Thank you for the information! I have very strong hair- even with all the processing I’ve had done, I’m sure it’ll be fine! Will I be able to use a toner on them afterwards? If so, is there a specific type I should use that has no residue or that is specifically made for dreadlocks? Sorry for all the questions, google is not helping me at all!


Any toner that is designed for human hair is fine to use on locks. What usually causes residue is improper rinsing. So as long as you commit to rinsing until your water runoff is 100% (not 99%!) clear, then you’ll be fine!

“Residue free” products are designed to help minimize residue, but are not guaranteed to avoid residue. Everything is in the rinsing. Almost all shampoos, hair colors, and conditioners are A-okay to use on locks so long as you commit yourself to a rigorous rinse after each usage.

– KJ


Hi, i have partial dreads – about 8 on the underside of my head. On one of them, the root is becoming really thin and I’m worried that it’s not strong enough to hold the dread which is pretty fat. Any ideas on how I can thicken the root or anything like that?

With partial dreads it is easy to break or pull hair out of your dreads while you are brushing or just running your hands through your hair. Have someone take a look at your sectioning, and see if they can make the section on that specific dread a little bigger with some more hair.  With partial dreads you can just add some of your loose free flowing hair into the dread that you are worried about. You can do that with a crochet hook. Even if you don’t have a straight neat line parting between your dreads and your normal hair… zig zag looks cool too, right? 

 Easy fix! I hope this helped. 



If you haven’t been ripping hairs from the root…

Sometimes a lock can shrink a lot and get extra thick, leaving the root appearing quite thin. This isn’t problematic and is mainly a choice of aesthetics. You can leave it, or you can brush out the lock and restart it with a tighter setup—which will somewhat curb the shrinking process to a degree.

– KJ

I’ve dyed my hair black for almost 4 years and I’m considering going a deep red, like a darker shade. I’ve had my dreads for one year and have naturally brown hair. Is there anything I should think about or consider before going into a salon?

Hello there. 

There is nothing too special to consider before going to a salon for color correction. The most important thing is that you have a stylist who communicates well with you and is willing to learn what needs to be done for coloring your locks. 

The most important factor will be rinsing, and you should request that they rinse your hair for a minimum of 10 minutes when removing any coloring products. Have them set a timer if necessary- otherwise coloring locks is pretty similar to coloring brushable hair.

Followers- any other tips?

Hello, I have really long hair and I wanna have it dreadlocked, I wanna do it for myself, I already have one done by me but it’s dying, I think because I used a conditioner on it once. Is there sort of a video you advice me to watch on how to make dreads? And what are the things I should do after I do my dreads to keep them healthy and alive? Thank you.

Hello there. 

Please respect our askbox guidelines. Specifically:

“General tips” questions — e.g., “I’m thinking about starting locks soon. Do you have any tips before I get started?” 

Our blog is full of information, so I suggest you look around our ask page and click on the tags to the right and read over our past Q&A to gain some basic knowledge! We also have an FAQ page, a Starting Methods page, a Sectioning page, a Washing page, and many more. 

Please click and read all of them so you can learn more about locks before you put any more into your hair! 

As far as “dying” – perhaps you mean that the lock loosened up after you made it.

This is normal. Locks tend to loosen and re-tighten themselves when you first make them. They re-adjust so they can knot up themselves in the way they like. Locks tend to unravel a bit at the tips when you make them. They’ll get loose spots. It’s all okay. This video might help you:

If you feel that they are much too loose, read our starting methods page and find a tighter setup method for yourself. 
We’re happy to answer your questions in the future that conform to our askbox guidelines! 

I was wondering if human hair dread extensions mature and ‘lock’ like real dreads do. Do they shrink and thicken up or do they stay the same as when you make them? If they do I assume they should be made slightly thinner than the dread you’re attaching them to, right?

Hello there,

Human hair lock extensions tend to mature and lock similarly to human hair locks on your own head. 
However, they cannot be guaranteed to be the same texture as your hair, so they likely won’t do exactly what your hair does. They will continue to mature and lock with time. They start out a bit fluffy and will tighten along with your hair as time goes on.

They tend to loop less because they are pre-made and tightly set up.

For those interested, synthetic hair lock extensions tend to NOT mature with your locks. They look the same on day one as they do on year 3. However, synthetic lock extensions tend to look pretty mature from the getgo, so you don’t have to worry about them looking immature of fluffy forever! They always look nice! 

Hey there :) I currently have blond dreads, they’re almost 2 months old and I want to get them to white- or as close to white as possible. They’re quite, but still fairly blond-yellow, how do I get them to white and do I need to let them mature further beforehand? By the way, before my hair was dreaded I had it bleached a lot but it was very healthy and had very little breakage (still healthy!)

Hello there. 

Given that they’re 2 months along, they can probably withstand a vigorous scrubbing, which is necessary when doing color processes on your locked hair. 

Ask yourself: “Could my hair withstand being scrubbed and rinsed like wild for 20 solid minutes to remove this product?”

If you think, “Oh no my locks would probably fall out!” then don’t do it.
If you think, “Yeah, that sounds fine,” then you can consider it. 

I’m here to warn you, though, that bleaching is pretty damaging to hair, and getting it white is damaging (of course you are aware of that being someone who regularly bleaches). If you bleach your locks too much, much like bleaching brushable hair, IT WILL FALL OFF. There used to be a video on youtube of a poor girl who’d done her locks too many times from dark hair to bleached light, and they pulled apart like cotton candy.

In the world of locking your hair, there are a lot of things that people scream about that will “make your locks fall out” – and most of them are not true. Most of them are outright lies, in fact. 

However, bleaching is a serious one that actually can make your hair fall out (locked or brushable)- so please be careful! 

That out of the way, yes you can bleach and otherwise color treat your locks at 2 months in. 

Your hair is NOT stronger when it is locked; your locks are only as strong as the hairs that make them. 

Bleaching your locks does tighten them by opening the cuticle and leaving the hair in a “rougher” state, so an upside of this may be tighter locks. (omg though, anyone reading this, please do not bleach your locks for the sole purpose of tightening them!!)

Alright, sorry for all the heavy cautioning, but with bleach and locks I feel like I need to be very vocal about warning people. 🙂 It is your hair, and I am sure you will make good choices with it as long as your proceed with caution. And use a toner! 

Hi :) would brushing out the tips just like a few inches help with length? I desperately want them longer (naturally)

Hello there! 

It may or may not help. I know your locks, and I know that you have some that have really chunky ends (with more thin roots) that are from when your hair locked up and looped a lot. 

You might try brushing out one of your thickest ends up to the point where it is “normal” thickness, and then re-locking it manually. You may or may not see an increase in length. 

If it works on just one, then it should work on others. However, it might not give you the increase in length you desire. Unfortunately, since you’re the type of person who would rather go the natural route (aka avoiding extensions) you might just have to wait it out! 

One idea that might help you is to keep a monthly length picture. Just take a picture of yourself from the back, standing straight, and take a picture of the length. Over a few months, maybe you’ll be able to see some progress (as your locks should be mostly done shrinking at this point), and seeing that progress will make you feel better about going the patient way! 

I hope this answer helps you somehow, miss escargot!