Depending on your hair type and how you are looking after them, your dreads will take about 12-18 months to mature. This means that they will harden up on their own and become ‘real’ dreads naturally. During this time they may get looser before they tighten, or they may just tighten. They may develop the odd lump or they might stay smooth. How your dreads will form once your hair starts to grow from your scalp depends entirely on YOUR hair type and also how you are looking after them. Some dreads require regular care and maintenance while others do not. Most people come in for maintenance every 2-3 months. DO NOT USE WAX!!⠀

IS WAX GOOD FOR DREADS: ummmmm HELL NO!! We don’t advocate wax for dreadlocks at all. Some locticians do, they even sell or promote it. We don't. In our very humble opinion, it makes dreads slimy & sticky which inhibits the locking process. It attracts dirt, lint & dust, prevents hair from drying out and can cause ‘dread rot’. Dread rot=mould. Gross. Some people like to use it to smooth down some flyaways for the odd night out, for work or in between maintenance sessions. Don't. There's plenty of other options to use that work better, that don't mess with your locks and don't leave a slimy build up in your dreads. Try aloe vera gel, either straight from the plant or a tube. Or normal hair gel. Or even hair spray. All of these will wash out easily with your next shampoo but keep your hair tidy when needed. #waxisforcandles

WHAT IS INTERLOCKING?⠀As you search the word “interlocking” you may notice a variation of opinions. As a loctician, I’ve came across different dreading and maintenance techniques and I can only say in my experience, interlocking damages the dreads and causes holes and breakage.  The locitician pulls the dread back through itself at the base, creating a hole at the root of the loc, which allow breakage and loss. Often the dread-dresser will tell you they can get your dreads tidy within an hour, or in half the time of normal techniques. If this is the case, ask them more in-depth questions about their technique and make sure they don't use flipping / interlocking. ⠀

EXTENSIONS... SYNTHETIC OR HUMAN HAIR? We offer both and both have pros and cons, so it's up to you. Extensions can be applied to natural hair or be applied to existing dreadlocks for length, volume or added thickness. Installment is 100% natural and leaves you with a well manicured set of locks from the start. ⠀

There are only a few downsides to using synthetic hair that we've come across.⠀

* Synthetic hair CAN NOT be dyed, bleached or colored and is heat sensitive.⠀
* Synthetic dreads tend to be a bit stiffer and 'scratchy' than real hair and takes a few washes to soften up.⠀
* A small number (5% of the population) are allergic to the coating of the synthetic hair and can have an allergic reaction when they get synthetic dreadlock extensions. This is due to the alkaline covering the manufacturers put on the hair during processing. Allergy symptoms may include itching, flaking or breaking out with small white and red bumps on scalp. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) can generally sooth this allergic reaction. ⠀

WANT NEW DREADS BUT WORRIED ABOUT HOW MUCH LENGTH YOU WILL LOSE? Usually the hair is about 20% shorter after it’s dreaded. Thinner hair shortens more; thick hair shortens less… also the fatter you make the dreads the more it shortens the hair. ⠀

If you’re worried about loss of length, we can add extensions to fatten up or lengthen your dreads. And don't be fooled... there are locticians out there promising very little loss of length but I PROMISE you that even if your hair doesn't shrink at the time of getting your locs, it will absolutely shrink in the coming months. Our dread method focuses on getting you a head full of dreads as quickly as possible, cutting out the months and years it takes for them to form on their own with other methods (think neglect method). There's nothing wrong with other methods, but we find ours to be very effective in giving you gorgeous locs from the very beginning. ⠀

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What can you do to help speed up the locking process for your dreads? ⠀

You can use a salt spray on your dreads twice once a day to help with the locking process. Mix up about 3 tablespoons of sea salt in hot water, let cool and add 10 drops of your favorite essential oil. Put in a spray bottle and spray twice a day being careful not to get too much on your scalp as it may make you itch. If you find you are itchy after using the spray then water it down and keep it away from your scalp as much as possible. Not only does it smell delicious but it helps to keep your dreads in place and nice and firm while they are forming and growing.⠀


1. RESIDUE FREE SOAPS/SHAMPOOS There are a tonne of rumors that you can't wash dreadlocks and that there really is no way to clean them at all. Well, I'm here to tell you that my top tip for caring for dreadlocks is KEEP THEM CLEAN!!  Think about it... clean hair always knots so much easier than greasy or oily hair.  You want things that are all natural, so you can make sure that your dreads don't get worse - we use and recommend 'Redwin' either Teatree Shampoo or Coal Tar Shampoo. ⠀⠀
Did you know that palm rolling your dreads is actually a great way to keep them tight, keep them looking awesome and to maintain their shape?⠀⠀
When you get your dreads wet, the smell can be horrible if you don't let them dry. The worst thing you can do with your dreads is put them up while they are wet. Moisture gets trapped and that can cause a mould.  ⠀⠀
Wax leaves residue in your locs and actually inhibits them from knotting up. If you need something to tame the frizz between maintenance sessions, use a bit of gel, hairspray or mousse, which wash out in your next shampoo. ⠀⠀
A dreadsock is brilliant to keep your dreads neat during the night and prevents lint and dust from attacking your locs. Don't have a dreadsock? Wrap a thick scarf or beanie around your head instead. ⠀⠀
There are a ton of creams and sprays out there for the itching, but just a few drops of peppermint essential oil can really help calm the itching down. Alternatively, aloe vera also helps. ⠀⠀
By choosing Boho Dreads, who is professionally trained in the art of natural dreadmaking, we can guarantee you'll be happy with your new dreads. With our three part method, we will transform your hair into the beautiful dreadlocks you've always wanted.⠀⠀