Post no.2 – dread methods

so i have now made live my YouTube Channel!
you can find me under The Dread-Full Woman.

I basically just want to talk through some things about Dreads, ive sifted through sights and cant find much about dreads from a kiwi’s view point, so thought id make a start at filling the gap! yes, right now i can only use my webcam which, lets be honest, is a bit shit. BUT its better than nothing right? depending on how i go, i may even consider trying to invest in some better equipment somewhere down the line, if i can ever find the moolar to do it!

okay-yoke! so today i thought i’d post something which would support my little YouTube rant, basically all im doing here is showing some pictures to help give you some idea about dread methods.

first of all, there is a problem with showing images for dread methods – and that is that all dreads are 100% unique! you will never get your hair looking like any of these images because your hair, just like your thumb print, is different and unique to you! secondly, none of these images are JUST AFTER THEY WERE DONE, so time and maintenance techniques will also play a factor here – i’ll talk more about maintenance another day 🙂

Anna April started with twist and rip method.

Anna April started with twist and rip method.

so above is the amazingly beautiful Anna April, you should go have a look at her on YouTube because she’s pretty darn interesting and pretty darn nice on the eyes, but from what i understand she started her dreads using the twist and rip method.

Elise Busch - Feb 2014, backcomb plus extentions

Elise Busch – Feb 2014, backcomb plus extensions

this is Elise Busch, who i am just a little in love with! shes a sweet’eart and a stunner! i found this image on google and lead me to her blog page ( also check her out on YouTube, and i challenge you not to fall a little in love with her too – but this blog is about dreads not people so ill save my swooning for another day! As far as I understand, Elise had her dreads done by backcombing and rolling with some extensions added in the bottom with a crochet hook, i think this photo (if i have the date right) shows her dreads after a few months, if you see her now they look waaay different, but i’ll come back to that.

twist dreads

twist dreads

African American type hair is commonly twisted into dreads. check out the ThristyRoots webpage for some amazing photos of some truly beautiful woman rocking some badass hair styles! (as far as i know, in NZ we dont have any issues with race and dreads, but i am aware its a big issue in other parts of the world. i mean no offense at all in this post, im merely trying to show different types of dreads to my fellow Kiwi’s)

Ani DiFranco

Ani DiFranco

DreadFull Woman dreads (Lilly's Locks)

DreadFull Woman dreads (Lilly’s Locks)

this is Ani DiFranco, who is one of my personal hero’s and this image is one of the inspirations for my own dreads. i dont know if they are Crochet work, but it certainly how i learnt to develop my own supper knitty knotty crochet technique.

Sky Wartooth -Neglect/O'naturale

Sky Wartooth -Neglect/O’naturale

Sky Wartooth has badass beautiful crazy locks which are made and maintained by the Neglect method – i like to call this O’Naturale 🙂 – she also has a YouTube account where you can learn more about her and her dreads.


these might look amazing, but they aren’t real! these are synthetic dreads – made Filthy’s synthetic dreads (find them on FB). so when i say in my YouTube rant that a lot of images you see are synthetics, this gives you a good example of what i mean. It can be really hard to tell whats real and whats fake. As i commented above, Elsie Buch had synthetic extensions put in which is extremely common. — i’ll be talking more about synthetics in another post 🙂

wool add ins

wool add ins

possible wool too

possible wool too

Tina Tianinen - YouTuber

Tina Tianinen – YouTuber

the other fake dread choice is wool, here are some examples of wool dreads – a lot of people will also brighten up their own dreads by adding just one or two colourful felted wool pieces. – again ill talk more about this in the ‘fake dreads’ rant.

'Jam' permed dreads (wellington)

‘Jam’ permed dreads (wellington)

finally these are permed dreads – right after they have been done – from Jam’s website. if you didn’t know, JAM is an award winning hair salon in wellington city which has had a great reputation for chemical dreads for many years. in another post i will talk about chemical dreads.

okay i think that sums that one up!
hope this has been helpful.

keep love-locked and dread-full!
The Dread-Full Woman



this is The Dread-Full Woman logo, its a little bit vintage, a little bit piratey, a little bit gypsy, a little bit hippy and ALL DREAD-FULL!!!

please note: i do all ages and all genders dreads 😀

Hello world!

The Dread-Full Woman is now blogging!!

i love dreads. full stop exclamation mark! i have a real passion for the dread journey so much so that i seem to always have lots to say about dreadlocks and dread culture, so ive decided to take the next step and start hitting social media with my love locked life lessons!

ive been a dread-head myself since i was 19, i chopped them off at 23 and spent a year of so dread-less and in that year, i began to feel as though i had lost something of myself. so i decided to start my dread adventure again. for the past 5 or so years i have been sharing the love of locks and have been lucky to meet a number of amazing people from all over the world and help them on their dread journey, it really is the most satisfying job i could have ever imagined!

here in NZ, Dreads are pretty common, especially in the south island (right now im still in the North, but i have dreams of setting myself up down south some day soon) and i suspect we view dreadlocks differently from the rest of the world because we dont have any historical attachments to them, for us, it seems to be more about looking and feeling ‘earthy’. not having to spend ages in front of the mirror each morning trying to tame wild and unruly hair probably also has a lot to do with it!

I was looking around online to see what NZ Dread places and info there was, and although i have found some amazing Dread artists, ive found very little (though im sure it is out there) from kiwi’s talking about their own dread experiences. seemed to me there was a loose end which could get knotted in (see what i did there? hehe), thus here i am!

so id like to start sharing some kiwi locked love across the world wide web and see what becomes of it.
if your a kiwi with dreads, hollah at me! if you know of any great dready related place in nz, or online spaces dedicated to kiwi dreaders, pass em on! let me know your tips and trick to dreads! send me in pics of your dreads, neat places to find dread accessories or just anything dread-full at all!

right now im in the process of getting a YouTube channel up and running too where i’ll be ranting some of my dread-full ideas and thoughts, my own tips and tricks and various other bits and pieces and what-knot (hehe, see i did it again!) so if you have any ideas for that too, give us a hollah! 🙂

im also on FB so check out The Dread-Full Woman over there too and if your looking for a dreadlocker, hit me up, if i cant help you, i can certainly put you in the right direction!

well thats all for now, keeping this one short and sweet!
will be more form me soon

keep yourselves love-locked and dashingly dread-full and see you all soon!