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How long does it take to grow dreads?

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Dreadlocks can be started in hair that is at least 3 inches long in a few hours. According to Dreadlocks.com, the "backcombing method" is the fastest of the five generally-accepted dread creation methodologies. Experts agree that while it is possible to start dreads in a few hours, it takes from four months to a year for dreadlocks to fully "lock up" or reach maturity.

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Clean, well-maintained dreads reach maturity faster than neglected locks. Dreads need to be washed at least once per week. Key maintenance products include a dread comb, dread wax and a good soap that does not leave residue on the hair.

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    How to make dreads lock faster?

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    Dreads will lock faster by keeping them clean and not interfering with their natural process. There is no miracle method for making them become locked.

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    How do I create silky dreads?

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    When creating silky dreads, divide hair extensions into sections, backcomb and then twist to form dreadlocks. To finish, use a clothes iron and a wet cloth to seal the dreads so they will maintain their shape. For a full set of silky dreads, you need enough hair extensions to make 40 to 60 double ended dreads, a comb, a coat hanger, a clothes iron and a clean piece of cloth.

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    How do you make your dreads grow longer?

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    To make dreads grow longer, keep the hair as healthy as possible. This involves regularly conditioning the hair to prevent splitting, as well as eating foods that are rich in vitamins A and E to encourage a normal rate of growth.

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    How do you start dreads?

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    To start dreadlocks, wash and dry the hair, section the hair, add product, tease and twist strands, secure, set locks with a blow dryer and palm roll locks starting a week later. Starting dreadlocks takes roughly one hour and takes hair gel or wax, a teasing comb, clips, hair ties and a blow dryer.

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