Natural dreadlocks

Natural dreadlocks

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

but, natural dreads dread naturally


natural dreadlocks

natural dreadlocks no wax


they start from loose combed hair and become dreads orgaicly

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

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


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


natural dreads

natural dreads

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

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

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

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

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

but still new babies are born all the time

no effort needed its what hair wants to do


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445 Responses to Natural dreadlocks

  1. Brandy says:

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

    • soaringeagle2 says:

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

      • Brandy says:

        Thank You for the reply.

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

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

  2. Tim says:

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

    • soaringeagle2 says:

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

  3. Tim says:

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

    • soaringeagle2 says:

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

      • Tim says:

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

        • soaringeagle2 says:

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

  4. Rebecca says:

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

    • Rebecca says:

      1 month and 22 days, I was wrong!

    • soaringeagle2 says:

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

      • Rebecca says:

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

        • soaringeagle2 says:

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

          • Rebecca says:

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

            • Rebecca says:

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

              • soaringeagle2 says:

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

                • Rebecca says:

                  I use knottyboys soap bar for baby dreads.

                  • soaringeagle2 says:

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

                    • Rebecca says:

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

                    • soaringeagle2 says:

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

  5. Mar Marroquin says:

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

    • soaringeagle2 says:

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

      • Randi says:

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

        • soaringeagle2 says:

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

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

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

  6. mrgreatamazing says:

    Wassup its been a long time on here.

    I got a question

    Does playing with your hair slows the process???

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

    But i was just curious about that

    Thanks for your time

    Jah bless

    • soaringeagle2 says:

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

  7. Will says:

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


  8. Tim says:

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

    What is Palm rolling?

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

    • soaringeagle2 says:

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

  9. Tim says:

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

  10. Tim says:

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

    • soaringeagle2 says:

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

  11. Tim says:

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

    • soaringeagle2 says:

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

  12. james says:

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

    • soaringeagle2 says:

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

  13. Tim says:


    How do you make, your own sea salt spray?

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

    Do you use after washing or before?

    • soaringeagle2 says:

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

  14. Tim says:

    For soaringeagle

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

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

    • soaringeagle2 says:

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

  15. dakang says:

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

    • soaringeagle2 says:

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

      • dakang says:

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

        • soaringeagle2 says:

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

  16. Taylor says:

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

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

    • soaringeagle2 says:

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

  17. LionofJudah says:

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

    • soaringeagle2 says:

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

  18. john says:

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

    • soaringeagle2 says:

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

      • john says:

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

        • soaringeagle2 says:

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

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

  19. Kenan says:

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

    • soaringeagle2 says:

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

  20. jasmine says:

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

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