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What's the story behind dreadlocks?

Dreadlocks are basically a super cool hairdresser, and if they are made right and are cared for and maintained in an appropriate and sensible way, it is also a really easy hairstyle to keep and you will no longer have anything called bad hair days.

Dreadlocks are known from many different cultures. Some of the first writings found about dreadlocks are in the Vera scriptures of India. The earliest writing is dated from 1800 BC. many peoples and tribes have carried dreadlocks throughout history, Indian sadhus / holy men, Rastafarians, Germanic tribes, Greeks, Masai, Mau Mau tribes in Kenya and East Africa, Ashantis and Aborgines.

What dreadlocks method do we use?

There are many different methods and techniques for making dreadlocks - some better than others!

Over the last 10 years, we have worked with dreadlocks, encountered a number of "unfortunate" cases of dreadlocks. Several times, I have met people who have paid a fortune to a hairdresser for something that would never become dreadlocks. Either because they are made sloppy and too loose, or because the division has been completely wrong from the start, where some dreads become completely thin and break off after a short time, or because they have become so short that the customer has lost all his hair- length and must then subsequently mount extensions and thus bear extra unnecessary expenses. 

Dreadlocks take time to make if you want a good result. Therefore, it requires a little patience in the starting process. If you make your dreads properly from the start, you will subsequently get rid of a lot of hassle and hassle.

Here are some of the different methods available. We use the Backcombing method, as it gives the best result, without the hair "curling" more than a maximum of 3-4 cm in the loins.

Neglect: 

By this method, your hair neglects and stops brushing it. It takes about 3 years before it forms like dreads. They are not very neat, some become large and others thin and some hair remains thin and u-dreaded.  

Backcombing: 

Backcombing is the most common technique. The hair is divided into sections and a solid metal comb, especially for dreadlocks, is used to toupee the tufts while zeroing. Then you use a special "crochet hook" to dread the hair.

Twist and Rip: 

The hair is divided into sections with elastics. The hair is washed in a clockwise motion. When the hair is dry, it is divided into the respective sections and wax is added and the palm is rolled. This is not a method we would recommend, as this technique requires a lot of wax to make it last and in the end it basically requires too much work to maintain.

Twist and Pin:

The hair is divided into sections. Wax is twisted and added. twistes some more until the curls are like a ball at the scalp. Not an optimal method.

Twisting: 

This method can work fine on afro hair. The hair is divided into sections with elastics and you can use a comb to twist the locks with. A lot of wax is applied on the outside. Not a particularly durable method.  

Dread Braiding: 

Here the hair is braided and then a steel comb is used to filter it. The result is not very good, as there can be both dented and flat dreadlocks.

 

How and when can I get dreadlocks?

Dreadlocks take a long time to take shape, so what we do is 'baby dreads'. We first make some divisions so that your dreads will sit nicely. Then we owl the hair in the sections with a comb and "filter" them with a crochet hook so that they look nice and firm. Over the next 6-18 months, your baby dreadlocks will begin to seal, form knots and turn into real dreadlocks. Your hair should be approx. 15 cm long, both for making dreadlocks or fitting dreadlocks extentions in when we get started, otherwise your new locks will be too fragile. If you have afro curls, 7-10 cm is enough.

 

How is the price calculated?

Price depends on your hair length. The longer the hair is, the more time it will take to dread them. You can possibly get a friend to help you measure your hair length or possibly. take a few high quality pictures of your hair and send them to us with a little description of it: thick / thin, afro / curly / smooth, dry / greasy, owls never / owls light. Then we can send you an approximate number of hours and a price.

If you attach a reference image, find one with roughly the same hard-ype as yourself, as it is unfortunately not possible to make afro-locks of straight Scandinavian hair or 60 thick dreads of very thin hair.

The price of extensions is calculated from the same principle and is added on top of the price of dreads in your own hair. 

The price of reapration is DKK 300 per hour and again here it depends on both your hair length and how "needed" it is. 

See evt. under "our prices".

How can I get extensions?

Dreadlocks extensions are a slightly longer process, which will be done by twice. Dreadlocks extensions require a little preparation, where before you come, we will make your dread extensions ready for you by agreement with you. With us, you can choose your extensions exactly as you want them, both in colors and shades, length and thickness . 

We work closely with a hairdresser who helps match the right color or shades according to your desire and choice. At the same time, we can ensure that the hair is 100% genuine, European produced and lives up to the ethical framework and guidelines. 

Of course, you can also choose to have synthetic dreads woven into your hair if you initially want to have dreads tested for a period of time. Here you need to be aware that over time the hair will scratch and look a bit "fake", while real hair stays nice and looks 100% natural.  

 

How long does it take to get dreadlocks made?

It takes between 7-20 hours to get dreadlocks made in your own hair. The time depends on your hair length, your hair structure and on how thick or thin you want your dreadlocks, respectively.

 

How can I maintain my dreads?
After you have made your dreads, roll them regularly, preferably 2-3x weekly and otherwise as needed. Curling will prevent loops (that your hair sticks out of your dreads) and flat dread, especially behind your head where you lie and sleep on.

In addition, your dreads will need a repair approximately every 3 months. Loose hair is going to slip off them and your roots (the new year that is growing out) are going to need a loving hand to be able to lure into the dreads rows.

An example of repair could be to get the whole hair fixed after 3 months, the whole hair again after 6 months more and onwards once a year where only the roots are fixed.

You can also choose to use tightening gel or spray in the first period to help your hair curl faster.

The only thing you should stay away from after having your dreads made is wax, which is not to get out of the hair again and can end up with greasy hair and nasty smell.

How do I book an appointment?

You can book an appointment both here and on our Facebook page, where you can write to us and we can then together find a time that suits you best. 

In connection with extensions, booking of time should preferably take place about 3 weeks in advance, where we will also ask you to pay an amount in connection with buying the hair home.  

How can I prep on my dreadlocks?

First and foremost, you need to come up with clean hair. However, we would ask you to avoid conditioner and other emollients in your hair at the last hair wash. Also be aware that the hair must be free of all kinds of hair products after the last hair wash.

Feel free to bring a packed lunch and other edibles for the day itself, as we can be up and running for several hours. Also, be aware that getting dreadlocks may hurt a little on the scalp, especially if you are sensitive, so something to boost your blood sugar is good. You are also welcome to have some entertainment as there is no internet connection in the salon. A single girlfriend, friend, sister or parent is also very welcome, but we would like to know in advance. It's also good to have thought about your expectations: how thick do you want your dreadlocks to be? Should they have open or closed ends? Should they be perfectly straight and perfect, or should they be made a little looser so they get some unique bumps and loops on them later? A little research from home is always good.

 

What if I have to cancel my appointment?

Once we've agreed on a date, I expect you to be there on time. If something comes up and you have to cancel, we would appreciate you doing so well in advance of our appointment. Preferably a few days in advance and preferably even earlier. Then another customer can enjoy your time and at the same time we may find a new time for you in the near future.

How do I wash my dreadlocks?

You wash your dreads just like you usually do, though with a dreadlock shampoo or shampoo bar. Normal shampoo and conditioner contain "residue", which is silicone and other ingredients that grease and soften the hair. It covers the hair strands and makes the hair appear soft and clean. If you wash dreadlocks with shampoo or conditioner that contains residue, the knot will prevent it from rinsing out and this can end in fungus and bad odor.

You can buy both shampoo, shampoo bar and oil in the salon. Our products are made from organic ingredients and the most delicious essential oils, which will both wash your hair clean and delicious, add moisture and shine and stabilize the PH balance in your scalp and strengthen your hair roots with i.a. Vitamin E and other nourishing ingredients. 

The products are produced in Denmark.

You should also know that washing dreadlocks in the beginning can be a bit time consuming, because you have to be both thorough and gentle. It takes some time to massage the shampoo in and rinse it out again.

Your scalp also needs to get used to not being washed as often. We would recommend that you start by washing your hair for example 1-2 times a week (a week after your dreads are made) and quietly step down to less until you hit what suits you and your lifestyle.

The hair can easily get used to being washed only twice a month, while being clean and delicious.

Be aware that dreadlocks also take a little longer to dry than loose hair.

 

Do you have other questions?

If you have other questions, feel free to write to us, preferably on our facebook page and we usually answer back within 24 hours. 

There are some pictures of our work on the next pages and a lot more on our facebook and insta page.

Enjoy your new transformation and your dread journey!  

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