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!



closeup of Becca, locktician stylist at former Knotty Boy salon sectioning hair preparatory to dreadlocking


Since 1998, we have been pleased to offer literally everything we know about how to dread FREE OF CHARGE. Empowering individuals to take a chance with their outside appearance, which will hopefully lead to even bigger, better changes on the inside, is the name of the true Knotty Boy game. Read on, or watch the vids to learn how to create this amazing style.


The Bad and Good News About Dreadlocks

First and foremost, we have some bad news and some good news for you about how to dread, so read this stuff carefully...

The bad news is, super-awesome locks do not just happen overnight. You must understand, unlike a quick cut at your local salon, this new 'do takes a lot more patience than most others. You must be willing to deal with uncooperative hair for a while, at least until they actually start growing into locks by themselves and especially if your hair is quite short. (Short locks tend to fall apart faster and require more maintenance in the beginning stages than long, tangled locks. However, starting dreadlocks in short hair often results in stronger, tighter dreads in the end.)

But fear knot! The good news is that Knotty Boy Natural Dreadlock Care products help speed the whole 'locking' process up in a huge way by binding all that loose hair together in the soft, early stages, giving them an excellent head start. You only need to take a look at the thousands of before-and-after photos and testimonials from our happy Knotty family around the world to see how Knotty Boy keeps new dreads together, looking groomed and uniform, so much better (and faster!) than using nothing at all. While 'neglect' dreadlocks using no product can take months and even years to start locking depending on your hair type, Knotty Boy products and methods fast-forward early development to about three weeks or so, in any kind of hair. This is when you'll start to see those loose ropes of hair getting tighter and harder... yep, they're turning into real dreads, baby! You still have a long ways to go, but we won't leave you stranded: our helpful Maintenance Tutorials will get you from soft and stringy to tight and tidy in a jiffy. And that's the super AMAZING good news!

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Knotty Boy is committed to the manufacturing of strictly all natural body products. This includes using only the purest, highest quality, ethically-sourced ingredients available, as close to their source of origin as possible.



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