how to dread naturally

How to dread hair naturally

Dreading hair naturally is easy as can be. However some tips will make your natural dreadlocks journey easier and faster.

Dreading hair naturally tips:

  • Clean hair dreads best– wash your hair often but not every day. use a non residue dread friendly shampoo or the baking soda deep cleanse, and wash at least weekly, at most every 2 days.
  • Dry hair dreads best– dry hair dreads faster, however african hair gets brittle if too dry so should be moisturized throughout the process, other hair types it helps to reduce oiliness and dry the hair out somewhat, sea salt sprays and soaks can help. baking soda without acv afterwards will slowly make oily hair less oily, also, washing slightly less often will also reduce oiliness slowly.
  • Longer hair dreads best– if hairs too short it is harder to hold in knots, (african textured hair however will dread short) the longer the hair the faster it can dread typically, but longer hair also shrinks more, and may try to congo more as it dreads.
  • let it dread don’t make it dread– try not to play with it much, don’t twist roll or mess with it. when washing, if you use shampoo just scrub the scalp ignoring the hair. if you use the baking soda soak dont scrub. when drying shake it out and air dry.


Phases of hair dreading naturally

When hairs allowed to dread naturally it goes through fairly predictable stages.

  1. Sectioning stage: the hair separates into sections, groups of hair begin to cling together in groups typically this happens within days to a couple weeks of stopping combing.
  2. baby dread formation stage: the sections begin to get tangled and knot, loose knots but still the sections are held together by many knots forming baby dreads. This can begin in days, but more often in weeks, sometimes it can take longer.
  3. Looping wild teenager stage: the dreads will get loops, bumps, kinks, and change dramatically day by day. this stage is fun and exciting if you dont worry about your teen dreads misbehavior. this is the stage where they develop personalities that make them unique, typically in the 3-8 month stage.
  4. shrinking stage: as loops become tighter the dreads shrink drastically, longer hair can shrink from hips, to ears, shorter hair will lose about 1/2 the length typically or more.this is also the tightening stage leading to maturity
  5. mature stage: they change less noticeably over time
  6. growing stage: once mature they will begin to grow, slow until fully mature then faster.

Natural dreading dos and don’ts

do wash them

don’t force them

do enjoy the journey

don’t worry

optional seperate as needed to prevent congos (dreads combining)

tips sea salt sprays and soaks help sea water is 3.5% salt content. don not leave it on too long, it only needs to be in the hair 10 minutes to 2 hours  then can be rinsed out, any longer and you over dry the hair and scalp.

Wool  tams, wool sweaters or blankets put over your pillow will help encourage knotting.

feel free to post questions in the comments.

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1,303 Responses to how to dread naturally

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  1. Lauren Small says:

    I have stared growing my dreads for about 2 months now, and they just seem to be getting matted at the back of my head. I also have hair wraps and ribbons and plaits in my hair. My hair seems to have sectioned well, except for the back, which seem to be bigger than the others, and very clumpy. I know you say not to worry, but I am worrying! Any suggestions??

    • soaringeagle says:

      if the clumps are too big separate them by pulling them apart along the lines that seem to be where they would naturally section
      do it while wet and do it as often as needed..the back is just dreading faster so needs separating sooner and more often

  2. Jamar says:

    Is it better to air dry my locks or use a blow dryer? Also, does drying locks with a towel messes them up?

  3. Jack says:

    I’ve started getting natural dreads for 2 months now. Most of my hair has sectioned and started dreading, but only in the middle of each section. The roots and tips are not dreAding at all. Am I just being impatient? Or is there something else I should be doing?

    • soaringeagle says:

      hi sorry for late reply, was in the wilderness last month and 1/2
      but that’s perfectly normal, the roots and tips wont dread till nearer maturity

  4. Misanthrope says:

    How to maintain it from lice nits and dandruff?

    • soaringeagle says:

      sorry for late reply, nits just avoid school aged kids if you can if not teatree oil lemongrass peppermint ..they hate those
      dandruff teatree and rosemary
      also avoid hot water hot water dries the scalp badly

  5. Tj says:

    I have started my journey on May 15. The ends off my hair are locked up but near my scalp are still loose and not locking up. Any tips on how to get the locking closer to my scalp?

    • soaringeagle says:

      they tighten to the scalp as they mature
      never force tighten them that causes traction alopecia and balding

  6. mykel says:

    Pls are there any local way of making dread,because some people I have watched making dread,i saw they mix spray gel,gel and nescafe to roll up the dread,then lastly they apply toothpaste….are those item good to grow dread?and at first they don’t wash not until the dreads are locked up… that still permitted?

    • soaringeagle says:

      that’s an incredibly stupid way to fake dreads
      dreds happen all on their own by simply washing the hair and not combing
      if you want to start dreads has all the best info use twist and rip
      clean hair dreads best
      it dreads itself if all you do is wash it with a dread shampoo

  7. Tosha says:

    I’m three weeks in on my journey and I have been using black soap to wash my hair is that good and I wanna no what to use my hair is so dry meaning brittle is that w good thing

  8. I have started my locs but when it grows, my hair dresser sews it with a thread. I want to do it naturally without any additional thread just my hair. Please tell me the ingredients I need to start it myself. Thanks

    • soaringeagle says:

      fire the hairdresser
      leave them alone
      hairdressers do everything wrong and arethe worse mistake you can make
      they will take care of themselves without all the added expense and stupid things hairdressers do

  9. Callen says:

    My hair is natural dreads but tips aren’t dreaded best way to dread the tips with the natural look still?

    • soaringeagle says:

      usually African hair dreads to the tips other types do not(often)
      African hair benefits from holding in moisture while straighter hair types typically come from somewhat cooler climates an having them dread to the tip makes them take times longer to dry
      loose tips let water drain out reducing the risk of mold mildew and dread rot
      so i wouldn’t worry about what the tips do or don’t do
      if they stay loose its better for them
      African hair with its tight curl pattern cant help but dread smoother shorter and more completely to the tips

  10. Pablo says:

    I have been growing my hair for a about 5 months now and I have a mini fro. I use a sponge to style it for interviews and things the like. I wash it once a week sometimes twice. Reading everyone’s post here has helped a lot. I now want to seriously commit to this process/journey So I am changing shampoo and beginning sea salt spray treatment for my freeform dreads. Is it okay to continue to use the sponge? After washing how do I dry it? I also use shea moisture curl enhancer is this okay to use?


    • soaringeagle says:

      i wouldn’t use the sponge best ways to dry shake it out (no towel) sit in the sun or wind or in front of a fan..or blow dry gently when you must (winter)

      • Pablo says:

        I am about to start working a job where it is mandatory to wear a hard hat for safety precautions. How can I avoid whatever risk that come with wearing a hard hat 8-10hrs a day and make sure my hair stays healthy and grows strong? Will wearing a hard hat this long per day slow down my hair growth?

        • soaringeagle says:

          no.not growth but earky in the dreading process the hair not being able to move freely will slow dreading (but its not a race)
          just when you get of work let your hair be free

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