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how the make and extend real dreadlocks at the same time

Post by catcall » Wed Jan 27, 2010 12:47 pm

This is how you make permanent dreads with the extenders we made in my last tutorial.



Start by cutting off the weave, and comb the top of the dread a bit
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Section your victims hair.
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start by the neck, grab a section and backcomb it hard
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attach the extension to the backcombed part with something, a rubberband or a hairpin. split the real hair in 4.
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Take one of the 4 parts and start crotchet it down the dread
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repeat the procedure with the other 3 parts
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Split the top of the loose dread in 4 parts aswell, and repeat but up against the scalp
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now, it should look something like this.
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to make the dread closer to the scalp, loop it:
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i tried to explain the looping part by adding red lines.
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here´s a couple of dreads done
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and tadahhh, i full head of dreads!
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To make dreads this way is extremely time-consuming. these 40 took me about 12 hours.
I send my thanks to my friend Caroline for letting med photograph her hair.

feel free to ask questions!

happy dreadding, Catcall
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Re: how the make and extend real dreadlocks at the same time

Post by Pallidity » Fri Jan 29, 2010 8:51 pm

Thanks!...and 12 hours? Arg.

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Re: how the make and extend real dreadlocks at the same time

Post by catcall » Fri Jan 29, 2010 10:56 pm

We actually did them in three different occasions, but my hands were a bit sore anyway.
glad you like it!
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Re: how the make and extend real dreadlocks at the same time

Post by Gracey » Sun Feb 07, 2010 10:30 am

Nice tutorial and nice work. :D

Twelve hours is actually quite fast for a job like this, well done. I've had dread jobs that have taken that long, without the added extra of crocheting in extension. :roll:

I would personally be slightly wary of applying an extension so close to the scalp on a comfort issue; as the dread inevitably fluffs up through wear, the cut ends of the extension could be mighty irritating to the scalp as time goes on.

Lovely clear tutorial though and the dreads are gorgeous! :D
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Re: how the make and extend real dreadlocks at the same time

Post by catcall » Mon Feb 08, 2010 9:57 pm

thank you so much, woolhairhabit!

one of the good things in crotcheting in the extension is that the real dread gets crotched at the same time.
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Post by Gracey » Tue Feb 09, 2010 9:25 am

i love your signature btw, makes me smile every time I see it :D
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Post by MrsEss » Fri Feb 26, 2010 7:41 pm

O_o they are pure luff!!! If I had spare time I would certainly give it a go....food for thought in the future :D
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Re: how the make and extend real dreadlocks at the same time

Post by blueskies » Fri Mar 19, 2010 6:09 pm

I love your tutorial! Can you tell me what length of dreadlocks you so beautifully added to your friend?

Also how does the root look when they are grown out? I can imagine it would grow out like a ball kind of shape? Just wondered what maintenance tips your advise on the roots and keeping the locks looking so nice!

Also is it possible to crochet hook the ends back up the dread so they are blunt tipped?

Thanks and amazing job on your tutorials! Im ordering my hair right now!

Peace and Love

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Re: how the make and extend real dreadlocks at the same time

Post by catcall » Fri Mar 19, 2010 8:05 pm

i´m not 100% sure, because i didn´t order the hair myself, but i guess its about 50 cm? Almost 20 inch that is. the extensions came out 15-20 cm shorter, so they´re somewhere around 12 inches long? Maybe? I don´t really remember. carolines own hair was about 20 cm/7 inch at the longest.

You take care of these dreads just like you care for real dreads. because, they ARE real dreads. :D The extentions doesn´t start at the scalp, like when you braid them in. When the roots are a bit grown out, you take loose hair at the roots and rub it against your head and between your fingers, ´til it shapes like a small ball of hair. The root hair will eventually dread it self, but you can help it by rubbing the roots often, and sometimes put stray hairs into the locks with your crouchingneedle. occasionally palmrolling will helt your darlings to keep a round shape.

Blund ends is no problem, we just choosed to keep them loose. I hope this nice drawing makes any sense. Looks like a turd, but are supposed to resemble a dread with a tapered, and loose end.
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Split the loose end in three or four, and put the across eachother like shown on the pic. Crotched these loose strands of hair up among you dread.

I really glad you guys appreciate my work, and i wish you all a happy dreadding!
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Re: how the make and extend real dreadlocks at the same time

Post by catcall » Fri Mar 19, 2010 8:18 pm

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This is carolines dreads after a month in her favourite updo. I´m sad to say that she now has cut them out, she was unsatisfied with the fact that the hair she bought for me to make the dreads of just didn´t react to bleach very well. Almost not at all, infact.
So make sure that you can bleach and dye the hair you use.
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Re: how the make and extend real dreadlocks at the same time

Post by blueskies » Fri Mar 19, 2010 11:19 pm

Thanks so much for taking the time to reply so detailed to me.. you have cleared a lot up in my mind.. I am tempted to pay someone lots of money to install my dreads but think I will make some myself and get a friend to install them....

I am glad I didnt order them too... my hair is merely 2 inches long and I have been told that I should wait till it is 3 inches before I get extensions I would like them to come down to my shoulders but just don't know what length of hair to buy... I guess I can just cut it to length lol.

Its a shame that your friend cut her hair as they really looked beautiful! But at least she knows what hair to select for next time!

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Re: how the make and extend real dreadlocks at the same time

Post by catcall » Sat Mar 20, 2010 12:08 am

Glad i could help. Good luck with your hair, Chris!
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Re: how the make and extend real dreadlocks at the same time

Post by dazedandconfused » Wed May 05, 2010 2:32 pm

Hello,
I'm just wondering if the dreadlocks are perminent and is there any chance of them coming out?
I used to have dreads and I cut them out :( ...so i'm looking to get them back again! :P
Thanks,
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Re: how the make and extend real dreadlocks at the same time

Post by rivetlicker_ » Sat May 08, 2010 12:26 am

dazedandconfused wrote:Hello,
I'm just wondering if the dreadlocks are perminent and is there any chance of them coming out?
I used to have dreads and I cut them out :( ...so i'm looking to get them back again! :P
Thanks,
x x x x x
That method is permanent. Just need to maintain and retighten every 6 months or so.

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Re: how the make and extend real dreadlocks at the same time

Post by dazedandconfused » Thu May 20, 2010 10:02 am

also, how long would your hair have to be to do this???
My hair is about 2 inches but should be 2.5 by the time i put them in.
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Re: how the make and extend real dreadlocks at the same time

Post by catcall » Fri May 21, 2010 3:20 pm

that could work, but i would wait until its at least 4 inch.
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Re: how the make and extend real dreadlocks at the same time

Post by zeara » Wed Apr 20, 2011 12:24 am

How much hair did you use for this? I've been thinking of doing something similar for a while now and am planning to buy some of this: http://www.doctoredlocks.com/catalog/EC ... -Straight/ but i have no idea how much to get.
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Re: how the make and extend real dreadlocks at the same time

Post by LonelyAngel » Thu May 19, 2011 3:26 pm

Just bought myself some HH and I'm going to have a go over the weekend! I'll let you know how I get on :)

Thanks for the awesome tut x
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Re: how the make and extend real dreadlocks at the same time

Post by FASD » Thu Jul 07, 2011 6:18 am

Great tutorial! I've used the same method with the addition of wrapping and perming the dreads in, and have had great success with my clients.

I used to use the looping method to tighten roots. I've read since that as the dreads grow out it can cause weak spots to form in the length. Any thoughts on this?

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