Natural & Tidy Dreadlocks
- WITH THE CROCHET METHOD -
At Byron Bay Temple Locks, we specialise in 100% natural, all vegan dreadlocks installation, maintenance, extensions and hair wraps. All the products we use are vegan and cruelty free with no chemicals, glues or waxes.
We use a non-invasive weaving technique that creates beautiful cylindrical dreadlocks. This method guarantees the least amount of hair damage as it's gentle on the hair and creates well formed dreadlocks from the start.
All hair types are welcome and we can create your very own personalised set of dreadlocks - from thick to thin, short to long, rounded ends to loose ends - we tailor make the perfect set of locks for you.
Give your hair a wash and a good brush through before your appointment. It's also important to have dry hair before getting any dread work done.
Similar to if you're getting dreadlock maintenance, make sure your dreads have had a recent wash before you come in so you can walk out with a freshly tightened and squeaky clean set of locks.
Depending on the length of your dreadlocks, please set aside several hours or longer for your appointment.
We can give you a general indication of the length of time at your booking.
Dreadlocks need care and maintenance just like any other hairstyle, we recommend washing your dreadlocks every 1-2 weeks to keep them nice and clean.
Maintenance is great to have done every 3-4 months, especially in the first two years of your dreadlock journey. As your locks mature and knot up over the years, they don’t require maintenance as frequently. Once or twice a year is a good rule of thumb for mature locks. However If you prefer very tidy dreadlocks, then maintenance every 3-4 months is still perfectly fine for mature locks.
We don’t recommend putting any waxes or glues in your dreads, this is unnecessary and can cause mold and buildup in the long run.
Natural products are best when finding the perfect shampoo for your dreadlocks. Find a non-residue shampoo, with minimal ingredients, no sulphates, parabens or other added chemicals. Hemp shampoo bars are a great option to check out too. And remember, absolutely no conditioner! This leaves a residue buildup in your dreads and can de-tangle them.
Another thing to keep in mind when washing your dreads is to do it early on in the day, you never want wet dreads when going to bed as this can cause all sorts of nasty things like mold and dread rot. Use a micro fibre towel to dry your dreads as normal towels can leave lint stuck in your dreadlocks.
This keeps your dreads nice and cylindrical in between maintenance sessions, it helps decrease bumps and lumps and guides loose hairs back into the dread.
Keeping your dreads sectioned is one of the most important things to do to keep your dreads growing nicely. This involves pulling the dreadlocks apart at the bases to prevent them from growing together and creating a big mess.
Sectioning is great to do once a week, especially at the back of your head, as this is the spot where it tends to happen most.
This is a step many people miss although it is crucial to keeping dreads nice and clean over the years. A deep cleanse will remove any built up residue, dirt and sweat from inside your dreadlocks, this is especially important if you’re around smoke, fumes etc which stay trapped inside of your dreads. This is great to do once or twice a year.
What you'll need:
A sink or large container
Hot water (not too hot to burn your scalp)
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup baking soda
2 TBS lemon juice
10 drops tea tree essential oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
Micro fibre towel
1: Fill the sink or container with hot water
2: Thoroughly mix in 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar and 1/2 cup of baking soda
3: Add in 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and the essential oils (feel free to pick any additional essential oils of your choice for some nicely scented dreads)
3: Submerge your dreadlocks in the water including your scalp. Squeeze and massage your dreads and your scalp, having a friend help at this part is convenient. Do this for about 5-10 minutes and then allow your hair to soak for 20-30 minutes, the water should be looking quite murky by the end.
4: Squeeze out all the excess water from your dreadlocks and then rinse them off in the shower, shampooing is optional as they should already be squeaky clean.
Dry them off with a micro fibre towel and if possible spend some time out in the sun and voila, clean and healthy dreadlocks!