The various forms of dreadlocks include traditional, free-form, and sisterlocks. The traditional, manicured salon style of dreadlocks uses a bonding agent to fuse the strands of hair together and form bonded dreadlocks. Free-form dreadlocks involve nature and time; this style is achieved by not combing and brushing the hair, and then soon after, the hair begins to bond. Sisterlocks are micro-version of traditional dreadlocks, that is pliable, like loose hair.
It is often thought that to achieve a dreadlock style, one must stop grooming their hair completely; this is not true. Dreadlocks are only suggested to be washed less frequently when the hair is going through, what is called, the bonding stage. This is when the hair, with the help of a bonding agent, is fusing with the other hair follicles.
Keeping dreads fresh and free of dirt and debris not only looks good, but is healthy for the hair. The various methods of dreading hair involve using a natural bonding agent, like beeswax or coconut oil, to fuse the hair together over time. Other methods, like free-form, do not require as much product, as the wearer stops combing and brushing their hair, until it begins to form organic masses of hair.