By Kris Lockafella, Owner & Head Stylist of The Dreadquarters in Vancouver, Canada
To wax, or not to wax; that is the question on just about every potential dreadhead’s mind.
Dread Wax is easily the most controversial of hair care products, sparking hot debate far and wide in internet-land. Can you have great dreads without using it? Absolutely. Dread wax is not a necessity, but as thousands of happy customers (and stylists) can tell you, using Knotty Boy Dread Wax can safely help you get those dreads faster. We recommend it at The Dreadquarters because it works! If you’re looking for a way to speed up the locking process, look no further than this little tub of all-natural awesome.
Originally formulated to help people with straight hair lock up, Knotty Boy Dread Wax has gained popularity among all hair types as an effective way to keep new knots protected during shampoos, meaning less frustration and less daily maintenance. It also keeps flyaway hair groomed to the body of the dread, making it more manageable for anyone who needs to keep it tidy for work or school. Used as directed, it’s a great tool to have at your hair care disposal – but it’s a choice, not a necessity.
If you choose to use dread wax, here are 4 quick tips for avoiding some commonly-cited pitfalls. Read more…
Photo: Jason Sammon
Dreadlock poaching is becoming more common due to rising global demand for human hair dread extensions. So if considering extensions for your own locks, it’s becoming increasingly important to either know how and where they were sourced, or even better, opt for synthetic dread extensions.
Synth hair has come a long way, baby. Fake locks have never felt so light and real, are an excellent chemical free, non permanent option for adding colour, and are available in every natural and rainbow shade in the spectrum. Adding syth extenders to shorter natural dreads is an excellent, painless way to achieve that flowing Bob Marley mane immediately, and over time, extenders can be trimmed away, leaving only your naturally grown locks behind.
Learn more about our favourite synthetic hair, and where to buy premade synth dreads, in the excellent Knotty Boy Add Ons & Accessories tutorial.
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Read this incredible email from Knotty girl Paige T., telling the story of her battle with trichotillomania – compulsively pulling out one’s hair – and her victory over this condition through dreadlocks.
“Come January 7th, my dreadlocks will turn four years old. They have been an amazing experience the entire time through, and I hope to sport them well into the coming decades. I did however think it might be time to share why my dreadlocks are so very special to me.
“There were no black people in my son’s elementary school, and he got dreads.
I told him if the kids teased him, to go to the office and tell the nurse he was sick so he could phone me to come pick him up. Well, the whole day went by, I got no phone call, so when he got home I asked him how his day went. He said everyone made fun of him, called him a girl.
These days most of us are doing our best to reduce our carbon footprint. From eating more locally-sourced food to grabbing our bikes over taking the car, we’re reducing our reliance on fossil fuels, thus saving money and helping keep the environment from swirling down the toilet.
But ever think about what gasoline by-products might also be lurking in your hair products, not to mention leaking into your bloodstream? Ew.
Here are a 3 common hair care ingredients that might be working against your best efforts.