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How to dye dreads?

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Posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Hello everyone. I'm currently letting my hair grow, it was black but now the hairdye is fading and it shows my natural color a bit (which I dislike).
I'm going to dreadlock my hair pretty soon. So I want to know how you dye your dreads. Is it just like dying your "normal" hair?
Please share your experiences with dreadlocks and dying dreads with me, as it is my first time having dreads :3

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Location: UK :)

Current Hair: Dwayne Dibley. :D

Posted 2 years, 9 months ago

I imagine (having never had dreads) it will be like colouring normal hair except that they soak up a lot more dye!

Have a chat with @pinklikepussy as she's had different coloured dreads for ages (though recently she chopped them all off). Smile

Edit: Her profile page -

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Posted 2 years, 9 months ago

thank you so much, I'll talk to her! :)

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Location: Southampton, UK

Current Hair: silver

Posted 2 years, 9 months ago

having dyed my dreads, yes, exactly as you would your normal hair.

grab the dye on a gloved hand and palm-roll it over the dread, squishing it to make sure it gets into the hair rather than just coating the outside.

word of warning: if you're using the conditioning, direct dyes (bright colours) over freshly formed dreads it can cause them to un-ravel a bit, so they may need a back-comb after dying.

Some other random things I learned having dreads:
- wash your hair with bicarbonate of soda mixed with water, if you can't get hold of this, use washing up liquid (dish soap) or clarifying shampoo
- don't use wax, it just seems to cause issues
- back-comb, palm-roll, repeat forever
- you will have a huge, fluffy mess on your head for a bit, invest in a crochet hook and use it to tighten your dreads (the best thing I did while I had dreads)
-super-clean knotted hair. wash it and tighten up the knots, it doesn't need anything else (unless you're colouring them)
- super-damaged hair leads to brilliant dreadlocks, bleach the hell out of it!
happy dreadlocks!

"although everything you own will be this colour too because it bleeds like an extra in 300" -bekki, 23/2/12