How much does it cost?
Please follow the link to my Price List
What method do you use to create dreadlocks?
I use the backcomb and crochet method to create dreadlocks. This is a quick and neat way of starting new dreads so your dreads will look nice from day one. I have tried various other methods in my own hair and this is by far the best way of starting dreads off and works on ALL hair types. I have been training to use the Seienstyle method of dread creation and maintenance and this is the style of backcomb and crochet that I mainly use. It looks a little different (and in my opinion more beautiful) to the more traditonal style of backcomb and crochet but the results are the same.
What is the Seienstyle technique?
The Seienstyle technique has been developed over 20 years by the founder of Seienstyle, Ann-Marie Christell. The technique works on all hair types and is a very gentle way of creating dreads. To start off your new dreads I will first section your hair. I will backcomb each section and tie a piece of synthetic thread around the root of what will become your new dread. Once the string is secure I will backcomb a bit more then tighten your new dread with the unique Seienstyle crocheting technique.
Do I have to have the root tie in my dreads?
The simple answer to this question is no you don’t need to have the root tie on your dreads when having maintenance but I highly recommend it. You will need the root tie on your dreads if I am creating new ones and I recommend that you keep it in at least until you come for your first maintenance session when I can carefully cut it out.
When creating and maintaining dreads the root tie is used to keep your roots nice and tight. It acts as a root rub resulting in dreads that lock up faster from the roots. The root tie also helps to keep the fluffies in check meaning your dreads look neater for longer – winning! The thread used to tie your dreads is colour matched to your hair so can be barely seen and can be cut out at your next appointment if you wish.
In the image below (kindly supplied by my good friend Ami from Medusa Dreadlocks in Buckinghamshire) you can see the how the root tie works. In the top right image you can see where the root of the dread has dreaded up as the dread has grown out from the root tie. In the below left image you can see where the root has been backcombed and retied ready to be tided up. In the 3rd image on the right you can see the the previous root tie has been cut out and the dread is nice and tidy.
How long does my hair have to be?
Your hair needs to be at least 4 inches to be dreaded and to have extensions added.
How much length hair will I lose?
You can loose a few inches in the dreading process, especially if you decide to have blunted ends on your dreads. As your hair locks up you can lose a good couple of inches more. If you palm roll and have regular maintenance you will have less shrinkage.
If you are concerned about shrinkage and don’t want to loose any length then I advise you to consider having human hair dread extensions added. This can be done at the time of creation or at a later date.
What is the difference between wispy ends and blunted ends?
Wispy ends are where the hair at the end of the dreads is left loose. With blunted ends the hair at the end of the dreads is tucked backed up into the body of the dread and crocheted in place.
Do I need to do anything to my hair before you can dread it?
Please ensure that your hair is clean and dry. You can wash it the day before with residue free soap. If you don’t have any, then washing up liquid will do.
Please check out my page How to prepare for your appointment for more details
Can I wash my dreads?
Yes you can. You need to use residue free dreadlock shampoo that you can buy on line. Do not use conditioner on them. It is better to wash your hair in the morning so you have enough time to dry them throughout the day. Dreads can take a long time to dry and if you do not dry them properly they will start to smell….YUK!
Please refer to my page How to look after your dreads for more information on washing your dreads and what shampoos to use.
Can I dye my dreads?
Yes you can, but you will need a lot more hair dye. If you have not had your hair dreaded yet then it would be easier for you to dye your hair first to ensure an even coverage. If your hair is already dreaded then take your time to gently squeeze the hair dye into each dread. You need to make sure that you wash out all of the dye properly to prevent even more damage to your dreads. It is a good idea to wash your hair the day after you dye it to ensure you have removed any residue. Be extra careful with bleach as it will weaken your dreads and can cause them to start breaking off. Do not condition your dreads after dying them. You can moisturise them with Argon oil if they feel dry.
Should I use products like wax in my dreads?
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Don’t do it. Wax does not help your dreads lock up any quicker and can actually hinder the process. It can make your dreads harder to keep clean and smell bad. Your hair will lock up on its own over time but some hair types locks better than others. If your hair is taking a while to lock up you can use products such as locking powder and some natural locking gels and salt sprays to help them lock up. I advise that you use these products sparingly and make sure what you are using is suitable for your hair type and wont leave any residue due to the type of water you have in your area. I stock a variety of Raw Roots products in my studio that can help with the locking process and frizzies. If you feel like you want to use any of them on your dreads please message me for a chat.
How do I maintain my dreadlocks?
Your dreadlocks will need quite a lot of maintenance at the beginning to help them lock up. You will need to palm roll and root rub them regularly. You can find videos on how to do this on my YouTube channel. After a settling in period of a few weeks you will need to wash your dreads regularly with a residue free shampoo. I recommend that you come back for an epic tidy at least 8 weeks after you first have your dreads created. If you you have a root tie in you do not need to root rub unless it has been a long time between appointments and your roots are not locking up by themselves anymore.
Please refer to my page How to look after your dreads for more information on maintaining your dreads.
My hair has been recently dreaded and it’s REALLY itchy. Why? How can I stop this?
The itching is part of the process I am afraid. It will get better. It is probably caused by your hair being parted in ways in which it is not used to. You can find more information on how to deal with this on my page How to look after your dreads
What if I don’t like my dreads, can I remove them?
Dreads are a permanent hair style. If you are not sure if you will like them then I highly recommend that you have some temporary dreadlocks installed to see if you like them. You can remove dreadlocks but it takes ages, is fiddly and can hurt!
Where can I buy hair for permanent dread extensions?
I have several trusted suppliers that I use to purchase hair for extensions and like to purchase the hair myself. This is so I can guarentee the quality of the hair.
How long do human hair extensions last for?
If you buy good quality hair and look after it, they should last for several years. They will need regular maintenance especially if you have bleached hair.
Can you install synthetic dreads? If so how long does my hair have to be and how long do they last?
Yes, I can install synthetic dreads. Your hair will need to be a minimum of 4 inches long all over. They can stay in for up to three months. Then you should remove them and let your hair have a rest before having them re-installed.
Where can I get synthetic dreads from and how many will I need?
I do not make synthetic dreads myself. There are also lots of beautiful sets that you can purchase on Etsy. You can even get them custom made. I purchase felt dreads from Inner Spirit Boho Fashion to add colour and texture to my dreads. They hand make beautiful felt locks. You can even get custom sets made.
You will need a minimum of 40 dreads for a whole head of dreads. If you want to have a fuller look you will need more.
How do I maintain my synthetic dreads?
You will need to wash them with residue free shampoo. When you have taken them out I recommend giving them another wash in cool water and letting them dry thoroughly so they can be stored in a clean state.
Do you travel to appointments?
Yes I do. There is a charge for this service. You can find this along with the cost of all my other services on the Prices page.
What days do you work?
I am first and foremost mum to my beautiful son and I work around his needs and my health requirements. Because of this I only work part-time and offer appointments on the following days:
How do I book an appointment?
How long will the appointment be?
The length of your appointment will depend on what you are having done.
Root to tip tidy – allow 5 – 6 hours
Roots only – allow 2 – 3 hours
Full head dread install – Allow a minimum of 8 hours. Because of this your appointment will need to be over 2 days during the week.
Synthetic dread installation will take from 2 hours onwards again depending on the length of your hair.
What do I if I need to cancel or rearrange and appointment?
Can I bring a friend/relative/dog with me while I get my hair dreaded?
Yes, you are more than welcome to bring someone with you while you get your hair done. You can even bring your dog as long as they are house trained and wont try and eat my cat. If you are bringing someone or a fluffy friend can you please let me know.
What happens if I get head lice?
Don’t panic!! There are several different methods you can try to get rid of head lice without resorting to that stinky old shampoo that you get from the chemist. But if all else fails – reach for the stinky shampoo!
Soak hair in mouthwash which contains alcohol for half an hour. Wash out well. Repeat 3 days later.
Soak hair in a Mix tea tree oil (10 drops), peppermint (10 drops), pint of cider vinegar, table spoon of cayenne pepper for half hour, wash out well.
Soak hair in a sink filled with white wine vinegar and tea spoon of cayenne pepper. Put a plastic bag over your hair and wrap it in a towel and leave to it in as long as you can. Rinse thoroughly. Repeat on day 7 and 11
Use Hedrin gel – this kills the eggs as well. Use it to treat everyone in the house every 3-4 days until you are 110% positive there are no more critters in anyones hair!