Natural dreadlocks

Natural dreadlocks

The term natural dreadlocks is often very misunderstood and misused. Salons and locticians often offer natural dreadlocks meaning any dreadlocks that are real hair,not synthetic.others mean no wax or perm and consider crochet natural

but, natural dreads dread naturally


natural dreadlocks

natural dreadlocks no wax


they start from loose combed hair and become dreads orgaicly

sometimes it takes weeks, sometimes months they begin the transformation by allowing it to happen at its own pace in its own way

i’ve actually seen hair become dreads in a night if it wasn’t braided before bed every night. not mature of course but it became baby (monster baby his wanted to dread so fast it would have been 6 massive dreads in days)


it’s funny to me in a way how some people go years wanting to dread then when they finally decide to want to rush through the process..the journey then want to dreads in a day


natural dreads

natural dreads

My dreadlocks began in the wilderness, camping a few weeks in the mountains of Vermont

only the back was long enough to dread at the time but it dreaded real fast by just adding beads to loose hair

the rest dreaded as it got long enough over next couple months

I separated alot early on so ended up with tons of dreads  the number always changing at times over 200

but last few years hardly at all letting the roots thicken  up alot more to in the 50s range

but still new babies are born all the time

no effort needed its what hair wants to do


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404 Responses to Natural dreadlocks

  1. Tony says:

    Is it common for quite a bit of hair to fall out during this process?

    • soaringeagle says:

      you lose like 120 hairs a day to shedding
      while dreading some may shed, but still dangle, attached to a dread or knot..
      your probably just more aware of it now

  2. Danielle says:

    I have been letting my hair dread naturally for almost 3 months. The front hasn’t locked at all. The middle is locking well. I just separate it so it won’t be huge sections. The front looks like it willnever lock! I am black with really fine hair that is curly in the middle, wavy in the back and wavy-to-straight in the fronts. I’m okay withthe process taking a long time, but i am not loving the straight, completely unlocked hair in the front. Maybe if it at least had some curl to it. Any advice to help the front lock faster?

    • soaringeagle says:

      sleep on your face? use sea salt? the part you sleep on locks fastest
      remember your only 3 months in that’s 1/4 of the way to the minimum fully locked time
      so if 1/2 your heads locked your ahead of the game..just relax and wait a couple months the front will catch up to the rest

    • Drew says:

      Twist it and put rubber bands on the end it will lock up in two weeks

      • soaringeagle says:

        bad idea! rubber bands can cause over a dozen very serious issues in just 2 weeks
        and your hair most likely would have dreaded just as fast without doing that
        though just sticking a bead in (not band) would speed it up
        never put rubber bands in your hair unless you want damaged hair
        never alow your hair to dread with rubber bands in them unless you want rubber band melted into a sticky gunk inside the dread for life

  3. Andrew says:

    I have been trying to naturally dread my hair and stopped brushing and started using all-natural, organic shampoo bars to wash my hair twice a week since July 11 of last year. I’m beginning to get really frustrated because most of my hair is not locking up. Most of the hair on the back of my head is locked up but I figured by now the sides and front would have locked up more than they have (mostly loose hair that’s somewhat separated). I live in Cocoa Beach, Fl so I’ve been going to the beach a lot more recently in an attempt to dry it out to encourage locking, but it doesn’t appear to be working. Should I just give up and brush em out? I would love to have dreads but it seems like my hair doesn’t want them naturally like I do.

    • soaringeagle says:

      sounds like they are dreading fine just not as fast as youd like them too
      what is the shampoo
      for some it takes a lil longer
      as soon as i get the new dreadlockssite server fixed (gimme 2 days but then ill be in the wilderness a week) but post some pics on there next week
      ill give ya some better suggestions then

  4. Melleone says:

    Dear sorin eagle I’m 16 and I’m trying to find jobbs do they discriminate freeformers? I’m looking for part time to do on weekends

  5. Ozz says:

    Add on To my last comment was reading that root rubbing causes baldingm, ive root rubbed alot if i stopped would my hair recover or am I screwed?

    • soaringeagle says:

      absolutely stop!
      unfortunately its probable that you pulled 1/2 or more of your hairs right out of the scalp

      rule of thumb
      if knottyboy or dreadheadhq recommends it… DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT DOING IT!!!!

      • Ozz says:

        So will it recover, I’m stopping for sure, and seen what you said about the t-gel that’s why my loose hair isnt knotting? What product would you recommend on that site you linked and what one to remove the residue. Also I wear my tam alot of the time is that alright? Its really loose not tight at all. hope i didn’t mess my hair up root rubbing feel like such an idiot going to a dermatologist to get it checked out.

        • soaringeagle says:

          teatree rosemary if you got dandruff
          patchouli if its more like psoriasis
          as for residue removal nutragena anti residue works but smells like dirt
          suave i think it is has a clarifying shampoo
          anything that says it removes residue and buildup

          but these are not non residue dread shampoos, they are just meant to be used for removing buildup
          tams are ok wool tams even help somewhat but they should also be left hanging free to move even more of the time

  6. Ozz says:

    Hello Soaring eagle, I’ve had dreadlocks for About 15 months and ive got lots of loose hair that just wont knot up, I’ve only got 14 locs (figured they would be good sized but they are pretty thin the thinnest one is probally about the size of a sharpee) that were started with backcombing, then moved on to neglect had this loose hair for a good bit and it just wont seem to knot up was talking to someone about getting them fixed but thats a few hundred dollars and I dont have that, and Also id rather do it the natural way then getting someone to fix them but im just at a loss need some suggestions. Also I use t+gel shampoo for dandruff and is that good for Dreads? Thank you for taking the time to read this, Hope you can help guide me

    • soaringeagle says:

      t gel is at the top of the list of most toxic shampoos
      it is very conditioning and full of residues
      the teatree rosemary for dandruff, the liquid will make them dread like crazy then switch to the bars
      id also recommend you use a anti residue or clarifying shampoo (they are very harsh and toxic but you want to get that residue out)
      (they should only be used a few times a year to remove buildup)

  7. ScoopThoo says:

    Had free forms for about 4 months and I want them to start combining together (sorta like the weekends) any tips on what I should do?

  8. halal says:

    in the link I posted ive been growing my dreads for almost 5 months they haven’t really locked yet and its been a day since I got them done and they still hurt wat do I do

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      having them “done” was a really relly bad idea they make them so tight it damages the scalp and causes balding
      so…what was done to them to begin with
      stay away from all salons at all costs
      wash them often let the roots loosen
      if they were interlocked id demand a refund and if your able to safely undo the interlocking you should but you only have a day or 2 to safely undo the interlocking and should get help from someone who can see whats going on

    • jonno says:

      Give thanks for the wise words on dreadlocks and giving out a more and more poitive vibration with each year with locks. I had locks now nearly 10 years and no thought that i could ever chop them – after a time you realise that the locks growing you as much as you growing them.

      I grew out my beard sametime that locks started forming but for a long time I trimmed, often times to start with, then more recent years usually every 2-3 months. The longer I had locks the more it felt wierd trimming the beard and did regret it soon after, more each time. Now I’ve left my beard 18 months and even starting to lock up a bit. Still get some temptations to cut it back but less and less, so not as safe as locks on my head though think i would regret it alot by now.

      What reflections have you got on a beard locking up, how long it take and good care advice. Not much advive or comment out there on a dread beard, still pretty rare these days – can sometimes cause a reaction – but feeling like a good thing to do, most times.

      • soaringeagle2 says:

        my beard dreads are to my knees (longest 1) just wash it the same way you wash your head dreads that’s it pretty simple really

  9. Georges says:

    You say oily hair doesnt knot well, and thus water only does not make nice dreads. Do you have any pictures showing this phenomenon ?
    Also, i f I just live on the beach for a whole year, wont thedrying effect of salty water be enough for my hair to dread well ?

    • Georges says:

      i have nothing against washing my hair, its just that i want to experiment with living off the land in wilderness. any suggestions with something you can forage to wash your haur ? 🙂

      • soaringeagle2 says:

        good question soap nuts if they are available..the eskimoes wash with urine since it wont freeze ..wouldent recommend it haha
        theres some microfine cosmetic quality clays you can wash with but where youd find that I dunno
        aloe yucca can be used but are conditioning rastas use a plant called umm.. I want to say acka but I don’t think that’s right but I think its only native to Jamaica youd have to research native plants to the area and their uses
        many ppl livin in the wilderness use dr bronners because its so biodegradable and pure but it wont work good in hard water areas, and.. it should never be used in water sources instead cary a bucket 300 feet (more if theres a hill running down to the water) and wash that way far far from any water its only biodegradable in soil in water it can take years to break down

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      oily hair will dread just way slower, the oils cake the hair together then it knots but the oiliness makes knots easy to slip out
      living on the beach, sea water will make it dread fast however u still need to rinse and wash it out salt will fry your scalp can even eat holes oin it if not rinsed out the ocean is a toilet ..billions of fish use it as a toilet, and die, and rot in it lots of raw human waste is pumped into it toxic waste is dumped into it the pacific is dying from the radioactive waste of the japan disaster
      commercial fishing dumps millions of tons of fish guts overboard daily …knowing all these facts…wouldn’t you want to wash that out of your hair soon after swimming in the ocean

  10. Rachel says:

    Hello! I’ve had my dreads for 3 months and they are coming along just fine except at the back,I’ve found that my dreads are flattening and creating big spaces where there is no dread! I’m suspecting its from where I have been sleeping, but its a little bit embarrassing to see “bald patches” should I sleep with them in a braid or something like that? Cheers!

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      absolutely not they will round out on their own, bald patches are unusual in natural dreads unless you have real thick dreads, real thin hair, or are twisting them or something to tighten the roots. its probably going to work itself out, just check to be sure they aren’t forming too big.
      the side you sleep on will dread the fastest, flattening is compressing wich is tightening. And when you flatten then flatten again from another angle and again from another the end results roundish dreads..almost all will get rounded, the 1 that stays flat will be your fave cause its not round and boring like the rest
      if your still concerned, post a discussion on
      dreadlocks site with photos

  11. Savannah says:

    So im about 3 weeks in to doing the water only method on my hair. i have taken a few epsom salt baths and a betonite clay bath, which my just above the shoulder length, dyed hair was exsposed too. pretty impressed with the process of my hair seperating and forming sections at the roots already.. i was just looking for a few pointers. im a whole food plant based lifestylist (: and wanted to eliminate the over use of chemicals in my home and on my body since i have been a year without putting these inside of my body. just kind of made since to me.

    so im leaving this comment today in hopes of some more inspiration to let those freeforming babies continue to do their thang.

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      id recomend washing with something something natural but something more then water is about the best stuff out there or u can use baking soda and acv look it up on

      • savannah says:

        Thanks for the advice!

        now can i ask, why is it important to wash it with the bs and acv or the natural stuff in the link you shared?? (which, by the way, i was very impressed with their site. seems to be the stuff right up my ally)

        vs. the completely natural way of just letting your natural oils take over.

        i was having a hard time finding an answer to that question on the dreadlockssite.

        • soaringeagle2 says:

          oily hairs slippery and resists knotting
          clean hair knots faster ..dry hair as apposed to oily dreads and tightens faster this is why sea salts used in the liquid to dry the hair and make it knot like crazy

  12. pronx says:

    I thank you for your last answer soaringeagle but do you think that tea tree oil shampoo is good for dreadlocks, and if its good should i also mix it with water and then throw it over my head, or should i only rub the soap in my hands and then put it on my head. And if i should only rub the soap in my hands which amount of soap should i put in my hands?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      depends on what teatree shampoo your talking about, if its not made for dreads i wouldnt use it
      theres no need to dilute shamopoos except dr bronners
      use what u feel you need but if your dreads are young only scrub the scalp

  13. pronx says:

    If i wash my dreads should i mix the shampoo with water and then throw it over my head.

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      only if your using dr bronners, wich cant be used in hard water
      also you shouldnt be using regular shampoos

  14. Bandzoe says:

    I don’t comb my hair all do is wash and grease my is like 2 inches will freeform that way

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      yes though the grease will make it harder to dread if not impossible if you wash with something like bars not liquid, the bars, you shouldnt need to grease if u wash a minumum of weekly or more
      if you do need sometthing use jojoba oil, and try to use it only on the scalp
      but the less greasy and oily the better it dreads

  15. pronx says:

    I heard that wearing dreadlocks can cause potential hairloss. What can anyone do to prevent it (i dont twist, i jus wash and rib).

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      your fine then its twisting and interlocking that causes hair loss look at people like jah levi that grew thiers to 14 feet or anyone with 20-40 year old dreads that are 10-20 feet thier hairs still thick and strong its the forced tightening salons do that cause hair loss

  16. james says:

    hey there my dreads are thinning on top and i have soft hair been growing it for 5 years now started off with interlocks, now i just get them twisted once every month what treatment do u recommend to make it thick and strong on the top and also whats the best shampoo to use when washing my hair? please help iam about to cut them off

  17. Jugg mane says:

    My next question is if wrapping my wool sweater around my head when I sleep, after I wash my hair, and before I go to bed going to flatten my baby locs while freeforming? If so, how long do I have until they flatten forever?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      till they are tight they will flatten no matter what u do when you sleep but the flattening as they move around tends to make them round
      they will always change shapes alot especialy early on very few would stay permanently flat
      though the ones that do will just be cooler then the boring round ones

  18. Julia says:

    I’ve wanted dreads since I was about 3 years old but my parents would never allow it. I am now 17 and I would like to start the natural process the day after I graduate (I think it would be a good symbol of a new start in life and whatnot) but I have a dance competition about a month after. Would I be able to put my hair into a bun or would it be too early into the dread process to put it in the bun?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      ofcourse you can just the only issues with buns and updo’s etc is if you do it alot it slows the process but once for a competition for a few hours isnt going to harm anything

  19. solras says:

    Thank you for the answer soaringeagle,
    I wanted to cut the dreads which cover my forehead a bit shorter, because its a matter of time when they will reach my eyes. But are there other methods (instead of cutting) from preventing them reaching my eyes

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      well its better to let them grow once long enough they will just lay to the back instead of hanging in your face..
      till then just wear a headband but only a looser 1 and only when itsreally annoying u

  20. solras says:

    how can i but my dreads a little shorter without doing any damage to the dreads?

  21. solras says:

    Can I wash my dreads only with water, and without any soap or shampoo? I planned also to put some lavender oil a few times in my hair. Is that ok?

  22. Tatiana says:

    I finally made it o my three month mark! Super excited about it, here have been a lot of changes to my hair its freakin awesome. My one question is separating them. I hear from people to run your finger along your part lines but my hair dreaded naturally and I’ve had a few congos since starting so my part lines aren’t really clean cut. how do you recommend I separate them and how often? Right now I kinda just pull them apart and kind of twist them until I feel like its to my scalp.

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      wow i almost never miss a comment
      but just pull them apart..never twist twisting causes traction alopecia and balding

  23. Tatiana says:

    Dude your dreads are flippin amazing for real man. I just started my freeform journey almost three months ago and I’m diggin it man all the way. I have really curly hair and its all joined up together rather nicely except for this one patch at the back of my head. It doesn’t bother me any, I’m just kinda curious as to why it hasn’t done anything yet. Other than my loose hair around my face and that one patch my head is all dreaded up. I guess my question is have you ever run into this? I pretty much always let my hair do what it wants is this one clear patch my heads way of preserving my “regular” hair type?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      Is it near the hairline like that little point that the back? It’ll just take a little while longer. That’s all

      • Tatiana says:

        It’s actually kind of in the middle of my head not really on my hair line at all. It cracks me up though man, I hear what your saying though I’ll give it time and if never dreads so be it! Thanks a lot though man I appreciate it.

  24. julio (or H ) says:

    I have been growing my hair for a while now and even had a dread forming but combed it out, my question is my school does not allow curtain hair styles and dreads is one of them, but I was thinking and surely that is discriminative to my religion
    so basically should I be allowed, yes or no?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      Yes, that’s correct it is illegal to say no dreads. It’s religious and cultural discrimination. However, if it is just the style as in like salon dreads that they can say no because it has no religious or cultural connotations. Some schools may try to make you prove your religious beliefs or get a note from a church leader. This is also illegal since religion is a personal thing and not the property of anyone church nor dreads only a part of the Rasta religion, but of almost all other religions.

      Schools and Company policies can not contradict the Bill of Rights

  25. Monterrious says:

    Thanks for helping my journey I decided to use apple cidar vinegar and baking soda. My question now is it ok to dry hair in circular motion while trying to freeform what would you recommend as far as a way to dry hair while freeforming?

  26. Monterrious says:

    Can you freeform with using just warm water?

  27. Troy says:

    Hello my question is, can someone begin to freeform if there is thin/bald spot in the front of their hair by the hairline. What are your thoughts on that? Would trying to freeform be a waste of time if hair is thinning right there?

  28. nattydread says:

    im african american and i was just wondering how long should i do the towel rub method?

    and is sea salt spray good for my hair?

    i have a mini fro and its very thick

    i dont have no money for shampoo so i just mimic the trees and just use water

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      u should only towel rub once ti start then leave them alone
      sea salt dries out caucasian hair so it dreads faster it will do the same for yours but yours is dry..too dry by nature so i wouldnt recomend it at least not often

  29. Boogaloo says:

    Hey Soaring Eagle. First I want to thank you for pointing me in the right direction 18 months ago when I decided to dread all naturally based on your advice. I started with the sea salt spray and the liquid shampoo from, and I’ve been using the bar shampoo for a few months since that ran out. My dreads are all between 10 and 13 inches each now, which I’m thrilled with.

    Wanted to check in after all this time and see if there’s anything else I should be doing or not doing to continue on the path of healthy natural dreads. I usually was my hair once a week with the bar. I find that I haven’t needed to separate two dreads at the root for a couple months now, they all seem to be growing very independently. My hair is quite a bit thinner on the top of my head. I wouldn’t say I’m balding, yet, but it’s definitely noticeable at certain angles. Anything to combat this?

    Appreciate any advice man, thanks!

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      i only separate after using the liquid wich makes them all try to instantly congo
      the thinning u never did any root maintenance right no twisting or rubbing
      u can try biotin that should help

  30. Marques says:

    I am a black male trying to freeform my hair i have recently twisted my hair into what i would call baby dreads no rubberbands used at the roots and now i am letting them grow. I am not sure whether or not they are locking yet but my head is itching which could be because of this recent change i have made my scalp experience. I want to wash with my shampoo and conditioner both are mane n tail btw but i’m terrified of my hair untwisting and being setback.This is my hair grateful for any help.

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      washings the best thing for dreads but u might want a dread shampoo mane and tale are no good for dreads
      with the bars from you shouldnt need conditioners (they ship super fast)
      dont worry bout them coming out twists arent dreads and they will dread without the twists

  31. Franklin says:

    Hey so my post disappeared. Wondering what’s up? Let me know so I can repost. Got some important questions for you my friend.


  32. Franklin says:

    Hey man. I just started my dread journey about a week ago and I have a few questions for you. First off, I’m a white guy with naturally straight hair so I was wondering if there is anything special that I’ll need to do because of that. Now, when I started my dreads I had a friend start with the backcombing method and honestly she didn’t do a very good job with the roots. There are a lot of loose strands. Should I have someone do something about that or just let them go and do their own thing? I’m going to stay away from using any kind of wax products and I still haven’t washed them yet. I do plan on getting some Dr bronners liquid soap tomorrow though unless you have any advice on something better to use. Also, the tips of my dreads are whisky and I was wondering if eventually when they mature if they will grow into themselves and look more like little snakes.

    I know this is going to be a long journey and I’m definitely excited to take this path. Sometimes I get caught up in the whole instant gratification thing and I get a little impatient. So I thank you for your wisdom and inspiration.

    Any advice would be much appreciated my friend.

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      the roots will be loose for many months definitely do not do anything to them except keep them separated
      bronners wont work in hard water is bestthe liquid will help it dread
      the tips sre best offloose as then water drains out blunted tips make them take 5 times longer to dry

  33. Franklin says:

    So I just saw something on here that said I need to comment twice to prevent spam or something. So yea.

  34. Franklin says:

    Hey man I’m glad I found this site. I just started my dread journey about a week ago and I have a few questions for you. I definitely want to make my process as natural as possible, but I did start them out by backcombing. my friend who started them didn’t really do the roots very well so there are a lot of loose strands and there sectioned off randomly. Some bigger than others. My first question would be, should I have someone redo my roots or just let them go and do their own thing? I think its day 7 now and I haven’t washed them yet but based off of what I’ve seen here I do plan on doing that tomorrow. I’ll have to pick up some Dr bronners unless you have advice on anything better to use. I don’t plan on using any wax either. I’m a white guy and my hair is naturally straight so I was also wondering if there is anything special that I will need to do because of that. I’m kind of lost on what to do right now so hopefully I can get some good info from you that will keep my spirits up along this journey. Any advice would help at this point man. I know I have a long path ahead of me and sometimes the whole instant gratification thing gets the best of me. thanks for the inspiration and help.

  35. kingj says:

    Hey there im african american male and i have grew a small fro

    I stopped combing my hair and started doing the towel rub method

    But everytime i wet my hair it unravels

    I have some knots in the back of my hair but the front doesn’t seem to knot unless i do the rub method

    I shampoo with shea moisture’s african black soap deep cleansing shampoo

    I actually bought that yesterday

    I use to wash with suave shampoo but i felt that wouldn’t help my hair knot

    Is there anything i need to stop doing?

    I trained myself to wash my hair 2 times a week

    This is my 2nd freeform journey so i want this set of loc to

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      although african hair does tend to need extra moister too much prevents dreading oils conditioners etc make the hair slippery harder to hold knots
      your washinjg often enough so many with your type hair especialy those who do the salon locs dont wash the 1st 6 months to a year then only every 2 months after
      (and they call freeform nasty dirty etc)
      the shampoo might not be the best..suave absolutely wasnt
      towel rubbing creates a general knotty mess but then next towel rub can rub away the knots u created before when u wash try to mostly scrub the scalp and not disturb the hair as much as u can makes an excelent dread shampoo the liquid tho has sea salt for fast dreading (in my type hair) it would dry yiurs out wich would make it dread faster but could get too dry and brittle the bars might be better though alotta african americans report that washing more they need less extra products like shae or oils so if u find that your not excessively dry if u dont use the moisturizing shampoo then id try to avoid the extra moisture if u can
      other then that id consider stop rubbing and start waiting u sleep on the back so the back dreads fastest
      if u rub it in then wash it out then rub it in and wash it out u get nowhere u make no progress at all but if u leave it alone it will progress on its own u just wont see the visible results after each wash ..also it might help for it to grow a tad more african hair dreads short but still needds enough length to dread starting with twisties u can start real short but freeform 1/2 inch more can make a big difference
      in the end it all comes down to time and patience thoughh

  36. Ariella says:

    Hi there! Two months ago, some friends ‘put in’ dreads for me using the methods of backcombing and root-flipping/interlocking. I’ve since learned that root-flipping is a really bad idea, but it’s non-reversible, and they are still knotting up–a little too well, in fact! Some dreads are so tight near the roots that they are pulling awkwardly, making my scalp constantly tender. If I lightly tug on a dread, the perimeter hairs especially hurt and feel as though they ‘don’t fit’ comfortably into that dread–so I cut or break those few hairs most of the time. The top dreads do look a bit gap-y; and I don’t wear hats or do anything to my hair while I sleep except move it out of my face.

    Also, as is common, my head itches. A lot. Washing helps (I use Bronner’s liquid and/or bar), but not for long. I do not towel dry–just shake ’em like a dog, so fun!–or put any products in my hair. There’s a pretty good amount of dandruff partying on my head, too.

    Seeing as my dreads have all been root-flipped and there is stress on them from tight roots which have dreaded up past the root-flipped point, all combined with horribly uneven sectioning…do you think it’s worth leaving them in? My head is so irritated; I can hardly stand the tenderness and itching, and that shaver is looking’ mighty tempting…

    Thanks so much for any and all advice! Be well!
    PS, your dreads are fucking fantastic.

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      well although interlocking is absolutely horible its not an automatic death sentence in 3 months those roots will loosen up and me more confy
      stop using hot water and wash a lil more often
      and tell those freinds how horible root flipping is

      everytime i hear “put in” or worse “installed’ i cringe

  37. Lamont says:

    I’ve been told by a couple of my younger siblings that my hair feels rough. I’ve been dreading for about 6 to 7 months and I wonder if this has anything to do with me not conditioning? when I started my “freeform” journey I was told to not condition them, I also wonder if its because I do have a significant amount of congos and maybe that’s why they might not feel as smooth as smaller dreads? is there anything I could use to soften up my hair that’s natural and if this is something I should be worried about because I wash frequently with dread shampoo(and oil on some occasions) but wonder if there’s anything else I may be missing? please and THank you

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      assuming your african american your type hairs excessively dry so still needs moisture to avoid it getting brittle what shampoo are you using some dread shampoos just suck u can use a lil jojoba or pure aloe straight from the plant added to a rinse
      depenbding what shampoo u use u might want to change thast as well

      • Lamont says:

        yes I am African American. i have coconut oil and jojoba oil but in like a shay butter form. I use shampoo from the dreadlocks shampoo site, I was recommended it by a friend who said you recommended it to him, its the liquid kind.

  38. Tim says:

    I’m in the process of looking, for another job. I fear they won’t accept that I’m gowing dreads. Some companies frown on dreads. Is there anything that I can do to keep from having to cut them off? If i had to to get rid of them to get a job, and start the process again regrowing them. After, I have regrown my hair do you recommed doing the comb coil method. And from that point let dread.

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      legaly they cant descriminate if your dreads are grown forr religios or spiritual reasons thast may also include cultural
      thats why the over mainttaining backfires cause thenm its a meaningless hairstyle nothingmoiee but natural dreads are spiritual so protected by law they cannot make u cut them if they even say you should then they cant not hire u or risk a lawsuite
      now ill tell u i had mnany freinds cut for jobs..and nevber get the jobsw others refused to cut and gotr the job
      very few jobs wiloko frown on them and then its the individual not the job
      some may have company policy like no distractingf styles if it doesnt specificly state dreads then u can ignore that..if it does saty dreads thats a violation of your rights

  39. Aaron says:

    Just stopping by with an update on my locs
    Check out my 5th month

  40. Tim says:

    I have a few questions for you, how can you tell when hair is fully locked? And at what point, does the dreads become longer? As I stated earlier, I have two y shaped dreads, some thick ones and some small ones. I have been growing dreads, since June of 2013 and this past will be one year.

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      i dont think fully locked is even s coirrect term since u are always going to have some hairs not locked hoiwever matures typicaly a year or 2 thats when they stop acting crazy stop changing so much and settle down around then they stop shrinking goough a short zero growth stage then grow tyoicaly by year 2 youve regained a good bit of length

  41. Tim says:

    Hey Soaring My hair is forming dreads, without twisting or help from a Salon. It’s been a year this past friday. I have some dreads that are two together on the back of my head. They are y shaped. Glad that I took your advice about twisting, and just wash it and go.

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      im glad too so many twisters will end up with balding issues
      i have lket many of mine combine as many as 6 into 1 but they were real thin to start off

  42. cinetech says:

    I’ve had my dreads for four years. They are small/med size – 20 inches long. Every month I’ve had them washed & twisted at a salon. I’m ready to go free form. How should I proceed? I have appox 120 locs. Can I stop twisting and palm rolling? Will free form give the thick locs I want?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      well you should never have twisted them! twisting causes traction alopecia and slow but sure balding (it takes years to become permanent)
      120 locks will always be thin if not alowed to combine (congo)
      but you absolutely must stop both twisting and palm rolling (and salons!) to have healthy dreads tho theres been plenty of damage already at least the scalp will recover slowly from the twisting trauma (it kills thje capilaries that provide bloodflow to the follicles)
      palm rolling actualy does nothing at all except cause damage well unless wax was used then it compresses the wax into the core ..if wax was ever used then it must be removed
      id suggest u join in the featured vids watch the twisting interlocking root tightening dangers vid
      post your photos and let us know how thick youd want them and we can help u get thick healthy locks naturally

  43. Frank says:

    Hello there,
    I luckly came across this website when searching for something. I love dreads for a long time but couldnt start one till recently. Im an African and got to know the only way that works for our hair texture is the twisting. I have about 3″ hair lenght and have been twisting for shortly over two months now. I wash them every two to three weeks and each time i finished washing they end back in the same way i started. Then i have to re twist them. I will be extremely glad if i can get a little help from an experienced or an African textured hair dreadlocks wearer, pls.

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      it absolutelu is not the only way and retwisting should be avoided at all costs
      retwusting causes traction alopecua the roots thin and the scalp gets bald gaps between dreads wuch progresses into wisde spread balding
      all hair dreads naturally
      wash and go do nothing else and it dreads separate as needed
      stop twisting now
      if wax was used or any products containing wax uoi must remove it
      go to click featured videos
      watch the 1 called twisting interlocking root tightening dangers

      and stop retwisting

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      also besides stopping the twisting you should wash more ..weekly at a minimum but 2-3 times a weeks best

      whoever told you that twistings the only way didnt have a clue

  44. donald says:

    hi , i v got a year “natural” afro but wanna start natural locks. but the question is must i jsut let it do wateva it wanna do or must i blowdry my afro before starting the journey?

    • kelvin says:

      hi , i v got a 8months natural fro but wanna start natural locks. but wants it the same as bob marley but i learnt he had a blown afro before starting his journey can i also do the same with conditioners or just le it do wateva it wants to ?

      • soaringeagle2 says:

        theres no “must” abouit it u can do either

      • soaringeagle2 says:

        well conditioners slow or stop the process they are made to make hair “managable” meaning less knottu but african hair requires some moisture so it doesnt get too dry and brittle
        so i wouldnt use stoee bought conditioners instead jojoba oil or aloe (straight from the p,ant) and only as much as needed to prevent excesive dryness

  45. Arghya Superramp says:

    Hi, been in the journey for 2 months now and it feels great to live this free life, I dont care any more if my hair dreads at all or not(though its already starting I guess). Here’s some short queries,
    1. I did to dreads by backcombing at the beginning just to experiment, and I dont like one of them now (natural ones are the sexiest one), is there any way to undread them now? I dont want to cut it off from the root…..

    2. In india by the name of vinegar they seem to be selling only synthetic acytic acid and water solution, is here something else natural which I can use instead of vineger as conditioner after a soda wash? Tried to get something from online but including the shipping it costs me few months meal ticket to get them down to India……

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      that maybe good enough to use im not sure can you get dr bronners there? u can use that instead of the soda wash (diluted 12-1_ but not if you have hard water these are amazing the shipping’s high if u get 1 but its bulk rate so if u get 5 or 6 its the same shipping price
      as for the backcombed dreads yes you can soak that 1 in conditioners or olive oil (not just vinegar something more conditioning) then comb it out carefully slowly and gently from the tip up towards the roots

  46. Tim says:

    I have a Question for you, I hope you can answer it. I see a lot of black people who, have dreads but they don’t look like matted knotted hair. When you look at Bob Marley’s dreads or even your dreads they look like matted knotted up hair. These people’s dreads look like twisted hair. 2nd Question How long does it, take for the hair to lock up? I’m in my sixth month, and it doesn’t seem like it’s locking up. Thanks for your answers.

  47. Tim says:

    After twisting for 2 weeks, it seem like most of my dreads were gone. After I stopped twisting and using the Tea Tree from they started to grow back rappidly. I started back using the bar Patchouli soap. Why I don’t know, but the Tea Tree was making my hair to soft. Almost like baby hair. The bar soap makes it more coarse. Also, I purchased a wool sweater at a thrift shop for $5.00. Hopefully, this will help with knotting. Do you know anyone, who has had this experience?

  48. Pedro says:

    hi! i’ve been growing dreads for over a year, but i still have no dreads! i use shampoos and soap from, wash once per week. my hair is separated into super super baby dreads since the begining but it doesnt seem to change from this. some even break and become loose hair. i cant seem to get to the phase 3 of the natural dreads. any tips? what can i do? maybe twist and rip? thank you! =D

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      are you using the bar or liquid
      when you wash ae]re you mostly scrybbing just the scalp?
      or are you scrybbing all the hair
      how longs the hair
      how are you drying are you towel drying
      do u tie em back or wear a hay alot
      tnr is an option but lets look at what u might be doing wrong 1st

      • Pedro says:

        thanks for the answer =D
        i´m using the liquid and the bar, mostly only the liquid and sometimes both because of dandruffs.
        i scrub just the scalp.
        my hair is about 1 hand below the shoulders but it is not even.
        i tie them back maybe 1 day a week and do not use any hats.
        i towel dry then i try to dry in the sun (i say try because sometimes thats not an option).

  49. t.j says:

    Is it ok for my scalp to itch? If not what can I do to prevent it?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      some itching maty happen as your scalp adjusts but teatree rosemary and pepermint will all help if u use the shampoo i mentioned or the baking sodsa with teatree androsemary (essential oils) it shouldnt itch
      when it does its time to wash
      also cut out the hot water wich dries out the scalp

  50. t.j says:

    So I came across dr.bronners organic soap at the local vegan market. Can I use the bar soap on my hair? And what should my hair look like after about 5 days of not brushing my curly hair? It just looks like some of the curls are curling together but no signs of locking

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      bronners vdepends on your water type in hard water u wont be able to rinse bronners out it will leave u sticky and oily also the liquids better if u dont have hard water so u can dilute it alor
      alr=ternatives are or the baking soda method on
      its way too soon to expect locking for all but the fastest dreaders the curling togethers sectioning its what happens 1st if u got sectioning happening in 5 days dreads will soon follow
      but..whats soon mean? weeks? a month? its anones guess but sectioning in under a week or 2 is a good sign

  51. Tim says:

    I found another way, to treat my scalp with the Jojoba oil. I’m using a spray bottle, I put a little water and a couple of drops of oil and I spray it on my scalp. It’s better this way, so im not touching my scalp, and I’m not disturbing hair that’s trying to dread. I also signed up with the dreadlock site.

  52. Tim says:

    I hope I’m not bugging you, but theres so much information on the internet on dreading hair. Some of it good some bad. I can’t ask other people with dreads, most of them have Salon dreads, or have twisted their hair. I’m glad that I came a cross, your web site in June of this year. Your web site, started me on the right path to dreading my hair the natural way. Thanks for all your help, and I hope that my hair will lock up soon.

  53. Tim says:

    I am currently taking 5000 MCG of organic Biotin, along with 600 MCG in my organic multivitamin. Can too much Biotin, cause hair to not dread? I’m thinking about stop taking Biotin and using Jojoba oil and just wash every seven to ten days and see if I see some improvement. Nov 21 of this year will make it my sixth month and I’m not seeing improvement.

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      no biotin only helps it grow
      over using jojoba will prevent dreads using it at all in noin african hair wil prevent dreads
      you have arfrican hair if i remember right so need something to combat dryness just use the bare mninumum u can
      your taking biotin to increasee growth>/ how long is it how long have you taken it

  54. jake says:

    so this is my 3rd day natural dreading and after. washing my hair with baking soda its really this suppose to happen? and will my hair lock up like this? I have pretty curly hair too

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      no it sounds like you did it wrong
      mix 1 part baking soda 10 parts water (1/2 a cutp to 5 cups as an example)
      pour over head soak 10 minutes then rinse
      now if your naturaly oily skip acv if not mix only a spoonful or 2 to 5 or 10 cups water pour on and rinse right away

  55. Tim says:

    How do you know, when your hair is locking up?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      when individual strands stop being separate and are all “locked in” together
      if you mean filly mature its when they stop changing so much all the time are done shrining

  56. t.j says:

    So iv been trying to naturally dread my hair and I have thick curly hair that’s about 4 inches.I haven’t layed a comb or brush on it for about 2 weeks. Iv washed it twice in this time using acv and baking soda can someone tell me exactly what I need to do every day?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      just what your doing (dont towel dry tho) how are you mixing and using the bs/acv though
      as long as u use the right ratios in th e right ways your good

      • t.j says:

        Well I’m using some recipe online with 3/4th cups. Of ACV, 1tsp of sea salt, 2 tsp of lemon juice and 1/4th cup of baking soda all in a large bowl of warm water and sorry I have another question, is it true that curly hair locks up faster? Because Icant see any “dread” looking areas on my hair. Just big curls

        • soaringeagle2 says:

          oh noooo ok thats alll wrong yikes
          1 baking soda combined with acv creates a volcanowo a violent chemical reaction resulting in carbonic acid..not what you want! wherever u found that you need to set them straight
          baking soda and acv must never mix! again lemon is a acid that should never combine with the alkaline baking soda lemon is a scronger acid that seeps into the hairs core and disolves it from the inside out weakening it

          ok this is the proper way
          mix 1 cup baking soda to 10 cups water (must be a 1-10 ratio 1/2 cup to 5 cups etc)

          pour that over wet hair
          soakl 10 minutes thenm rinse (no scrubbing)
          after rinsingf the baking soda out use just 1 or 2 tables[oons acv oin 5-10 cups water
          pou on then rinse emediately (skip acv if excessive oiliness is an issue ..for a week or 2 till its less oily then eesume)
          once the dreads are matuire after rinsing baking sioda use the same ammount acv as baking soda soaking 3 min b4 rinsing

          ypu can add to the baking soda esential oils like teatree riosemary lavander pepermint etc as needed fpr dandruff or whatever u need to treat

          make sure u corect that site u saw that on!
          they were ruining your hair

  57. Tim says:

    Which type of Tam would you recommend to a person? I work in a dusty enviorment, and I don’t want all that dust in my hair. Also, I found out for myself, that twisting is more work than most realize. Everytime I washed I had to redo them. And After watching a video of a lady, that has been dreading for 11 yrs simply by washing and seperating. A whole lot easier, than twisting. So I don’t have any plans, on twisting anymore. And I won’t allow myself to be pursuaded by others to twist.

  58. Tim says:

    I meant to ask you, if you wait for 2 weeks before washing your hair does it help to lock up the hair. I have heard that if, you wash it too much that it can undo hair that is trying to dread. Is there other ways to clean your scalp aside from running water throught the hair?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      washing is what makes it dread tho if u force start them washing loosens them 1st
      salons sometimes recomend not wetting or ashing for a year!
      but if your growing natural dreads washing more oftwen is best

      • that guy you know says:

        what salons say you shouldnt wash for a year? I have never heard of something like that, even basic knowledge of hair would tell you to wash. I think you have some misinformation yourself here about that at least. That being said i love this site.

        • soaringeagle2 says:

          actualy many do especialy ones catering to african hair some just 3-6 months but many d=say not to even wet the hair for a year the salons then use witch hazle on the scalp every month or 2

  59. Tim says:

    Have you ever heard, of Jojoba Oil? I purchased a bottle of it, and it has Canola Oil,Sunflower Oil, Castor Oil, Jojoba Oil, Olive Oil,Grape seed Oil,Horse Chestnut Seed Extract, Seabuckthorn Extract,Green Tea Extract,Nettle Extract,Ginko Biloba Extract, Fragrance. Is this safe to use on hair, for someone dreading? Oh, yeah have you ever heard, of people have their hair sowed with yarn in an attempt to get dreads?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      jojoba is the closest thing to your natural oils
      for african hair yes its great other types not till mature
      the sewing with yarn is to make temporary dreads to see if you like dreads i mean would you want yarn stuck in yours forever?
      not all salons tell u they arent real dreads either

  60. Tim says:

    Where can I get, some good Tea Tree Oil (organic that is)? Mainly I will use it after washing to keep scalp moist. Also, I purchased a bottle of the Pink Sea salt spray some months ago. When I use it, the second day my hair starts to smell. Why is this?

  61. Rebecca says:

    Hi! I am doing neglect/natural dreadlocks. I haven’t combed my hair for 4 months. I wash it about every 3rd day. I just need to ask this: The hair on the top of my head are dreadlocks, but the under layers of my hair are “normal” hair, they don’t form into dreadlocks. Is this natural? Will they form with time? Also, the dreadlocks I have are very “poofy” and lot’s of loose hairs. Like REALLY poofy/fluffy. Is this also normal? They also try to create a “mat” in my scalp, I try so separate them often but they still do… Thank you!

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      underneath layer meaning around the hairline? hairline hairs finner and silkier so dreads slowest
      also if u wear them up alot or back that may affect things
      also you touch it more
      it will catch up
      4 months are just babies people who tnr or backcomb tend to loosen even fall apart the 1st 4 months before redreading
      the matt at the roots is ok as long as the interconnected webbing doesnt extend up between 2 dreads you cant seperate whats flat against the scalp only whats connecting dread to dread
      if your concerned go on (my main site) and post photos in the forums

      • Rebecca says:

        Thank you for your answer! No I mean the hair that’s above my ears is dreads, but the hair in the back/near my neck is not. It’s kind of hard to describe, hope you understand what I mean. I’m from Sweden and my english isn’t that good. I maybe will post some photos there or do a youtube video or something. thanks!

  62. Tim says:

    Oh yeah, forgot to ask you, what do you think about people who start out dreading their hair using the twist with a comb. They part the hair according to the size they want the dread to be. Next they apply locking gel, and secure the hair with a duck bill clip until it dries.

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      the comb coils arent a bad way to start for straighter type african hair ..but the gels unesacary and builds up the clipping as it dries is silly they often bake in the gel so it hardens ..wich is not smart the hardened gel will prevent proper dreading..or at least delay it

      unfortunately after the comb coils most fall into the retwisting or interlocking habit and really screw them up

      • Tim says:

        What is Interlocking? I have met people that retwist, and their dreads look very good. The people say that it makes the dreads look neater.

        • soaringeagle2 says:

          problem is how they define :”looking neater” is no hair in the scalp between dreads. and the roots pulled in painfully tight destroying the curculation to the scalp causing traction alopecia and balding
          interlocking is incredible stupid
          they make a gap in the roots then pull the whole dread through the gap
          this cayses that spot to be much weaker and have no shockabsorbtion so more likely to snap off under strain it also tightens the roots too much and causes holes and a crinkly look

          thats what “looking neat” will get you in the long run
          does that look neat to you?

          • Tim says:

            No it doesn’t look neat. After seeing that video, I won’t be twisting my hair, or any other dangerous methods. I will continue to wash it and use the Pink Himalayan sea salt spray. Thanks for the link.

  63. Tim says:

    Have you seen that new thing, that they use to start starter dreads.It looks like a sponge, they take it and rub it all over your head for 3 to 20 mins, and it creates starter dreads. Saw it on youtube. The web site that sells it is called

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      yea ridiculous thing makes you look like a hedgehog and it cant be too good for ya theres another thing that i have only seen used once and my god was it a disaster a stick of dynamite would have been gentler i think its called a multi headed reciprocating rotating dreadlocking machine it spins around the hair firing thousands of tiny crochet hooks through it ..completely mangeling the hair
      every so often some fool comes out with a new crazy contraption to “make dreading easier” (like doing nothing is so hard) but the devices they create are rediculouse even comical…untill you see it actualy used and how horibly destrutive it is
      i never ever thought anyone would buy that rotating thing..but a member joined dreadlockssite after his loctician freind tried out her new tool on him
      the results werent pretty..imagine if you really did try cutting your hair with a lawnmower..thats what it looked someone ripped out his hair by the handful

  64. If Im Using The DreadHeadHQ Wax … It says to Blow dry Them as well… How long Should I blow dry Them for?

    Also, How long And How Often should I apply the DreadHeadHQ wax In My 6 to 7 Inch Long Curly Hair.. Im Latino If That should Matter? Haha

  65. Tieoni says:

    My husband has just begun to let his hair dread naturally and he has asked me to take responsibility for the entire process as he literally does not want to do anything. For the past week and a half he has not combed it and has used the locking liquid shampoo twice. Just a couple of questions. How often should he use the Himalayan sea salt spray as it only provided instructions to use on wet or dry hair? He just began to use that product two days ago and I am already noticing a tangling effect and so I don’t know how often it is recommended that he use it. Also, last question, Would he be able to use a steam room and/or Jacuzzi without compromising the dreads?

    T 🙂

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      the pink himalean sea salt from is special with added proteins and herbs good for hair and scalp health so its safer to leave on longer and use more often then regular straight sea salt or any ‘dread accelerators” out there
      if you notice the hair and/or scalp getting too dry then cut back
      weekly is plenty often enough daily probably overkill so anwhere from once or twice a weeks good id think every 3 days is a good max
      yea that stuff works wonders
      oh keep in mind the liquids also got sea salt in it so you shouldnt neesd to use the pink stuff all too often
      saunas jacuzzi sweat lodges it doesnt matter its fine
      live your life to its fullest dreads will happen as you live
      some are scared to go out in the rain let alone swim while others scubadive and surf some are afraid of a gentle wind while others drive with windows down and skydive with wind rushing by at 200 mph

  66. Tim says:

    I have at least 4 inches of hair, if not more. Some of my hair that has twisted on it’s own, is hidden by hair that is covering it. Is this normal? And does putting a wool sweater, on a pillow help hair to knot up?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      yup its normal african hair will dread at just an inch or 2 caucasian closer to 6 inches
      a wool sweater helps most people yes but a few have found it to do the oposite so experiment
      all the hair will dread at diferent rates so some will form dreads faster then others

  67. Alexander Supertramp says:

    Hi, its me again, so my journey has began, and feeling great:),but after this 2/3 week I’m noticing my hair is going back to the fall syndrom :'(, is it ok if some loose hair come out of the bush, or should they stay in the bush helping it to form dreads? And what’s sthe solution of hair fall in this journey?
    And here’s what I’m exactly doing, please let me know if I’m doing anything wrong?
    * Mixing 50 grams of soda with two litre of lukewarm water, pouring it all over my hair.
    *Wash it after 10/20 minutes
    * repeat the process again just replacing the soda with vinegar.
    Now I’m finaly learning to realize your first lesson, “not to worry”, and trying to do as less as possible for my hair. 🙂

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      nothing can be done about falling
      the baking soda ratios i dont speak metric so it should be 1 part baking soda to 10 parts water
      acv untill mature use way less,,like a spoonful or 2

  68. Tim says:

    People that I have met, that have dreads suggest that I twist the hair using a Locking Gel because my hair is so soft. I’m a little Skeptical about twisting for fear of balding. Any suggestions!

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      people will suggest wax and salons too doesnt mean they are good ideas
      the locking gels typicaly sold for your type hair are then baked in till it hardens
      wich glues the hair in place but prevents dreading
      they generaly dont wash much at all ..even not at all for a year
      the gel mostly washes out so it really doesnt do much of anything but it can cause pretty horific buildup
      ive seen people with african hair but the dreads looked grew to white
      it wasnt cause of age it was buildup..stopping the gel use and using a residue remover and it turned black again..less stiff and heavy and much softer

      washing..and sleeping will get ya there

  69. Tim says:

    At what point, does the hair begin to knot up? It will be 4 months of dreading my hair October 21. I have soft curly hair. my hair now has twist in them some are thick and some are thin.

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      it varies widely length texture and what you wash with and how (as well as dry) all make a diference
      some start to lock up extremely fast
      like get knotty in hours to days
      many more weeks vast majority 1-3 months with some taking longer some ..rare few.. take alot longer

      whats your hair length type etc
      what are you washing often
      how are you drying
      do you tie it up or back much or wear a hat etc

      • Tim says:

        I wash with the Tea Tree liquid shampoo, and I wash it every 4 to 5 days. I don’t towel dry, I shake the water out of my hair and let it air dry. I would say I have about 2.5 to maybe 3 inches of hair. I’m Black with soft curly hair.

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      teatree shampoo from or a store bought brand? not all natural shampoos are good for dreading
      caucasian type hair needs 6 inches to lock generaly african hair will lock much shorter perhaps your hairs that in between texture that needs a lil more time or length
      but have no fear it will happen just takes patience
      if you could post photos on might help give ya a better answer and estimate

      • Tim says:


        • Tim says:

          I’m black, and I started using the shampoo bar soap. Just recently I started using Tea Tree shampoo From the dreadlockshampoo site. I mix the two soaps together the liquid soap and the bar when washing.

          • soaringeagle2 says:

            no need to mix them use wichever works better for ya
            when washing try to just wash the scalp without messing with the hair t]itself

  70. Tim says:

    I decided not to buy, the Locking Magic Gel. My hair is twisting on it’s own. Some twist are thin some are thick. Hopefully it will start to mat up soon.

  71. Tim says:

    I have soft curly hair, and I’m considering the Locking Magic Gel. Is this something you would reccomend? I’m seeing curls and twist in my hair now. Also, I have had to pull them apart, because they two twist tangeling.

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      if your going to use any gel then thats the 1 to use..e careful not to pull apart anything that is trying to dread if they arent dreaded yet leave em alone ..unless its dreading too huge once dreading pull apart if 2 try to combine

  72. BTW….I also take pre-natal vitamins and biotin to help ensure the health of my hair so that may be why I am not seeing thinning at the roots.

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      well partialy but like i said twisting in your hair type doesnt help asuming you dont do it super tight and it doesnt stay tight
      in african hair they twist it extremely tight then pin them gown cake in gel or wax and bake it till it hardens (gel) so the roots stay pulled way way way too tight constantly and itsthe over tightness that causes the thinning and baldong

  73. Tim says:

    When hair is dreading, does hair move in a way that it feels like something is in your hair. Sometimes it feels like something is crawling in my head but nothing is there.

  74. Tim says:

    I purchased bottle of Pink Himalayan Sea Salt. Did you say that, it dries out the hair? If you said that, I would suppose that it helps with hair knotting and tangling. I did use it last night, but it was after I washed it. I left the spray in my hair and had not problems. Also, they gave me a small bottle of Tea Tree locking shampoo.

  75. Tim says:

    What’s the difference between Wax and Locking Gel? I have seen youtube videos of where they used locking gel, when twisting a persons hair. Why don’t people grow dreads naturally? You never heard of Bob Marley doing twisting wax or none of that stuff. Rastas grow them naturally. Now we have Salons, what a shame.

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      gels easier to remove thats about it they still bake it in till its hard
      and yes its a shame they try to make natural dreads seem gross but then salons say not to wash it for a whole year..thats gross

  76. Tim says:

    Just so you know, when I started dreading in june of this year. I noticed that the top part of my head looked bald. You could see the scalp. After I started taking Megamen multivitamins from GNC the hair grew in those bald like spots and I see where it filled in. Megamen has 300 MCG of Biotin in it. Just wanted to share this anyone who might have experinced this.

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      before u started dreading were u wearing it in tight braids cornrows or twists..if so just stopping that would have helped it grow back in

      • Tim says:

        No I never wore my hair in braids, or corn rows, or twists. I always got hair cuts. My last hair cut was May 11, of this year. Don’t know why it looked bald, or why I could see my scalp.

  77. Tim says:

    How do you use the Himalayan Sea Salt spray Do you spray on hair before or after washing? And how long can it stay in hair, before washing it out?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      most sea salts youd use no more then 2 hours b4 washing this tho i have left on for days withoit issues ..thoigh youd want to spray the hair not the scalp
      uswe yoir judgment if it gets too dry then rinse after 2 hours if not then u can l,eave it on as long as u want

  78. Tim says:

    Just how good is that, Himalayan Sea Salt spray? And what is the purpose of using sea salt spray?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      everything they make is awesome
      well sea salt dries out haor so it knots and tightens faster
      himalean pink sea salts the strongest plurest salt on earth
      but it also has vitamins and proteins added that make it good for hair and safer to leave on

      • Tim says:

        How do you use the Himalayan Sea Salt spray Do you spray on hair before or after washing? And how long can it stay in hair, before washing it out?

  79. shari says:

    Hello. I started my natural dreads on April 15. I haven’t combed, or brushed my hair since. I have mixed hair (which can be hard to define). I have a really tight curl pattern. So far, I have dreads in the back, about 20 or so, but not really any in the front (from the top of my ears to my forehead). 1) Should I be concenred?
    2) I want more individual dreads, versus large clumps of dreads. I’ve heard that some people just pull apart big dreads before they fully develop, your opinion?
    3) I don’t do anything to my hair when I sleep, and it tends to make my baby dreads look all crazy, sometimes bent in random spots, or pushed forward, making the back of my head flat. Am I still in baby stages and its normal, or could something be wrong?
    5) I wash my hair twice a week. I am going to start shampooing/conditioning once, and then just doing a rinse on the second day
    6) I saw the best dread results when not using anything besides water to wash, however, I have a very dry scalp that tends to flake up if I go too long without shampoo. Does using shampoo/conditioner only when I start to see flakes sound okay? I mean obviously its up to me if I feel comfortable.


    • soaringeagle2 says:

      you want to wash the ppl that only use water arent very clean tho u dont want to use regular shampoo or conditioner (if you have typical african hair tat is excessivly dry use minimal aloe or jojoba as needed )
      you will want to seperate any forming too big otr trying to combine
      its normal to dread 1st on the side you sleep on seperating will help prevent the flattened out look
      if you tie em bck alot stop tats interfereing in the process

  80. Tim says:

    When I washed my hair, this morning I saw a lot of loose hairs in my hand. Is this normal? How long does it take to start seeing baby dreads? And do you seperate dreads with a comb or with your hand?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      u shed like 120 or so hairs a day so yes its normal
      how long can vary so widely from hours (raree) to almost a year (rare)
      but typicaly its a few weeks to a couple months
      you seperate with hands by pulling 2 connecting dreads away from eachother

  81. Tim says:

    Thanks for having such, an informative web site. I did research on dreading and found your site, which is big help. Now my question is this when starts to form dreads, can hair section itself? And if not, who would you recomend to do it. I’m skeptical about Salon and Locticians.

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      yup it absolutely sections itself but as it dreads u wil have to seperate so they dont join together
      and you should be skepticle of salons and locticians shiuld avoid em at all costs

  82. Tim says:

    I have soft curly hair, is it true that curly hair dreads best?

    And does all hair that, is dreading have to become nappy to dread?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      typicaly it dreads fastest altho in some cases straight fine silky hair can dread very fast too
      umm..whats the technical definition of “nappy”
      it has to get tangled yes messy (in a way) yes the messy stage can be beautiful
      nappy is tight curls and no straight hair cabn tangle and dread without curling 1st

  83. Tim says:

    I have two questions for you. How does Biotin help, people who are growing dreads? I’m two months into dreading my hair, and my Mega Men multivitamin has 300 MCG of biotin in it. Second question Does wearing a beanie, while sleeping at night help hair to knot up? I just got a beanie yesterday, and wore it to bed after washing my hair, which took 3 hours to dry.

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      biotin dont help hair dread it helps it grow fasster but u need a much higher dose and daily for months to see any effect dont wear nothing to bed and beannies are too tight tams are loose enough but the more they hang looe the better .. leave em loose at night to tangle

  84. Brandy says:

    I am on day 5 of my natural dread journey. My hair is very fine and silky. So far it seems to be going okay. Can you give some advice on daily maintenance to help the dreads form nicely. And also, are hair ties, bobby pins, etc. safe to use with dreads.
    Any and all advice is much appreciated! Thank You.

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      i wouldnt use pins but ties are ok loosers better but the more its tied the slower it will dread they will dread faster when free to move
      when dreaded just use your dreads to tie em

      • Brandy says:

        Thank You for the reply.

        One more question, for now. 😉
        How do you recommend sleeping with the New/ Baby Dreads? Down and Loose?

        p.s. I am going to wash my hair tonight. I am so excited.
        Thanks again.

  85. Tim says:

    Thanks for your help. I washed my hair in cool water, and I don’t have the dandruff problem anymore. Also, I was told by people that have dreads, that you shouldn’t wash your often. They say you should was every 2 to 3 weeks. So I now wear, a silk cap on my head, because the place I work at has a lot of dust. I’m hoping that I won’t have to wash as much. What your opinion about this? And does a beanie help dreading hair?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      who told you that? thats absolutely false
      you want to wash often just not every day cause it takes too long to dry wash every 3 or 4 days if u are excessivly dirty u can wash every day as k=long as u make sure to thouroughly dry them as they mature they can take a wjhole day to dry so if they stay damp..mold forms i wash every 3-4 days that keeps dandruff away i bet those wrre salon dreads or waxy dreads salon dreads try to make natural dreads seem gross then they tend to only wash every few months or in the 1st year they dont even let it get wet for a thats gross
      wash your hair the more u wash the faster they dread and the healthier and happier you will be
      dont let anyone tell you not to wash your hair dont be the sterotype ..dreads dread best when clean..they should be ashamed of themselves fortelling you not to wash

  86. Tim says:

    I’m using the patcholi dread soap. After I wash my hair, the next day I get dandruff. Should I change soaps? if so which one would be better to use. Also, is it true that Biotin helps hair? I’m taking Mega Men multi vitamin, and it has Biotin in it.

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      are u using hot water hot water will seriusly agrevate dandruff (dry flakey scalp true dandruffs much rarer then ppl think but dozens of other conditions get misdiagnosed as dandruff)
      use cooler barely warm water and finish with a very cold rinse cold as u can stand and u should see it improve i assume you mean the pathoulli bar from ? the only 1 better for dandruff would be the teatree rosemary 1

      • Tim says:

        Yes that’s the soap im referring to. The dandruff is only on the side of my head, and sometimes on the top of my head in the front. Also, I purchased some Haines Sea Salt. How should it be used? I use a 2oz spray bottle, with a teaspoon of the salt added to hot water. After water cools, I spray my head, and rinse out after 45 minutes.

        • soaringeagle2 says:

          2 oz with a teaspoon seems awefully strong 3 tablespoons per 5 cups is about right
          try to avoud the scalp sea salt can dry the hell outta your scalp

  87. Rebecca says:

    Hi! I am on the natural dread journey about 2 months and 22 days. I love it so far but I need some advice. 1. Does wearing your hair in a bun slow the process? I keep it down most of the time but when my hair is wet I want to keep it up in a bun.
    2. I use knottyboy dreadschampoo bar for baby dreads, and I rub it into my scalp. But I noticed that my roots don’t lock up as well as the rest of the hair, and i was wondering if I disturb the process when I rub the bar against my scalp?

    • Rebecca says:

      1 month and 22 days, I was wrong!

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      never bun it up when wet otr it will start to rot yes buns will slow progress but when wet will bread mold u need thenmn always loose and free when wet no hats no tyoing back no wrapping in a towel it doesnt take long to get moldy when wrapped up with no airflow
      why are you using anything from knottyboy they should be boycotted grated they arent nearly as horrible as dreadheadhq but still both profit from destroying dreads and should be boycotted
      a much better soaps and is way more ethical
      the roots however wont dread up for a good li=ong time
      umm i wouldnt be surprised to find out the soap u are uasing contains wax so read the ingredients

      • Rebecca says:

        I’ve read the ingredients and there is only natural stuff in there, that’s why I bought it. “Saponified Organic Oils of Palm, Coconut, Castor Bean and Hemp, and Organic Essential Oils of Rosemary, Peppermint and Tea Tree” I know you shouldn’t support them but It’s the only dreadbar that it’s sold in boutique in Sweden. Does it really create mold if you make sure that they are dry? Like my hair is so thick it takes ages to dry and I don’t like when the hair makes my clothes wet. I just keep it in a bun when it’s soaking wet, then when it’s just a bit damp I let it loose to dry completely.
        Thank you so much for your advice soaringeagle!

        • soaringeagle2 says:

          granted kb is safe to use unlike dreadheadhq toxic garbage but stuill they should be boycoyyed is best by far and if u order 1 shippings high to there but u can get 5 or 6 for same shipping cost
          the bun absolutly can cause mold quickly if wet
          shake em out to get the excess out then sit in the sun
          also they dry way faster down as the water drips out the ends up the water has nowhere to go
          if the tips were blunted that makes them take way way longer to dry again cause the water cant drip out the ends

          • Rebecca says:

            Thank you so much for your advice! Lots of love.

            • Rebecca says:

              Sorry for another question, but I just have to ask. When I stopped brushing my hair I was in Greece for holiday. My hair sectioned soooo fast. But now, when I’m home, the last couple of weeks many of the sections have disappeared. My hair looks like it did before I stopped brushing it. Like normal hair. It somehow seems like the process is backing. Any idea of what happened? Thank you 🙂

              • soaringeagle2 says:

                what are u washing with again its possibly the water type diference especoialy if u use bronners

                • Rebecca says:

                  I use knottyboys soap bar for baby dreads.

                  • soaringeagle2 says:

                    kb should be boycotted i dont know anything about a bar for baby dreads but i wouldnt use anything from them these are way better and made for hard water
                    and u can use the baking sioda acv method as well
                    was anything else diferent besides the water like how you dried them or anything

                    • Rebecca says:

                      I just realized that It might be because of I always just rubbed the shampoo on my scalp and then Rinsed, but the last weeks I have been also rubbing the bar against my lengths. I will try to wash it like I did in the beginning and I will see what happens 🙂 Maybe that was the thing that ruined the process. What do you think?

                    • soaringeagle2 says:

                      absolutely you should just scrub the scalp..and gently and carefully till they are well established this is why many use the baking soda acv no touch method early on

  88. Mar Marroquin says:

    Hello! I stared the freeform dreads 4 days ago, and i was wondering if i could wash my hair every day only with water cuz i stop using shampoo 3 month ago.
    How to make my dreads thin?
    Thanks 🙂

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      waters rinsing not washing you should use a dread shampoo like or the baking soda deep cleanse (npo poo method) but not just water also every 3 days is better to keep em thin seperate any that are too big or connecting

      • Randi says:

        I have never been one to spend time brushing my hair everyday because it is too long, straight, and way too thick. It takes up too much time having to brush through a million knots 4 or 5 times a day. I am a young single mother and I do not have that kind of time or patience to do that. I have wanted dreads since I was 15 (ten years). I decided that I would try it out and see what my hair does naturally. After two weeks of not conditioning or brushing all I have to show for it is a big nasty mat on the nape of my neck. Any advice on where to go from here??

        • soaringeagle2 says:

          your hair will dread fastest on side u sleep on (back i n most cases)
          when hair dreads fast it needs seperating more often (early on as it matures it needs less)
          take 2 clumps pull them away from eachother popping the connecting hairs do this while wet right after wshing (or more often if needed) its easiest when wet
          if they are too conected to pull apart try these in this order
          1 add a lil olive oil to the connected ares and pull
          2 ifd nothing will get it apart selective surgery is it carefully pull the sections putting tension on the connected parts then very carefully with a razorblade or exacto knife snip or slice through just a few fairs at a time
          3 try pulling apart again
          4if that fails repeat step 2 want tpo rip or pop as some call it s much as u can cut only whts really needed to be able to rip

          if u havent in a while ot can hu8rt a lil (not too bad) when wet it hurts less
          if you keep ontop of it regularly u wont have any problems and wont hurt

          tip keep the sections smaller then 1 inch at the roots any wider can cause them to dry too slowly

  89. mrgreatamazing says:

    Wassup its been a long time on here.

    I got a question

    Does playing with your hair slows the process???

    Cause i cant stop touching my hair. I love the way my hair feels now

    But i was just curious about that

    Thanks for your time

    Jah bless

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      its best not to cause playing with it can on 1 hand create knots on another undo them the knots will be created just by living so best to not risk undoing progress..but i know how it is i played with mine alot early on too

  90. Will says:

    Hey, so I started my natural dreadlocks and they were looking perfect. They were strongly sectioned by day 2-3, and up until yesterday were looking like baby dreadlings (about 2 1/2 weeks of dreading) and I had no soap (I wash normally with my friends dreadlock shampoo bar but he wasn’t home) and I had to wash my hair for Warped Tour because it had been a lil over a week of not washing at that point. So I washed with regular shampoo and it messed up my progress like crazy. The sections are still there, but the dreads don’t feel like “dreads” any more. So I was wondering, should I get natural liquid dread shampoo to avoid messing up the knotting process? Or would the bar be just fine?


  91. Tim says:

    What is twisting? should it be used, if not why

    What is Palm rolling?

    I’m seeing coils in my head, after 28 days of not combing. Is this normal?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      hmm must have missed this twisting is very bad they twist (african hair only) extremely tight wich pulls hair right out of the scalp doing it over and over will destroy the circulation to the folicules so the hair between dreads wont grow back you get that scalpy look salons try tio call “tidy” but its really early stage traction alopecia as it progresses the roots thin, the roots can break and it can become widespread balding, theres a point of no return too and thats why 50,000 18 year old african americans get hair transplants every year (twisting and too tight braids/cornrows)
      palm rolling is rolling the dreads between your hands its pointless it reduces frizz..tempoirarily a day or so but at the risk of permenant damage they also do it to force roundness byut they round out just by sleeping on them so its really wasted effort
      yup thats normal it will dread soon

  92. Tim says:

    I was told by, a co-worker who has been dreading for 23years that hair has to become nappy as a result of not combing. Now my hair looks like ticklers, like little buds.

  93. Tim says:

    After 2 to 3 weeks of, not combing hair how can you tell when hair is starting dread?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      1st it sections itself then the sections start tangling and u will notice some start to feel slightly firmer well not firm yet but more substantial like more then just straight hair

  94. Tim says:

    I have seen youtube videos, on how to make your own Sea Salt spray. They use oil and lemon juice. what do you recommend? How many teaspoons or table spoons for 8oz or bigger spray bottle.

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      never get dread advice from youtube! (unless its by me or menbtions dreadlockssite) well not true theres a dozen or so who give good advice but 99.9% of all youtube dread advice is horible lemon juice is too strong an acid it penetrates into the inner layer of the hair shaft where the pigment lies when exposed to heat or sun it breaks down the pigment but withouit the heat or sun it still breaks down the protein binds slowly dissolving the hair from the core (in a weak state it wui]ill takre a while to notice weakening)
      sea salt spray
      3.5% of the water volume..that simple
      u should only put it in max 2 hours b4 rinsing or washing weekly is plenty though has a himalean pink sea salt spray (purest strongest salt on earth) that has herbs and proteins that make it good for hair and safe to leave in longer..if you make youir own though only leave in an hour or 2

  95. james says:

    I have a question about starting out with growing dreadlocks.
    It recommends that I wash my hair every 3 or so days, but I was wondering when I’m not washing my hair should I keep it dry or is it ok to run water through it?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      sure u can but, heres the thing once dreaded, especialy thick dreads or ones with blunted tips, they can take a long time to completely dry, so wetting them daily might result in a permenant damp situation that will cause mold or mildew to grow in them so its best to try to get used to not wetting them as often early on

  96. Tim says:


    How do you make, your own sea salt spray?

    how often should it be used? and how long do you leave it in your hair?

    Do you use after washing or before?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      simple sea water is 3.5% salinity so guesstimate around 3% tiny bit more
      spray on 2 hours b4 u wash or u can use as u wash it dont need to be on long to work 10 min to 2 hours
      too much longer and it will fry your hair

  97. Tim says:

    For soaringeagle

    What is backcombing? when should it be done, if at all?

    Can a person that is just starting, to dread their hair use Aloe to wash scalp?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      backcombings a method basicly you comb the hair backwards but this damages the hair your hairs alot like a snake, covered in scales (cuticles) if you pet a snake head to tail its smooth tail to head the roughness of yoir hand catches the scales prying them up and harming the snake this is what happens when backcombing hair
      when should it be done well you should never but if you want to u do it the 1st day only then never again
      aloe should only ever be used straight from the plant or food grade (only ingredient aloe nothing else) its conditioning if your black using it to moisturize is fine (not wash) if non african then no dont use it till mature (or for a weddung to tame frizz it shrinks as it dries smoothing the dreads but will slow progress when used)

  98. dakang says:

    I want to dread the natural way, like you. I stopped washing my hair with any products, but I do put jojoba oil in my hair daily, mainly for the scalp, not the hair. Is this a bad idea? Should I only wash with water I mean.

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      u want to wash with something baking soda and acv or a dread soap is best i guess you have African type hair (hence the need for jojoba) if not dont use it if so the dreadlockshampoo soaps (bars especialy) will make it so u hardly need any but if u do use only as needed bare minimum
      however when washing only scrub the scalp then rinse thru the hair

      • dakang says:

        Thank you! I am caucasian but have very dry scalp, which is why I try to use a natural oil on it. And stay away from anything containing Sodium Laureth Sulfate. I will buy some of that dreadlockshampoo and quit using the jojoba. Again, thanks for the advice.

        • soaringeagle2 says:

          u should notice a diference right away if not then after using it a couple weeks
          let me know how it goes

  99. Taylor says:

    Hello! This website is awesome and helps me remember the reason I actually chose to dread my hair.. to experience the process.. and for me I have always loved my hair, so this is a way for me to change dramatically what I and others have always thought to be my best trait, to let go of where I find my beauty and to find beauty in other places.

    I am wondering however, if my baby dreads are forming towards the bottom first, will they not knot on the top and cause the whole process to not work correctly? Thanks!

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      by bottom and top u mean? lol some refer to roots as bottom but lets assume you mean tips its totaly normal and the roots will just not dread till closer to mature
      this is just my blog our main site/community is if u ever need anything with dreads thats the place to go
      only place in fact

  100. LionofJudah says:

    Hi I’m looking for some help and pointers on how to grow dreadlocks. First off I am african with kinky hair. Most of the sites I’ve been to seem to be for non african people with straight hair. Now I’ve kept my head shaved for a few years but I’ve been growing out my hair for about 4 months now. The problem is because my hair is kinky it compresses and stays down. If I pull it out it comes out to about 3 inches. What is the best way to grow dreadlocks for my type of hair? I was thinking of letting it grow naturally but not sure if this would work because it might stay compresses and not form locks or if it does it would be one huge dread/congo which is not what I want.

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      have u visited dreadlockssite? its the only 1 u can trust and we cover all hair types (true theres not many africans in the slideshow only cause most have come to us with severely unhealthy salon dreads)
      going natural is the best way seperate to prevent congos
      just pull them apart as dreads try to combine or form too thick

  101. john says:

    Hello it is me again!
    So i was wondering about sores on the head? my head hasnt fully parted into seperate sections but basically the back half is dreaded all different sizes loops etc. on the left side of my head i have one big guy and on the underside at the root of the scalp it is red and a tad bumpy . I can not tell if this is because the dread it too big and the hair is fighting to go in different directions or maybe something else.
    As I have just let my hair do its own thing besides washing.
    I had preferred larger dreads from the begining so i didnt see the harm when he grew.
    Also i have elminated the dandruff problem from a couple months ago.
    thank you

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      how big is it if its over an inchat the base it can cause alot of issues

      • john says:

        id say between a half inch and an inch
        can i post pictures on here?

        • soaringeagle2 says:

          i know u can use some htm link to it at least im not sure if u can add images direct or not
          havent tried lol

          but if the base is incgh or less then its ok
          only over an inch can cause issues

  102. Kenan says:

    Hello. So im African American and im on day 4 of neglect. Im planning on getting congos and i understand the steps to getting them. My only problem is that when i wake up the side and back of my head is flat from sleeping on my afro. Will this affect my hair? How to prevent this? I dont want to seperate them because i want congos…thanks

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      whats wrong with flat dreads? they round out over time tho usualy
      beware tho congos look cool but as they get thicker..over an inch..they can cause issues..
      they dry way slower so more mold risk
      they can pull unjevenly causing pain much harder to clean and care for

  103. jasmine says:

    hi there SE lol now im on all ur sites ahaha i think lol rockin in the free world ahaha dready master haha no jk lol eagle man dudeman lol hope all is well keep on with the mission im right here with ya:D much love peace

  104. JUANcito says:

    Hello NICE site! First looked on here I believe around a yr and a half ago. I have mixed africanamerican / scottish / puertorican curly coils, and am about 20 months of growth and freeforming, only seperating about 4 times. So far i can pull it up to a pony bun looking thing, wash it 2 times a week with a shea cleanse shampoo.

    Only question I have is previously to growing this set of hair, I have braids/cornrows for about 7 years, which now leaves me with the corners of my hair on the top very light compared to the rest.

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      well irs a good thing yoir freeforming thenm or it woul.d get worse! massage the scalp with jojoba pwepermint and rosemary theres probly others too u need top stimulate bloodflow

      theres alot of info on traction alo[ecia and dreads
      keep all tension off the roots

  105. Joshh says:

    Would you say the dreadlock shampoo bar is good for african american hair?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      african hair needs extra moisture the beer in the bars should fill that need you most likley will need no additional oils or products but if u do a lil jojoba oil will do u good

  106. Jessep2300 says:

    Hey I am in the process of planning for dreads. I’ve decided not to use anything but to do it all naturally. So how should I prepare? And what kinda of sectioning should I do? What do I keep them sectioned with? What should my weekly care look like at the start, and then once I start getting more complete dreads? I’m sure I have more questions! But I want to be sure to have the best possible dreads I can, even if it takes a while. Is there anyway I could email you with questions?

  107. Cameron B says:

    hey there, i’ve been letting my hair naturally dread for almost a month now, they have naturally formed really good dreadlocks, good size, thickness that i was aiming for etc, but there are still areas of hair that are still a bit straight/ not knoting together, any tips to help or should i just be patient and continue what i’ve been doing? peace 🙂

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      there will always be some just ignore it it’kk take care of tself
      your only a month in..if there wasnmt undreaded parts id be worried
      wont be fully dreaded for about a year.relax

  108. mrgreatamazing says:

    hey there.

    i no longer use shampoo in my hair.

    i just use water to clean my hair and i massages my scalp

    do you think thats a good decision since its just water?

    and also when i wash my hair my hair unravels then i have to rub my hair in a circular motion again and seperate but when i wet my hair it unravels again.

    this is my second month because i started freeforming march 1’st so my hair might take some time to show its process

    thanks for your time

    jah bless!!!!!

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      yiu dont want to be rubbing you do want to be washing
      are u african american or not slight diferences in how it should be washed
      now you want to wash right (no rubbing dont worry about unraveling u shouldnt have “raveled” to begin with.
      1 washing method its a no touch no scrumb way
      1 cup baking soda to 10 cups water (1/2 to 5)
      stir add any essential oils u need pour over head
      soak 10 min then rinse
      mixa teaspoon to 2 tablespoons apple cider vinager in same amount water pour on then rinse right away

      method 2 get the soaps from (best there are) scrub only the scalp not hair
      then just leave it by
      dont towel dry
      dont mess with it
      just leave it alone to dread

  109. John Taylor says:

    I did not know you had a blog, I haven’t combed, felted, cut, roll, or shape my locks since we had a talk about my moment of weakness. I have yet to allow unfriendly influences in my life, I really have alot to thank you for. But I think the best way would be to show you. I will I promise, I wanna help people see a more natural way of looking at things. I’m thoroughly done with research on hair to “prove” a social right to lock my hair. I don’t have to defend my natural decision, right? Lol also I missed my “devil’s” curls and the Hasidic curls which have tucked themselves to my head like baby snakes. It’s a comforting feeling when negativity is deflected from me once my hat comes off. The spirit of the world has led us where we need to go with subtle gestures, it’s our turn to take the wheel and drive the boat home. To equality, and fairness. Thank you sir.

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      well always happy to lead people to the light
      had you felted in the past/ how damaged where they?

      • John Taylor says:

        Well I posted a few questions on felting in around august last year and you had replied with a reasonable response about the felting, and about the having of my locks. You simply said to wait. Put my hair in my hat and forget forcefulness. Oh this was all on dreadlocksite by the way, lol. I had felted 23 locks of my old thinned hair. Polish plaits are what’s now left. Hard scratchy locks, only 4 left. The rest I let it go and they are my new favorites. Soft curly Jewish looking hair. I’m kind of glad I cut the 19 crocheted locks when I did. No regrets, as you put it on dls, force causes damage. And you said my locks could possibly fall out. The four left are strong and what have you. They get pulled bc they are about twice the length of my natty locks. They have been severely stunted if nothing else. So out of experience of about 3 months of having a crochet hook obsessively pulling loose hairs back in the locks I can honestly say it gets you funky scratchy plaits that eventually gets stunted. My theory is I severly danger the locks and essentially killed them. Now they await new hair to grow around them( by the day getting fluffy around their roots).

        • soaringeagle2 says:

          yea i remember we get so few questions about felting most already are aware how bad it is were you the 1 that let a freind do it as a demo for a cosmotology class?
          at least u didnt kill em completely

          • John Taylor says:

            No, I’m not him, but I did need your help. And I’m glad I was somehow led to a website you frequented lol.

            • soaringeagle2 says:

              well not only frequent i created it so pretty much live there

              • John Taylor says:

                Well that’s just neat, lol. For a while I felt I needed exess of information on hair locking’, so i looked everywhere. Id find books in the library about african, asian, sryian and essoteric ect. Lol. Idk, seeing life for the great neutrality that it is I have realized alot. Realized and accepted. Lol. That’s a big Part, accepting the truth about time, patience, care, and people lol

                • soaringeagle2 says:

                  haha well there was so much bad info out and ppl making a simple natural thing so complicated u needed a degree (loctician is a madde up word to make tangled hair sound so hard you need to a technition to tangle your hair)

                  so i made the site to help ppl realize how free and easy it is
                  but now those licticians and waxd pushers hate me haha

                  • John taylor says:

                    Well in a monetary society freethinking people aren’t a desired thing, although in a fair and equal environment it’s the only outcome.

                    • soaringeagle2 says:

                      i dont come from a monatary society
                      i come from 1 with an economy based on giving sharing trading..and doing for othhers

  110. Tiffani says:

    I Just Started Dreading My Hair And Its All In One Big Clump. Should I Start Pulling Them Apart Or Leave Them Alone?

  111. Carissa says:

    Hello! I have been dreading my hair for 6 months now. I was with bronners but add tea tree to it and also use the acv/bs wash sometimes too. My dreads seem to be doing great so my question is will the loops and flat dreads all round out and suck in eventually? When will this start to happen. I have loved this journey so far even though a lot of my friends and family just don’t get it. I don’t get why they continue to destroy their natural beauty and think I’m the strange one..?!

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      well most will suck in and round out eventualy..near maturity
      some will stick around adding character
      when the wild loopy stage is over you will miss the loops\

      and some people will never get it
      the same ppl think lips should be neon pink and you should have bright blue around your eyes so it looks like someone punched you
      but if u dont wear makeup and shave every day and let yoir hair be beautiful naturally they dont get it
      but paint on a face over your face and that they call beauty?

      • carissa says:

        Exactly. It’s disgusting how blinded people are these days.

        • soaringeagle2 says:

          it truly is

          i know an elder woman..who has a long goatee beard
          and instead of shaving it or hiding it she cultivated it to 8 inches long and decorates it with beads and trinkets
          i think embracing your natural self is so beautiful
          but people who lazer remove hair to shape thier eyebrows into unusual extremely high arches just look so weird to me

  112. mrgreatamazing says:

    Hello again

    I got another question about
    the back of my hair being flat

    When i wake up do i wet it or just let it be???

    Thanks for your time

    Jah bless

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      probly wont make much diference either way but id just let it be’

      • mrgreatamazing says:

        If i let it be do you think it will grow to one huge dreadlock?

        Would the back of my head go back to normal if i dont mess with it?

        I had a mini fro do you think i should wait til my hair grow longer

        Or of course stay strong and just free-form

        Im new to this so forgive me for asking simple Questions

        Thanks for your time

        Jah bless

  113. mrgreatamazing says:

    Hello i am new here so its an honor to be on this website. I started free-forming last Friday and im enjoying it. I was growing a fro and picking my hair. But i decided to stop that (but it was hard im african american so my hair is kinky (nappy) looking. And i know its easier to dread. But anyway i washed my hair two times with this natural bar shampoo called “j.r liggetts shampoo tea tree and hemp oil” and i have a question everytime i sleep and wake up the next morning the back of my hair is flat. I thought my hair was long enough to dread but my hair is able to lock though. Can you just tell what i can do to prevent that from happening please. Thanks for your time. Jah bless

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      thats actualy just fine dreading happens by movement during the day and compression at night
      as you sleep you compress the knots that formed that day
      i have no knowledge of that shampoo so cant say if its good or not on we have shampoo experts that can answer that question
      when dreads form they may look flat especialy in the back but from rolling around in your sleep they tend to get rounder over time

      • mrgreatamazing says:

        Thanks For Your Response man i appreciated alot. im glad you told me about that flat hair issue in the back. i was just worrying so much for no reason….lol. i washed my hair yesterday with the same natural bar shampoo and scrubbed my scalp good and stuff. and it felt good. i was on you tube and i was watching a free-former his username is “datdudedave” i think and he was talking about a towel-rub method and i tried it and my hair looked kinky and bob marley

        i was sooo happy about that. i just wanna know have you ever heard of this method.

        also i want my dreads nice and thick so do i seperate my hair so it wont form one thick lock or would it seperate itself to thick locks?

        thanks for your time bro.

        jah bless

        • soaringeagle2 says:

          well wool rubbing creates a generaly knotty mess which then has to be torn apart into dreads if u just leave it alone it will section itself then dread u dont have to section it dreads thicken over time till mature and thicken more by congoing if u dont seperate at all they join together
          some can grow way too big that way..thick dreads over an inch thick are extra hard to care for

          • mrgreatamazing says:

            Hey wassup bro. I got a quetion i want to ask you.

            Does drinking lots of water and eating fruits and vegetables speeds the process?

            I know it takes PATIENCE but does it helps?

            Thanks for your time

            Jah bless

            • soaringeagle2 says:

              not sure but if your healthy your hair will be too ive been vegetarian for almost 30 years and mine dreaded fast and grew fast but cant say for sure it affected anything

  114. joshua haines says:

    Hey there, I have been contemplating doing dread for some time now, just don’t really know where to start, I’ve already read all the blows and what not but I’d like a step by step, do I just not comb and wash with shampoo? Or…? Hope the hear back from you soon, would like to get this started.

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      my site has a dreaducation link that has a ton of info
      but basicly stop combing use non residue dread freindly shampoo is best
      when using the shamppoo scrub only the scalp then rinse thru the hair or use the baking soda recipe on dreadlockssite wich is a no touch method ..drip dry dont rub with a towl
      sections will form then start to knot they will tey to combine or grow too big so seperate them if they get too big
      note: they thicken as they mature so judge mature dread size by the area of the scalp the roots come from..u want no bigger then an inch

  115. john says:

    Hey I stopped combing my hair 20 months ago, its probably about 4 inches past my shoulders. but it looks nothing like everyone elses who i look up. i do wash it maybe once a month but with the correct shampoo that leaves no residues in your hair.
    thank you

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      you need to wash more washing helps dreads dread dirty oily hair wont want ti dread wash 1-3 times a week minimum 2-3 times a weeks ideal every 3 days is best
      use sea salt too and what shampoo just cause its not residue dont mean its dread safe it might be too conditioning

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      ps if washing more doesnt make a difference u cab try the baking soda wash also how are u drying often the problem is rubbing out knots as you dry
      but if these adjustments dont help in a few weeks join post pictures so we can all see whats up and help u out

      • john says:

        Ive been using the shampoo I got from dreaheadhq.
        Just the shampoo I have not used any other of their products. And when you say sea salt do you mean just rub it right into my hair. or get an empty bottle and mix in sea salt with it.
        A friend told me the last thing I wanted to do was have wet hair sitting because she has had to cut out a couple of her dreads because of mold. So I have been drying them with a hair dryer.

        • soaringeagle2 says:

          removed the link cause never would support that site! dont use that its extremely toxic do u have dandruff proriasis dermatitis? it causes those as well as cancer and hair loss
          thats not a dread shampoo its a hunting shampoo developped by daddy then jonny repackaged it for dreads ever wonder why he warns against residues like scent (scent must be airborn to be smelled so isnt residue) but then suggests waterproof residue like wax? that shampoo is developed so u can sneak up and kill anu=imals without being detected by smell its made to be used a couple times a year max so u dont have any toxic issues

          try these or the baking soda recipe on
          sea salt u mix sea salt and water 3.5 % sea salt so its the sanme as sea water
          it costs 2 cents to make a bottle u can make 300 bottles for a few dollars the dreadheadhq accelerator is just 2 cents worth of sea salt for 10 dollars (but he adds a ingredient derived from human urine..nice huh)

          your freinds dreass probly molded because of wax use
          its best to shake em out and air or drip dry or sun dry it will only mold if u wear a hat or tie em up damp so no airflow gets around them or if heres wax in them

          when u wash if u use baking sida dont scrub
          if u use shampoo scrub scalp only rinse thry the hair
          if u use sea saly \t apply 2 hours b4 u wash dont leave in too long

          • john says:

            ooo dear. haha well that would explain that, yes i was getting dandruff. I would have to use a dandruff shampoo ever soo often to counter act the dandruff, which as a result was even more toxic for my hair :/
            hmm well in that quick time i can tell you i have tossed that nasty stuff right into the trash.

            When applying the sea salt do I soak my entire head as if it were shampoo in the shower or just lean my head over and put it all in there?

            • soaringeagle2 says:

              ea salt u can spray on the hair only try to avoid the scalp or if u do the baking soda just add it to that

              if u think thats crazy you know the lock peppa? google the ingredients list and u find another exact product ..a product made to help remove ear hair from cats..
              nice huh
              and the ingredients if u look up each 1 individually will make u laugh.. sand..clay..tree sap are main other words..dirt.. but he adds a herbicide to prevent plants from growing in your dreads

              • john says:

                How nice of them to prevent things growing…

                is the salt a once a week or have a timeline in which it should be applied?

                • soaringeagle2 says:

                  its not all… but does help so once a week is plenty too often and u over dry the hair and it gets brittle and breaks easy

                  • john says:

                    so what would you recommend i was my hair with because it would seem as though the shampoo i have been using may be the root of the problem. (pun intended) Because after 20 or so months of nothingness i would think it would be a bit different

                    • soaringeagle2 says:

                      on look up the baking soda deep cleanse its a no touch soak that wont undo knots add ea salt to it and see how the next month goes

                    • soaringeagle2 says:

                      after they are dreading good switch to the shampoos they are absolutely amazing

                    • John says:

                      It seems as though only about three inches of the ends are tangling and the top part is .loose and free easily pass throughable, is this normal. Also what can be used for dandruff, I am getting a lot around the scalp of each dread and the “itcheies”.
                      Right now I am washing every 3 days with baking soda and water mixture and once a week a salt soak.

                    • soaringeagle2 says:

                      freely pass throughable? not sure i know what you mean but the roots should be loose up to 3 inches for the 1st 8 months at least then tighten up to 1/2 inch when mature
                      are u doing acv after the bs if not tats why u can switch to a dread shampoo like or if u prefer baking soda use acv after and add rosemary and teatree
                      if u use hot water cut it back to cool to cold
                      hot water will make dandruff worse

                    • john says:

                      hah yes wasnt sure how to describe it. yes the roots are loose. Will the acv leave an unpleasant smell in my hair? I think im going, or id like to try and avoid buying anything at all even if it is all natural. id like to make it myself that way i can see what it is i am putting in my hair. Ever since you told me all the horrible things that were i the dreadhq products i feel comfortable knowing what i am making from experienced people and what works. 🙂

                    • soaringeagle2 says:

                      no you mix it very weak for new dreds 2 tablespoons to 5 cups water oiur on then rinse old dreads 1/2 cup to 5 cuos soak 3 min u need it hai=rs ph is acidic baking soda alkaline alkaline will mean dried fried itchy too acidic oily u need to reset the ph back to slightly acidic the scents gone b4 u finish rincing at lest by tuime it dries

                    • john says:

                      should i be mixing my salt in with my avc mix instead of just putting the salt in my hair before i wash?

                    • soaringeagle2 says:

                      u can put it in the bs thats fine

                    • john says:

                      also i just tried making bs wash with 1/2 cup bs and 5 cups of water but i can not get all the baking soda to dissolve theres still a bunch sitting on the bottom

                    • soaringeagle2 says:

                      are u in the uk thats common with very alkaline water try boiling it
                      are yiu stirring reach in break up all lumps
                      are u sure its baking soda not baking powder?

                    • john says:

                      yes im sure it is baking soda. tomorrow i will give boiling it a try and see how that goes.

                    • soaringeagle2 says:

                      baki9ng soda turns to gasses in watrer its probly dead skin try using more baling soda

                    • john says:

                      No i am not in the uk in the us east coast. oh so if the baking soda dissolves if boiled then that would mean i boiled it right out of the water

                    • soaringeagle2 says:

                      u shouldnt need to biol it if not in the uk but as soon as baking soda combines wo]ith water a chemical reaction begins that causes it to turn into gasses part of the cleaning power is that reaction
                      after awhile it all evaporated so u cant have any baking soda left over in fact when acv would hit it thered be another reaction causing a diferent chemical so wouldnt be baking soda any more
                      what might be left if made too weak is a dead skin paste

                    • john says:

                      yeah, i just washed my hair with the cup of bs and into 2 quarts of water but i had boiled it so it was essentially water like you said, but then used my acv rinse and now my head is a ginormous dandruff mess.

                    • john says:

                      advice on the next step?

                    • soaringeagle2 says:

                      bs to water ratios 1-10 1 cup per 10 cups
                      teatree and rosemary essential oils help but really the best is the teatree rosemary bars from

                    • john says:

                      thank you once again. as always you are patient and very helpful

  116. Jenn says:

    You probably get a lot of this but, i started about 3 months ago. I havent washed ir combed my hair until 2 days ago (baking soda and water, still no comb). But i havent seen any progress. Is it just beause my hair is shor, or do i need to do something else?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      how short? but u should be washing! washing helps dreads dread wash weekly at a minumum better yet 2-3 times a week
      it will need 6 inches to dsread and if u add sea salt now and then to the bs it will help

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      well how short is it?
      plus your not washing! clean hair dreads best oily hair wont dread at all or at least not easily
      wash 2-3 times a week and let it get lil longer and you’ll see a difference

      in some cases a couple months isnt long enough to see most cases it is bu t for a few it takes longer

  117. Lupita says:

    Hello  this might be a little long 🙂
    I started my dreads last year with the knotty boy kit and a crochet hook , my hair dreads were fine until I felt so gross and I didn’t separate my hair, it was so knotted that it hurt and felt wrong so I took them out after a couple of months, started watching dread videos upon many methods so many  that I considered going to someone but, it’s so expensive and didn’t trust …. After missing my dread locks and wanting them back

     a couple of weeks ago I re started dreadlocking my hair, I used a crochet/back combing /rip method/  and rubber bands to split my sections. 
    Recently I’ve taken out the rubber bands stopped using the crochet Hook /stopped back combing/stopped ripping/ and thought deeply about letting my dreads become themselves. 

    My hair is wavy /frizzy

     My question is : will my dreads be okay if i left them on their own now? Will my head hurt if their not with any rubber bands sectioned since they might lock freely now? 

    I use a shampoo called ( Yes to carrots) ” nourishing , has beta carotene, dead sea minerals. Says it’s free 
    Of petroleum and SLS, Paraben-free, naturally. Is this a good shampoo?Also just got some tea tree oil , my scalp felt so itchy before now it’s calmed down . When starting a baking soda wash how long do I have to wait to try one? What do i need other than baking soda?

    I’ve heard of dr. bronner’s  and how it leaves  residue? 

    Thank you so much for reading 🙂
    Peace& love 

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      well wax and crochet and rubber bands are all extremely bad fir dreads luckily u avoided wax this time but crochet will make them extra fuzzy as u broke tins of hairs these hairs will pop out all iover and they will also take 6 months longer to dread they will be fine as long as u never use the hook again never do anything but wash and seperate seperating is kinda important if u dont want hubve dreads
      the shampoo im not sure it might be ok but these are best u never wanted rubber bands so good u git them out

      u can do baking soda acv rifht away the recipe 1/2 cup baking soda per 5 cups water add any essentiaok oils teatree rosemary etc (5-10 drops i guess) pour over head wait 10 min then rinse tbeb follow with a tablespoon or 2 apple cider vinager in 5 cups water pour on rinse right away once mature use 1/2 cup per 5 and soak 3 min b4 rinse

      • Lupita says:

        ^^ I tried the wash (baking soda/ apple cider vinegar) and it worked wonderfully, I’m going to order some of those dreadlock soap bars later on when I can. This may be off topic but, I saw your profile on dreadlocksite and was wondering how do you know when or where the rainbow gatherings get together? I know there’s many around the world and I’ve been watching many videos and would like to go next year! Seems like it would be a wonderful experience. 🙂

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      oh and i knew i missed 1 question
      bronners is awesome but hard water isnt in hard water any true soap will not rinse right thats why detergents were made detergents are harsher tho
      the dreadlockshampo is a true natural soap but the beer makes it work in hard water too
      bronners will work if you add borax
      or filter the shower water
      or distill it

  118. polo says:

    heey whats up? appreciate the site for info. i have a question so i hstarted to dread but had my hair in a pony tail when i decided to twist them into dread i made for main ones strait down back, left right, back of my head i have one too. should i just let it tangle its self from now? its getting funky haha should i let it do its own thing now to tighten up that way or can i still mess with it. i get it wet and fully dry about 4 times a week. thanks a lot

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      im confused haha are you wetting only or washing they should be washed
      and you dont have to twist them in just let them form but seperate any that ry to grow too huge or eat eachp=other
      the less u mess with them the better

  119. Dan says:

    Hi dude

    Im about 2 weeks into my dread journey and a big question on my mind is how your meant to dry your hair in the early stages? I usually just dry it in a circular motion with a towel, give my head a shake, then natural dry what ever moisture is left.

  120. clem says:

    My hair is really short fro.How get to start natuarlly

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      stop combing stop conditioning let it grow and dread as it grows but it wont make alot of progress till u gain a few inches

  121. William McPhee says:

    Hello i was just wondering whether you could give me any tips on how to sleep with my newly formed dreads and i have one at the back that has a loop in it. Is that normal?

  122. William McPhee says:

    Hello again it has been about a month and a half now. I have a very tight dread forming at the back of my head but it has loops in it what does this mean?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      means they are dreading 🙂 loops form and eventually pull in tightening and shrinking the dread most loops pull in and disappear eventually forming the surface texture features however a few remain giving your dreads a unique look and personality some loops can do wild thyings during the process enjoy them while they last they can be very entertaining haha

  123. William McPhee says:

    Hi i have started my journy of growing dreads the natural way. It has been about 2 weeks now and I can already feel my hair dreading but only half way down. I was wondering why my hair won’t lock at the routes maybe you could help

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      they are 2 weeks old the roots will dread months from now thewy need to be loose to move and knot they tighten up around 9 months in if you have drwding at 2 weeks your doing very well theres nothing to fix cause nothimgs wrong they are doing amazingly well go to dreadlockssite read the dreading the 1st weeks of dreading in featured discussions it mainly applies to backcombed dreads but will help u too

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