Starting dreads, but just not sure what you'll need?

We've done the hard work for you by putting together the bare essentials for starting locks from scratch (and in larger Kits, a few fun extras), at a discount!

Incredible locks
in weeks, not years.

Create and maintain beautiful locks in any hair type easier, faster, and cleaner with Knotty Boy Natural Dreadlock Care products.

Pure ingredients, simple instructions and limitless customer support. Think Dreadlocks, Think Knotty Boy - the Original Since 1998!

Concerned parents


black and white photo of right half of a boy's face with smiling eyes closed and dreads laid out on the snow around his head



At Knotty Boy, one of our main objectives is to attempt to dispel many of the myths that exist about dreadlocks - precisely why we dedicate so much time on this website describing how to care for them! So Mom, Dad, caregiver, or confused loved one of someone who wants to do whaaat?? to their hair, this is for you.

One of the most prevalent myths about dreadlocks is that they always smell bad and cannot be washed. The truth is, just like braids or regular hair, dreadlocks ARE NOT stinky or smelly unless their owner is putting something weird in there or not caring for them properly.

Many people who choose to let their hair lock without the use of products like the Knotty Boy Dread Wax or LockSteady Tropical Tightening Gel which helps dramatically speed up the long process, will stop washing their hair because they believe the buildup of natural oils is good for starting dreads. This is also a fallacy. Oil lubricates and conditions hair making it more difficult for knots to form, and oily buildup will also begin to smell over time. Washing the hair and stripping it of these oils will make locks form faster because knots are, in fact, created more easy in dry, clean, unconditioned hair.

Which brings us to the precise reason why we developed our fine line of Knotty Boy Natural Dreadlock Care products. You see, some of us (and our Moms!) can't stand unwashed hair, but would like to achieve this most fabulous style known as dreadlocks. Because Knotty Boy Dread Wax is beeswax based, and beeswax takes time to wash out, this means you can start and maintain dreads with Knotty Boy and still wash your hair! It's true!

Additionally, Knotty Boy Dread Wax does not contain artificial perfumes, nor does it attract bugs or dirt. Since 1998 when this whole Knotty Boy thang began, there's never been a single report received from our tens of thousands of customers of a bug problem because of using Knotty Boy Dread Wax. And that's a pretty gosh-darn good track record, we'd say.

And now there's even a way to remove dreadlocks if they don't work out - without having to shave or cut it all off. With the fabulous, scissor-free Knotty Boy Emergency Dreadlock Removal Kit, we've got you, and your kids, covered from beginning to end.


So, Moms and other innocent bystanders...

We hope this will help ease your mind about the idea of your loved ones starting dreadlocks using Knotty Boy Dread Wax. It keeps dreadlocks clean and washable, and they'll finally have that hair style they've been harassing you about for the past year or so. (Plus it cuts down on all those hair cuts they'd need otherwise, right? The price of a jar ain't bad in light of a year's worth of trips to the salon.) Feel free to call or email us anytime with your concerns - we'd be happy to answer any additional questions you may have!

One last thing..want to make sure dreadlocks are right for you, without any pain or hassle? Check out to upload a picture of yourself and see what you could look like with dreads BEFORE taking the plunge!

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