Sites such as wheretogetdreads.com provide search tools that allow users to locate locticians based on geographic location. Many locticians are located in culturally diverse areas or in mid-sized to large American cities. You can also visit nearby braiding shops or beauty supply stores, as some locticians may advertise their services in these locations.
When considering a potential loctician, ask to see photos of other clients. Assess the overall neatness, technique, color and health of the previous clients' hair. This can give you an idea of the loctician's experience with dreadlocks.
Also, interview the potential hair stylist. Take note of how fast he returns your phone calls or emails. If a stylist seems to have a constant delay in correspondence, it could mean that clients may have a difficult time securing appointments. Pay attention to how neat and sanitary the potential loctician keeps her workstation. An overly messy and dirty work environment could mean that the stylist does not adhere to regulations and rules regarding proper sanitation.
It is important to ask the stylist about products that she uses on dreadlocks. Natural products free from chemicals are best. Clients should also ask if the loctician is open to using other recommended products. Indicate if you prefer vegan products or ethnically sourced products.