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 hoursย  then can be rinsed out, any longer and you over dry the hair and scalp.

Woolย  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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1,003 Responses to how to dread naturally

  1. Angel says:

    I just started natural dreads how long should I wait before washing them again. I went 3 days and my hair started to get oily and I decided that it was time to wash them. Now every knot I had is gone.

    • soaringeagle says:

      careful how you wash and especially dry
      towel drying will wipe out knots fast..and so will the wrong shampoo
      you had knots in 3 days and your worried that they are gone? wash every 3-4 days if you extend to 4 it will slowly get less oily
      knots that form in 3 days will reform in 3 days 3 weeks they will stick around wash to wash
      just as i said be careful how you wash and dry..carefully only scrub the scalp let the soap rinse through the hair
      then after shake gently and go sit in the sun to dry

  2. Titi says:

    Pls I have so many questions to ask because I’ve been doing this dreads and I think the guy is not doing the right on my head. Pls let me have your contact.

    • soaringeagle says:

      if you have a guy doing anything to your head then yes, he is doing it wrong
      you should not have anyone doing anything, dreads form on their own, salons and locticians use the most harmful methods there are and most actually try to make it harder to dread to keep you coming back spending more money
      post all your questions in the dreadlocks forums

  3. gnostic mole says:

    man love your site, really informative, thanks!
    im starting to dread now, but i have a bald patch on top and thin hair (now dyed red but sides shaved), when the dreads start naturally will the bald patch look stupid or will dreads grow round it and kind of cover a bit?? how much scalp is normallly visible with a full head of hair? thanks!

    • soaringeagle says:

      i have friends with significant hair loss and still looks great
      if its a small spot it will be hardly noticed and only when hanging certain ways
      be glad your dreading naturally and not doing the salon thing that would only increase the hair loss
      by the way
      also run and if you think this lil blogs informative dreadlockssites got about 1.2 million pages of nothing but the best info on dreadlocks available

      • gnostic mole says:

        hi, thanks for this! you are a really nice person to share your knowledge and help with others – people like u make the world a better place! i’ll check out the site too – wow!
        one more quick question: is it true that u should first start washing your hair without any conditioner or products for a few weeks BEFORE starting to dread??? does it make a difference really? or can u start just straight away without weaning your hair off that kind of stuff?
        thanks again, love, peace, freedom,integrity

        • soaringeagle says:

          you can do either, but getting the conditioners and residues out 1st helps..its not essential though

          • gnostic mole says:

            ok cool, thanks again for your help! greatly appreciated! ๐Ÿ™‚

            • soaringeagle says:

              my pleasure
              and post your progress on

              • gnostic mole says:

                i certainly will when they get going! thanks again ๐Ÿ™‚

              • gnostic mole says:

                hi again, sorry, one more question: i found some post on the site talking about biotin, what is this?? is it good? would u recommend taking it? (i presume its 100% organic/vegan/not animal tested? thanks! (i’m not going on the internet to search about it, i prefer to listen to your wisdom on this!) p.s.the site is SO good ๐Ÿ™‚

                • soaringeagle says:

                  biotin is a vitamin, sometimes called vitramin h but i think, and maybe wrong, that its 1 of the b vitamins..b6 maybe/
                  its commoinly in pre-natal vitamins and all hair and nail vitamins

                  • gnostic mole says:

                    ok thanks once more for all your help and answers!it was a pleasure to find this blog and the site! ๐Ÿ™‚

                    • soaringeagle says:

                      ๐Ÿ™‚ always happy to help

                    • gnostic mole says:

                      hi there i have another question (sorry): im not using any shampoo at all now, but am getting itchy scalp and dandruff. i am going to order the shampoo you recommend (i contacted Vicki, she is a really nice and helpful person) but for the meantime is it ok to use a bit of dr. bronner’s teatree? just on the scalp, not the hair itself. i looked today at some natural products in a shop but none seem completely natural (they all have some unpleasant sounding stuff in them). i know i read a post here somewhere saying also dr bronner’s leaves some residues, but for an emergency is it ok? or could u suggest something else which i could find easily in the shops here (not an easy thing here though…. it’s all hyperpriced for ‘beauty’ rather than just organic natural. any advice would be greatly appreciated! ๐Ÿ™‚

                    • soaringeagle says:

                      bronners is great, if your waters not too hard in hard water, especially very hard water, it leaves the hair feeling icky sticky and slimy, because its whats known as superfatted the oils in it leave a heavy residue of oils in the hair, which can be nearly as bad as wax
                      if you google hard water map and your country or state you will se how hard the water is
                      no matter how hard or soft, it still should be diluted 12 times more water then soap
                      but since i have been away in the woods 2 weeks and vicki ships very very fast, I’m probably too late and your already using vickis soap anyway

                    • gnostic mole says:

                      hi thanks for this! vicki’s hasnt arrived yet, italy has a useless postal system (how surprising…not!!!) in the end the itchiness went away after a few days so im ok, didnt need to use anything! but one more quick question: i tried to get some sea salt spray, only thing i could find was in the chemist’s and its supposedly to free blocked noses (?!), like EVERYTHING it’s NOT JUST 100% what it’s supposed to be, i.e. plain old sea water, it has potassium things in it….checking the label on dr bronner’s, i assume that potassium stuff is what they make SOAP with (i.e. it is always in ‘saponified’ things)??? therefore this is NOT a good thing??!!! is this right or am i just getting too paranoid?? ๐Ÿ˜‰ thanx, and i hope u had an amazing time in the forest!!!

                    • soaringeagle says:

                      sea salts sold where you buy food its a more gourmet type off salt with a far better flavor
                      so go to the food store get sea salt (non iodized) and mix it with water
                      figure out 3.5% of the water volume that’s the perfect salinity lil less is ok too though

                    • gnostic mole says:

                      well i had looked in the food place, was first place to look, but it was only with iodine added…i ll keep trying if i can escape from where i am to somewhere else! thanks again!:)

                    • soaringeagle says:

                      order it online

      • Cortez says:

        Can you give some dread friendly shampoos you use

        • soaringeagle says:

          the absolute best there is is
          young non African dreads use the liquid mature and/or African American dreads use the bars
          the reason is the liquid contains sea salt that dries the hair out which makes it dread faster but African type hair is typically too dry already

  4. Zachariah Mohammed says:

    I have a typical african hair. Ive grown the top for three weeks now with the sides and back faded. I want to do the natural freeform so please guide and advice me on what to be doiรฑg to get there coz am really serious about it .
    Please help me

    • soaringeagle says:

      as i said, just wash with a dread shampoo.. a natural one
      and let nature do the rest
      its really as simple as washing regularly and gently with something natural and healthy

  5. Zachariah Mohammed says:

    Boss please i ve a typical african hair wwhich is about one and half inches long at the top with the sides faded . i want to freeform and needs advice.

    • soaringeagle says:

      well fortunately its very easy to do.. or not do.. wash it often with a good natural dread shampoo (not that mango lime stuff) and then just let it do its thing..

  6. Tray says:

    Hello i am a month into semi freeforming(towel/sponge rubbing) my hair so far its been fine but i have a question

    my hair is still in the Afro/knotting stages and when i sleep on my hair it gets really flat(my hair isn’t loose enough to shake it out) so i try to palm rub my hair to try to make it look somewhat presentable(even when it already looks crazy lol)
    will that affect the dreading process(waking up with my hair flat)? i feel like it flattens the knots which can cause them to unravel, also when i palm rub will that ruin the process too? because im trying not to towel/sponge rub too often because i read it can make your hair fall out. My hair is section pretty well i just have to be patient and let it grow i wash 1-2 times a week no products just wash n go


  7. Kidd says:

    Hello, so I wanted to dread my hair and to do so I started with the twist and rip method. After doing so I decided I’d just prefer to do freeform dreads, however now that I’ve started, it’s been about a month, my hairs started to form one big knot near my scalp. My roots aren’t tangled as I can still easily put my fingers through them and my ends are fine but now there’s a huge knot in just a random spot. Should I leave it be or detangle it and start over?

    • soaringeagle says:

      depends what you mean exactly
      its normal to get a interwoven net at the scalp
      but if you mean several of the twist and rip dreads all joined together into 1 big knot (a congo) then it depends just how big it is and whether you want to deal with hard to care for huge dreads
      your best bet is to join and post your dreads photos in the dreadlocks forums so we can see whats going on

  8. Bboy47lee says:

    I clockwise rubbed for like 6 months until my dreads formed. Now that I stopped I wondered if since they’re still young could they turn into freeform dreads or do I have to take them out and start from scratch?

    • soaringeagle says:

      well..thats a matter of definition and distinction
      freeform technically means formed freely as they wanted to form..
      “natural” covers a spectrum from freeform organic and neglect
      then theres “naturalized’ or what 1 guy refered to as ‘natural surrender” (when you stop fighting it and just surrender to its natural tendency to dread) which is when you start with any method then just let it go as natural as you want from there

      so its hardtop give a distinct clear answer when purists would say unless they freeform from the start they aren’t freeform.. others might say .well he rubbed a lil then let it go so whats wrong with calling them freeform
      me personaly i don’t think theres any reason to have to start over unless its important to you that they be 100% freeform
      but i also don’t see any reason not to be honest about that either saying i started this way but then realized i wanted to freeform but instead of starting over just freeformed from there

      thered be just so much less confusion if people were honest and ..for example salons didn’t refer to ‘natural dreads’ as any dreads that were made of hair not plastic ..nit if people are honest about what they did and what they learned and want to call them freeform or semi freeform ..especialy if they switched to freeforming in the 1st 1/2 of maturing ,,, i guess thats a long winded way of saying that’s up to you to decide how important it would be to freeform from the start
      but you are at that pivotal point to make that decision

      • Bboy47lee says:

        No where I start isn’t that important but I just want the freeform look. I want to know if i can start freeforming when I already have dreads so that I can get the look that a typical free former would have like the dreads with the fingers and whatnot?

        • soaringeagle says:

          yup..thats called congos its just from not separating them, letting them grow together and 2 or more (i have up to 6 or 8) dreads that fuse into 1

          • Bboy47lee says:

            Ok thanks alot. One more question because I know you’re probably tired of me asking them haha, did you start freeforming from already having dreadlocks or did you start from straight hair?

            • soaringeagle says:

              just hair.. added a few beads in back wich wsas longer that dreaded real fast the rest caught up months later once it was long enough

  9. Josh says:

    How often should you put aloe in your head while your freeforming

    • soaringeagle says:

      depends on hair type
      as often as needed to prevent dryness but not so often to make it too conditioned
      most people don’t need it often some do all the time
      though letting it dread before using it if you can is best

  10. Robert says:

    Do you have a instagram

    • soaringeagle says:

      someone made 1 for dreadlockssite, but i don’t even have a mobile phone
      so i don’t personally.. no.. sorry

      • albert says:

        can relaxed hair dread if this steps are followed, its still an afro btw

        • soaringeagle says:

          a scandanavian baby can dread.. all hair will dread some fast some not so fast
          the relaxer might slow it a lil but afro textured hair tends to dread fast no matter what

  11. Osaz says:

    Im Nigerian and my hair’s starting to lock even though I don’t use shampoo or conditioner I just don’t comb it. My fear is my hair may not be full enough to dread but I still have hope. What I want to know is can my hair dread or do I blow it up? It’s a short afro. Also do I have to do nothing beside wash and dry?

    • soaringeagle says:

      any hair will dread if all you do is wash it so yea your doing fine..a dread shampoo is highly recommended though because residues from normal shampoos can leave a swampy condition inside your dreads and cause mildew
      as far as doing nothing besides washing..theres only 1 other thing that is recommendable
      if you don’t want huge dreads and want to control the sizes separate them so they don’t form too big

  12. mpc2kxl says:


    I started freeforming my short hair, and I have a concern. When I see other people freeform their hair covers their scalp completely and their knots start to form, while I can see my scalp between most knots that have started to form across my scalp. Do you know why?

    Thank you

    • soaringeagle says:

      could be several things 1 had you had braids/cornrows/twisties etc anything like that that could have caused a lil traction alopecia? if so it should recover over time unless its bad
      2 the shortness of it could i suppose leave a lil scalpiness between them or
      3 if they are forming real big it can sometimes pull hairs away from other sections leaving lil gaps wich should self rectify
      in most cases it should fix itself with time only cases i can foresee it not fixing itself is if its tractioan alopecia or other thinning that’s lil more progressed and if it is t/a and fairly progressed theres things you can do to help recover

      • mpc2kxl says:

        No I haven’t had anything like that done to my hair. I used a twisting sponge a few times but figured I did not want to do it that way and washed my hair so those sections never started. The section I have right now have formed by just by keeping my hair clean. I don’t use anything in it.

        It’s better on top of my head on the sides and parts of the sides on the back, here my hair is thicker and the sections seems to be getting smaller over time. But in the back, especially the center, my hair seems to be thinning and I have larger sections and the hair is not doing as well as the rest.

        Should I try getting some products (from shea moisture maybe?) that can help my hair from thinning and grow better?

        • soaringeagle says:

          ah those silly sponges that make you look like a hedgehog haha ..don’t blame you for giving up on that
          well the part you sleep on (back usually) tends to dread fastest
          sections shouldn’t be getting thinner .. but what i can suggest as the best option is post a discussion in the forums with photos so i can see whats going on

          • mpc2kxl says:

            Haha, that’s exactly what the sponge did and I just tossed it.

            I will definitely get some pictures and post them as soon as I get home, I am about to take a girl out lol (yay).

            • soaringeagle says:

              yea its so weird the crazy things people invent to make hair do what it wants to do on its own..well have fun and ill look for your post later

  13. Nate says:

    Hi I’m an Ethiopian 17 year old male with a few inches of somewhat curly/nappy hair and want to start freeforming. My hair was texturized a couple of months ago and although the texture of my hair didn’t change much, would you advise cutting off all my hair to begin the process? I don’t really want to do that because I’ve been growing it for about 8-9 months. So can I still freeform without getting a buzzing it all off?

    • soaringeagle says:

      ofcourse you can.. any texture at all will dread fine if left alone

      • Nate says:

        Alright sweet. So your hair doesn’t have to be all natural to begin the dreading process?

        • soaringeagle says:

          nope.. though many prefer to start that way its not essential and wo t make that much difference that its worth losing 8 months of growth

  14. Tony says:

    Im african american and I’ve been freeforming for 3month and I wash my hair with African black soap every 4days,what do I do when I wake up with my hair in the back and sides flat in the morning do I just walk out of the door like that or can I shake my hair with my hands

    • soaringeagle says:

      well.. you can kinda shake it out but when its flattening its compressing and tightening that’s part of the dreading process.. washing creates knots, sleeping on it compresses the knots tightening them
      the side you sleep on will dread fastest because of this
      are you 100% freeforming or more whats called “organic”
      complete freeform you have no control over how it forms and matts and can form a kinda “hair helmet” with all the hair matted to the scalp in 1 mass.. this might not be confortable in the end.. so if your not apposed you can separate the flattened down matt into more manageable dreads if you want organic but not total freeform

      if they are forming individual dreads but just are flat when you wake up don’t worry, when they flatten in 1 direction then the next night flatten at a 45 or 90 degree angle the end result is flattening from all sides over time wich eventually makes them mostly round

  15. James says:

    So you think i should definitely cut off the dreads i did with the crochet method so my head can recover? And then i should be able to start freeforming right?

  16. Dylan says:

    Hi I’m actually African American an Caucasian and I’m just now starting my free forming and my hair is about 2 inches long. I wash my hair about 2 to 3 times a week but everything I do my hair just curls back down to a little Afro. Is there anything I can do about this? And also how should I go about getting out the matted look in the morning after waking up?

  17. James says:

    Hi, i’m a caucasian with thin straight hair. About 1 year ago i dreaded the back of my hair with the crochet method (left the front of the hair as it was too short to dread at the time). About 3 months later i started noticing some thinning in the temples and the time from time appearance of pimples on my skull which after some online search i found are the symptoms of traction alopecia.(bear in mind that after the original crocheting i crocheted them regularly over a period of 5 months till i knew better) So, while i want to keep my dreadlocks i don’t want to lose the rest of my hair and have been thinking of shaving my head and starting from scratch. Do you think the thinning can be caused by the dreads and do you think even really thin can dread by themselves? Mind you, that i’m only 20 and up until now i’ve had no other signs of hair loss. Thanks for your helpful site!!

    • soaringeagle says:

      that’s 100% caused by the crochet.. which you did alotta harm in a short time and crochet recovery takes a long time… (please post photos in the crochet recovery section of ) the alopecia recovery will be a lot quicker then the rest of the crochet recovery..

  18. Dylan says:

    And also I’m mixed and have natural curly hair. But every time I do get my hair wet it just curls down an won’t loc up. What do I doooo??? Please help

  19. Dylan says:

    Quick question trying to start free forming an my hair is about 2 or 2 1/2 inches. But after showering an washing my hair wht is the best way to dry it?

  20. Moyo says:

    Hey again, I am of african american descent and have tightly curled, course hair. The ends of my hair tend to for into little hair balls which I rip out because I presume it is dead hair. Is that alright for me to do? and what can I do to limit the tips of my hair from forming hair balls/being brittle

    • soaringeagle says:

      its normal for that to happen i wouldn’t rip them out but some jojoba oil or argon oil will help prevent brittleness (also don’t use sea salt if your having dryness issues)

  21. ray says:

    how long do it take to u start to see congos forming

    • soaringeagle says:

      i had a few that started years ago accidently i didn’t really let em congo at will till 18 years in
      well.. everytime i use the liquid shampoo from everything tries to congo
      they can start to in weeks.. they are usually well congaed and unable to be separated in bout 3 months

  22. micah says:

    why you dont make youtube videos

    • soaringeagle says:

      i do but i run dreadlocks site youtubes actually a really horrible place to look for good dreadlocks info so i don’t do vids there too often
      typically just annual updates and such
      mostly i give advice here and dreadlockssite

  23. martin says:

    is the actual black soap good for your hair

    • soaringeagle says:

      some say so ..if your African American its probably an ok choice i think it might be too moisturizing if not
      not all are the same some have shae butter added for instance which is pretty moisturizing
      you cant go wrong with a dread shampoo like which are all i will ever use now (bars for African type hair other types liquid till mature then bars)
      the liquids contain sea salt which helps hair dread faster but dries it out and african hairs already dry by nature
      i do know a few rastas that use black soaps for dreads but i believe they are black soaps made for dreads and for their hair type with shae added for extra moisture

  24. nick says:

    If i use a sponge will my hair still lock will it still form congos

    • soaringeagle says:

      the sponge is a very silly thing it is basicly just creating ball like sections that make you look like a hedgehog (and is aggressive so likely somewhat damaging but yes it will lock and congo

  25. Peter says:

    this is very informative!
    Me myself got pretty thin curly hair (I’m caucasian).
    When i stretch out my hair, it touches the tip of my nose. Is this length ok? and does the towel method even work with my type of curls?
    I’m new in the dread culture..
    help is much appriciated.
    looking forward to start growing natural dreads ๐Ÿ™‚

    • soaringeagle says:

      the towel method creates a knotty mess that then has to be ripped apart into sections
      that lengths ok but a lilshort you will see slow progress till you get another inch or more

      • Peter says:

        so what method do you recommend?

        • soaringeagle says:

          if you want natural dreads simply stop combing and wait for it to dread.. if you don’t care if they are natural and want to kick start the process twist and rip (you were caucasion right?)
          another way that you can kick start the natural process is a few beads here and there

  26. shane says:

    what can u use to unflatten your hair when you wake up if your trying to grow congos

    • soaringeagle says:

      don’t worry about them being flattened they round out on their own if you mean just all being flattened down just move the dreads around congos start at the roots moving the dreads wont hurt it as long as your not pulling them apart

  27. tellis says:

    when you wake up in the morning and your hair is flat can u use a towel to unflatten it

    • soaringeagle says:

      not sure how a towel would unflatten it (are you using several names?)
      when its flattened that’s compressing the knots tightening the dreads

  28. carlton says:

    if u use a sponge will congos still form

    • soaringeagle says:

      that sponge is 1 of the silliest things i ever saw
      congos will always form if you don’t separate them
      i would not waste your money on that sponge it just makes you look like a hedgehog
      congos are the result of dreads getting hairs from each dread bridging between them if they are not separated they slowly fuse together
      how you start has no effect on whether congos form at all

    • Akeli says:

      I’m fully black and my hair gets really nappy but when I wash it the process starts over almost what should I do? And I wash once a week.

      • soaringeagle says:

        its a process that does step backwards often it just takes patience..but what you wash with,, how you wash and dry all can affect it try to wash gently with a shampoo for dreads (i do not recommend the mango lime crap!) towel drying is often what destroys progress the most

    • Slum says:

      My hair gets really nappy and starts to section almost but I wash it once a week and when I do the process starts over almost what should I do??

      • soaringeagle says:

        what are you washing with, how longs the hair, how are you washing and drying
        and it is a sort of process where it seems to step backwards often but will slowly move forward
        likely you are conditioning them, or rubbing away sections with a tower or while washing
        also how long have you been trying to dread

        • Slum says:

          I wash with Mane and Tail shampoo then use a leave-in conditioner once every week or 2 and my hair is about 2 and a half inches. What do you recommend I do?

          • soaringeagle says:

            well theres better choices especialy if the goals to dread..conditionings meant to prevent dreading.. African hair can require a lil but the less the better you don’t want all that residue either
            so a good dread shampoo is best
            see other comments for ones i recommend
            are you African American? lil jojoba or somethings a better choice then leave in conditioning

        • Slum says:

          I’m African American my hair is about 2 and a half inches. I wash with Mane and Tail shampoo then use a leave in conditioner once every week or 2. Am I doing it right? If not what should I do?

  29. Lil Mi'kmaq says:

    So im around 7 months in and i found about a week ago like you said, i put a twist tie around one section (didnt have any beads on hand) and yeah it sped up the process like crazy, my question is: what beads are best? Wouldent the beads jus slide off the section or do you have to just twist the section as small as possble to get it through, then the thickness of the section will jus hold it?

    • soaringeagle says:

      well i started a few in the back trading for the most unique beads id ever seen
      i put the tip in my mouth twirled it in my mouth so it formed a wet point grabbed that tip with a thread loop through the bead.. pulled it through the bead and pushed it up till it stuck if it wouldn’t stick id try a diferent section

  30. Robert says:

    When do you start to see Congo’s forming

    • soaringeagle says:

      well this depends a lot on a million factors
      some people early on have to separate 5 times a day to prevent congos from forming
      others only once every 6 months
      it varies a lot some can se them starting in hours or days most can find a few hairs here and there connecting in a week or 2
      in general..for most people it takes about 3 months for a congo to be formed to the point that it cant be separated

  31. Mike says:

    At the beginning stage can u wear skull caps alot

    • soaringeagle says:

      i would strongly advise against that as it prevents the hair from moving and tangling drasticly delaying progress

      • Mike says:

        Okk so how long do it take until u start seeing congos forming

        • soaringeagle says:

          its diferent for everyone..depends how fast it dreads

        • soaringeagle says:

          u can it still will delay progress something loosers better a scarf or bandana ..or nothing .. if your worried about the school they cant say shit its the law..if your worried about the kids.. dreads give you strength to not care what they think

  32. Sean says:

    Can u wear skull caps a lot

    • soaringeagle says:

      lets put it this way, a friend was growing dreads, he habitually wore baseball caps all the time
      it was 3 years or so and he had 4 lil dreads forming finaly we talked him into burning all his hats so thered be no way hed wear them and in months the rest of his head dreaded.. the hats prevent the hair from moving and drasticly slow or prevent progress
      wool tams have enough space that they are an option but you stil want the hair free to move as much as you can

  33. Cardo Morin says:

    Appreciate all the info!! I have been growing my hair for almost a year now and want to go with natural dreads. I am of white decent an have very thick hair. I already only wash my hair couple times a week due to its heard this is how ya start. Been going about 2 weeks with this and have seen no results. Have any adivce?? Much appreciated

    • soaringeagle says:

      what are you washing with how longs the hair 2 weeks is only 4 days ..dreads require patience some dread in days even hours but that’s rare many see progress in weeks but many take longer
      what you wash how you dry can make a big diference so can not wearing hats or tying it up or back

  34. Soreluwa says:

    Hey man thanks on all of the wisdom and guidance your’e providing for all potential freeformers.
    I have a question,I am of African descent have tight curled thick hair. My hair tends to get dry and brittle rather quickly. What would you recommend for me to use to keep my hair moisturized?

    • soaringeagle says:

      jojoba oils the closest thing to natural skin oils so that’s what i recommend, or argon.
      many with your hair type recommend washing infrequently, this is not recommended!
      wash weekly or more i would wash with bArs not liquid
      and then if you need to use the oils
      most who use the bars rarely have to use the oils though
      also hot water dries out the hair and scalp so try to use cool to cold

  35. Ronald carver says:

    Hello ,
    Just wanted to know should I blow dry my locks or let air dry after washing weekly? I’m in the 3 month phase of my journey.


    • soaringeagle says:

      if you have to, but sun or air dryings better..
      the sun dries em winter i blow summer i go sit outside .if i can if not i blow
      but i tend to blow in short bursts over a long time ..heat can be pretty damaging so i minimize it

  36. Greg says:

    Good evening!

    I have been growing my hair for over nearly 10 years, cutting it when i thought got too messy. I usually just have it hanging down, put behind my ears. Over the last 12 moths i have had it up and down but mainly tied up in a ponytail. I want to start growing dreads the natural/freeform way. My fringe is a 3/4 inches from my shoulder, the rest is starting to settle on my shoulders and starting to go curly, around 12 inches. Shame i canโ€™t upload a picture here?!

    I am a caucasian of British decent. My hair is very thin and very light coloured, probably due to the strong sun here in Wellington, New Zealand. After it has been up in the pony tail i struggle to put i brush through it as it is very dry hair and tangles/knots up easily, also i work in the construction industry and it can get very dusty and very dry on some days!

    I have not washed my hair in 2 days i will be washing it tonight, what product would you recommend for my type of hair in the future?

    I live across the road from Wellington harbour, would it help if i went in the sea water occasionally?

    I have read i should not wash my scalp more than 3 times maximum per week?, can i wash the hair itself to stop it smelling?

    I look froward to hearing your suggestions and anything would be greatly appreciated.



    • soaringeagle says:

      any good dread shampoo i like but overseas shippings lil high but flat rate so u can get 4-6 products in 1 box for same price
      when washing dreads while starting especially you wash the scalp only try not disturb the hair at all
      those (except the charcoal) leaves your dreads smelling great for days!! (the charcoal leaves it smelling just super clean.
      they are beer, not water based, for hard water, contain microfine clays that flow through the hair or dreads that bonds with dirt and caries it out
      the seas great dont ovrdry it though
      the liquid from thee contains sea salt
      if your going to the sea, (and you decide to give those a try any dread shampoo you can get locally, hand made is usually best
      store bought is usually crap, well alls crap.. is our site
      .. your dread community post your photos and questions there

  37. Marcus Butler says:

    Hi I have been growing my hair out for about 9 months now. I am half black and half white I have somewhat curly hair but Definatly not an Afro. I have had dreads before throught the crochet method but they didn’t turn out the way I wanted plus I ended up having to cut them due to lice (On accident, got it from someone in my family). Just recently I have becomes intrested in dreading again but want to try the free form method. What are the steps I should I take to start this process? Do I have to cut my hair and start short? I just need some detail and guidance in the right direction to start the process as naturally as possible. Thank you! Feel free to email me if you’d like!

    • soaringeagle says:

      you’ll love freeform compared to crochet!
      no, the longer it is to start the faster it dreads, so just switch to a dread shampoo (not the jamaican mango lime stuff!) personally i like best
      wash 1-3 times a week and thats it, if you want to seperate you can but thats technically organic not freeform but thats a matter of choice. although very thick dreads do take extra care and are alot more dificult to care for

      • Marcus Butler says:

        Thank you for the information! Any specific certain product to purchase off that website? And yeah I don’t want the dreads to be to thick but I do want them to do their own thing and really free form. Any advice to get them looking like this?

        • soaringeagle says:

          i’d say spend alot of time in the jungle to get it like that haha
          if your hairs normaly dry get the bars if not the liquid wil make it dread fast but dry out the hair

          • Marcus Butler says:

            Haha damn I live in the suburbs! Well thank you for the advice I’m going to buy the spearmint bar soap I’ll let you know if I have any other questions! Thanks again For the help

            • soaringeagle says:

              sure thing and join too best place for advice

              • Sarah says:

                I have had my “natural”dreadlocks for over 20 years now.i too,am half black n half hair needless to say is extremely long -some reaching down to my hair is a very dark red.and I do nothing to it but wash approx 1-2 times weekly,I use conditioner after shampooing.the only thing I do,ocassionaly,is pull some of them apart starting at the takes about a day n a half for them to dry completely,and then I will put them up using lots of hair ties and some barrettes even as to keep them out of my way due to how long they are.other then that,I don’t due much else,except let them do their thing n grow.this is not a “trend” for me.i have very thick curly hair ,and this is my choice on how to ware my hair.i will always have my dreads,and take care of them.when Iam old n they have turned silver,I will still be content,and age gracefully with my long dreadlocks.take care-

  38. Brian says:

    Hi, I’ve dreading for 3 months now and I retwist and wash once a month. I started them out thick and have only have little buds on the tips so ffar. And the locs in the middle and back of my head are now flat. I have a soft and thick texture of hair, whenever I wash they unravel A LOT. whenever my hair gets wet, they unravel. What can I do to get them round again? And how can I get the rest of the locs to loc faster without my hair unraveling to the tips of my hair.

    • soaringeagle says:

      stop retwisting that only causes balding, wash weekly or more with a quality dread shampoo ( i prefer )
      the more you wash the faster they lock, but they will unravel and losen and get flat et etc before they lock up its part of the process they are only 3 months old, and you are not washing enough
      i hope your not using any products designed to hold them, like wax or anything

      • Brian says:

        How many times a week should I wash? I’m afraid that what I have now will come completely undone if I wash it right now.

        • soaringeagle says:

          wash 1-3 times a week its absolutely normal to loosen up or even fall out before it dreads, you never had to start them, all you had to do was wash yur hair and it would dread all on its own, so what falls out was never needed to be “put in”
          and what was put in will not have a chance to dread if its not allowed to loosen and tangle on its own
          when they use stiuff like wax or crochet to force it to be held together it actually makes it take much longer to dread..if it ever dreads at all

          so wash, let it be let it loosen and it will then tighten
          you might not need to wash every 3 days weekly might be enough but weekly should be a minimum
          and don’t retwist or try to force them to hold togethe

  39. Nanchi says:

    Hi there!
    I have been wanting to get dreads for the longest now, so I have been doing research up &’ down for quite awhile now. I have decided that I wanna go with the natrual/neglect method. I have a lil over shoulder length hair &’ I havent washed my hair for 2 days now. I started palm rolling 3 little “dreads” yesterday &’ have been palm rolling them often. I was wondering if I should do all ny hair this way or should I jus let it do its own thing? I also forgot to mention that I had put a little bit of coconut oil in my hair the day I last washed it &’ my hair has a lot of dead ends &’ kinda fried cause I have dyed my hair so much in the past. . . Would any of this effect getting dreads in any way? I’m mexican by the way just so you know lol. Any info and advice would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.

    • soaringeagle says:

      palm rollings completely pointless and counter productive
      washing is what helps it dread not manipulating
      so i would stop that
      the “fried” will maybe actually help it dread faster but will make it more easily damaged from palm rolling often

      • King says:

        My hair has been sectioned out for about two weeks now and a few of the sections on the back of my head are dreaded. When can I expect the rest to?

        • soaringeagle says:

          the parts you sleep on will dread fastest, the rest will catch up later
          once you got a few many will follow

  40. Karma says:

    so im 4 days into my journey, and i havent combed or washed (just rinsed) my hair since then, and am planning on getting a dreading shampoo that youve suggested, would i be able to wash all of my hair or just the scalp with it? also is there any suggestions as to how to naturally speed up the dreading process, along with hair growth, i got a bottle of biotin to help, but am curious as to what else helps with hair growth. My hair is already starting to section off and get really frizzy, and slightly matted. i wear a loose beanie everyday to work to help hold down my crazy looking caucasian hair, is that going to prohibit my hair from dreading, or is it ok to wear it for a few hours (5-6 hours) of the day?

    • soaringeagle says:

      the liquid shampoo will help it dread fast
      washing the hair you run your fingers through the hair unknotting it
      the shampoos have a microfine clay that bonds to dirts and oils and washing it away as it rinses through
      so its all very clean, but the scalp might get dead skin, or sebum buildup that your going to want to get your fingers at and scrub and scrape away to loosen it up
      when people do the no poo method they just soak, no scrubbing at all

      the hat if its tight will interfere a looser tams a much better idea

  41. Smiths says:

    Can i tie up hair that im attempting to dread? I have very thick curly hair thats hard to manage unless tied up at night

    • soaringeagle says:

      yes, and no
      you can but 2 things can happen..1 it drastically delays or prevents dreading, or 2 it can dread as its tied up into a pony dread or dread bun or hair helmet
      it will both most likely dread slower, and need extra separation making it even harder to manage

      lets put it this way..sis’s ex was Japanese with hair to his butt
      if he didn’t braid it b4 bed each night… he woke up with 4-6 or 8 huge dreads…all his hair in those dreads in a single night
      keeping them braided or tied up at night prevented it from dreading
      if he left that braid in a few weeks hed probably have a slowly dreading braid/dread…just 1

  42. jess says:

    I have been dreading my hair for about two years now. I started with backcombing, but that mostly fell out and I was left with pretty much just sectioned hair over most of my head. There was a brief period about a year ago that I began brushing some of my dreads that had formed out and I conditioned them a few times while brushing. Since then I decided to stick with them and I’ve done a few baking soda cleanses to get the residue out. My hair just seems to be at a standstill though. There are about 5 dreads that have locked up completely, but the rest is just a partially locked loose mess. I didn’t care what they looked like too much until my boss fussed at me a couple of days about them. I’m not sure if they are ever gonna lock up or what I can do to speed the process and make them look a bit more presentable in the meantime. Can you help?

  43. Coco says:

    Hello, thanks for sharing your extensive knowledge. I have learned so much.

    Should I use a residue free bar or liquid? I have medium length fine, somewhat thin color treated hair.

    • soaringeagle says:

      depends which you mean if you mean then the liquid cause it contains sea salt and is specially formulated to make hair dread fast
      any other probably won’t matter which you use

    • Fiz says:

      Hi…please can u tell me if its right for me to wash my 2 weeks dread?if yes with what?

      • soaringeagle says:

        its right to wash 3 day old dreads
        but wash with a dread shampoo the liquid from is best till mature then the bars’
        how were the dreads started though

        • Malik says:

          So I’ve started free forming for about a week now. I used the sponge once to kinda get the sections down. Is that a good start? Secondly when can I wash my hair and do I only use shampoo?

          • soaringeagle says:

            the sponge is a ridiculous thing that makes you look like a hedgehog
            you can wash your hair now! a week is the longest you should ever wait to wash
            but yur going to want to use a dread shampoo (the rasta mango lime that’s popular in African americans is toxic nasty garbage that contains plastics and petroleum bi products, the other products they sell can build up so badly they turn black dreads a greyish white)
            since you used the sponge I’m guessing you are African American, so bars (not liquid) would be best
            the liquid wil help it dread fast because of the sea salt but that will also dry out your hair wich I’m sure is typically too dry by nature

            • Malik says:

              I only used it to speed up the process of sectioning and do I not use conditioner? And when I wash my hair do I ignore my hair and only wash my scalp? And in the morning after washing my hair can I do anything to help with that “flat” look?

              • soaringeagle says:

                shake out the flatness
                you shouldn’t need conditioners
                they will slow dreading but if u do opt for light like really diluted jojoba or something but dry to do without
                and yes try to mainly wsh the scalp and root

  44. Cassie says:

    Hi there, Iโ€™m hoping you can help me!

    I have recently brushed out my 2 year old dreads which were formed using the crochet hook method. I had extensions as well, but I hated the texture of them (so itchy!!), so I want to start over using a completely natural method.

    My hair is down to my shoulders now but really dry since brushing out my dreads โ€“ especially the ends. Would you recommend that I trim the ends and condition my hair up before starting off my freeform dreads? Iโ€™m thinking that if my hair is well nourished before starting out, then the dreads will look better in the long run.

    What do you think?!

    Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚


  45. Cassie says:

    Hi there,

    I have recently brushed out my 2-year old dreadlocks which were made using the crochet hook method. I also had dreadlock extensions so really didn’t like the texture of my dreads (they were so itchy!!) which is why I am starting over using a completely natural method.

    My hair is quite thin at the ends, as well as very dry. Would you recommend that I trim and condition my hair prior to starting my dreads off, so that my hair is completely healthy before I start?

    Thank you!


    • soaringeagle says:

      crochet is so horrible for dreads it breaks thousands of hairs that’s why they were itchy all those broken hairs made them feel like steel wook i bet and stiff!
      heres what i want you to do as a personal favor to me
      click dreadlocks forums then crochet and dread tools recovery post in there crochet makes dreads itchy or something (as the title)
      tell your whole experience with crochet and extensions and why you then decided to start over natural
      (add photos before and after)
      as for the trim, ..maybe, i might want to see the photos 1st , a deep conditioning surely can’t hurt either, however the dry damaged state might just make it dread faster too but since its not a race and you do want as strong and healthy hair as you can get it might be worth the few extra weeks it takes to start to dread to really get it healthy and happy
      i’m sure they will feel better too

      (i did not sleep last night so forgive my rambling indecisiveness) i believe most likely a good conditioning and possibly a slight trim (very minimal) might be worthwhile, but i think i would want to wait and see the photos before i make it an official recommendation

      but i am very happy you are on the right path now
      i hope some day crochet becomes as unpopular as wax is finally after 5 years of educating people on the harm wax does.
      people were very resistant to the facts about wax at 1st, but they seem even more resistant to the facts about crochet, even though in reality it is worse

      • Cassie says:

        Hello ๐Ÿ™‚ I have actually posted the same query as I didn’t think that the initial one registered – so please ignore the second message!

        Thank you very much for your reply.

        You’re so very right about my dreads. As well as itchy, they were so, so stiff, making it really difficult and uncomfortable for me to style my hair. My dreads were absolutely gorgeous but unfortunately, as they were so tricky to style, they weren’t very practical. They did start to get in the way which is why I decided to brush them out.

        I’m hoping that freeform dreads will be a lot looser and easier to tie up.

        Rambling is good – lots of points have been considered! I think I will get the dead ends trimmed off and give my hair a nice deep condition before letting them dread on their own.

        Possibly a silly question but am I right in thinking that I just need to wash regularly with shampoo but not brush/comb? And do I stop using conditioner once I start the dreading process?

        Are there any shampoos that you would recommend/advise against? I’ve read that Dr Bronner’s is very good but, only today have then read another article which tells me how terrible a product it is! So I’m slightly confused as to what products I should/shouldn’t be using!

        I’ll follow the link you gave me and write my comments/add some pictures sometime this week ๐Ÿ™‚

        Thank you for your help!


        • soaringeagle says:

          to avoid spam the 1st 2 posts from every user require authorization once 2 were authorized the rest just appear
          well bronners when diluted is fine but only if you don’t have hard water 85% of the country has hard water though it might only be an issue with moderately to severely hard water, slightly hard …well you may not have a problem maybe
          by far the best is
          its as or more natural and ethical then bronners, hand made and just the best out there
          yea just wash and go
          separate when they form too big or try to join together
          you will love the difference you had trouble styling cause they we4re stiff natural dreads will drape or wrap around your finger with zero stiffness, they make a comfy pillow even.

  46. Pacie says:

    What length of hair is best for beginning natural dreads? I am growing my hair out from keeping it shaved short for the last three years and feel really drawn to natural dreads. My hair is about an inch to two inches on the sides and in the back but the top of my hair is about four to five inches long. I already use a dread friendly shampoo and I never condition it because of how fine and thin it is. The only combing I do is with my fingers.

    Any tips or advice? Should I wait until I have gained more length?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      you can start at bald, but probably wont see dreads for nearly a year 6 inches is typically when it begins to dread
      (assuming you do not have afro type hair wich dreads very short6)
      mine started at your length
      the long parts dreaded 1st the short parts caught up a couple months later

      • jvpng says:

        I have curly hair and I’ve been growing it for 9 months now. I wanted to grow free from dreads similar to J. Cole. But I think that I’ve made countless mistakes along the way. I usually wash my hair once a week and I have an issue with dandruff. I use Nizoral shampoo to try to handle it which barely works and I had the tendency to twist / play with my hair whenever I was bored. I was planning to trim my hair down just a little and try to free form, but I don’t know how to free form. What I do now is not touch my hair anymore and leave it as is. Is there anything else that I need to do in order to free form in terms of products, or anything. Also when I shower, my hair gets extremely curly and loose and it’s impossible to handle it until it’s dry.

        Thank you, I appreciate it.

        • soaringeagle2 says:

          well 1st of all, dandruff shampoos are extremely toxic
          8 out of the 10 most toxic shampoos are dandruff shampoos
          2ndly they are very conditioning so wont alow the hair to dread
          3rd they, and nearly all store bought shampoos (and thousands of other products even toothpaste and mouthwash) contain a variation of an ingredient that the cancer society recommends be banned from all products
          this is known as sls or sodium laurel sulphate (or sodium laureth sulphide or several other variations) although the cancer risk is low from use of 1 product, it is the main or 1 of the main ingredients in most of the foaming cleansers soaps and detergents, you could use dozens of these products daily and not know the risks

          if you see sulphates sulphides anything remotely like that, avoid it
          besides the cancer risk these are skin irritants!
          true dandruff is not that common, most dandruff is actually dermatitis, psoriasis, or just dry irritated skin
          all of wich are caused by sls… and hot water!
          dandruff and other skin conditions are better treated herbaly and by using cool to cold water instead

          you need a dread shampoo! is by far best
          teatree rosemary for dandruff patchouli if its more like psoriasis

          and cut out the hot water
          wash only the scalp gently try to scrape at the scalp to remo0ve dry skin without messing with the hair
          don’t towel dry shake em out then air drip sun or blow dry
          (blow only when u must)

          if you don’t have African type hair the liquid shampoo will help it dread much faster but has sea salt wich is used to dry out the hair so it knots up, you might want to get both bar and liquid use liquid to encourage knotting use the bars when dandruffs real bad

          don’t hesitate to wash more then once a week
          if by day 3 your finding it getting too flakey, wash every 3 days

          join for more help

          • jahjahlive says:

            Hello there soaringeagle2. I have currently been free forming mine for about 2months now. I love in a town which has no products for dreads. I haven’t had a way to purchase any online but will in a couple weeks. In the meantime I have been using just regular old barsoap like Dial when washing my hair. Usually every other day. Is there anything else that I could use that is easily accessible and won’t take alot to prepare? Also I have mildly curly European hair. Its starting to separate nicely but I feel like the soap may be hindering potential and growth. Thank you for your time.

            • soaringeagle2 says:

              take a bath with dial
              look whats left coating the tub
              dial is very conditioning and very high in residues
              you can use dr bronners (dilute it, 12 times more water then soap) but only if you do noyt have hard water! in hard water its horrible
              you can use baling soda and acv
              put 1 part baking soda, 10 part water
              add a few drops any essential oils you need for dandruff or whatever
              pour over head, soak 10 min then rinse with water
              then put a lil acv (apple cider vinegar) in the same amount water by a lik i mean a splash a spoonful or 2 a capful..
              pour on and rinse within seconds
              acv resets the ph balance to neutral, but is conditioning so use very lil
              long term use weakens the hair
              the best dread shampoo, especially in hard water (or any water) is
              id stop using the dial and find a better solution right away
              if u get the dreadlockshampoo the liquids what you want till they are mature then bar

    • alahn says:

      i need help my hair is 3inches long , i sponge my hair alot and it twist of but when i get in the shower my hair shrinks up and im tired of it not locking helpme what di i do.

      • soaringeagle says:

        why are you sponging it
        why are you twisting it
        do you have African hair. are you using a dread shampoo
        how long have you been letting it dread
        1 stop sponging and twisting
        if its shrinking up its tryig to dread but constantly messing with it will only prevent progress
        that sponge thing is the most ridiculous thing i ever saw

  47. wilson says:

    i have african textured hair and its pretty short. I normally try twisting my hair into dreads using a cloth but the knots untangle when i shower. I don’t know if not showering my hair will help in the process or i just have to be patient.

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      well. you do have to be patient, you do not have to twist! you do have to shower, however how, and with what matters, and, ‘pretty short” might just not be long enough.
      your hair type tends to dread at 1/6th the length mine would
      so there you have an advantage but many (not saying you) with afro textured hair think they only need to wash it a few times a year, i cant say for sure but that might be why some find it grows so slowly
      wash with a dread friendly shampoo ( not that Jamaican mango lime toxic waste crap! ) as it grows mostly wash the scalp
      once its 1/2-3/4-1 inch depending on exact texture it will start to dread
      it will be a step forward step back situation as they get established but once they are on the way they just progress

  48. ginoboga says:

    yo! I got a wavy kind of hair about 8-10″ long and i started having natural dreadlocks last Dec. Well my question is since its too hot in my country my hair always hot sweaty and oily so im forced to take a shower daily.. is it bad?? or am i doing it wrong?? because my hair is starting to get loose everytime i wash them.. thanks for any reply and comments

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      its fine to as long as they dry fast enough wich they will in a very hot climate
      ‘it could be loosening because of the shampoo you are using what are you washing with

      • ginoboga says:

        thanks.. btw im using head and shoulders anti dandruff thing once a week
        .But everyday i just wash it with water and scratching my scalp everytime I take a shower is it ok?? I didnt try the baking soda acv wash yet cause i think its too early since I dont see any dreads/dreaded hairs yet..

        • soaringeagle2 says:

          head and shoulders wont let them dread in most cases! heres a few facts 8 out of the 10 most toxic shampoos on the market are dandruff shampoos
          the main ingredient in dandruff and 99% of all store bought shampoos, the ingredient that gives them lather, is a skin irritant that causes dandruff psoriasis, dermatitis, hair loss, and..cancer
          head and shoulders is high in residues, and conditioners it leaves hair “manageable” wich is code for tangle free, or dread resistant

          baking soda and acv is used early on because it is a no touch method, wich is perfect to alow the hair to dread undisturbed
          however it is harsh on the hair long term and weakens it severely
 shampoos are the best! the liquid has sea salt so helps (non African) hair dread fast by helping make it a lil more dry and helps knots tighten, if you have African haqir the liquid might dry it too much so the bars are best
          teatree rosemary treats dandruff naturally
          and also, hot water increases dry scalp cool to cold (i know it is winter so warm enough to not be cold, but not hot)
          i would recommend you stop using head and shoulders right away if you ever want to see dreads

          • ginoboga says:

            ok thanks man.. im going to start this baking soda acv this week, and this teatree for dandruff.. btw how often should i use this teatree treat and baking soda acv per week?? ive read some post that its should be every 2 days?? is that ok?? or should i increase it since im just starting??..

            and the dread bars and shampoo.. is it available here in the Philippines?? never seen one before?..

            • soaringeagle2 says:

              The dread shampoos are the best out there, they are hand made here, they ship everywhere however international shippings not cheap, but it is flat rate shipping, wich means you can get 4-6 products in a box for the same shipping fee and then its reasonable. you can get a years supply at once
              as for washing, anywhere from 1-3 times a week is typically best, every 2-3 days to every 4-7 whatever feels right
              just remember over using the baking soda weakens the hair
              you could use dr bronners which you can get anywhere but yiu have to dilute it a lot, 12 times more water then soap, and, you can only use it as long as you do not have hard water, in hard water it leaves a sticky oily residue

    • Tyreik Reid says:

      I have a simple question when you wake up youur hair is flat do you leave it like that or pick It out with your hands

      • soaringeagle2 says:

        depends if it is flattening out into like a hair helmet , all 1 big matt
        but generally flattening out is just compression, wich is how they tighten

  49. Scarlett Joseph says:

    Can you use a satin pillow case, to prevent lint from catching in the hair. Or does it make more sense to use wool sense it won’t catch in the hair plus it will encourage dreads?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      well satin will help prevent lint…while sleeping wool will help it dread but more likely to get lint
      wearing clothes will cause lint
      lints hard to avoid satin is a tight enough weave to keep lint and dust out if you keep them covered a lot
      its sort of a trade off between keeping lint out and helping them knot up
      cover em too much and they wont dread
      if your more concerned about helping them knot ten lint choose wool if lints your biggest fear and you don’t care how long it takes to dread satins great
      you are probably going to wear clothes since its winter and winter clothes are likely to cause lint so id just stop over thinking it and just be comfy live your life and let what happens happen

    • Well my hair has dreads in it cause I once had a nappy Afro with twist and over time my hair started getting buds and now I have babey dreads I mean when I shake my head they shake and when I walk they bounce what should I do from.this point

    • Well my hair has dreads in it cause I once had a nappy Afro with twist and over time my hair started getting buds and now I have babey dreads I mean when I shake my head they shake and when I walk they bounce what should I do from.this point I am free forming

      • soaringeagle2 says:

        ok i see from here on just wash with a dreazd shampoo (not that toxic mango lime stuff!) and if you want to prevent huge congos separate them (not by twisting!) when damp

    • Okay at first I had the little knots small as a pea and know my hair has got dreads and I have been free firming since June but I have this one dread that is Congo in the middle back of my head and when I shake my hair they shake and when I walk I bounce can anyone tell me what’s going on with my hair

  50. Antonio says:

    I don’t know if my original post got published so I’ll just male another to be safe …. I am a 16 yr. old mixed guy with coarse kinda-thick “afro” hair . I’ve been freeforming for about 6 months and I truly haven’t felt anymore confident with how my life and hair journey is going … However I have bleached my ends twice and dyed them twice within those six months …. My problem is tht I have a dreadlock thts kinda big ,which I’m fine with, but the root and loose hair seems to feel and look much thinner than the dread itself … I am very worried tht it can fall off and I don’t know what I should do to help it …. Should I just not touch it and let it possibly keep getting thinner or thicker or should I do something about it … I am open to any suggestions except for cutting them … Respect and thanks in advance

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      the roots are loose so ofcourse will feel much thinner as when you pinch it theres no resistance compared to the firmness of a dread, look at Caucasian hair pulled in a pony tail, the entire head is about the thickness of 1 dread less then an inch but let it dread and you need a 8 inch band to make a ponytail
      if your worried join post a discussion in the forums with photos but it sounds normal, however how big is this dread , how long
      sometimes they might form thicker ball like formations at the tips that’s not an accurate estimation of the actual dread thickness
      but as i said photos will help alot

  51. Antonio says:

    I’ve been freeforming for about 5 1/2 months now and I literally just realized tht I have a big gap due to a dread section being big and flat… But I also realized tht when I feel tht dread itself I feel the dread be quite thin and then get larger towards the end but when It looks different from what it feels like … Is it cuz the root is loose thin hair or should I be worried … I’m sixteen and I have “afro” hair … Pls help

  52. adane says:

    i have african hair im now 3 mounth,s and one week question is???

    -is it good to shake theme in the morning when i wake up from my bed because they are printed in the morning against my scalp when i wake up!!
    – are there any answer on my question

  53. Aydreean says:

    H I have African textured hair and my hair is pretty short but I can still pick it out. I haven’t combed or picked my hair in about 3 days, but my question is when I take a shower can I rub my hair or will that mess up the freeform, and when I come out the shower can i use a towel to dry my hair? Or do I have to air dry?

  54. John says: That’s my hair, how do I start this I have no clue

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      simple, switch to a dread shampoo (not that mango lime crap) wash 1-3 times a week …that’s it wait for dreads, then separate if you choose to, don’t if u want to let them be as they want to be
      just note real thick ones dry real slow

      • John says:

        I want free form dreads like Donald glover can this achieve it?

        • soaringeagle2 says:

          yup, exactly
          well, you will never get dreads like anyone else’s you will get dreads like yours
          but i have a feeling yours will turn out a lot like his
          but all dreads are unique, or should be especially freeform
          so someday someone will say i want dreads like john (whatever your last name is) all i can say is how you, and he got the unique dreads you got, i cannot say they will get dreads like his, or like yours. only like theirs
          your dreads will be uniquely yours, but will be unique, healthy and natural, like his

          • John says:

            Thank you! Do I buy a dread shampoo bar and just scrub my hair with it once to three times a week? Then leave it and not comb and it’ll dread?

            • soaringeagle2 says:

              if you don’t want them to be too thick separate any that start to form too big or join together at the roots
              never by twisting! just pull them away from eachother

              • John says:

                When you say separate I’m quite confused because I thought you rarely if ever touched your hair with this freeform dreads or am I mistaken? Also how would I start to separate my hair?

                • soaringeagle2 says:

                  well, depends on if you want truly freeform, wich could possibly form 1 single massive dread , or only 3, or 6, or “organic’ wich form naturally, but you separate so they don’t form so huge, freeforms awesome, but huge dreads can cause pain, take days and days to dry, and be very likely to mold, and are hard to clean, over 1 inch at the base is risky
                  so just pull any that are growing together, or forming too huge apart, grab 2 next to eachother and lull in opposite directions

              • John says:

                Hi I’ve just bought beeswax do I need it or not? And is the dread shampoo bar essential?

                • soaringeagle2 says:

                  wax is pure evil a dread killer, if you put it in your hair even once u need wax b gone. a dread bar isn’t absolutely essential, but very highly recommended, wax, and residues lead to moldy dreads

                • soaringeagle2 says:

                  ps, wax is a scam, it only glues hair together to fool u into thinking its dreading, but prevents it from ever actually dreading, once you put it can’t get it out before made wax b gone most people just cut them off if they used wax, or spent months even years boiling them scrubbing with dish soap, using all kinds of crap to try to get the wax out and never get it out

          • John says:

            So I use dread shampoo bars and wash my hair with it 1-3 times a week and also not comb my hair and it’ll dread?

      • Mikey says:

        You sound dumb who ever giving the advice.all u need to do is wash ur hair with non-residue shampoo peppermint tree tea is good.

        • soaringeagle says:

          you sound dumb because that is all i am saying, but i am saying it in a less dumb sounding way

        • soaringeagle says:

          you do know that about 20 million people say i am the only one they trust for advice? no, ofcourse you don’t.. you’ve only had your dreads what..2 weeks?
          i bet mine are older then you are

  55. JR Valencia says:

    First of all, thanks for the tips and the enormous amounts of comments to sift through! I have been growing my hair from a buzzcut for about 10 months (mid January) and most of my hair is now about 7 inches. Since January, I haven’t combed my hair at all except once in September for a wedding (UGH). I don’t have African hair, and until recently, didn’t realize my hair was a little wavy/curly. A couple weeks ago, I started using this natural shampoo called Alaffia, and my hair is in, what people online have called, a “transition period”. My hair’s been oilier than usual but it’s getting better. People say it’s because my hair is getting used to no harsh chemicals. The shampoo really helped my hair to curl or be wavy (I never knew my hair would curl or be wavy). I guess my questions are: (1) Did I start too early? (my hair is just now reaching 7 inches and I don’t have African hair) (2) Was it wrong of me to expect a bit more by now other than curls? Although, when I get out the shower now, I could see my curls/waves I guess sectioning off at the root. (3) Will these individual curls/waves lock over time? (4) If so, they’re pretty thin, does that mean my natural locks will be very thin? (5) Do I have to wait or should I have waited until my hair gets shoulder length or longer to see some real progress? Thanks in advance.

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      mine started shorter yes they will dread but you need a dread shampoo not only a natural shampoo it will still dread just slower the liquid will get it dreading fast
      if your oily wash with baking soda 1 part baking soda 10 parts water
      pour over head soak 10 minutes then rinse well
      do that for 2-3 weeks and it will get less oily then switch to the dread shampoo
      scrub only the scalp/roots rinse through the rest

      • Ladarll says:

        Ok so i am 18 years of age and i have a 6inch tall high-top hairstyle and would like to grow free-form locs so i started doing to towel rub method but i want to know how long do i have to wait for them to knot up and i can start washing

        • soaringeagle2 says:

          stop towel rubbing! you never should have stopped washing, just switch to a shampoo for dreads (not that toxic mango lime crap)
          they take a year about to fully mature but they should start to lock up in weeks to months but its a gradual process..washing helps and stop using the towel the less you mess with them the better

  56. Melleone Marcus says:

    Ok got a problem one of the sides of my hair is flat i got african hair texture and also does the cold deture the locking process because its winter here and im worried

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      don’t worry about flatness and no winter has no effecct

      • Justice says:

        Hey I have White Caucasian with thin hair just below my shoulders and decided to do natural dreads I’m just curious how much length I should be expecting to lose at first?

        • soaringeagle2 says:

          it will be gradual, you’ll lose a couple inches in the first few months u might one day wash em and lose several inches all at once but by maturity it will be about 1/2 you lose less when its not so long if it was real long the loss would be drastic

  57. Scooter says:

    Hello, i have an issue about my dreads forming. The longest i have been growing is about 3 months now. i just want to know some do’s and dont’s. i use a sponge everyday when i wake up to pick up twists that are flattened by sleeping, is this a go or no? and i also wash my hair every 3 days to keep them clean is that a go because every time i do its like my twists become loose and fall apart. did i start too early because of short hair? it seems as one side is longer than the other side too.

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      washing is good
      loosening is good they have to to dread (do not rwetwist that causes balding)
      stop using the sponge
      are you using a good dread shampoo

  58. Cheliel says:


    I have straight hair, like Chinese people.
    they are about 30 cm or even longer.

    Are they too long to start natural dreadlocks?

    I use to wear headband, or hair elastic for ponytail…
    Does it bother or not the dread process?

    sorry if these questions were already asked…
    thanks for your answer

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      the longer it is the faster it dreads my sisters ex was Japanese, his dreaded in a single night if he didn’t braid it before bed
      headbands, and especialy elastics will slow the processs the hair should be loose and free to move

  59. Zak says:

    How’s it going dudes?
    I’m 15 and naturally dreading my long curly hair and the back is progressing well, although with a few congos, but the front of my hair isn’t seeming to dread at all. In the past couple of weeks I’ve seen it Bunching a bit. Any tips on dreading the front? Also need a bit of help with congos!?
    And last of all, is there a possibility that I don’t have to shave my head if I need to get rid of the dreads (school is strict with hair)
    Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      1 the front will catch up the back dreads fastest cause u sleep on it
      2 separate to prevent congos just pull dreads away from eachother often while wet and rip connected hairs
      3 yes you can comb them out however the school cannot legally be strict with hair that has religious, spiritual, or cultural significance
      if they dare to tell you you can’t have dreads you let me know i will set them straight

  60. Melleone Marcus says:

    Dear soaring eagle im starting freeform locs and i have african hair texture its the first month and my hairs not dreading its matting in the back in not going to separate it because im taking a nazarite vow so is th matting going to dread my hair seperates its self when im rinsing AFTER washing my hair it coils

  61. Jeovon Fortes says:

    Is coconut oil a good replacement?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      for what? shampoo? coconuts a conditioner if your African American you will want to use some oil after washing but if not then you want to aqvoid all oils (essential oils are ok) the hair dreads best when dry that’s why sea salt helps
      once mature you can use the oils as needed to prevent dryness
      till then limit oiliness s9 they dread

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      as far as the shampoo you use all natural doesnt mean dread safe often doesn’t even mean all natural
      you want no residues (many natural soaps leave residues in hard water even if they are fine in other water) and no conditioners
      bronners is fine if diluted a lot unless you have hard water ten its almost as bd as wax (i hope you avoided wax)

  62. Texas says:

    So, I’ve always wanted dreads and decided to do them myself. I youtubed some vids that led me to twist and pull/back comb methods. I did both everyday for 4 days. The 4th day of unwashed hair i washed it w/ an all natural shampoo w/ bamboo extract. The “dreads” that were forming are unraveling. My question is, instead of twisting everyday to keep them from unraveling, can i now start the natural process and wash every 3-4 days n just section my hair? (i want thinsemi thin dreads)

  63. James OR says:

    Hi, I am a 24yr old African & I desire to dread for life but i never tried before i don’t know exactly what to use and to do because i can read about the differences between the hair of Africans and others. So I need to know how to deal about it.

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      only real difference is how the oil doesn’t travel down the hair so you would have to moisturize while wed want to dry our hair out
      wash with a good dread shampoo (not the mango lime crap!) is best the baes for you
      use a lil jojoba or something as needed just to prevent them from getting dry and brittle
      wash a minimum of weekly or more
      stop combing/piking/brushing just wash and go and it will dread
      separate if you don’t want huge dreads
      more info on

      • Paul says:

        If you use leave in conditioners to moisturize and still condition after you shampoo, will your hair still loc or will it never loc because of the conditioner?

        • soaringeagle2 says:

          leave on conditioners have terrible residues
          you should only use a drad shampoo
          if ypur African American use jojoba, argon, or similar oils not store bought conditioners if your not African American then no conditioners at all at least not till mature then use just oils

          • Mikey says:

            False information again smh

            • soaringeagle says:

              ok i dare you to tell me what information is false

              • KarmasComing says:

                mikey even i can tell you that the information is not false, if you use something that has a residue, it will make your hair slick and not be able to knot up and tighten to form dreads, so id like to see you try to form dreads with slick and oily hair, stop condescending soaringeagle and let him give the correct advice, if you dont like what he has to say, then get off of his page.

  64. Harmony says:

    Hello all! So it has been almost a month since I quit combing and just let my hair do what it wants. I wash every 4th day with Dreadlock Shampoo, (my hair is long and slightly wavy). I have a lot of sectioning going on, the sections are somewhat small (no huge ones trying to form) and 2 or 3 of the sections are veerrry gradually beginning to tangle and show characteristics of a baby dread. It seems this process is slower than I expected, I mean, I guess I expected to see a bit more dreading going on by now? Every time after I wash my hair it feels soft and silky lol, not What I would think it needs to feel like in order to tangle and dread. Will it eventually get There? Is there something I can do or do differently to help it along? I don’t want to force it, I just feel like it’s never gonna happen!!

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      under a month is ..weeks its pretty soon to be getting impatient!
      but when you say dreadlocks shampoo you mean or another 1 if so bar or liquid

      • Harmony says:

        Soaring Eagle…yes I was feeling so impatient that day LOL my bad! I realize it will do what it does in time and I will just relax and enjoy the journey, that’s how I set out to do it from the start! ? I am now seeing a few baby dreads forming…it’s exciting! I use the liquid Dreadlock Shampoo from Bucks County Soap. Another question I have is about beads…at what point can I begin putting some beads in? And should the bead fit snug or kinda loose? And if it’s loose how do I keep it from slipping off? Thanks and blessings!

        • soaringeagle2 says:

          any time you can put them in however dreads thicken..beads do not so they maybe trapped for years if you don’t move em around a lot
          they should fit snug enough to stay in place

  65. Felicia says:

    I have stopped combing my hairdor about a week now I know that it advised to use a residue free shampoo but I don’t have the to buy the fancy expensive dread shampoo and I was wondering if there was a relatively cheaply price shampoo that I could buy at WalMart or something similar

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      well dread shampoos aren’t really expensive not the good ones are the only ones i recommend
      if you don’t have hard water you can get dr bronners the big 1 is the exact same price but u dilute it 12 times more water then soap ..but if you have hard water..dont even think of using it the other options are the baking soda method but although its cheapest its harsh long term severely weakens the hair and you have to do it exactly right (most sites tell you to do i completely wrong)

  66. Rebecca says:

    I’ve been wanting to naturally dread my hair for a long time. I stopped washing my hair about 7 weeks ago, then sectioned and back combed my hair 5 weeks ago. I’m asian with tons of layers and my hair is very complicated because it constantly stays straight. I’m also a diver on the swim team. I wear my hair up when diving and at work. So basically, my hair is up 7 days of the week. I haven’t showered in a long time, and my hair looks like a wavy mess! Nothing like what people who are naturally dreading their hair looks like. My hair has mostly been up. I also sleep with my hair in the bun because I’m use to doing that so my bun gets messy for the next day. I have had it down and just used head bands. My goals were to have messy dreaded hair. I am in the water a lot and chlorine helps my hair get puffy.
    I want to know if I can start showering and shampooing. Like with dreading shampoo. Also, for other tips because all the information about naturally dreading are all different. I’m just really lost and would appreciate the feedback! I love dreads so much and love the ideal of the long journey, it just seems the start of mine hasn’t happened yet, or going in the wrong direction.

    • Rebecca says:

      Also, the reason I haven’t been showering is because I dive 5-6 days a week in the pool with chlorine so I felt that would help enough. But now I would like to start using vegan dreading soap bars. Or would the baking soda method be enough? I don’t know a lot about that but I was told making a baking soda paste and washing my hair with that is good, then rinsing with vinegar? I would really love the help because I’m in desperate need!

      • soaringeagle2 says:

        the vegan bars or the liquid only use the liquid if the chlorine hasn’t fried your hair!
        never make a paste of baking soda it will eat holes in your skin its 1 part baking soda to 10 parts water
        but never use baking soda after being in chlorine!
        before going in chlorine soak your hair…saturate it in fresh water so less chlorines absorbed then rinse or wash after
        chlorines very bad for the hair
        also if u did use baking soda you don’t rinse with vinegar you rinse with water..then very diluted vinegar then water again..never let baking soda and vinager mix

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      washing is essential to dreading! backcombing is not needed nor was sectioning
      only washing a minimum of weekly or more often
      the bun will prevent it from dreading and if it did dread it would be 1 massive knot a dread bun or bun dread .. you want them hanging loose free to move as much as possible
      and washed often
      1-3 times a week

  67. Jody says:

    Can I wear hats while trying to grow dreads?

  68. Mar.L says:

    Hi ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thank you for information found in this site !!

    Since I was 13 I knew one day i would have Locks for good. My hair dreads extremely quickly naturally and my whole life I have been untangling it maybe for blind sake of my family or maybe because I was not ready to take on the Responsibility of my truest nature.

    Recently I have begun to blossom and dreadlocks have formed, at first unknowingly to me.. since i was finishing a most important painting and raising a 22-month-old myself i was tired and went to bed a few nights without the tedious 40 minute session combing hair in shower. Instead, using my fingers to comb in only a couple days dreads were formed and for the past month or so i have been attempting to comb them out but they have only tightened, Locking permanently. I feel in my heart i am supposed to keep them and see this blossification thru where it leads, yet my hair is belly-button length and the dreads are only 3inches long. Also, they are “congo” as you say … or matted together flatly. They are at the nape of my neck, connected.

    โ€ข I am wondering if it is possible for me to attain somewhat organized dreads from this starting point since I prefer to braid my hair โ€ข

    (I have long thick curly caucasian hair)

    Any words may help. Thank you dearly <3


    • soaringeagle2 says:

      the longer the hair and the more often you got to separate
      if they are real thick….like ovder an inch thick cob them out slowly and gently with a lot of conditioners then let them dread but keep ontop of seprating the thick ones

    • Joshua Okene says:

      I’m going to start my free-form journey in a week. I was wondering if on days that i don’t wash my hair, do i wear a shower cap? Or do i let my hair get wet while i shower? And i have no experience with dreads. Any other tips that i can use for them to grow fast and healthy?

      • soaringeagle2 says:

        getting them wet and washing are both good bas long as they dry completely in between once they are drying slower wet less often ..unless your out in the hot sun drying them fast

  69. Harmony says:

    Blessings all! So it has been 1 week since I stopped combing, and I have washed with the Patchouli Dreadlock Shampoo once (which by the way smells wonderful). Today I found my first baby! It is just over the right side of my shoulder at the nape of my neck. I am super excited, just wanted to share!

  70. Sicva says:

    Heeey guys…I’m posting here for the first time,really glad for that..umm…I just wanted to ask you one thing..If u could give me some tips or straight directions how can i accomplish that my hair be nearly like Jonathan Davis’s hehe…I mean i really like it thou,that kind od dreads i mean…So i would be reallyyyyyy happy if someone could help me!Thank you all..Cheers:3

    P.S. Here is the picture!

  71. mina says:

    I really want dreads but in my area there’s no way I could find any dread friendly shampoo ,it’s have been only few days without combing and I’m using a regular shampoo but it’s kind of starting to happen will it continue in the dreading journey since I’m not using the right shampoo?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      its risky as the residues build up inside the dreads causing a perfect condition for mold and mildew
      the best shampoo is hand made only available online but theres alternatives if you don’t have hard water dr bronners (dilute it 12 times more water then soap)
      but that wont work in hard water areas has a baking soda and acv recipe that’s great when starting out, but long term use isn’t recommended so you will want a dread shampoo eventually
      if your overseas the dreadlockshampoo shipping seems high but its flat rate so you can get 4-6 products in a box at 1 time for same shipping feee so you can get several months to a years worth at a time and its reasonable then

  72. Harmony says:

    I know my previous comments aren’t even on here yet, but I wanted to add that after a good bit of research I have decided against the castille soap and have ordered the Patchouli Dreadlock Shampoo from Vicki. It is on it’s way to me as I type and I am super excited to get it and begin using it! My daughter also wants to let her hair lock so this will be an amazing mama-daughter journey together!! ?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      that’s so awesome just be aware waist length hair will dread fast requiring a lot more separation maybe even daily and it will shrink the most drasticly

      • Harmony says:

        Thanks for the reply and the info. I am prepared for shrinkage and having to separate…no problem. I’m so ready and excited! I have been contemplating dreads for a few years now and it is totally spiritual for me, not at all about looks or fashion or trend. I most definitely will be visiting this site along the steps of our journey! Thanks so much for dedicating your time and effort to help and encourage!

  73. Harmony says:

    Thanks for the great info on this site! I am ready to start my dread journey! My hair is about waist length, average thickness with a touch of wave, and neither oily nor dry. I am caucasian. I currently wash my hair about every 3 days, I use liquid castille soap and I also use a conditioning hair rinse. I have been following this routine for several months. So to commence the beginnings of my locks, would it be okay to continue using the soap to wash and just eliminate the conditioning rinse? Blessings!!

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      as long as you donโ€™t have hard water and you dilute it 12 times more water then soap
      if you have hard water bronners will leave bad residue

      • Harmony says:

        We do have some iron in our well water, so I don’t wanna chance it, especially because my daughter is joining me. And after reading all the positive comments about Vicki’s products, it was easy for me to decide to order from her!

  74. Harmony says:

    Thanks for the great info on this site! I am ready to start my dread journey! My hair is about waist length, average thickness with a touch of wave, and neither oily nor dry. I am caucasian. I currently wash my hair about every 3 days, I use Dr. Bronner’s liquid castille soap and I also use their conditioning hair rinse. Would it be okay to continue using the soap to wash and just eliminate the conditioning rinse? Blessings!!

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      as long as you don’t have hard water and you dilute it 12 times more water then soap
      if you have hard water bronners will leave bad residue

  75. verena says:

    hey:) i just found this website and im really happy about it. u have dreadlocks for two years now. i am brushing them out at the moment cause i want to start a new dreadlock journey and i think the best “journey” is to.let them dread up themself :)) so im.really curious. before i had drradlocks i never brushed my hair because altough i have italian hair which is not sooo curly i would end up having really dry wierd looking hair. so when i open all the dreads and dont brush the how should they become dreadlocks when they have never been even when i didnt brushed them as a child? and do you know galapril? i think in her first videos when shes 16 she uses rubber bands is that n alternative to seperate them a bit from.the beginning on?thank youuu ๐Ÿ™‚

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      galaapril does many things wrong rubber bands can cause a dozen very serious issues

      most likely the shampoo you used, the shortness of the hair and the fact that many people finger comb without realizing it it could also be that you ran your fingers through while washing, or towel drying
      theres many habits that can prevent dreads (wearing hats lot anything that restricts movement)
      once your intentionally trying to dread using a dread shampoo and aware of the things you might do to prevent dreads ..and its long enough it will surely dread check out dreadlocks site for more info and help

  76. Courtney johnson says:

    I decided to go the natural route with my dreads instead of backcombing. I have some Qs. I have really long thick caucasion curly hair. I bought the goddess shampoo bar from the my worries are. What if I want my dreads certain size/width? How do I make that happen? I Dont just want like five matted dreads on my head. Thats my fear. And since my hair is fairly dry do I need to go thw baking soda route?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      no you don’t need to use the baking soda and the liquid would make it dread faster but dry it out too if its already dry the bars might be the best option but, if its dreading slow try the liquid
      to prevent huge dreads, separate as needed if they try to form too big (over an inch at the scalp) or try to combine into a dread thicker then an inch then separate …just pull them apart

      • Courtney johnson says:

        Also, I bought the dreadhead shampoo and the accelerator before I planned on going the natural route. Can i use that until my bar gets here or should i use something else?

        • soaringeagle2 says:

          send it back the bar will be there in a day or 2 she ships super fast dreadhead shampoo is very toxic, its not technically dread shampoo, but a hunting shampoo
          the accelerator is about 2 cents worth of sea salt for 10 bucks
          you can make 380 bottle yourself for that price
          that company should be boycotted

          • Courtney johnson says:

            If I make my own sea salt spray how much sea salt to water ratio? And how long do you leave on before rinsing?

            • soaringeagle2 says:

              3.5% of the water volume
              and anywhere from 10 min to 2 hours
              the site that makes the goddess bar has a pink sea salt that’s the purest strongest on earth, but also has added vitamins herbs and proteins so its safer to leave in longer
              but the liquid shampoos from there contain sea salt so that’s why they make it dread so fast

    • TC Bryant says:

      Is there a recomended way of keeping bangs out of my face while letting the dreads form?

      • soaringeagle2 says:

        depends on if you want them to dread or not.
        if you want them to dread leave them alone, pushing or holding them back will slow or completely prevent them from dreading
        if you don’t care if they dread then a wide looser headband or scarf type thing

  77. Ocean says:

    Okay so I dont know if this has already been answered and if so my apologies but, is it possible if your hair is already twisted for it to free form if you stop retwisting if so will they look any different than if i just let them dread naturally?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      unfortunately, its not a simple yes or no answer, but i will try to explain
      1st off, you won’t have traction alopecia and balding! so right there they will look better. (except to nasty locticians who can be very insulting trying to shame you into paying them to “fix” them, they believe traction alopecia is neat and tidy)
      unless you let some congo however, they will still have the ridgid sectioning and evenness salon dreads have, but it will be less harsh and become more “naturalized” over time, you will even get new dreads filling in the gaps that may vary in size making them appear more natural over time
      they will look healthier in months
      its absolutely essential that you stop retwisting, regardless of how natural they may or may not look in the end
      but they will look more and more natural as time goes by, but might not ever look completely natural (to someone like me who can usualy spot everything thats been done to them even years after it was done)
      for the most part however the longer u dont retwist, the more natural they will look, especialy if you alow a few to congo (combine)

      • Ocean says:

        Thank you so much haha! I’m asking simply because my hair is twisted but i don’t think they’ve fully locked yet and I haven’t gotten them re-twisted. So would you say my best bet is to not retwist and just let my hair do what it wants?

        • soaringeagle2 says:

          go on dreadlocks site search for traction alopecia or thinning caused by twisting
          and see all the horible damage retwisting causes
          twists to start is not a bad way to start at all as long as no wax or gunky crap was used but retwisting is horible

  78. Sara says:

    Can I use dread butter to help frizz when doing the neglect method?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      dread butter contains wax, nothing that site sells or recomends is safe for dreads
      you dont want to control the frizz or yoi slow the dreading,l but if you must, for an interview or formal event pure aloe gel (no other ingredients, straight from the plant, or food grade only) will control frizz, but condition too makes a unique gel, thats 1 of the few that are truly dread safe that can be used to control frizz withot really impacting the dreading much
      dread butta ids ascam like all thier products, its just more gunk thats suposed to make the other gunk feel less gunky, even though it contains wax too itself that si9te creates problems to sell you other products and tools to correct the problems they created, then sell you a tool that completely destroys your dreads to “fix’ any signs that they somehow are actually dreading…..worse most destructive products on the market come from that site
      in general u only want to wash and go let them be wild and free
      go to and read all you can

      • Ocean says:

        Thank you so much haha! I’m asking simply because my hair is twisted but i don’t think they’ve fully locked yet and I haven’t gotten them re-twisted. So would you say my best bet is to not retwist and just let my hair do what it wants?

  79. Victoria says:

    I’m 3 months into my dread journey, I had hair all the way down my back and its already up to my shoulders? Even though my dreads are so young they’re shrinking way more than I expected, and I don’t think I’ve even reaching the sage where they’ll shrink the most. How much more do you think my dreads will shrink? And since my dreads are escalating so fast, does that mean they will mature faster as well? Thank you.

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      general rules of thumb, the longer the hair the faster it dreads and more it shrinks, the faster it dreads the more you will have to separate..
      hair to your butt can shrink to your chin
      its crazy how that works but true, and yes most likely they will mature faster

  80. Pottsy says:


    I am just over 2 months into my dreadlock journey and I am wondering if I should avoid tying my hair up or is it okay to do?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      the more u do the slower it will dread and if u do a whole klot might encourage a big fat monodread
      u can but the less…and the looser .. you do the better
      freedom to move is what gets em knottin

  81. Meech says:

    Hey soaringeagle, I’ve been attempting to start dreads for a couple of month now (around 3-4 months). I have very fine, thin, straight hair and it’s about 5 inches long. I usuaully shower once a week using either baking soda,Vicki’s natural dread shampoo, or sometimes just a rince. I also do a sea salt soak ever now and then and I have seen little to no progress (no sectioning/no knotting) I’m curious if there’s anything else I can do to get my hair to start its journey

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      YES take biotin to increase growth rates 6 inches is min for it to dread…in most cases if u use vickis use the liquid not bar
      dont towel dry
      other then that wait for that next inch of growth

      • Meech says:

        i just measured my hair and it’s actually almost 8 inches, should I still take biotin and is there anything else I can/should do ?


        • soaringeagle2 says:

          dont towel dry dont push or tie it back just let it go some times it just takes longer
          everytimei use vickis liquid i get dozens of new dreads like in days
          just keep usin g that only scrub the scalp not hair and then rinse through…
          shake it gently then just go let it dry in the sun

  82. dp says:

    Is my hair too long to start freeform locs? Its about halfway down my back… I’m mixed with african american and polish. I have tight curls, thick hair. If not, how should I start? thanks

  83. Surfsup says:

    Hey man!

    I am about a week into the freeform dreading process and was wondering how I should dry my hair when I am done showering. Does it matter? Will towel drying hinder the process? I have very curly hair and have noticed some matting here and there but no real knots yet.

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      towel drying once might create knots then next time destroy 3 months of progress so its best to shake them out then air dry

  84. Jake says:

    Hi soaringeagle! I’m about a week into the natural dreading process. I was wondering if it matters how I dry my hair after I wash. Do I need to air dry or can I just towel dry? Will that ruin the dreading process? Some parts of my hair is starting to matt but I don’t really see any knots or what not.

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      towel drying once might create knots then next time destroy 3 months of progress so its best to shake them out then air dry

  85. Andre says:

    If I scrub baking soda into my scalp, will I ever get dreads? I have pretty straight hair, and it gets oily after two or three days of not washing. I find the baking soda deep cleanse to be a little too much of a hassle, and it keeps my hair too greasy. My hair is probably like 4 or 5 inches long right now, and I have not combed it in about 8 months but I see no locking. I really want dread locks, and I am going to wait as long as it takes for them to form on their own. Anybody have advice?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      you dont srub with baking soda its a soak and has to be a 1-10 ratio of baking soda to water
      the less you touch thehair the better

  86. reddlox15 says:

    I have been growing my locs for 15 years. I started my locs with braids and maintained them by palm rolling over the years. Recently I have noticed that my edges are thinning this is one of my reasons, another reason is spiritual, and I want fullness and the natural beauty that comes with developing my locs. What essential oils should I use? And does steam treatments help any? My locs come down to below my back so washing all the time is a lot of work. It takes 4 days for my hair to completely air dry.

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      mine takes that long to dry too but..stop palm rolling
      thats all you really need stop any tight styles too
      biotin will help, maybe rosemary

  87. malik says:

    When i wake up inn the moring my hair be flaf ann packed together. How to i fix it up to look nice without rollin it wirh a towel.

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      just seperate them
      flats fine they will become rounder
      if you started withan afro you might have to kinda pull them out a lil when you separate (im guessing) so they arent all matting into a hair helmet like thing

  88. Tylique says:

    I have been freeforming my hair for about a month and a half. Yesterday while in a clothing store, I noticed that my hair was definitely starting to knot up, and I was so happy. Because they felt dirty I decided to gently wash them with My shea moisture african black soap shampoo. I wasn’t surprised that my locs became undone, because I’ve washed my hair with the his soap four other times while in the process of freeforming, and the same thing happened. It feels like everytime I wash my hair I restart the process. It’s been a day since washing and my hair still doesn’t look and feel knotty. Will they come back faster? Or am I doing something wrong? Thank you.

    • Eddieasiago says:

      I washed mine in a circular motion with the bar soap they really started forming about 2-4 months in. But from the time I started washing seemed to cause progress then regression but in the end it definitely started dreading.

  89. Bandzoe says:

    All I do is grease and wash my hair no comb its not a even three inches but it seen like my hear knot up anyway what that means

  90. Kathy says:

    Hi ๐Ÿ™‚ i’d love to make them soft and cosy…any advice for washing substances for this issue..special oils etc…
    Thank you so much ๐Ÿ™‚

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      well the question needs a lil more back story
      how old are they
      are they natural/freeform or another method
      whats your hair type
      what do you wash with how often and any past product use
      assuming they are natural, over a year and/or african textured no past product or tool use then jojoba or argon oils are good choices

      now if they were no6t cared for and have buildup of any products even store bought non dread shampoos then a residue remover might help if wax was ever used wax b gone if crochet you want alot more of the oils to loosen and soften
      the bars (not liquid) are great and keep them soft
      aloe (pure aloe from the plant) is good too
      it depends on why they arent soft wich can be dryness buildup abuse like crochet etc

      • Kathy says:

        Thank you for your reply =)

        They are natural/freeform…approx. 2yrs old…i have european hair, but very thick with curls.
        I wash with Gassoul (some kind of mud), Sope or just water…some spots where just hard as stone…i helped myself, after reading your comment with some natural body oil i found in my bath room, will try to get a jojoba plant…its better already. :)))))) I am happy…thank you, and have a nice day!

        • soaringeagle2 says:

          that clays in the shampoo i recomend, plus beer youmight wantto try that out the bars not liquid
          aloes a plant jojobas an oil well im sure itsa plant too lol but u want the oil

  91. Jugg manex2 says:

    How long did it take for your beard to dread?

  92. Jugg mane says:

    Hello Soaring eagle. I have African textured hair and my hair is starting to matte. I can feel these little knots/curls forming under the matted hair. What are these “knots and curls”? And is it ok to pull them up to give my hair a more uniformed look? I am currently going through that stage where I kinda look homeless/ what a stoner looks like in the movies??.

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      unless you want them to form huge crazy dreads you will want to separate often
      some people feel they have to let them form as they want andd get those crazy huge dreads wich is cool but they take extra special care and can easily lead to issues so i recomend separating especialy any that are over an inch at the base

  93. Tylique says:

    I have been free forming my hair for a week now, and my hair is about an inch when pulled. Is it ok to start seperating/pulling up the curls that have been forming this early in the stages? I tend to only have to do this after I wake up because my hair has been matted after I lay down. I was planning to separate them anyways. I just hope that I’m not stunting the growth or anything. I have 4C African textured hair of it helps.

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      are they matting at all
      you dont want to separatate anything thats trying to dread as long as they arent forming too big
      u could be ripping apart would be dreads before they ever get a chance to dread

      • Tylique says:

        Well I feel the curls under the matted hair. So I tend to pull them up as they form so that the form on the top of the hair. It is a habit that is probably a combination of my ADHD and OCD. I was thinking of just doing a towel rub and try my hardest to not touch them. Would that be ok? And thanks for responding.

        • soaringeagle2 says:

          towel rubbings ok if done once but it might not form into sections instead just as generally knotty mess that then has to be ripped apart into sections
          dont be too agressive

    • Rye says:

      I have curly hair and am multi-racialy curls are rather tight amd look like twists if I cease to comb would my hair still lock and can I still use leave in conditioner?

      • soaringeagle2 says:

        any hair will lock its what all hair wants to do
        conditioners are typicaly made to prevent locking however if your hairs more typicaly african it would get too dry and brittle without some form of moisture
        what you want to avoid though is anything that will cause buildup of residues so like jojoba oil or something along that lines
        but only enough to keep it from being brittle in the 1st year then u can condition more as needed

  94. Jade Cleveland says:

    I’m currently freeforming and my hair is pretty short but there is already a big congo in the back of my head that stretches out to my sides. If this keep on going I will end up with one giant dread covering 3/4 of my head leaving some smaller ones in the front. I’ve tried separating them but it’s practically impossible. I have semi afro hair. Am I screwed? Will they sort of separate on their own or what’s the deal? Some say that they will but I doubt it. I’ve seen pictures and videos of people who freeform and their hair looks good, some even have nice and even dreads while some have bigger dreads, but none of them have only 1 big giant lock. Am I doing something wrong? I might just shave my head if it turns out ridiculous. At the end of the day, it’s just hair. Thanks!

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      separate when wet and really trey to get it apart on theres allot of info on separating dreads that are very congoed
      also check out a member named hummingbird love gorilla or hatsdontfit on youtube
      hes got mega crazy congos but still gets modeling gigs

      how short is it though
      if its really short it might separate out as it grows but its a lil hard to say
      if u post some pics on there ill take a look and see what we can do to fix it

  95. Jonathan says:


    I am about to start on my natural dread journey and I am still just unsure how to was my hair. Do I just rub the soap into my scalp and just make sure my scalp has been cleaned and ignore actually putting the shampoo in my hair or do I wash my scalp and also put it in my hair ?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      well if your using shampoo wash the scalp…rinse it through the hair
      if your using the baking soda method its a no touch soak

  96. zel says:

    Wats up…I got a small afro thats not even dreaded yet but I want to know do I need to wear something on my small fro because every morning when I wake up my afro be flat lol

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      thats how it compresses and tightens besides whats the alternative sleeping hanging from your ankles like a bat?

  97. amber says:

    Hi so I started free forming and the back and the side of my hair is in the baby stage the top is not doing nothing what could I do so my hair is all on one level/stage?

  98. Mattyy says:

    How do dreadlocks get sun faded naturally? I kno this probably sounds like a dumb question but really no one can seem to explain the process. Do I literally just wait out in the sun some hours of the day and if the hair starts to dry up leave it? Please enlighten me on this subject for I have wanted my dreads faded naturally for some time

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      when its really hot out id tie mine up and the sun would bleach the ends
      you can increase this with lemon juice ..however use care although lemon juice will increase the sun bleaching alot theres a reason it does…it penetrates into the inner layer of the hair where the pigments lie ..if left in alot used strong and often it starts to break the hair down from the inside.. its a relatively strong acid thats why it breaks down the pigments and the protein bonds
      just being out exposed to the sun does it im not sure why but the oldeer hair towards the ends seems to bleach more fromthe sun then the newer hair near the scalp even if thats exposed more to direct sunlight…. maybe someone would know why.. but thats just always been my observations anyway

  99. Dave says:

    Thank you very much for this site, i would not have to confidence to allow my hair to dread naturally without it. so many people have offered wax, palm-rolling or backcombing it on me or whatnot, but i refuse. soft wavey caucasian hair. I wear my wool tam most of the time (including at night-i usually sleep outside so it blocks the sun in the eyes, keeps me warm and rain off my head (lol that was a crazy night)). My first pre-dread started about 6 months ago and since have more. I am typically on the coast so im sure the salt air helps. I forgot that washing encourages dreading (maybe wash the hair once a month) so i will work on that. my first dread doesnt ‘seem’ to have changed much.

    I am just confirming that, when the time is right, it will tighten up towards the scalp-its been an inch away from the scalp the whole time?

    Peace Love Harmony & Venus project

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      yes it will take time however leaving them to hang free instead of tucked in a tam will help too you can ballence the time they hang free and are tucked away
      the 1 inch is normal in fact up to 3 is normal till nearly mature when they dread to about 1/2 inch from the scalp..they should gewt no tighter then that

      • Dave says:

        Awesome, thanks so much. The ones that are forming are very flat (due in part to wearing the tam to often?), I’m assuming beads would work. Are there other reasons/solutions? PLHV

        • soaringeagle2 says:

          stop wearing the tam they will round out on their own but if they what
          nothing in natures really round

  100. Brandon clopton says:

    What is the best shampoo for curly hair if I want it to dread would it matter if I’m white or will it just takes little longer

  101. dreadsadmirer says:


    I have some questions, my hair is currently 3 inches and I’m planning to let it grow and do its own thing and eventually get free formed dreads. My hair is thick and curly so I guess that’s a good thing, but I was wondering: is there an specific way to wash my hair? Like I dont want to slow down or prevent my hair from getting knots and dreaded.
    The other thing is I work out every day so I have to take a shower everyday, but I only use shampoo 2 times a week, but I do wet my hair, do you think that’s ok? Or should I stop getting my hair wet every day?
    And finally, I do notice my hair is starting to get mini dreads but just right after I dry my hair with a towel it looks like it looses the mini dreads that were forming.


  102. paul says:

    have you any tips on the pros and cons of what im trying.
    basically im white with around 3 inches of hair which naturally throws hooks before it produces ringlets,the idea was to let the ringlets grow naturally then with length and time let it slowly tighten and knot,lock like ive seen with others i know,but then i changed my mind and for the last 3 days ive tried another method which my friends done over 20 year ago and some still do.
    i rub it in circles with a wool hat every morning to create knots ect untill the whole head is matted (few months) then i wait untill it tightens the matt (around another 6 month)then when ready soak with water and rip and tear while leaving little blocks of matted hair on the ends as weights to drop the locks instead of them sticking out all over the place.
    these are the only 2 ways i know of and im at a loss as to go back to ringlets which will take the longest or carry on rubbing what would you suggest and why? or do you know another way.
    cheers brother
    paul from the uk.

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      no matter what you need to get more length before it will lock
      the rubbing should only be done once..if at all and just creates a general knotty mess that then needs 5to be tore apart into locks
      if you just continue to let it grow and lock it sectionws itself then locks
      the only recommendation id make is take 10,000-15,000 mg of biotin every day you won’t see a diference for a couple months but then it will start to grow at double or tripple speed

      • paul says:

        im coming to a similar conclusion,ive rubbed it 5 times each morning and what seems to be happening is its encouraging the ringlets to mutiply and become smaller ringlets instead of 1 big ringlet,ive a feeling if i keep rubbing im going to end up with 2 or 3 different kind of locks,those forming from ringlets,a few which are rolling and those which will form from a matt with rip and tear,if thats what happens then so be it for as they say “everything happens for a reason” might not look pretty but its the path im walking right now unless i see a better route in time with length as you say.
        time is not on my side right now hence why i interfere just a little instead of just letting be what will be.
        thanks for reply brother every little helps.
        and know when i call you brother its not because its the new phrase going around but because where all the lords children therefor we are all brothers and sisters.
        when i look at my ancestors dreads through statues and paintings i often wonder how they done it AND WHY THEY WERE PERSECUTED FOR IT.
        if only the people knew the truth of what they hide,every painting tells a story they say but the story they tell us is a lie,they teach us one thing and there children another but soon the veil will be lifted so all the lords children will know the truth and boy will there be tears and restless nights for many who thought there leaders have there best interests at heart.
        take care brother and thanks once more.

  103. stormmy says:

    I have read a lot of comments here and I must say I am very inspired to keep dreads naturally. but, my case is a lil bit different and all I need is just ways to go about it in other to make it very thick and long. I do not mind the time. I am thinking about 15 years and more. I have had my hair without combing for 6-7 months now and I must confess I only condition it as afro but, some parts are locked while some are just curly. I am African, so you can view what I mean exactly. I want to know, do I need to apply any conditioning ? do I need to comb them all out and twist it ? my hair is already 4-5 inches long. I do not want to mess my stages up. this is why I haven’t done anything to them and I just watch them grow. but, like I said, not all parts are locked. I really do need you to break it down for me as of which procedures will fit my style. I would love them very thick and long. if possible I would like to count them on me. I believe with your explanation and guidelines, it will help me achieve my mission. Thank you.

  104. Min says:

    Is 2 inches fine

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      to dread naturally you need around 6 inches to use twist and rip you need 4-5 inches
      but if u take biotin every day it will start to grow alot faster
      but you still have months before its long enough

  105. Min says:

    I have abt 2 inches of hair fine Asian hair..jst need advice on how to do it as I’m nt confident enough

  106. Min says:

    I’m far far away frm wre u r tropical Asia bt man ….i still nd advce to grow dreads since no salons offerin it…plz advce

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      salons are the absolute worse mistake you can make
      asain hair dreads just fine simply stop combing start using a dread shampoo and seperate as needed
      it dreads itself just that easy
      never ever go anywhere near a salon especialy those that claim to be dread salons

  107. Dalyn person says:

    Soaringeagle. Im mixed black, white, and lumbee Indian. I was wondering if twisting my hair would help it to dread. Some of tje twist i take two sections of hair amd twist. While others I just twist and twist. Im just wondering if im doing it correctly or if o should do some other method.

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      best thing to do is leave it alone if your hairs kinky and the twists stay in thats fine just dont ever retwist
      retwisting is what causes balding

  108. Wendy says:

    Hi there!

    I’ve been thinking about beginning the process of naturally dreading my hair for some time now, but I’ve had a few questions. I have wavy/curly hair, but parts of it are considerably damaged from heat and hair dye over the years. I’ve been taking much better care of it for some time now, but there are days when it needs a good amount of extra moisture as to not be too dry and brittle. If I decide to naturally dread my hair, would it still work if I were to condition my hair as needed? Thank you!

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      if yiou have afriucan hair yea if not id spot treate or use the bars not liquid it wont dreasd as fast but will still dread

  109. Clay says:

    Hello, I have begun my dreading journey about 6-7 weeks ago. However, before I started, I used to style my hair everyday, straighten it, and use hair sprays. I have mow completely stopped that and have switched entirely to baking soda washes. I wash my hair twice a week sometimes only once, but I had a question: Is it alright to wash my hair with only water everyday? And my other question: when and how often should I use a sea salt spray?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      baking soda maybe not the best option if u used chemical straighteners etc
      but u can though once dreaded they take long time to dry so u wont want to wet em every day
      sea salts optional but use it a couple hours b4 u wash weekly is plenty

  110. Max says:

    Hi, I have a couple questions.

    I’ve been considering turning my afro into dreads for a while now. However, I’m a little worried about how they will turn out. What I’d be aiming for is Bob Marley length dreads. I’ve seen pictures of guys with short dreads, but I don’t like that style at all. That said, of course I’m fine wearing my hair like that for a while if it results in my goal. I just don’t want it to stay that way, if that is all I can achieve.

    So, my main concern is how long they will grow. I wanted to know if making my hair into dreadlocks would make it appear longer than it does as an afro. I’ve gone months without cutting my hair at times, and it doesn’t grow out super long at all. Its growth really slows down after about two months. I mean, it definitely gets unruly, but not anywhere near as long as I’d imagine they’d have to be to form long dreads like Bob Marley had. I think the best way to describe it is that it could probably become short dreads no problem; but I’m worried about whether or not it can go beyond that. Will my hair grow longer than normal in this style? Or will it stay around the same length that it does currently?

    Following up on that question, how long would it take to get what I’m hoping to achieve? Years possibly? How long would I be stuck with shorter length dreads before they’d reach my shoulders or further; if at all?

    Lastly, I was wondering how easy it would be to change them back. Though I’d like to give this a try, I wouldn’t want to be stuck with them; especially if they weren’t turning out the way I wanted them to. What would be the procedure for turning them back into an afro?

    Sorry if some of these questions have obvious answers. I just have a hard time believing that my medium length hair could possibly grow that long.

    Thanks for the help!

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      you see mine drag on the ground
      they began at 3-4 inches
      hair grows at a rate of 1/2 inch a month..typically
      taking 10,000-15,000 mg of biotin a day every day after 3 months that can be an inch even 1 1/2 a month double to tripple speed but it takes 3 months to see that increase
      bob marley if you google early bob marley pictures u see how short they started
      they take time and shrink in the 1st year regain length in the 2nd by 2nd they shouldbe at ort past shoulders
      to get the length you are envisioning will take 4-5 years
      at least dreads take patience
      the longer u keep them the longer they get

      to comb them out use a lot of conditioners and carefully comb or pick out from the tips up it can be done it just will take time you wont get them all out in a day

  111. Chaos says:

    Hey soaringeagle,

    Welp, I finally took the plunge and started my dread journey about two weeks ago after hemming and hawing over it for the past four to five years or so. It’s been… interesting. I have very curly, very fine hair which I’ve been washing with the baking soda/acv method for the past month and a half now. Before, I used to simply finger comb my hair and leave it at that, but ironically enough, now that I’ve stopped combing my hair entirely it’s become even /more/ curly… and knot free. Weird how before my hair would dread on the drop of a dime while using shampoo and conditioner, but now it’s decided to become dread resistant.

    At first, I was rinsing it with simple water everyday out of habit but I noticed that I was totally knot free. Then I decided to simply not rinse my hair and only rinse it while washing. Still knot free.

    Would you suggest that I continue to not rinse it except for when I must wash it? I sleep on a woolen sweater thrown over my pillow. I guess I just find it incredibly humorous how my hair has a complete and total agenda of its own. Any advice? Should I just wait and see what happens over the upcoming months?

    Thank you!

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      its only been 2 weeks! thats nothing but if u use too much acv its conditioning
      u might want to try the liquid shampoo from it makes mine so knotty in 1 single wash its crazy

      but besides that time is what ya need 2 weeks isnt much at all

      • Chaos says:


        Thanks for the reply! I actually use a pretty small amount of acv, I guess the closest ‘ratio’ I can come up with is, 1/8th part acv to a part of water’, but most of the time I just eyeball it. Where I live, there’s a /lot/ of wild rosemary and lavender, so I actually use rosemary and lavender “tea” that I mix with the acv. I wouldn’t be surprised if that is the cause of any conditioning.

        I’ll give it more time and see what happens. If anything I can switch to dr. Bronners for a bit until the dreads become slightly more established. Mmm, rose Dr. Bronners.

        Thanks again ๐Ÿ™‚

        • soaringeagle2 says:

          if u got hard water bronners will be almost like wax nasty buildup
 is made for all water types
          acv when early on should be like a capful or 2 to a gallon a teaspoon to 2 or 3 or 4 cups very weak when more mature use the same 1-10 ratio but i would recomend dreadlockshampoo long term as baking soda and acv long term can weaken the hair alot..its kinda harsh the shampoo on the other hand makes it super healthy

  112. Manu says:

    I am 12 getting dreds and I live on a boat in ausse land any tips

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      what do you mean by “getting dreads’ dont “get dreads’ grow them swimming in the ocean often is going to make em fdread fast
      just rinse or wash after the salt can over dry the hair and irritate the scalp if left in too long

      when you said “getting dreads’ if you meant by a salon or dread kit..stop..cancle the appointment or send it back

      before you do anything discuss it with me or go on and read up on it
      you dont need to do anything to get dreads except wash with something good for dreads.thats it
      wash and go and dreads happen

  113. Brooke Shanks says:

    ANOTHER quick question,
    I’m wearing my hair up mostly,( because of the messiness) is that going to effect the look?
    Should I be wearing it down to eliminate breakage? or does that even matter?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      2 things
      1 it will slow progress a ton
      2 it will encourage 1 huge congo so u will have to seperate more often
      the more its down and able to move the more it will dread

  114. Brooke Shanks says:

    I am just beginning this process, I wash my hair with the vinegar mix and I’ve been conditioning with coconut oil once a week, is that still good to do?
    Also, so I need to section off the bigger knots? My hair is naturally nappy even though I’m full caucasian, I have always been able to get little dread locks in as little as a week.
    MY main question is should I section off the pieces, and is there any way for me to make them look less messy while going through the beginning process? as in less like a nest, and more like little dread locks.
    Love the site!!
    much love, brooke.

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      conditioning will slow or prevent dreading in the 1st year unless u have typicaly dry african hair
      how are u doing the vinager are u using baking soda 1st are u doing them seperately what ratios

  115. Matt Kelly says:

    So I have been letting my (moderately curly) hair dread on its own for a few months now, and I have been getting some pretty thick dreads, but some of them within my hair are getting flat. Is that just a part of the process? My guess is I am sleeping on them and that is flattening them out. I have been putting my hair up before bed but it wasn’t done too much. Any info on this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      when u sleep on them they compress this is how they tighten in most cases they compress in diferent directions every night so tend to get more round over time but the 1 dread that stays flat will be your fave since its not round and boringlike the rest

  116. Matt Kelly says:

    So I’ve been letting my hair grow and dread on its own for a few months now, and have gotten some pretty thick dreads within my (moderately curly) hair. But some of them have gotten very flat. Is that just a part of the process? My guess is I am sleeping on them and flattening them out. I starting putting my hair up before bed but it hasn’t done too much. Any info on the mater would be greatly appreciated!

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      replied to your other post about the flatness but wanted to let you know that really thick dreads can cause issues

  117. GraceAthena says:

    Soaringeagle, I have a super picky scalp, and baking soda and shampoo are not nice to it. I’ve recently started the rinse only method, and I wondered, if it helps my head, can I just crack on with this method once my hair is long enough to dread? My hair is straight, and prone to be oily, though it’s gotten better as I get older. So, I could do a bs clean once a month or so… do you have any experience with this? ( I had dreads crocheted in for 2 months over the summer, and my scalp was in bits, and so itchy with dandruff. I got very frustrated, and that coupled with the fact that I’d made an awful mistake having them put in that way led to me having my sister cut them all off with the resolve to start over.)

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      Most likely, your issue is actually SLS or hot water SLS is in almost all shampoos is very toxic and a skin irritant

      Washing with baking soda can be harsh. It can remove the dead skin, but it’s also kind of harsh. Washing with just water might be gentle, but is not going to get you very clean. I would recommend trying The liquid is more drying so helps it dread faster, but may dry the scalp more

  118. Jonathan jones says:

    Hello. My name is Jon and I recently decided to start my locking journey. I herd that I should take a sponge and cut holes in it then rub it through my hair. But it doesn’t cool like others. It looks like it swirls more than anything. And the right side of my head looks like it spikes up more than anything. I’m mixed but very light skinned. Is there a easier method do you think I could try or am I doing it right. I want them free formed but am very ignorant in the ways I should start them. I just know freeform is the way to go.

    Jah bless

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      That’s a very silly thing known as the nu dread. It’s a ridiculous contraption that makes you look like a hedgehog, just like spikes.

      The simplest thing to do is just wash your hair and let it dread, but you want to use a natural dread friendly shampoo. It will start the dread all on its own and all you have to do is clean it. That’s it separate. If you don’t want one huge dread, but that it you have to rub, you don’t have to roll you don’t have to twist you don’t have to do any of that crazy stuff just wash and go

  119. Victoria says:

    Hey! Just wanted to thank you for your helpful information. And I want to share my story . Well it just started a couple of days ago, but nonetheless the dreads are calling me. It happened one day at the beach by the indian ocean, I sat in the shallow water picking up stones and corals in hopes of finding some treasure of the sea. All of a sudden a beautiful hollow coral in the perfect shape of a bead appeard in my hand. It was a gift from Gaia, from the powerful sea, and thus I knew I wanted to carry it with me at all times. And my joyrney of dreading began. I’m really happy to hear your view on dreads, they are indeed the natural way of our hair.. and I never realised they store energy and protect us. But it all makes sense now. So thank you for enlightening me. I will post future questions when needed. Love & light!
    Victoria in Sweden

  120. cyphrobert allen says:

    I’m half black however have hair that is literally almost 100% African like in every way, so my question is I have been doing this for almost two weeks and have ignorantly used reaguler shampoo about 4-5 times total so far, now if I start using dreadfriendly shampoo from now on or stop shampooing entirely is it possible to correct my horrible mistake and will it continue to do it’s thing like it is supposed to?

  121. cyphrobert allen says:

    Ok, so one more question for soaring eagle, I *am* half black however have hair that is literally almost 100% African like in every way, so my question is I have been doing this for almost two weeks and have ignorantly used reaguler shampoo about 4-5 times total so far, now if I start using dreadfriendly shampoo from now on or stop shampooing entirely is it possible to correct my horrible mistake and will it continue to do it’s thing like it is supposed to?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      well the worse part about regular shampoos are the residues i would defibnately keep shampooing just use a good all natural dread shampoo

  122. Robert Allen III says:

    yes I *do* have a question for Soaringeagle (not sure I spelled it correctly) I understand that it will help the dreadding process to use special shampoo or beaking soda is it possible to obtain dreads at all if you are using reaguler shampoo, or dose using reaguler shampoo make getting dreads impossible. or dose it cause shotty seacond rate dreads.

    -thank you for your time and any answer will be very hepful as i have wanted dreads for almost 9 years now…

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      well theres no easy answer that covers all cases.
      some shampoos…most are made to make hair ‘manageable’ wich is code for tangle free plus nearly all condition and leave residues
      if your hair wants to dread badly enough it will dread even with daily conditioning but avoiding conditioners will make it dread faster (if your african american u do need moisture to prevent breakage but then african hair will dread no matter what u use or do)

      the other issue with regular shampoos is residues
      if you take baths regularly your familiar with that soap scum ring you get in the tub, those sorts of residues build up in dreads and are hard to remove, and can cause a swampy condition that is easy for mold or mildew to grow in
      so not only are regular shampoos going to make it harder to dread (in some cases impossible, in others just slower) but its also a risk for causing stinky dreads

  123. josh says:

    great read!

    is there a way to not put your fingers through your hair as i keep doing that and the most dreaded i got was a few knots?! :/

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      well theres a few answers to that
      the simplest answer is dont put your fingers through your hair
      as obvious as that sounds its not always as easy as that so you can try putting them in your pockets sitting on them or if its a nervous habit thats lifelong like twirling your hair try wearing a crystal pendent around your neck or if u need a softer texture some sort of cloth thing or a ‘medicine pouch” that you can twirl and twist instead

      • josh says:

        ok, thanks but i dont think a 13 year old boy would look right with a cristal pendant!

        • soaringeagle2 says:

          are you kidding me? why the hell not? especially 1 with dreads
          when i was your age i wore several at once
          just get like a quartz crustal or maybe something more like hematite

          any why worry how ya look

          • josh says:

            cuz i got bullied for 2 years and like a girl, that is why i care

            • soaringeagle2 says:

              i got bullied too but so what those are insecure stupid kids that will go nowhere in life ..your not.. if your afraid to be yourself then they won.. but if you dont let them affect how you act then you won
              bullies and terrorists are basicly the same thing they are weak people who feel that if they can scare you enough to change how you act and behave then they arent so weak.

              dont give up your power

              and dude your growing dreads any girl ya like that likes dreads will like a crystal round your neck too..
              in fact tell her why your wearing it and tell her when your dreads are forming the crystal will be hers and it will be like she shared in your dreading journey with you

              crystals are energy receivers and transmitters and by passing that on to her it will just increase the bond

              im glad your dreading you need the confidence

              you should feel strong enough ..confident enough to face your bullies wearing a clown nose and bunny ears and not be afraid of what they think

            • soaringeagle2 says:

              in fact
              google vermin supreme
              vermin supreme is his real name and hes running for president wearing a boot on his head a clown nose and promising to gain energy independence by harnessing the power of a zombie apocalypse hooking zombies up to huge turbines and dangling brains in front of them

              point is you cant be afraid to be unique

              those bullies.. they are like everyone else right? absolutely normal in every way dress like everyone else have the same hair style play the same sports act like everyone elkse
              they are bullieds because they are forced into a role they feel powerless to be anything but a drone a clone ..because your more real more unique and not like everyone else they fear you

              i was bullied every day in hs
              guess what
              hs ends
              those bullies 20 years later will be in the same place doing the same thing ..stuck
              but not you
              not me
              its the ones who arent afraid to be themselves that go on to live amazing lives experience things those bullies never dreamed of

              what do they got to look forward to? a few failed marriages with restraining orders/ maybe even time in jail/

              if yoyr afraid to wear a crystal then those bullies are still beating you now…without touching you without coming near you
              they are beating you cause you are afraid to even wear something that might anger the idiots of the world

              guess what
              it doesnt take much

              if they cant find something to pick on you for just the color of your shoelaces or the fact that ones untied is all they need to come after you

              so are you going to wear velcro shoes/ well they will come after u for that

              it doesnt matter what u wear how you act

              its not you

              its them
              they are losers
              dont lose yourself to losers

              • josh says:

                thanks but i decided we live to die

                • soaringeagle2 says:

                  wtf is the point in thaat
                  live to live
                  live to love

                  sounds like you really need your dreads…and a crystal
                  and to get past your teens and away from where you are

                  • jasper says:

                    2 years ago I had the same attitude as this guy and I was around his age (14).

                    I got dreads a bit over a year ago.
                    I’m a lot happier now, but I never got a crystal.

                    • soaringeagle2 says:

                      dreads are like crystals they store energy and provide a protecxtive barrier against the negativity of the world around you

  124. kingj says:

    i towel rubbed my hair this morning and this is the last time im doing that method

    my question is when do i wash?

    cause my hair unravels when i wash it i guess its telling me to leave it alone

    im thinking about using sea salt water to loc my hair instead

    ive heard of your shampoos and i will like to use them but i dont have any money


    and the ingredients are Deionized Water, Decyl Glucoside (Coconut Oil), African Black Soap, Saliylic Acid, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Melia Azadirachta (Neem)Seed Oil, Charcoal Powder, Mefaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil,Simmondsia Chinesis Seed (Jojoba) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Oil, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Vitamin E, Rosemary Extract, Platain Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower (and) Lonicera Japonica (Japanese Honeysuckle) Flower Extract *Certified Organic Ingredient

    this shampoo Helps to calm itching and irritation. Tea Tree Oil – Removes buildup for enhanced shine and volume. Willow Bark Extract – Exfoliates and detoxifies hair and scalp.

    this is natural shampoo but is it good for my hair? im african american

    do you think i should quit towel rubbing and just let it be?

    i know this process is simple but im keep stressing myself out on it

    thanks for your time

    god bless

  125. kingj says:

    I dont see my question i guess it disappeared

    I always do the towel rub method and i was wondering is that necessary?
    Im african american so my hair is kinky

    My shampoo is shea moisture’s african black soap shampoo and i used that 1 time and its pretty good cause obviously its natural i used to use suave shampoo and that shampoo seem to not help my hair knot

    I wash 2 times a week

    Is there anything i need to change?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      till u comment twice and were approved they need aproval to prevent spam
      but no towel rubbings nit nesacary at all and if u rub it should only be once
      only nit combing is nesacary

      your hair has always been trying to dread
      everything u have done up till now was meant to prevent dreads
      the shampoos that make hair “manageable” is code for not dreading the combing picking braiding cutting shampoos that condition ..styling all that was all for 1 keep it from dreading
      so the 1 and only thing u need to do is stop preventing it from dreading

  126. Kirko says:

    i have 1 inch hair long how can i make dreadlock?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      if you have african hair just klet it dread or twist it…once then let it dread never retwist if caucasian hair u need a minumum of 5 inches to twist and rip or backcomb and 6 to go natural but u can start the natural process at bald and might dread shorter
      taking 15000 mg biotin every day will double even triple the growth rate after 3 months

      all u need to dread though is wash with a dread shampoo and stop combing
      thats it

      • Dave says:

        When you say all you need is a dread shampoo do you mean any natural residue-free shampoo (i have a local hemp shampoo) our should it be more specific to dreading?

        And in terms of washing, i forget where i saw it, maybe on this site, but i don’t wash the entire length of hair, just lather the scalp. I wash once to twice a week and Terry to keep it dry otherwise. To dry, i pat dry a little with a towel and shake vigorously like a dog, allowing it to air dry.

        I wear a tam when i need to, my Caucasian hair is about 5-6 inches and have stayed this about two week ago, but not really seeing any dreading per say. I’m not stressing, i figure my hair may be a bit short and i have to wear a hat (tam) for work, so it may take a bit, just want to confirm I’m in the right track

        • soaringeagle2 says:

          well some that arent made for dreads might still be too conditioning as long as theres no residue it will nit harm them but might slow or prevent dreading
          the liquid from as an example has sea salt added so it really helps speed dreading

          your hair could use another inch and 2 weeks is kinda soon to expect dreading in shorter can happen sure but its unexpected when it does

  127. Khomari says:

    I have 4and a half inches of African curly hair…I started freeform 3 days and washed it 2 times already ,should I sleep on my back or stomach ,is shrinkage okay andwhen will re knots start grabbing onto each other and forming little locs

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      whatever side u sleep on dreads fastest thats all african hair can dreadpretty fast those knots are becoming dreads as long as they stay knotty
      3 days is a lil soon to expect dreads however some rare cases will find dreads forming in hours to datys but thats unusually fast weeks is not uncommon a couple months is typical in caucasian so im thinking u should see dreading within a month ..2 at most ..but thats dreading not fully mature dreads
      they do take time ..give em time be patient
      they are doing it now with every wash with every sleep but just like your hair didnt grow 4 inches in 4 days they arent going to be fully mature in a week

  128. Chester says:

    i switched from liquid to bar dreadlock shampoo because according to my friend(who had spoke to your sometime ago) it wouldn’t dry out my hair, where as the liquid made it feel brittle after awhile. does this still remain the case?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      yes, you see the liquids made to dry the hair out with sea salt dry hair dreads faster especialy in non african hair since your emails “doo.rags” i can assume you have african hair wich is dry by nature and while dreading requires moisturue to prevent brittleness and breaking almost the oposite treatment this is the 1 and only real diference in whats truly needed for dread care between african and other hairtypes is you need to prevent dryness while we need to prevent oiliness
      the bars are perfect and many of my african american brothers and sisters that use the bars say they need absolutely no other products like opils gels creams or greasses ..if they wash fairly regularly (1-3times a week)

      some with african tyoe haur do indeed use sea salt to dry the hair and speed dreading but it does have the risk of over drying and your hair type really needs no extra help in dreading

      tho i will say that when salons grease u up gel you up and overload u with oils and such it slows dreading though no matter how much products u use that are unesacary ammount of oils and conditioners can really completely prevent your hair from dreading

      • Chester says:

        hahaha you got me on the doo rags thing! I really appreciate the timely response. I just got my bar in the mail today and really enjoy it, how long do they typically last? my friend still has his and he’s had it for almost a yr im actually shocked

        • soaringeagle2 says:

          he must not wash often enough mine last a month or 2 also if u use a ‘soap saver’ wich she used to send 1 with every order and might still when available just something that keeps the bar sitting up off any moisture so its not melting, you can put it on asponge or anything outside the shower when not in use so it stayts dry anything u can do to prevent waste through melting just from being wet will make it lkast longer ..but a yewar he must be washing monthly or less now alot of african americans think that thats how often they should wash due to shampoos drying the hair however a months worth of dirt can be pretty extrteme and if you wash more often the scalp adjusts and it doesnt dry out so bad in fact 1 african american freind washes every single day (with dreads) and uses no conditioners moisturizers oils or anything and his hair does not get dried out.. sol tell your freind that he should really consider washing weekly at a bare minumum

          • Chester says:

            will do! but I believe he may have switched to just washing with water. me personally I like the smell of shampoos and sort of the after smell so I use them. but he has seen a lot of progress sicne with just water so I often ponder it as well. he wants to keep it as natural possible and in the words of him “nothing is more natural than water” haha

  129. JG says:

    I’m starting my free form journey. I have about 1 inch African hair. On the days when I don’t shampoo my hair should I still rinse with water or not?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      sure you can the only reason not to wassh every day is when dreaded they take too long to dry so every 3-7 days is best

  130. Dave says:

    OK so i’m ready to start my dreaded journey. (will p/u my shampoo tomorrow). After looking at dreadhead & knottyboy (both promote wax) and talking with a few dreadheads I like the natural approach. It only makes sense to let my hair do what it naturally wants to do right. well, I started with a shaved head (am bald on top, gonne be interesting to see a bald man with dreads no?) but have let the hair grow. I have not brushed it once but wear a ballcap (keep paint off my head).

    My issue is this, my hair which is over 3 or 4 inches long, has not been brushed once. it seems that according to this site it should have already started dreading, no? what do i need to be doing differently? (i will be switching from a 2n1 shamp/cond to a residue free organic shampoo, having seen tips for wool on this site, am considering sleeping on fleece since dont own any wool (would it be a good lint-free alternative?). I has soft wavy jesus like hair with a large expanding crop-circle. What else should/could I do to help promote natural dreads?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      the ball cap and the shampoo has prevented it from dreading also the length typicaly it dreads at 6 inches although some do dread shoerter the caps and the shampoo wont let it dread at any length
      instead of the cap wwear a tam a loose wool tam but only when painting then leave em to hang free the rest of the time makes an awesomed all natural dread shampoo its what i use the liquid will help it dread fast the bars are great when they mature

  131. Mini says:

    Hey I love your site and videos! So informative, thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ I have naturally curly type 3/4 hair and have stopped combing for about 2-3 weeks. The back is really matted and I can feel the clumps. However, i cannot get my hands through the back of my hair at all. It’s just one massive tangle. I can feel sections at the ends but they are only about an inch long. Will these move up the massive nest and turn into individual dreads? I’ve tried to separate the back but I have had no luck, it is too tangled with itself. I appreciate your help! Thanks again, man. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      srry forthe late reply its dreadibng super fast so u will need to seperate a whole lot more often do it while wet pull the sections apart ripping the connected hairs since its so far gone u may have a bity of pain while its undercontrol and being seoerated often its painless when wet
      on theres alot of tips for seperating even when its extremely matted

  132. thedoncornelius says:

    I want to freeform my hair. I stopped picking it over 2 years ago and it’s done nothing. I have curly hair and when I wash it it just curls up. And it also seperates into the stages but that’s it. Any suggestions on what to wash my good hair with? Or should I not try the process all together?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      a good dread shampoo makes the best but whenu say “good hair’ (hate that term) im guessing your african american
      the liqiuid dreads caucasian hair fast cause of the sea salt wich dries it out so it dreads fast but african american hairs generaly super dry by nature so use the bars instead or alternate

  133. darrel says:


    • soaringeagle2 says:

      well you can
      but the reason and only reason not to wash every day is they take so long to dry thats whyyou dont wantto rinse every day

  134. Judson says:

    If a section of hair begins to tangle at the ends, will it move up towards the scalp naturally?

    • soaringeagle2 says:


      • will says:

        Ok I have somewhat caucasain hair but its super thick and about 3 inches long but because its so thick it doesnt seem any longer then an inch. Also its very oily. I dont want to just freeform I want thin dreads but im not sure how often to wash and what exactly the steps are for my type of hair. Its pretty much naturally backcombed.

        • soaringeagle2 says:

          u can freeform and keep them thin by seperating but 3 inches is a lil short 5 is recomended you can twist n rip backcomb is alot more damaging
          to stop oiliness wash with baking soda a few weeks wash with 1 part baking soda 10 parts water pour on soak 10 min then rinse noscrubbing needed start at every 2 days then every 3 once u get to 4 days and its not oily you can switch to a dread shampoo like or after rinsing the bs out do a very weak acv rinse .. the bs/acv methods explained alot on

  135. Judson says:

    I’ve been letting my process go for about a month now and I have some definite locks. Obviously, some of the hair on the sides and under in the back aren’t forming yet. I know its soon though. I will backcomb here and there, roll places that are forming, and even take my palm and push sections on my scalp in a clockwise/counterclockwise motion to tangle.

    I would like to know if these things are ok to do AND, I put my hair in a ponytail for work sometimes and I was wondering if this pulls the tangles out. I haven’t noticed much but I was just wondering.

    Plus, I only was about once a week, if that, and do so with a shampoo for my scalp that REALLY itches after a bit.


    • soaringeagle2 says:

      1 dont backcomb esopecualy dont roll and even more especialy do not rub against the scalp the last root rubbing can oull 1/2 the hairs right out of the scalp! just washg and seperate nothing eolswe at all is best wash 2x a week if needed and cut the hot water out cool to colsd washing more and u wint itch and will dread faster

  136. Caroline says:

    I’ve wanted dreads for years, but only lately have I been looking into it more seriously. I was originally thinking of using twist and rip, but my hair is so baby fine that when I did 1/2inch sections, the dreads were only 1/4 the diameter of a pencil, tiny! And my hair is naturally, without conditioner, silky and slippery, that the dreads just fell right out after two days.

    SO… I’m looking into freeform now. My concern is that I have 1 year old twins who are constantly raking their little fingers through my hair and I thus have to keep it up in a bun or pony tail the majority of the time. Should I wait until my babes are older? Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      tnr will aklways be much thinner then the sections then thicken as they mature
      theres no race, keeping it up will drastically slow progress but theres no reason to not start now sure the kids will untangle some but thats ok they dont needto be dreaded by a deadline the ones in back will dread fastest anyway and the front they play with will dread last anyways too so whats it matter if that part dreads as they grow up dreads are alot like children they develop in stages they mature at diferent rates and how they Are treated affects how fast or slow they mature ..but thats ok thats how they develop thier unique personalities

  137. Shawn says:

    Hey I’ve been freeforming for about 5 months and I was wondering whats the best way to put coconut oil in my hair? Meaning after washing and shampooing my hair or before and let it sit in than wash it out? (also i use the dreadlockshampoo you recommended)

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      well if your african american u can use it now if not id wait awhile u can either apply directly if you want a real deep moisturizing or add to a rinse pour on wait a few min then a quick rinse i dont do a full rinse just a quick spray to spread it around and wash out any excess buit still leave a lil in

      • keithen says:

        I use a dorag for my hair and my hair tends to get flat when i wear my dorag i have started wear a tam yet,but wen my hair is flat it like a low cut but have a mini afro.will it still dread

        • soaringeagle2 says:

          ofcourse its flat your smooshing it flat and preventing it from moving dont wear anything if u must then wear a tam

      • HuShawn says:

        When should u start seperating? I have a 6 month freeform fro and I have some coils popping up on the top of my head and back but not on the sides cause I at on the but it feel like it’s matting together and I don’t want it to be one big dread but than I don’t wanna mess it up and pull stuff apart and keep it from dreading.. (Also I’m a African American)

        • soaringeagle2 says:

          when they form too big (over an inch) or when 2 dreads try to combine at the roots, modt likely you should have started months ago

  138. Jesus says:

    Hi, I want to know if I’ll be fine wearing a bandana on my head for 8 hours a day. Your see I work in a painting company and can’t afford to get hair in my dreads, I’m 3 months in and I started my backcombing and twisting/curling them with my fingers. They always get loose after I wash them I guess because it’s curled up so from now on I’m going to just wash and leave. But my question is if it’s harmful to keep it in a bandana for 8 hours a day? U see I can’t really avoid it at work but as soon as I get out I take it off. Thank you

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      if u must cover them then thats the best way to do it the worse that covering does isslow progress but a bandana shouldnt affect it much except maybe on the sides

  139. solras says:

    My (new) dreads always combine each other at the roots after i took a shower. What can i do to prevent the combining? I thought of rubber bands but i dont think it would be a good idea.

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      rubber bands would be a horific idea very very bad the fact they try to combine after every wash shows u how much washing makes then dread its so simple its instinctual if 2 dreads are joining together..pull them apart
      if they are joining together 2-3 times a day a bead or wrap near the roots will keep them apart
      while wet simply grab 2 dreads pull away from eachother and connected hairs will pop free and they will be separated..if its ever hardotr hurts do it more often and it wont

  140. Ariel says:

    I’m 3.5 months into my freeform dreadlocks journey and my hair has shrunk from 31 inches to 8 inches – that’s 23 inches! I knew my hair would shrink but I never expected THIS much. Anyway, my question is – when can I expect my hair to gain it’s length back?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      very common the longer it is tostart the more drastically it shrinks your only 3 months in you got a good long wait to grow it generally takes a year to get mature if u shrunk thsat much that fast tho your well on your way once it shrinks as far as it can shrink there will be a few months zero growth then begin tio grow but heres the thing when u combed uu created split ends wich then got trimmed every couple months so u chopped off 1/2 the growth so with dreads when they grow they seem to grow twice as fast

  141. shaun says:

    I have been freeforming my dreads for probably 10 months now. and I can not get the front to lock up. They have slowly began to sleeping on my side more, which I do not prefer. any suggestions to help the front and top along?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      front will just take longer to catch up really slkeeping on your face can help but yea not so comfy..just give it more time isall

  142. Shane says:

    I currently have a mini afro, and I’m trying to grow freeform locs. The problem is every time I go to sleep, my hair just gets flat, and I feel like its just matting instead of dreading, it’s very flat. Is this part of the process, I’m so confused.โœŒ๏ธ

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      it is dreading but if you are set on no seperation sothery form any olb way theuy want leave em be otherwise doing a lil seperating will help em forem more individual locks

  143. Shane Venegar says:

    I currently have a mini afro, and I’m trying to grow freeform locs. The problem is every time I go to sleep, my hair just gets flat, and I feel like its just matting instead of dreading, it’s very flat. Is this part of the process, I’m so confused. Thank you in advance. โœŒ๏ธ

  144. Jay says:

    I am scatter brained so not sure if I posted this already or got distracted and ran off. I am a caucasian with thin, straight hair that doesn’t lock easily. Started with mostly backcombing, and palmrolling to maintain but it’s too much for my scalp to handle so now my scalp is red and sore. How can I salvage my semiknotted “dreads”? What about scalp relief? Is there a healthier way to make them neater? I am looking for employment soon and feel as if messier “dreads” might negatively impact the process. They’re only a week old now.

    Thanks so much, I’m sure you get a repetitive barrage of these questions all the time <3

    • Jay says:

      Lol yep I posted twice. Ignore my previous post! Scatter brained.

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      you can get a job with messy dreads in factgy the only way they are guaranteed acceptable by law is if they are natueal and spiritual or religios in nature palm rollingdoes nothing at all thats helpful..only harmful

  145. Jay says:

    I am a white female with thin, straight hair that doesn’t lock easily. Started primarily using backcombing about a week ago. Since, I have palm rolled daily. My scalp is incredibly red/sore and my roots already feel like they’re being weakened. Does wearing a hat or scarf in my hair help or harm the dreading process?What can bring my scalp relief/is it too late to save them? Is there a healthier way to keep it neater? I am looking for employment soon and though I know places that will accept locks, I feel like unkempt locks might not fly. I also have no idea when to wash cause I’ve heard everything from three days to a month…sorry for the barrage of questions that have probably been answered somewhere a million times lol!

    Thanks so much <3

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      wash when u want after 2 days or at most a week 4 dont palm roll,,wever at all dont wear hats they will sklow the progress all u need is towash and seperate as needed they will get crazy before they get neat

  146. Luca says:


    I was wondering if you had any tips or advice to get dreads similar to these, this is the look im going for:

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      looks like tnr probly maybe waxed once or twice (badidea)
      though its not a good idea to try to get dreads like someone elses you will only be disapointed when they end up like yours and yours alone
      better to just let them develop thier own personality that comes from you

      • Luca says:

        Thanks for the reply, yeah I figure Im just going to let them go naturally with a little tnr everynow and then, I want dreads around that size but with my own natural, unique twist haha

  147. Harto says:

    Hi, I have one question….i am trying to get natty dreadlocks about a year.
    It goes well, but at the back of the head (near neck) dreads are not locking like the others. The others are almost fixed, but at the back of my head not….
    It is normal?
    THANKS ๐Ÿ™‚

    PS: my English isnยดt very good ๐Ÿ˜€

  148. Jex says:

    Hi, my hair is a few different lengths (about 4 inches to 5 1/2 inches at the longest) should I let my hair grow a little longer before starting my journey? And if so, do you recommend anything to get it ready? Also my hair is coloured, I put an all natural dye in my shampoo, that way when I wash it, it keeps the colour going, will this cause a problem? Any and all tips are appreciated! Thank you!

  149. Luca says:

    Hey All,

    I wanted to start forming dreads naturally but had a few questions. First off I should let you guys know that I’ve got around chin length hair that is straight.

    Firstly I was wondering whether during the day I should just let it hang down or if I should put it up in a loose hat/beanie?

    Also after I get out of the shower should I rub and dry it with a towel or just sort of shake it dry and then let it air dry?

    Cheers, Luca.

    • Luca says:

      One more question guys!

      I was having a look at and was wondering if it is necessary to get their dread shampoo blocks and himilayan sea salt spray or if it is pretty much the same as baking soda wash and my own sea salt spray?


      • soaringeagle2 says:

        well the answers not so simple you see the liquid not bar is what u want early on to dread faster the baking soda has the advantage of being a no touch method so no undoing knots scrubbing..but long term the baking soda may weaken the hair significantly so the shampoos are far far healthier ..
        sea salts optional its not nesacary
        the advantages dreadlockshampoos has though is 2the pink salts the purest on earth with the most unique minerals but also it has added proteins and vitamins
        regular sea salt u will want to rinse out after no more then 2 hours or can really fry the hair the dreadlockshampoo stuff much more healthy and can be left in longer safely

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      leave em hang rubbing with a towel can create a general knottymess that needs to be ripped apart into dreads or can undo knots that formed id shake out andf air dry

      • Jesus says:

        Hello ๐Ÿ™‚ I bought the liquid dread shampoo from LOVE it btw) and I was wondering since iv just started natural neglect dreads about a month ago if when I use the shampoo since I scrub my hair and rub it in the scalp will this prevent knots from forming? I stopped towel drying but I don’t know if running fingers through my hair would reverse the process and take out knots, what are your thoughts on this n what would you recommend? I have real stright hair btw and I know it’ll take a longer while to form dreads than normal.

        • soaringeagle2 says:

          yea you dont want to runthe fingers through the hair! scrub only the scalp..carefully the less u didsturb the hair the better
          then rinse it through the hair
          once u wash right uu maybe surprised how fast it dreads

          • Jesus says:

            Thanks soaring, would you reccomend just kind of squirting the shampoo in the middle of my head and scrubbing it in the scalp? Or can I still pour it in my hands lather it up and do it that way?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      leave em hang rubbing with a towel can create a general knotty mess that needs to be ripped apart into dreads or can undo knots that formed id shake out andf air dry

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      leave em hang rubbing with a towel can create a general knotty mess that needs to be ripped apart into dreads or can undo knots that formed id shake out and air dry

      • Luca says:

        Thanks man,

        One more question. I’ve ordered the sea salt spray and shampoo, how often should I use the sea salt spray?

        Once a day after my shower?


        • soaringeagle2 says:

          weekly or twice a weeks more then enough

          • Luca says:

            Hey SoaringEagle,

            I’ve got another question if you’ll so kindly indulge me.

            From what I understand I just let my dreads form naturally and then depending on what size I want them I just keep separating until I reach that size?


            • soaringeagle2 says:

              well not exactly as you worded it
              they will form all diferent sizes..but if u dont want them over a certain thickness u seperate any that are forming bu=igger then that
              also once forming 2 or more might try to beccome 1 at the roots sop u seperate dread from dread to preventthem from joining into bigger dreads

  150. jennifer says:

    Will my hair still dread up if I have to keep it up all day while at work?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      yes but slower maybe alot slower

      leave it down after work when its up keep it loose as u can u may also need to seperate more once dreading

  151. Tj says:

    Hello! I have started dreading naturally about a week ago and my hairs about 4 – 5 inches and I was wondering if the hair grows out the same as it normally would while knotting?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      the answers yes but not quite that straight forward lol the hair growth happens inside the scalp so is always unafected but 1st off unless u got more africanish hair it most liklely (but ciuld still) wont dread till 6 inches
      once its dreading it will shrink dreading naturaly the shrinkage isnt as sefere or sudden but di=uring the 1st year it will get shorter or staythe same as the dreads tightenand shrink but growth from the scalps unaffected
      once its shrunk and tightened as much as it can it grows and grows but heres the thing
      when u comb u damage the hair especialy the ends causing split ends wich typicaly are trimmed every couple months
      you frrow abiyt 1/2 inch a month trim 1/2 inch every 2 months your apparent growths 1/2 whbat it would be so when mature they tgrow faster then when u trim 1/2 the growr\th off

  152. Grace says:

    oh ok understandable. what type of shampoo do you recommend?

    • soaringeagle2 says: is the best the liquids drying to help caucasian dreads dread faster it hassea salt it maybe too drying for your hair type
      the bars though will keep them super healthy and theres a giood chance u might not need all the extra oils and stuff

      they smell amazingtoo

      • Grace says:

        oh ok cool i have thick hair (i’m black) so yea that makes sense. i’ll check out the website and look into the bars as well. thanks

  153. Grace says:

    I started off twisting but i stopped because my hair kept unraveling i think because of the conditioner i was using at first. so from then i left it alone to just form on its own. im using the jamaican mango and lime tingle shampoo and protein conditioner. and i spray a combination of cocoa butter hair oil, grapeseed, coconut, and olive oil and rub it through the locs and massage it in my scalp. i blow dry my hair after washing it instead of air drying so it won’t smell. my problem is that the ends get tiny balls of hair that sort of hang off (the tip of my hair locs). i’m still in the starting stage so my hair isn’t fully locked, its been a few months. how can i get my hair more manageable without altering the free forming pattern, but stop the ends from forming the tiny hair balls and thining out?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      those are just shed hairs they will suck in if u leave em alone im not convinced that shampoo is any good at all i know many of the other products they make are no good

  154. Shawn says:

    I have been using the dreadlocks liquid shampoo and my hair feels great but i have noticed that my scalp has has a creamy texture on it.. I scratch my scalp with my nail and I see it in my nails.. Is that normal or am I doing something wrong?? (Been freeforming for almost 3 months with a small 2 or 3 inch fro and I’m a African America)

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      maybe your not rinsing enough i use a hand held massage shower head on the massage setting to ghet the most pressure and hold it close to the scalp
      maybe u might need to massage the scalp while rinsing or even scrape at ot with fingertips
      i do find the liwquids not as easy to rinse as the bar
      but also the liquids got sea salt wich dries the hair ..great for caucasian hair but african hairs already too dry the sea salt maybe drying the scalp amd what u got is fd=dry scalp coming og=ff u maybe will do better with the bars

  155. Samantha says:

    Hi! Just starting my natural locking journey! Wondering if it is okay to pin up my hair or use a hair tie in the beginning if I don’t fool with it too much when I do so?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      if u must but do it loosely and not all the time tying it up all the time will slow or stop dreading and can encourage a pony dread or bun dreAd..all of it dreading into 1 big dread
      the more its free to move the better

  156. Ktags says:

    I have really been wanting to start forming natural dreads and was almost committed to it. Until I read about how you have to dry your hair thoroughly after washing or mold can form? That seems very time consuming. I was really hoping dreads wouldn’t be too high maintenance. Is there no natural alternative to this predicament besides putting a blow dryer to them for an 1hr + ? Someone please tell me there’s an easier way! Thanks.

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      you can just drip/air/sun dry the only thing to avoid is tyin g them up, wearing a hat, or going to bed while they are damp..anything that restricts the airflow around them
      i only blow dry in winter and just a few min here and there in quic k bursts over a long period of time sitting in the hot summer sun dries them faster then anbything

      • The420Souljah says:

        That lock n up shampoo is some good stuff didn’t know my hair would look good without getting it maintained at a barber ect.the lady sent me a soap bar can i use it on my hair?

        • soaringeagle2 says:

          what all did they do to yours? it woulda lookied felt and been better especialy healthier to avoid them..especialy the maintenance
          the bars best on mature dreeads the liquid while trying to speed up dreading

  157. Melissa says:

    Been allowing my hair to dread 100 % naturally for a little over 8 months now. My concern is how dry and unhealthy they look and feel. Do you have any suggestions on what I can use to help them. I usually use the baking soda and acv rinse method once or twice a week. Sometimes I throw in dandruff shampoo since I’ve always struggled with dandruff and itchy scalp.

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      i would never use dandruff shampoo in dreads
      add teatree rosemary for dandruff
      but i think its about time u switched to these
      teatree rosemary for severe dandruff but they all are great for dandruff
      if your a good ways from mature, the liquid locks u fast (contains sea salt tho so lil more drying then the bars less then baking soda tho) if they are fairly well along the bars are superb for extremely healthy dreads and scalp
      1 use and you’ll be hooked and see and feel them being extremely healthy and happy
      tip,, its flat rate postage so u can get several at once for same shipping so you could get 3 bars 1 liquid or any combo for the same shipping cost
      add till the shipping goes up then remove 1 its usually 4 or 5 maybe even 6 you can fit in a box at the lowest shipping rates
      even though mines very mature i use the bars almost always but if im getting few too many loose hairs i use the liquid just once and bamn..knotty like crazy i mean i have to separate thoroughly cause they all try to congo and a dozen baby dreads pop up over the next few days
      so u might want to consider both and use whichever feels right that wash (then u can try different scents too wich are all amazing)

  158. Sarah says:

    I very loosely locked my hair using the twist and rip method a few weeks ago and have left them alone since. The top half of my hair is so loose that it is hard to tell by looking that my hair is even locked(the bottom half is doing wonderfully, though)! I know that they will eventually find a lock to be with, but I am having a bit of trouble with them trying to combine with locks that are not really in their section. It seems so obvious after having typed this that the solution would be to just take the loose hair out of that lock and just wait patiently for it to eventually find the right one. Also, I am feeling that I may not have sectioned my hair very well when I was locking it, as I was just grabbing sections without really looking and going to town on it. This seems to have led to a lot of cross hairs. Would I also need to just pull these away from the lock they are currently in? Is there any other advice that you can give me for my little predicament?


    • soaringeagle2 says:

      well it would have sectioned naturally but all u need to do is while wet pull each dread away from eachother this breaks all connecting hairs free it will need to be done often early on especially less often when more mature

  159. Mike says:


    I am considering natural dreads, i get two strand twist a lot because my mom doesnt want me to get dreads.. but i have a few questions.
    first i have mix textured hair.. i am african american as well as puerto rican, my hair is some what rough but also some what curly. so my first question is how long would it take to lock? i’ve been told because of my texture it would take longer than usually but ive also heard that it would be quick.

    second how should i sleep while trying to get dreads my hair (when straightened) is at my chest. i usually sleep with it in a high ponytail (pretty much above my head) should i sleep with my hair completely down or what?

    lastly my hair is somewhat curly the main thing stopping me from dreading my hair is fear of losing my texture… would my hair not curly or be crinkly at all once i dread it? my hair texture is some what like “robb bank$” (a florida music artist) & i know he has natural dreads but i cant find any pictures of his dreads to really see how mine would turn out


    • soaringeagle2 says:

      how long it will takes hard to predict but sounds like it should be fairly fast..but its not a race
      id leave it out of a pony tail but instead toss it up over the pillow so its not under your back
      the faster it dreads the more you need to separate especially early on
      it will retain some curliness early on especially and as they mature get straighter
      id go on check out rachal natty dee i think hers might be similar texture?

      • Mike says:

        Thank you i will sleep like that tonight and yes my hair is similar to hers i guess i could get used to them being straighter as they mature

  160. Kim says:


    Im looking for some advice, and since i don’t know anyone here in holland with natural dreads, i turn to you.

    6 months ago i started my freeform locs. They are silly with a lot of loops and are thightening up.

    The problem is that i think they are TOO THIN. (some are 3 to 4 mm diameter) I tried palm rolling some together, but i am afraid that these dreads are not going to be as firm as the ones i diddn’t join together.

    My hair itself alsways was thick, but didnt have too many of it. also it is very straight. I have like 70 dreads now.

    My question to you is: Can i trust them to be oke in time, or should i comb out some locks to let them dread into thicker ones. Or better i start all over again?


    • soaringeagle2 says:

      dont palm roll at all..ever it does nothing helpful but can cause permenant harm
      i had 1 dread 2 mm that was actually 3 even thinner dreads combined was over 4 feet long and plenty strong
      heres the thing..if u want them tio get thicker and combine all u need to do is stop seperating them

      when i started i had 78
      that grew to over 200 at 1 point
      i let them combine at will for 4 years and 6 turned into 1 thick 1 in many spots now i probably have only about 40

      loops are a good thing thats how they dread
      if your still concerned join and post a few photos (by the way theres quite a few from holland with natural dreads on there..and its odd youd think holland would have moree natural dreads then other places)

  161. Shawn says:

    How short can your hair be to start freeforming? (Currently have a lil 2 month fro, thats probably not even 2 inches yet) thanks

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      well technicaly u can start freeforming at birth or at bald but might not dread till long enough in caucasian type hair thats often n 6 inches in more africanish hair its way shorter and 2 inches is most likely plenty

  162. holly says:

    im white and my hair starts to dread within a couple of days if left and i have been thinking of just leaving it, i have read some people use rubber bands to separate them do i need to do that? i dont want big matted flat lumps but i dont want them too perfect either im also a bit scared to do it.


  163. Emitt says:

    I’ve been on my journey since like January I believe. and I ordered the liquid shampoo around march. I noticed my hair feels like two big matted parts in the back(my hair has not entirely matted) my question of 2 is… matting ok? I kno that’s really the whole point but it doesn’t feel like a dread, just matted? also I wear a tam a lot and it does have room inside but my hair has gotten round-ish because of that(I don’t wear it in my sleep) is my hair still going to lock? I am African American. i’d appreciate it if you could answer those two questions, thank you!

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      well to answer this i would say ues it will and is dreading but how it will dread in the long run will be affected by what you do if you wear a tam all the time u can get a single tam shaped dread! the part in the back is dreading but as a huge dread
      if you dsont want huge dreads u need to separate into smaller ones..while wet fweel around for what feels like the natural sections and pull them apart if u havent done it in awhile this may not be easy and may hurt..thats why you should do ioy at least weekly or after every wash
      if you have tyrouble separating u can take extra steps but lets not get into that till i know u need it..try to let em hang loose as mich or more then u wear the tam and the more u wear it the more u will need to separate as well

      • Emitt says:

        Well I go to college, also my mom doesn’t support me freeforming that’s why I wear the tam. she wouldn’t mind once my hair has actually shown a decent amount of dreads, but she always insists I do something with it. so rather than wlk around school n home when im around her with my hair just nappy I decided to wear my tam. but during the day time when she’s at work and/or when im in my room its never on.(I know it sounds lame lol). my tam doesn’t stand up, its more or less a dome-ish shaped beanie, what sort of dread will I get from that? also so your saying those two matted parts in the back are turning into dreads? I started with a decent fro btw(I dnt mind congo’s I was inspired by basquiat and he had a lot of them)

        • soaringeagle2 says:

          yea that ares starting to dread
          u just dont want a wide flat area dreading flat against the scalp in a hair helmet type situation so the more they are free the better

          • Emitt says:

            well do you have any other recommendations? anything else I could wear or could do? because covering it up has been my only sort of way im staying out of it with my mom? wat about wearing a hoodie or a long shirt over my head? tho its still covered it’d definitely be more free?(women wear shirts over their hair all the time at my school)

            • soaringeagle2 says:

              looser bandana something like that or just let it be free let mom get used to it and just explain that hiding it only makes it worse

              • Emitt says:

                I HOPE YOU RESPOND QUICK PLZ LOL YOUR THE ONLY PERSON I KNO I CAN TALK TO ABOUT MY DREADS THAT COULD HELP. I haven’t worn a tam since out last discussion n ive felt very free. I pulled apart the top matted part so that it wouldn’t dread like a helmet but here’s my newest problem. im debating if I should separate some of the matted hair on the main concern is I will be messing up my hair in some way by pullin some parts apart. but I wake up and the majority of my hair(in the front n sides) feel like just one big congo. and like I said I like congo’s but feel like part of the reason they’re not sprouting crazy and seeing a mass improvement like the back is because its all feels like its congo’d together. I guess wat im asking is should I separate them or not? lol

          • Emitt says:

            or a bigger tam with a lot more space and not as tight?

            • soaringeagle2 says:

              yea that works too
     has alot of cheap tams..all hand made

              • Emitt says:

                Thank you, you’ve been a big help! one more question though, im going to try to eliminate wearing a tam so much in my early stages but what should I do about my hair right now? when I wake up its still round-ish(from the tam I assume/or just not being all the way dreaded) what should I do prevent that helmet shape in the long run just stop wearing it and it wont be flat?

  164. Nathan smock says:

    Alright well atleast my hairs only an inch long should I wait for my hair to grow longer to start free forming an should I air dry any soaps you would recommend I could pick up in the U.S.?I really just need to know the basics on getting started

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      you can start at bald but african hair will dread around an inch other types closer to 6 inches.. shampoo is best the liquid helps young dreads dread fast the bars are awesome on more mature dreads yea air dry blow dry when u must in winter

      • The420Souljah says:

        Alright I’ll look into the shampoo some more seems legit and I might be on here a lot cause it seems like there’s a lot to know about maintening dreads .

        I’m The guy who was using irish spring

        • soaringeagle2 says:

          if u use the liquid u will notice an immediate improvement
          also has 1.3 million pages of the best dreadlocks info this is just my personal blog dreadlockssite is the main site for dread care

          • The420Souljah says:

            Alright the liquid stuff will be the best to start free forming with. any other tips? I have a video on youtube of my hair type if you want to check it out I’ll send you the link but I think I’ll buy it any should I keep going to the barber for line ups or something or nah.

            • soaringeagle2 says:

              i wouldnt go anywhere near a barber u can send the link if u want

              • The420Souljah says:

                I tried to send the video but I’m on my iPhone if you want you can look it up the just type in i need tips on how to free form my youtube acount name is kAsHMoN311

                • soaringeagle2 says:

                  stop touching it so much, wash with a dread shampoo as it starts to knot up u can seoperate to keep them from growing too big unless u want total freeform like hatsdontfit on youtube in wich case they form any way they want and can be huge
                  but separating is a good idea
                  lil more length will help it dread faster
                  hatsdontfit is hummingbirdlovegorilla on dreadlockssite

                  • The420Souljah says:

                    Thous dreads were cool but I think I’ll separate how do I buy this shampoo I can’t find any where to order any

                  • The420Souljah says:

                    Thous dreads were cool but I think I’ll separate how do I buy this shampoo I can’t findout any where to order any

                  • The420Souljah says:

                    Alright cool just use the soap every 2 or 3 days and just leave it alone.even with bed head?

                  • The420Souljah says:

                    I bought some liquid lock up shampoo yesterday how long should it be till it gets here I have not been washing my hair at all since you told me not to use irish spring thinks its with the wait till it gets here

                    • soaringeagle2 says:

                      it will be fast..she ships the next morning and depending where u live it sould be there very soon if your not in usa it takes longer but in usa east coast a day or 2 west coast 2 or a guess..its fast though cause she wastes no time in getting it out..its on its way today

                    • The420Souljah says:

                      Cool man i live on the west coast any thing you would recommend wash my hair with till the shampoo gets here I have not been washing my hair at all

                    • soaringeagle2 says:

                      mix 1 part baking soda and 10 parts water stir to break up clumps pour over head soaking 10 minutes then rinse well after rinsing the baking soda out mix a couple spoonfulls of apple cidder vinager in same ammount water pour on and rinse right away

      • The420Souljah says:

        Cool man I’ll try it out

      • The420Souljah says:

        I got the stuff in the mail yesterday washed my hair with it now i just let it grow ?

  165. cedrick says:

    I have been twisting my locs for 3 years but now I want to free form. I still don’t want to take a razor to my head. How does peoples locs hold up after doing this.

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      they will thank you for it are u planning to just stop twisting and let them recover or combing out and starting over..eithers an option
      if your not starting over you may need extra steps to recover if you got alot of scalp showing u may have traction alopecia so u may need to massage the scalp daily with essential oils that stimulate bloodflow.. if the twisting hasnt caused balding issues yet then all i need to do is stop the twisting and they will be fine

  166. Nathan Smock says:

    I’ve been using irish spring soap bar (guessing its atleast better than old spice conditioner) moisturizer I’m half black half whit my white mother had curly hair so I got some thick curly hair my hair looks kinda dumb but if this is what it take I’m ready let me know what else I should do

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      dont ise that! you ever take a bath with it then see a soap scum ring around the tub? thats all residue that will build up in dreads causing a swampy condition perfect for mold growth i recomend highly theres other options too but never body sopaps never regular shampoos..definately no irish spring

  167. Rambo says:

    Thanks and does only take paypal?

  168. Rambo says:

    Hey, I’m new to dreading and i wanna do it the natural freeforming way! I have a lil afro and i had washed it last friday and haven’t touched it, greased it or anything.. What else should i do or get to help my dreading experience? (shampoos, etc..)

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      wash weekly or 2-3 times a week use a dread shampoo is awesome the liquid makes it dread fast but might dry it a tad the bars u most likely wont need grease or anything
      scrub the scalp carefully then rinse shake out air sun or blow dry (blow if u must in winter) as it starts sectioning and dreading seperate as often as needed to prevent too big of dreads or dreads combining

      • Rambo says:

        Is there another website or brand cause that one won’t let me order without a paypal?

      • Slater says:

        I saw a video from some guy on youtube saying “if you were blessed to have long hair when you started freeforming then all you have to do is wash it & separate” I’ve been freeforming since January and my hair has definitely knotted up since then and to my knowledge I haven’t separated because I want congos?? but is separating something I have to do? he didn’t state whether it was optional?

        • soaringeagle2 says:

          congos aere fine but would never let it congo till mature i didnt separate my 1st set and had 2 horns and a beavertail..not good if u dont separate u might get dreads as thick as your leg that take a week or 2 to dry cause pain are very hard to care for and what happens if u get 2 congos the size of your arm that then congo again? keep in mind also that till mature they thicken so u may try congoing early on only to find thwey get 2-3 times thicker then you expected

        • soaringeagle2 says:

          congos are fine but would never let it congo till mature i didnt separate my 1st set and had 2 horns and a beavertail..not good if u dont separate u might get dreads as thick as your leg that take a week or 2 to dry cause pain are very hard to care for and what happens if u get 2 congos the size of your arm that then congo again? keep in mind also that till mature they thicken so u may try congoing early on only to find thwey get 2-3 times thicker then you expected

  169. Roux says:

    Sir i wanna grow dreadlocks…but right now i have short hair..i haven’t been combing for past 2 years….but if i don’t wash them for a day or too they start smelling and again dandruff issues and then i clean them again..again i try..and the same thing goes, will it be a good thing to grow my hairs first…in a an absolute clean manner and then follow the process of dreadlocking???

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      smelling like what? is it oily? is it the natural hair smell minus the shampoo scent?
      it will need 6 inches to dread naturaly (unless african hair) 5 to use any other starter method
      theres ways to make it less oily and the shampoos i use (and highly recomend) keep it smelling awesome for a week
      u can let it dread as it grows just start washing in a dread freindly way

      • Roux says:

        Hair smell…but i am not used to that….anyways my hairs still 3 inches long…haha…:) will grow and try by your methods…thank you so much for the response(and this site)Mr. Soaringโ˜ฎEagle…:) Love Peace & Blessings.

        • soaringeagle2 says:

          its funny how conditioned we are to think a clean healthy natural smell “stinks” unless were all covered up in perfumy smells that are artifucial and completely unatural to humans ..

        • soaringeagle2 says:

          but taking biotin daily will eventualy double even tripple the growth rates

  170. chronos says:

    Hey there, great post! thank you for that.

    I’ve been naturally dreading my hair with the help of this post for about 6 months now, and so far I’ve achieved 2 locks which I’m pleased with. But it’s been a while now since my hair got knotted for the last time, and it’s starting to frustrate me. I know it’s supposed to take a lot of time, but I was wondering if it’s possible to artificially create a knot in the hair using just a few hairs tied together, that will ultimately start a new lock?

    What do you think? did you have any experience with that, or know other people that did?
    I know it says “don’t force it”, but it’s just that starting knot that’s supposed to form naturally, but takes quite some time…

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      yea its possible if u do it do it near the tip but lets look at your routine and see if theres any issues actualy this is just my blog we have a massive community with 1/3 million pages of the best dreadlocks advice here
      post all the details of how u wash with what how u dry wether u tie it back or wear hats etc etc
      and we can spot things that maybe preventing progress

  171. Richie says:

    Does wearing a tam some parts of the day influence if my dreads will grow up or more downward? because usually when I take my tam off my hair is usually ALL flat and some of the dreads are pushed down but they tend to stay that way until I wash my hair

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      depends on the tam how u tuck them etc look at the dude from steel pulse and how his mega congo formed inside a hat

      • Ritchie says:

        its a tam that covers all my hair, its small, not too big but its spacious but its like bowl shaped so when I take my hair out of it its circular. it definitely isn’t wide enough at the top to get jt growing straight up like that david guy idont believe?

        • soaringeagle2 says:

          haha his hat was shaped like that they can influence how they form especialy if theres not alot of movement room inside but dont worry flat dreads dont usually stay flat

  172. nickynoodlez says:

    when naturally forming should i towel dry or air dry and not touch it?

    also i use mane n tail shampoo, is that okay for the dreading process?

  173. Deacon says:

    I saw you say to the noah guy the liquid dreadlock shampoo locks ‘especially’ im assuming you mean more than the shampoo ‘bar’? is that indefinitely?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      yes ofcourse but once mature you will want to use the bar way more often the liquid makes them more dry then youd want mature dreads to be

      • Deacon says:

        I ordered the liquid shampoo that you recommended but im not sure if it sent it? I got an email with my receipt an an order confirmation but don’t you usually also get a message saying it was sent? idk I just hope I didn’t do something wrong because its showing that I payed, please let me know

        • soaringeagle2 says:

          she ships within hours 24 hours at the most so doesnt bother cause 1/2 the time u receive the order b4 checking email its probably there already

  174. Noah says:

    Heey! does anyone know if you have to pay shipping for a shampoo bar? or is it just 10 buck? im on campus and cant really afford any more extreme expenses

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      if you mean the ones yes but its flat rate shipping so its the same fee for 1 as it is for 5 or 6 then same rate to 11 or 12 ..

      • Noah says:

        yea that’s what I was talking about. Thanx man, I plan on getting just one so are you aware of how much the shipping is? im going to take out money tomorrow and I wanna make sure I have enough, would it be more than $15(with shipping included)?

  175. Tracy says:

    hey its me again. I just got a $15 American express gift card from one of my aunts, would I be able to order the shampoo bar with this? (sorry if I sound stupid im just trying use all the resources accessible to me)

  176. Tryingtobelikeabel24 says:

    hi.if I wet my hair at night does that help the dreading?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      if you do it once to wake up all messy might not be bad but in general if your sleeping on wet hair your likelyu to wake up with stinky hair

  177. Barry says:

    Hi, I have been naturally dreading my hair for about 6 months. I didn’t read anything about it before I started. I have very thick, curly, coarse hair. I have many sections however the curly nature of my hair seems to cause lots of smaller hairs and frizzies on the top of my head. What would you recommend?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      nothing at all..well maybe sea salt.. you see no matter the hair type..or method used to start all dreads have that unless theres something seriously wrong..medically serious
      sea salt..and time will make it somewhat less however you will always have some..african hair its less apparent as the tight curls keep it against the scalp in a mini fro
      but any other type the hairs are there everywhere
      as you seperate u create them but then a few months go by and they dread into a dread or become a new dread
      but theres always new 1s being created

      i mentioned medical reasons why you might not have it.. salons and locticians love overtightening the roots by force (especialy in african american “locs”) this causes traction alopecia.. the tension on the roots kill the bloodflow to the follicles so the toots die and refuese to grow back leaving bald gaps between over tightened dread roots

      if you dont have tracti0on alopecia you will always have short hairs between dreads..always
      by short i mean too short to dread they can get to 6 inches b4 dreading however usualy will shorter

      • Barry says:

        Thank you for the info! I had one more question if you don’t mind. A buddy of mine told me before I started that I could only wash my hair with cold water. This is how I have been doing it since then. Would warm or hot water detriment the development?

        • soaringeagle2 says:

          no not detrimental but if you have itchy dry flaky scalp hot water makes it worse cold water helps
          tho in winter i use semi warm..
          today probly pretty hot since our heats been out a week and just getting it on today

  178. badmon twon says:

    the way eye sleep compresses my hair, does this matter? also I rub my hair and play with it like twisting and un twisting it. should I stop that? I just began to stop combing two days ago

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      yes stop the less you mess with it the better twiddling with it might create a knot 1 day the next undo a weeks progress

  179. badmon twon says:

    The way I sleep pushes down the back of my hair. Does this matter? I play with my hair a lot too, like twist it and un twisting it. Is that bad? thanks. Also I stopped combing 2 days ago

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      pushing it downs fine it ill help but really try not to play with it anymore
      wear a pendant around your neck to twist

  180. Twon says:

    I just began to stop combing my hair to form natural dreads. The way I sleep pushes down the back of my hair. Does this matter?

  181. Duke says:

    Hey, I wash my hair with Dr Bronners lavender soap bar and I was wondering if I was to wash with Dr Bronners “peppermint” soap bar(during a different wash or a different day) would it effect my dreads in anyway using two different soaps?, im recently starting as well.(this is my second post, it said my first wasn’t valid?)

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      doesnt matter what scent u use tho the liquids better so u can dilute it
      but if u have hard water..dont use bronners at all

      • Duke says:

        im a little confused to what you mean by hard water? you mean like water coming down in the shower??

        • soaringeagle2 says:

          water is classified by hardness and softness hard water contains undisolved heavy minerals like calcuim and lume pire soaps are very hard to runse out of hard water and leave a stucky residue
          some hard water is sofyened ysing water softeners but that makes all soaps and detergents alike hard to runse
          natyurally soft or only slightly hard water you can use bronners in
          water so\fteners are only ised when its hard enough to corode the plumbing
          but just google “hard warter map” and your country if its moderatekly hard or harder dont use bronners

  182. Duke says:

    hey I use dr bronner’s peppermint bar soap, if I use a dr bronners lavender bar soap at the same time (meaning like a different day or different wash) will it mess up my hair? or effect the dreading. because I currently own both but up until this point I have only used peppermint

  183. Tracy says:

    hey I’ve been reading a lot of these. very inspirational. I started freeforming in January and from the looks of it I might be having the same problem as “Donice” with my hair just getting sort of frizzy and soft towards the middle/center. and I don’t have a credit card nor the money to buy dread shampoo at the moment =(. but I do wash my hair every other day so I have two questions if you don’t mind

    1.if I wet my hair with a spray bottle of some sort before I go to bed will that somewhat help the dreading process while im sleeping being that the hair will be sort of wet?(really just spraying in those spots)

    2.i had little “twisties” in my hair before I started to freeform and though I took most of them out some of the smaller twists like on the side(that I didn’t really take out because of how small they were) have just shrunken or just got tangled with some of the other hair. does this hinder the dreads in anyway or will it just end up becoming part of dread?

  184. Rachel B says:

    Anyone with oily hair successfully dread naturally? I can’t make any headway. Please any advice would be so helpful. I’m getting discouraged.

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      many yes go on search oily hair but oily hairs complicated by over washing and too acidic ph wash 1 day less often using baking soda only 1 cup baking soda 10 cups water pour on (no scrubbing or touching needed) soak 10 min then runse after a week or so reduce it 1 more day till you can go 4 days without being excessuvly oily
      next you can start a very weak acv runse after or switch back to a good dread shampoo
      what are you washing with now and how often

  185. Donice says:

    im not sure what happened to my question lol but i’ll try it again. basically in my question I explained that I have been wearing a tam since I started my journey last week. and im already starting to get some dreads but my concern was that in the morning my hair is always “flat” or “patted down”. could this effect the dreading negatively? and if it could should I try to pull them up or anything so its not flat and shrunken like when I take my tam off?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      the more u wear it the more you’ll have to seperate to avoid a single tam shaped dread leave em out and loose as much as u wear it …but dont worry biut em being flattened down

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      dont worry bout em being flattened down but the more u wear the tam the more you’ll have to seperate to avoid 1 single tam shaped dread

  186. Donice says:

    I sleep with a tam every night on my head(since I begun my journey January 19th) and I notice dreads starting but one concern I have is in the morning my hair is always shrunken down because of the tam. does this effect the dreading process negatively? if so should I separate my hair in the morning, like run my hands through it so its not flat and patted down?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      why do you wear it at night and how do you keep it from ending up on the floor under the bed? just leave em l,oose at night

      • Donice says:

        Thank you for responding. I wear it at night because I heard it somehow helps the dreads form quicker, like speeding up the process because of the friction? is that false? the tam i wear to bed is pretty fitting for my head, its not too tight but its tight enough to where unless im moving crazy it in my sleep it wont come off lol

  187. MiMi says:

    I started my own dreads in Jan 23, 2013. Some is growing faster than some do you know why that is. And how often should i moisturize it, and what type of oil and how often should I retwist it. Any recommendations?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      never retwust it! that only causes traction nalopecua and balding they should shrink b4 they grow so the aparent diferences in growth rates is just based on which are dreading fastest
      go to look in featured videos for 1 called twusting interlocking root tightening dangers
      twusting kills the curculation to the roots so you go bald

  188. ZaineC says:

    Hey there I have a question. I have really really curly hair and it’s super thick I am starting my natural dreading this week and was wondering if I will need to watch out for anything that tends to go wrong with curly and thick hair?

  189. Emile says:

    I have 1 congo dread and it is getting huge and uncontrollable and i feel uncomfortable more of the time how can i fix this without cutting any idea

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      theres 2 ways
      1 comb it out with loads of conditioners and pick comb or brush at it from the tip up slowly it can take alot of time and effort
      or split it from the root to tip but your breaking every single hair in it many times and often it wont split evenly..

      combings best option but not the easiest or fastest

  190. Rebecca says:

    Hi! I was just wondering, I’m doing neglect dreads for around 6 months now. I have only a few dreads, maybe like 4-5. The rest is just sectioned hair. It feels like everyone else’s hair is locking up really fast but mine isn’t. ๐Ÿ™ Even when I didn’t want dreads/had “perfect, conditioned etc. hair” I didn’t need to comb my hair very often because it wouldn’t get very messy/tangled. But now I want it tangled haha so it’s kind of frustrating. Is it okay to put one bead in every “dread/section of hair”? Here in my country where I live it’s winter at the moment which is making my hair go static, which is really annoying so I thought that the beads may help. If they don’t they are at least cute ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Do you think that will ruin the process to put a bead on each one? Or is it okay?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      beads definately help..but can get stuck as they thicken..leaving a thinner spot where the bead is
      so move it around often

  191. Lorelei says:

    Hi ๐Ÿ™‚ I started my natural dreads 4 weeks ago. Just washing twice a week and an occasional swim in the ocean. They’ve started sectioning but every 2 or 3 days a knotted clump of hair will come off some of the ends. I end up pulling them out as they’re just dangling at the ends of the hairs.. I do put my hair up a bit as it is too hot here in Australia’s Summer to have hair out. Are the knots falling out normal in the early stage? I kind of assume they might be the baby dreads and i fear i am slowing the process by removing them… Should I just try not playing with my hair or putting it up as much? Would those knots get pulled back in if I left them? Thanks xx

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      yea id just leave em be they will suck back in
      id also leave em down as much as u can if u must tie em up do so loosely and only as long as nesacary

  192. tay says:

    I had a friend back comb and twist n rip my whole head. They’re a week and a half old born Dec 15
    I washed the first time today with baking soda adv lemon juice and sea salt and water.
    I’m fine with the fuzziness because it is normal
    But.. The roots still feel oily..? Did I not rinse as much as I should’ve ?
    I normally had straight hair that got oily fast..
    Is there another shampoo I should give a try ?

  193. Jake says:

    Hey, I started my journey about a month ago. I already have 1 dreadlock that I formed using twist and rip and another that I tried backcombing, but hated the result and the damage done to my hair. I have long, pin straight, fairly thin hair. It doesn’t seem like much progress is being made, but I expected with my hair type that it would take a while. There are some very knotty sections just starting to form and it’s really exciting! I just wanted to say great tips! I found that once I cut my washing down to about twice a week my hair started knotting faster as well as looking healthier. I can’t wait until my dreads are fully formed, but this journey sure is fun still ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the advice! Natural is far superior to other methods imo, but if other people try other methods, it’s cool by me!

  194. Connie says:

    I started my dreads about two weeks ago using the twist and rip method. I wanted some organization but not too much as this is so much more than a hairstyle to me. I was planning on letting the rest happen on its own so I haven’t been twisting or anything like that. I have several different textures throughout – from tight curls to bone straight. My hair is webbing, loose, frizzy, and kind of driving me crazy but I’m willing to deal with that, I guess. The “problem” is that the fine, straight hairs at the back of my head are attempting to merge into one massive congo – not just at the roots, all over! That particular section of hair seems to be very dry, maybe that’s why? I’ve been separating on a daily basis so I don’t really get it but I’m now considering taking a more active role in guiding my hair. This site has been such an inspiration and source of information while I researched and began my dreads though so I wanted to see if I could get any suggestions here before I did anything I’d regret. I really love the idea and look of natural/freeform dreads but I’d like to have more than one, lol.

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      if its dreading realk fast then youll need to separate alot (when wets easiest) you only need to separate when they are connevted between 2 dreads so when you lift 1 2 move, the roots near the scalp may never be fully separated
      you can put beads by the roots on the real problem ones that will help keep em separate
      peyote sleeves are an option too

  195. Sam says:

    I want neglect dreadlocks but need tips

  196. Lovey says:

    Heya ๐Ÿ™‚ mine are now 10 month old…i love them…i wash with baking soda…they loose lenght and knot..but they are not round…will they become round naturally? Thx and all the best <3

    • soaringeagle2 says:

      nothing in nature is round noy even the earth or moon but they will most like;y become roundish when you flatten them 1 way then flatten another they tend to get rounder
      but..if they what? the 1 that refuses to get round will be yoir fave cause its not like the others