We firmly believe that organic, natural dreadlocks are the best. At Pure Hair, we use a method called 'Twist and Rip' and then a crochet hook to tighten them up upon installation, and then at maintenance appointments, we will use the hook to gently tidy them up and separate them.
We do not use wax or any chemicals. If you do have dreadlocks that have been installed or maintained with wax, we can use our specific deep cleanse shampoo and bi-carb mix to remove the wax and return your locks to the state they should be in - lovely, soft dreadlocks.
It is REALLY important to wash your dreads and scalp if you want healthy, gorgeous, CLEAN dreads. We recommend washing your dreads no more than once a week with our organic mint shampoo. It's so important to look after your scalp and washing regularly keeps any scalp conditions from forming.
Fact: Clean hair will actually lock up faster than dirty or oily hair!
The next most important thing is to DRY your dreads, REALLY important, and we recommend using a hairdryer, especially in the colder weather and if you have dreads that are on the thicker side. Once having dreads installed, people generally require maintenance once in the first 4 weeks, and then every 6-10 weeks after that. Some people require minimal maintenance sessions, while others need more. Dread Maintenance, when done regularly, generally takes 1.5 hours. However, some people’s dreads can be closer to 3 hours.
How long is a piece of string? This is a hard one as it all depends on the hairs thickness and your hair's natural desire to form dreadlocks. We have done it in 6 hours and it has also taken an epic two-day session at 12 hours. We charge $100 per hour and are aware you want it done as quick as possible. Believe me, SO DO WE. It's really hard on our hands. We do require a $250 deposit before we book any new dread work in. This is fully refundable as long as we are given 48 hours notice of the cancellation.
Your hair needs to be at least 15 – 20cm, preferably longer. The longer your hair is, the easier it will be to dread and quicker it will mature so if your hair is on the shorter side they may just need a little more maintenance before they really start to lock and tighten.
Note: If you send us photos of your hair and we tell you it's too short, then it's too short! We will only install dreads if we can guarantee the dreads will stay in, so that decision is up to us.
Due to the fact we don't backcomb the hair, new dreads start out a lot thinner, usually, half the size desired, and expand over the first 2-12 months. This process means minimal loss of length.
It really does vary from person to person. Some people find the process to be relaxing while others can be a little more sensitive. With new dreads, the scalp can be a little tender the first night you sleep on your new dreads, but is usually settled by the next day.
Well this depends on a couple of things - some hair types dread easier than others (think curly, course hair) and how much time your spend on maintenance can influence it also. From day one you'll most definitely get the dreadlock look. You might find some are standing straight up, particularly if your hair is shorter but over the coming days and weeks these little guys will start to settle down. From about the first to fourth week it may seem like they are starting to loosen and you'll have lots of loose hair coming away from the dreads. Don't panic, this is normal as dreads tend to tighten and mature from the inside out.
By week 6 - 8 you should notice them really start to tighten and mature. You may notice them shrink a little and perhaps get a little lumpy as and crooked as some mature faster than others. Your dreads are basically going through puberty but hang in there, they are well on there way to adult hood!
At the 3 month mark they are becoming smoother and tighter by the day. Be sure to keep them clean with a residue free shampoo as this will also help encourage the new growth to lock up.
6 months and they should feel tight and smooth and no doubt can hold a lot of water - make sure you squeeze them out after washing and allow them to dry properly.
By their 1st birthday you should be sporting a hot head of mature dreadlocks - congratulations! From here on in maintenance only gets easier and less often.
Yep and coloured dreads can look amazing! It's best to dye or bleach the hair before it is dreaded and don't use the deep conditioner which is often supplied with the colour. Colouring and bleach does tend to dry out the hair but this is all good for dreads as it means knotting and locking up will be easier.
It's actually quite easy to colour dreads, as the hair is already sectioned, you may require a little more colour than usual though!
No, sweats fine and dreadlocks should not inhibit your ability to get amongst it! Lots of sweating though means lots of showers and those can loosen new dreads. Always handle new dreadies with care.
Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to shave your head to get rid of your dreads! Using our method, it is possible to comb out the dreads, however, it will take a long time! After combing them out, you'd expect a bit of a trim, but the hair bounces back quite quickly after a couple of deep conditioning treatments. This process has taken up to 60 hours and is not for the faint-hearted.
We say no! Wax can be detrimental to dreads, leading to dread rot, dirt, and smelly dreads! Back in the day, everyone waxed their dreads, but these days most people know to steer clear of the dreaded wax. We see no point using harmful products in dreads when it isn't necessary.
Please feel free to inquire at Pure Hair if you are curious about having dreads yourself. You will need to come in first to have a thorough consultation before the installation, to discuss exactly what you are wanting. We are looking forward to meeting with you!
Natalie our dreads technician is based at our Pure Hair On West Salon at Westridge Shopping Centre. Call us at 46356851.