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At long last, Knotty Boy now offers drab dreadies worldwide everything you need in the way of Knotty Boy official How to Dye Nappy! Instructions and Tools, to help you NOT screw up your locks for life.

 

Freeze! Read First Before You Dye!

It’s Much Easier to Dye Unnappy (Ooh, morbid.) If it’s not too late, we always recommend colouring your hair first, then locking it up. If you already have new locks but are naggled by the suspicion that they may be yet too loose to withstand the abuse that comes with colouring, repeated rinses and other forms of messing about during the process, we highly recommend waiting until they are locked tighter to proceed. If you don't, you may face a lot of starting over in the dreading department. Patience, patience...

To Bleach or Not to Bleach If your hair is already light in colour, you may not need to bleach – your call, depending on how vibrant you want the colour. If your hair is darker or you want extremely bright colour, it’s a good idea to bleach your locks first. However we STRONGLY recommend having this done professionally to eliminate the risk of crispy-fried locks, and subsequent breakage and baldy-ness. The Sinead o’Connor/Britney Spears look is not for everyone. (ho ho! Couldn’t resist.) Remember, your dreads are like little sponges, so whether you bleach at home or professionally, it can be verrry hard to get all those smoldering chemicals out where they sit inside eating away at them. Yikes! Speak up and make sure whoever is doing it shampoos well, then rinses, rinses and RINSES some more until the bleach is completely out. This is serious. Do it.

Also NOTE that while most temporary dyes, like Manic Panic Hair Colour, is semi-permanent and will fade with time, again, because your locks are like little sponges, the colour may never disappear completely unless you re-dye back to your natural colour. You may want to consider just colouring a few here and there to see how you like it before dipping your whole head.

So How Much Dye DO I Need?
Once again, because (say it with us now...) your locks are like little sponges, you will need more colour than you would if you were dyeing regular hair, so consider hair thickness and length when deciding how many pots o’ joy you’ll need. Having more is always better than having less because there’s nothing worse than running out, mid-application, and you can always use the extra for touch-ups later. 


Highly Recommended for Lock-Dyeing Success, But Not Essential

  • Knotty Boy Dreadlock Shampoo or All-Purpose Shampoo Bar - Excellent for pre-washing as it is chemical/residue-free and alllll natural. If you’ve bleached first, your poor chemical-treated scalp will thank you for being so nice to it with this shampoo.
     
  • Knotty Boy Natural MISTic Deodorizing & Fragrance Spray - Highly recommended as a powerful shampoo-less cleanser and lock refresher spray, allowing dreads to last longer between washings (thereby minimizing colour-washout) and smell great! Also acts as an acidifying conditioner which helps hair retain colour longer. 
     
  • Knotty Boy Dreadlock Conditioning Spray - An effective leave-in conditioner for the prevention and repair of breakage and brittleness due to bleaching and colouring of dreadlocks.

  • Knotty Boy Dread Wax - Even the tightest locks can use a little grooming after all that washing and rinsing. Get locks bone-dry, then combine a little left over hair colour with a small amount of Dread Wax (‘Light’ works best) and palm roll into locks. A light waxing after colouring also helps seal colour in and protect it from washing out.
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    At long last, Knotty Boy now offers drab dreadies worldwide everything you need in the way of Knotty Boy official How to Dye Nappy! Instructions and Tools, to help you NOT screw up your locks for life.

     

    Freeze! Read First Before You Dye!

    It’s Much Easier to Dye Unnappy (Ooh, morbid.) If it’s not too late, we always recommend colouring your hair first, then locking it up. If you already have new locks but are naggled by the suspicion that they may be yet too loose to withstand the abuse that comes with colouring, repeated rinses and other forms of messing about during the process, we highly recommend waiting until they are locked tighter to proceed. If you don't, you may face a lot of starting over in the dreading department. Patience, patience...

    To Bleach or Not to Bleach If your hair is already light in colour, you may not need to bleach – your call, depending on how vibrant you want the colour. If your hair is darker or you want extremely bright colour, it’s a good idea to bleach your locks first. However we STRONGLY recommend having this done professionally to eliminate the risk of crispy-fried locks, and subsequent breakage and baldy-ness. The Sinead o’Connor/Britney Spears look is not for everyone. (ho ho! Couldn’t resist.) Remember, your dreads are like little sponges, so whether you bleach at home or professionally, it can be verrry hard to get all those smoldering chemicals out where they sit inside eating away at them. Yikes! Speak up and make sure whoever is doing it shampoos well, then rinses, rinses and RINSES some more until the bleach is completely out. This is serious. Do it.

    Also NOTE that while most temporary dyes, like Manic Panic Hair Colour, is semi-permanent and will fade with time, again, because your locks are like little sponges, the colour may never disappear completely unless you re-dye back to your natural colour. You may want to consider just colouring a few here and there to see how you like it before dipping your whole head.

    So How Much Dye DO I Need?
    Once again, because (say it with us now...) your locks are like little sponges, you will need more colour than you would if you were dyeing regular hair, so consider hair thickness and length when deciding how many pots o’ joy you’ll need. Having more is always better than having less because there’s nothing worse than running out, mid-application, and you can always use the extra for touch-ups later. 


    Highly Recommended for Lock-Dyeing Success, But Not Essential

  • Knotty Boy Dreadlock Shampoo or All-Purpose Shampoo Bar - Excellent for pre-washing as it is chemical/residue-free and alllll natural. If you’ve bleached first, your poor chemical-treated scalp will thank you for being so nice to it with this shampoo.
     
  • Knotty Boy Natural MISTic Deodorizing & Fragrance Spray - Highly recommended as a powerful shampoo-less cleanser and lock refresher spray, allowing dreads to last longer between washings (thereby minimizing colour-washout) and smell great! Also acts as an acidifying conditioner which helps hair retain colour longer. 
     
  • Knotty Boy Dreadlock Conditioning Spray - An effective leave-in conditioner for the prevention and repair of breakage and brittleness due to bleaching and colouring of dreadlocks.

  • Knotty Boy Dread Wax - Even the tightest locks can use a little grooming after all that washing and rinsing. Get locks bone-dry, then combine a little left over hair colour with a small amount of Dread Wax (‘Light’ works best) and palm roll into locks. A light waxing after colouring also helps seal colour in and protect it from washing out.
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