocks are a great practical alternative to dealing with the annoyance of managing long hair.



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