Synthetic Dread 101
What are Synthetic Dreads?
Synthetic dreads are created using heat reactive kanekalon fibre, which is backcombed and then steam sealed to produce the effect of natural dreadlocks. They come in a variety of colours and styles, and provided they are cared for you can wear them as many times as you like.
Should I choose Double Ended or Single Ended Dreads?
I prefer DEs as they give more coverage for installation but really its down to personal tastes. The only difference is that DEs are folded over in the middle while a SE has a loop at the top.
What styles of dreads are available?
Dreads come in solid, candycane, harlequin, blended, transitional (ombre), natural, splash and wrappy styles. Take a look at the Gallery for more images.
How many dreads do I need?
For a full head installation I recommend 40DEs or 80SEs. If you have very thick hair you may need more. If you have a mohawk or shaved sides, you’ll need around 30DEs or 60SEs.
How do I wear dreads?
Synthetic dreads are easily braided into your natural hair to give the appearance of real dreads. Dreads can also be mounted onto elastic and tied over high buns or pigtails, making them easy to pop in and out for different occasions. Check out these Tutorials for more details.
How long can I wear dreads?
I usually recommend no more than 3 months of constant wear.
Can you install dreads for me?
I offer installation services in the Midlands (UK) area, so please feel free to Contact Me with any queries.
Can you wash your hair as normal when wearing dreads?
I wouldn’t recommend it as wet dreads can become heavy and tug your hair. If you can’t wait until you take them out you can clean your scalp with diluted shampoo as long as you rinse thoroughly, and a bit of Febreeze will freshen them up.
Help! My scalp is itchy/sore, is something wrong?
This is perfectly normal for a few days after installation, until the dreads settle and your scalp adjusts to the extra weight. Spritzing your scalp with diluted tea tree oil can help soothe any irritations. If the pain persists I advise removing your dreads and giving your
scalp time to recover.
What kind of elastics should I use?
I really recommend using strong elastics to install dreads, and my favourite are horse hair braiding bands. You can buy these in different colours from my Shop.
Can I go swimming in synthetic dreads?
Yes, though dreads can become heavy when wet, so always take care to wear them up so they don’t pull on your scalp whilst drying. Never use heat to encourage them to dry quicker, as this will make them lose their shape.
Help! I’ve taken my dreads out and it looks like my hair is falling out!
Don’t panic, this is perfectly normal and your hair is fine. The average person sheds around 100 hairs a day, and whilst wearing dreads this hair has no where to go. It may look scary as it comes away all at once, but this is just the accumulation of very normal shedding.
How do I clean my dreads?
Once they’re out simply put them inside a pillowcase, pop them in the the washing machine on no more than 40 degrees and let them dry naturally.
Can you wear a set of dreads more than once?
Definitely! I usually get 2-3 wears of upto 3 months from one set before they need a bit of tlc.
My dreads have started to puff up/look untidy. What can I do about this?
Over the course of their life dreads will naturally start to become softer, sometimes wider and look a little fuzzy. If you want to keep them in top condition I recommend using my resealing service. Contact Me for a quote.
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