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Knotty Boy DreadStuff
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World leader of all-natural dreadlock care products, keeping folks happy n' nappy since 1998!
World leader of all-natural dreadlock care products, keeping folks happy n' nappy since 1998!

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By popular demand, we've created a visual dreadlock timeline of typical growth.

Taking the plunge into the world of locks can be a daunting task. Especially when we keep telling you it's going to take a lot of time and patience! Hopefully, this dread timeline will take some of the mystery out of what you can expect your locks to look like over the span of a year. You can also check out our extensive customer-submitted photo galleries to see thousands of examples of dreadlocks, of all hair types, in various stages of growth.

http://www.knottyboy.com/learn/lock-growth-timeline/
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Here's our step-by-step, oh-my-stars-isn't-this-the-easiest-thing guide to getting your messy, loose tips blunted up!
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I've got quite a bit of loose hair coming off my locks. How can I work it back in?

The easiest and most effective way to get stray loose hairs back into your lock is to palmroll while damp with Locksteady Tightening Gel. If you aren't into using product, go ahead and palmroll when wet anyways - you'll get the most bang for your buck. When hair is wet it's very elastic, which makes it easier for you to control the shape of your locks as time goes on - particularly useful in cases where locks are bunched up or kinked.
For larger amounts of loose hair with free ends (as in, the loose hair isn't attached at both ends to the dread, like a big bubble) you can backcomb it when it's dry and then palmroll it back into your lock with a little wax. For bubbles, you can use a very fine crochet hook to pull the hair back into the lock from the opposite side. (If you use a large hook, you will simply create a hole for more hair to escape out of. )
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Any tips for dreading super slippery hair?

You will definitely need to backcomb a little tighter if you have super slippy hair, and I’ll share a little trick that we use to dread fine hair in the shop: Before you start your locks, apply some tightening gel to damp hair and blow dry. It adds a little extra grip to your hair, and makes it easier to get a really tight backcomb. When you’re finished, wax as normal!
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I think I applied too much wax. What can I do about it?

If your dreads start looking like candles, or start falling apart into stringy pieces, you’ve probably applied too much wax. You can start by washing your dreads thoroughly, then allowing them to dry. If after a dry palm rolling they still seem to have too much wax, wrap a dread in a paper towel and apply heat with a blow dryer. You should be able to blot out some excess this way.
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I wash my dreads every day, but they smell terrible! What am I doing wrong?

I think we can all agree that washing your hair is a really great idea - but you, my friend, have a case of "too much of a good thing"! Your dreads smell funky for a very simple reason: they aren't getting dry.

YES, you should totally wash your locks BUT they must get 100% dry, all the way to the middle, before you wet them again. This is especially important if you are still applying wax, as it will trap present moisture inside the lock, leaving you with a mildewy smell. Yuck! To get rid of the smell, wash one more time with the KB Dread Shampoo (with it's anti-fungal, antibacterial oils) and then blow dry it (on a low heat setting) or sit out in the sun. Normally you can simply air dry your locks, but it's key to get yours as dry as possible as quick as possible. From here on out, try to stick to a once-weekly washing schedule.
 

 
 
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I heard if you want dreadlocks you can't wash your hair for a month before hand, is this true?

Absolutely NOT. Natural oils that develop in your hair will hamper the dreading process, not to mention the buildup on your scalp can cause discomfort. Washing your hair immediately beforehand will make starting your dreads SO much easier, then once you get dreads, we recommend washing your hair once a week, after the initial 2 week waiting period. Your scalp will thank you.   
 

 
 
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