Using synth dreads to cultivate natural dreads

1 year after install
1 year after install

The top left shows approx 4 inches of natural hair at the longest.

The top right shows a synth dread install. I use a pinch braid attachment method to anchor synth fiber to each section of natural hair. A special type of string closes the attachment. Finally I form and seal each individual synth lock so it sits on top of the natural hair.

The bottom left and right show progress 1 year post original install. The natural locks have been maintained about every 2 months with a base tie at each anchor and tiny amount bulk natural hair fiber to provide seamless cohesion between the synth extension and natural forming lock.

The natural locks have increased in length by more than 6 inches. This client’s hair grows a little faster than the average 1/2 inch a month. I have cut a few inches off the synth length and eventually we will cut the synth length off entirely, though that isn’t necessary, it’s merely a possibility.

There are about 8 colorful synth accent dreads scattered throughout, just for some pants of interest. These are attached with a string sealed pinch braid ( just string and skill hold these extensions on) They are tightened, or moved back to the scalp, every couple months along with maintenance. The extensions grow away from the scalp by about 1/2 inch a month or along with the growth cycle of your natural hair. They will stay in place if never tightened and continue to grow out long with your natural hair or they the string can be carefully cut at any time and the extension can be gently and easily removed. You can save your extensions to be re attached in the future.

Do not cut the extension, ONLY cut the string for proper removal.

Natural dreads take a very very very long time to form. There are no short cuts, not even a dread perm, not even a full head of crochet…All these are means of beginning the shed trapping process.

Dreadlocks are the result of hardened compacted natural shed hair that has combined with actively growing hair on your hair. Think “SHED LOCK”. Lock of shed hair. Hair grows at the rate of 1/2 inch a month on average. Therefore, 12 inches of natural dread lock length will take about 2 years to cultivate.

Wearing synth dread extensions is a way to trap shed and form dreadlocks while you appear to already have natural  mature dreadlocks.

Synth dreadlocks can be worn without natural forming of dreadlocks if you maintain professionally at 4-6 week intervals, depending on hair type. Courser, glossier hair textures can maintain less often  without shed compaction and hardening whereas more fine and cottony textures will matte much quicker.

June/July 2016 Seattle work binge photos

These are the highlights …I don’t have time to document everything, but…. I snap photos as regularly as i can.

Synth dreads adorned with sparkles beads and antique buttons

This is a skinny double synth dread in chocolate brown. It can be pinch braided onto natural hair, or a natural dreadlock AND it can be attached by way of classic double end attachment, I would recommend a blanket stitch braid so the natural hair attachment stays up near the root and doesn’t take any of the bead’s or button’s thunder 🙂 I use two kinds of string/thread. The thicker string is a bonded nylon  type I purchase from either  or I sew it through the length of the synth lock where I will end attaching the sparkly pretties. This provides a secure base for attachment. I also use the bonded nylon to attach those gorgeous , rare, and expensive antique tribal buttons. I use a much finer nylon beading thread and size 10,11 beading needles to anchor all those little sparkle seed and Swarovski type  sparkley beads. These adorned synths can be worn well for many months. I was pretty tough on my own and they held up swimmingly for 14 months in perpetuity.  I still have them and keep them around for a future install since I don’t know when a beaded dread mood will strike. They take me about 60-90 minutes to create after I have the dread base done and the supplies assembled. I would love to offer a class in this, although I know I need to dial in the details… So, for now…. I’m creating and will likely sell on my etsy site. My etsy store is   called “Fiercelocksinc” and is run my me, Dreadful Jonquil or Jonquil Dreadful . Thanks for reading, feel free to ask questions about where to buy  supply stuff if you are interested in further details.

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While in Dollylocks country….


Im on a continuing education holiday here in St. Pete Florida! Dollylocks methods, along with their amazing product line,has been evolving beautifully.

Im creating this blog to show  the work Ive observed and created while in the store…including bottle labeling!!!

Alin Leslie, owner and operator of Dollylocks store and product line, has her product filling/container labeling operation in a separate room behind the salon which is very efficient and interesting…Fascinating things going on behind the chair and behind the salon service area. She can complete a brand new set of natural dreads and then walk 20 feet and label 100 containers, and pack 70 shipping crates following that!

I want to be clear that I was mostly observing on this trip, so the dreadlock work in this blog is primarily completed by either Alin or Caylin.

If you are reading this as a professional or student in the cosmetology industry, you should consider coming for training as you will not be sorry…they teach so well!

When I come visit I also enjoy a trek or two at Sawgrass park…so… I included a few gators and water critter in the gallery 🙂 *enjoy*


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