What are the different stages of dreadlocks

The 4 phases of real dreads; from young to adult

If you've got real dreads, you've probably heard different terms. Baby dreads, young-adult and adult, but when are dreadlocks young and when are they grown-up?

The stages of real dreadlocks

Real dreadlocks can be used in different ways. The methods that are used for this can be different for the “Loctician”. The phases that we describe below apply to the dreadshop method for real dreadlocks. This method consists of teasing and crocheting.

Phase 1: baby dreadlocks

The time has come, the day on which your real dreadlocks will be made has dawned! On the first day you walk out the door with “baby dreadlocks”. Your dreadlocks have just been made and there is still a lot of air in the dreads. As a result, they fluff a little faster and do not yet feel as compact. In the first few months you will notice that you still have a lot of loose hair. This is exactly what describes this phase. We therefore recommend that you have your dreadlocks worked on a little more often in the first few days. Palm rolling your dreads and using tightening products is also very important in this phase.

Phase 2: boy dreadlocks

After 2 months you have your first appointment for post-processing and then we speak of “young dreadlocks”. Young dreadlocks begin to “curl”. There is still a lot of loose hair, but it's getting less and less. Your dreads still feel very soft, but have become a bit more compact thanks to palm rolling and the use of tightening products. In this phase you continue with it!

Phase 3: Young-adult dreadlocks

After 6 months you will notice that your dreads are a bit more compact. Maybe even a little tightened. It's a completely normal process. Your hair connects more and more with each other / becomes Velcro and the air in between goes away. This makes them more compact, but they also tighten up. At this stage you don't have that much loose hair and when you do, it's at the hairline. You can have everything reworked every 2-3 months

Stage 4: adult dreadlocks

After a year, you can call your dreads adult. You have then gone through all phases and have become nicely compact and robust. There is also no longer any loose hair in your dreadlocks. The use of tightening products is only necessary very rarely. But the use of personal care products like the right shampoo becomes even more important at this stage. You will quickly notice that you have quickly found your way in it.

Real dreads: each stage is beautiful and unique

Don't forget to enjoy every phase you are in! And just take a lot of photos and then compare them with each other after a while.

Have fun with your dreadlocks, whatever phase you are in!

-X- Renate