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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 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 long does it take dreads to lock?

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    How do you make dreads grow faster?

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