Frequently asked questions
We have tried to cover all of the Frequently Asked Questions we can think of below. If you have a question that we have not already answered, please do not hesitate to get in touch using the contact box below or via email or telephone.
01. Can you wash dreads?
Yes! it is a complete myth that dreadlocks can't be washed. There is not one answer to how often as some people wash their dreads every couple of weeks, some people wash them once a year. We personally think once a month is enough to make sure your dreads don't get too fluffy but also kept smelling fresh. Please make sure you use residue free shampoo as the residue that comes in shampoo and conditioner that most of us use is the only reason the hair actually needs to be washed so much as it leave a built up in your hair. We recommend using the Dreads UK formula, which you can purchase here.
02. How long does my hair need to be to have dreadlocks?
Your hair needs to be at least 5 inches to have dreads made up by us.
03. How much length will be lost during the dreadlocking process?
It depends on your hair. If you have thick hair that is the same length all the way down then you will only loose 2-3 inches. If your hair is quite damaged with feathered ends then you can loose 5-6. If you are worried about losing too much length then human hair extensions can keep the length you had or make your new dreads even longer!
04. What method do you use?
Here at Hypknotic Transformations we specialise in making 100% natural dreadlocks using the backcombing and crochet method. The crochet method means weaving tiny knots into a section of hair to make mature looking dreadlocks within 15 minutes. This process is carried out gently and carefully and will not damage your hair any more than back combing/ twist and rip or using wax. Crocheting should not be done more than once every 6 weeks as too much crocheting or crocheting incorrectly can damage your hair.
05. How long do hair extensions last?
Dreadlocked hair extensions are permanent and should last as long as your own dreads. If looked after properly they shouldn't become loose but too much washing/ tying up with elastic on the joins or using products or conditioner can loosen them. We recommend that once your extensions are installed you book a maintenance session after 6 weeks to make sure you are caring for them correctly and strengthen any weakened joins. However, some people still have seamless extensions years later without any maintenance at all.
06. What hair is used for the extensions?
Once you decide that you would like to have your dreads extended you must purchase your own hair. During a free consultation we will colour match your hair to ensure seamless and natural joins. We will also advise what kind of hair will suit you best.
Human Hair looks natural and can be treated as your own. You can dye it and it feels smoother. Even though more expensive if you plan on keeping your dreads for a long time dreadlocked human hair extensions will last.
Synthetic hair is cheaper, usually looks a bit shinier than your own hair and cannot be dyed. It is also slightly scratchier than human hair. However, it is stronger than human hair and easier to keep dreaded.
Second-hand human hair is recycled and would have otherwise been thrown away- the most ethical choice. This hair is limited and only available in some colours. It is sterilised before worked on and sold.
Once you have chosen the hair that suits and purchased it you can send us the hair or drop it off if you're local. The hair will then be dreaded to match your style of dreads or what you want them to look like. This will need to be at least 2 weeks before your scheduled appointment.
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