Dreadlock Repair Before and After
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What to expect after your Dreadlock Repair session
Much of the dreadlock repair work we do only requires one appointment, yet for a small amount of situations it may require two appointments. After our work is done you should expect to have much cleaner and neater looking dreadlocks. Unlike some of the bad experiences that our clients experience from other salons, and with other methods, you won’t experience any unraveling or anything coming undone with our work. We also don’t require you to use any extra products such as locking gels or waxes and you certainly won’t have to deal with any string or rubber bands (with the exception of the Loc Bridge Technique).
Many of our clients are amazed by the dreadlock repair work that we do and also with the simplicity of aftercare that we give them. Dreadlocks don’t have to be complicated and many other salons over complicate things so they can sell more products or make more money from you with sub-par maintenance that keeps you coming back. We actually care about our clients and want to get you fixed up right the first time with minimal aftercare. We view dreadlocks as a minimalist lifestyle and we strive to keep things as simple as possible while still being effective at keeping them looking clean, professional, and presentable!
How can I make my dreads thicker?
Making dreads thicker requires making your sections larger by combining dreadlocks or adding additional hair on a very routine basis (which we don’t recommend). You could also tie in extra dreadlock extensions to add volume, which would require regular maintenance to move the extension close to the scalp as your hair grows out.
Can you add extra hair to thinning dreadlocks?
Yes, the crochet method is the best way to add hair to your dreads allowing it to strengthen and thicken the dreadlock.
How can I stop my dreads from falling apart?
Dreadlocks fall apart for several reasons, however the crochet method will almost always be your best solution.
If your dreadlocks are unraveling after being twisted we highly suggest switching to the crochet method, since your hair clearly will not hold a standard twist.
If your dreadlocks young and interlocked, backcomed, or twist and ripped, and coming undone we also recommend switching to the crochet method. In addition to switching methods we recommend avoiding the use of “locking gels”, conditioners, and excessive wax as these can inhibit and actually prevent your dreadlocks from locking and tightening up properly.
How much length will I loose with dreadlock repair?
The length lost will vary greatly depending on the work that must be done.
In many cases no length will be lost, however blunting ends and fixing thin weak dreadlocks may require some length to be lost. If this is a major concern and you are intending on working with us simply ask this question when you fill out our service form and we will give you a personalized assessment based on the photos you provide us and the work to be done.
Can I save dreadlocks that were done wrong at a salon?
In most cases, yes. Many of the clients we see find us after they have problems at other salons and we get them fixed up almost every single time. Many salons have no idea how to work with dreadlocks or they only know how to work with Kinky Afro hair. It is highly recommended to avoid any salon that doesn’t specialize in dreadlocks and if you have straight, wavy, or curly hair it’s usually best if you also avoid any salon that works with Afro hair textures.
How can I get flat dreadlocks?
To achieve flat dreadlocks you’ll want to create long/wide rectangular sections. You’ll want to strive for a ratio of at least 1:2 or even 1:3 for the length vs. width of your sections. The dreads will naturally form much flatter with these ratios.
If you already have established dreadlocks you can combine sections to achieve a long shape and as the hair grows out it will form flatter dreadlocks.
Do keep in mind that hair type also determines the likelihood of flat dreadlocks.
Why are my dreads flat and how can I fix it?
Dreadlocks become flat for several reasons. The most common are very wide sections and pressure, such as laying on them.
To prevent or fix this issue you’ll want to start with sections that are as even as possible. Some examples are squares, or equilateral triangles instead of long rectangular sections. If you already have long sections you could consider re-sectioning or splitting thick dreadlocks by an experienced professional such as ourselves. Other solutions include palm rolling and using beads when the hair is damp to compress and force the dreads into a cylindrical shape or sometimes wrapping the length with string can help.
Will the loops in my dreadlocks go away?
Over time the loops in dreads usually turn into lumps and bumps, but they will never smooth out like the round parts of your dreadlocks. These loops can be contained to some degree by sliding beads over them to contain the hair and maintain the round shape of the dreadlock.
Can you cover up or fix bald spots in dreadlocks?
Yes sometimes, the Loc Bridge Technique is a solution to cover up balding with dreads. It involves a network of string that is created over the bald spot with dreadlock extensions tied into that string to effectively cover up the thinning area. We do not recommend the Loc Bridge Technique if you have a receding hairline, it works best on a bald patch.
How can I fix dreads that are falling out?
First you must understand why your dreads are falling out but in many cases dreadlocks can be seamlessly reattached via the crochet method or thinning bald spots can be covered up with the Loc Bridge Technique.
Can dreadlocks be trimmed and cut shorter?
Yes, absolutely. Just keep in mind that there is usually a flat end as a result of the cut and crocheting the tips back in is more challenging after a cut.
Can you split dreadlocks?
In some cases yes, however that depends on the method of installation and maintenance and the thickness of your dreads.
If your dreadlocks have been crocheted, free-formed, or backcombed and are also healthy and relatively thick there is a good chance you can split them without compromising too much of the strength and integrity of the dreadlock.
Alternatively, with twisting, interlocking, or the twist and rip method we generally avoid splitting dreadlocks because there’s a high likelihood of cutting too much hair that holds the dreadlock together resulting in a compromise of integrity and strength of the dreadlock with the possibility of the dread falling off.
How long does your hair have to be to reattach dreadlocks?
Your hair should be 3-5 inches long to reattach dreadlocks. For thinner/skinnier dreadlocks 3 inches is sufficient in most cases. For thicker/fatter dreads 5 inches is ideal.
If attaching to the end of a pre-existing dreadlock we comb out enough hair to create the attachment. As long as your hair is relatively strong and healthy this can be done without much of a problem.
Can you reattach broken dreads?
In most cases, yes.
If your hair has broken off or thinned out it the dreadlock can almost always be reattached. If you are dealing with balding the dreadlock cannot be reattached to its original section, however it can be fixed with the Loc Bridge Technique.
How can I combine dreadlocks?
There are several ways to combine dreadlocks.
Our preferred way is to simply crochet two dreadlocks together at the root. Or for the full length, we would crochet extra hair down the entire length of those two dreadlocks to hold them together, however this is a very tedious process.
The easiest way is to take two dreadlocks and group them together at the root and put a rubber band or tie string around them to hold them together. As they grow out the roots will grow together effectively combing two dreads into one. Just understand that the length of the dreadlocks will not be combined with this approach and using string and rubber bands can cause problems if done incorrectly. We have a post on rubber bands which you access here.
How do I fix loops and zig-zags in my dreadlocks?
Loops and zig-zags are most present in Straight Hair Dreads, especially ones with the backcomb, twist and rip, and free-form methods. These loops can be prevented and fixed in many cases by choosing to crochet them, palm rolling regularly, or sliding beads over the areas that are creating loops to contain the hair.
My dreadlocks are splitting apart, how do I fix that?
Dreads often split apart due to poor interlocking or very wide sectioning.
To fix a dreadlock splitting apart due to interlocking we suggest not using the interlocking method again and scheduling an appointment with us or another trusted profession who uses the crochet method. If your section is very wide you may want to consider splitting the dreadlock in half or re-sectioning.
How can I fix thinning dreads at the root?
It depends on what is causing the thinning.
If your scalp is too thin and there’s not enough hair to pull into the dreadlock it cannot be fixed permanently. However, it can be fixed temporarily using the “Loc Bridge Technique” where dreadlock extensions, or previously fallen out dreadlocks, are tied into a network of string that spans across the bald spot.
How can I fix weak spots in dreadlocks?
Weak spots in dreads can easily be fixed with the crochet method. In some cases additional hair may be added to the weak spot to strengthen it.
Ready to schedule with us and get your dreadlocks repaired?
How do I schedule an appointment with you?
To schedule an appointment please select and read over the service page that applies to you – then at the end of each service page you will notice a button to “Request Quote / Appointment” when you select that button it will launch our service form – fill out that form to get a personalized quote and set up your first appointment.
Once you fill out the form the first time there is no need to fill it out again, simply contact us directly.
Get started here – Dreadlock Central Services Main Page
How long will my appointment take?
Time will vary dramatically depending on what you need done. A simple root maintenance will take as little as 1 hour and a full installation will range from 6-14 hours or possibly longer for extensions. We will give you a time estimate after we review your form submission.
Where is Dreadlock Central located?
We serve Washington DC, Baltimore, Northern Virginia, and surrounding areas. We do not have a physical shop, instead we travel from home to home as a mobile dreadlock salon and intend to keep it that way for the immediate future. We’re currently based in Westminster, Maryland and Woodbridge, Virginia.
What if I can’t set up an appointment at my house?
We can arrange to meet at other locations, or you can travel to us. This can be discussed if it is an issue. Some of our clients choose to rent a hotel room or an AirBnB or use a friend or family member’s home. If the weather is favorable we’re not opposed to meeting up in a park if you’re the outdoors type.
What forms of payment do you take?
What do I need to do before our appointment?
- Wash or deep cleanse 24-48 hours before your appointment.
- DO NOT use any conditioner or oils or any other product between this wash and your appointment.
- Make sure you have a chair that sits medium to low height, high chairs make our work difficult.
- Make sure you have sufficient lighting, dark environments make our work difficult.
- Please remove extremely hyper pets or children from the environment while we are working on your dreadlocks if possible.
How much hair do I need for new dreadlocks?
For a new installation and/or extensions 5 inches of length is prefered, however 3 inches is the minimum.
The required length will vary depending on the size of the dreadlocks to be installed. The smaller the dreadlock, the shorter the length that is required and the larger the dreadlock, the longer your hair must be.
How much length will I lose with a new installation?
This will vary depending on your current length, dreadlock thickness, hair type, and also if you want your ends open or closed. Typically you’ll lose 3-6 inches, or sometimes more for longer hair. The good news is that you won’t lose any additional length once we install them since we crochet them.
Can I comb my dreadlocks out if I change my mind?
This is a difficult question to answer. The short answer is probably, however it’s not guaranteed. Most dreadlocks can be taken out when they’re new, however the older they get the more difficult that can be. If you decide to take them out you need to be prepared to put in a significant amount of time and patience, and you’ll pull a lot of hair out, it is not an easy process to comb out most dreadlocks.
Are dreadlocks painful?
The pain level varies between individuals and dreadlock age. The short answer, is a moderate yes. New installations and young dreadlocks tend to be less painful than older ones because your scalp usually increases in sensitivity over time as you wash less frequently. The only part of our process that will be painful is when we’re working very close to your scalp to tighten your roots.
TIP: Be sure to drink plenty of water. Dehydration may result in a sensitive scalp.
What if I have to cancel my appointment?
After the first cancellation we require a non-refundable down-payment to schedule your next appointment. This non-refundable down-payment is paid in advance before we schedule an appointment with you again. We prefer not to do this, however we cannot allow repeat cancellations.
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