Here’s a list of the questions I get asked the most…..

—– Cost:
I don’t do an hourly rate! I don’t think that’s fair. I do have price brackets though.

A touch up is usually between 100-180, Major maintenance is usually between 160-250, repair is between 200-350.

A full new head is between 300-900, half heads from 250-500 and just one or two $20 each or 5 for $70.

Extensions are usually around the 1000 mark but can be less depending on job and avalibility of extension hair (cost of hair + dreading extensions + dreading natural hair + install of extensions)

Woolies/synths have a huge price fluctuation, so please message me direct about this.

Removal can be between 200-800 depending on the amount of hair/dreads and condition of hair.

**please also note, regular clients receive a discounted rate on maintance and deposits!!**


How to book in:

in order to confirm your booking, I will require a deposit (usually 50-80 for a standard touch up and between 150-300 for anything else) which can be made via bank transfer. As I work privately, you will get the studio location approx one week before booking and only after deposit confirmation.

— note, if it was via perming solution and in the last year, chances are you’ll need a bit of repair work.


—–What’s the difference between repair and touch up?
A touch up is a job where your locs are just a little untidy, new regrowth and maybe some small joining (congoing) here and there. A touch up means you’ve been looking after your locs and you just need a bit of help getting them shipshape again.
Repair/major maintance is when your locs have been neglected or improperly made. If you haven’t had a touch up in a long time, chances are it’s a repair. Things like your dreads flattening and a large amount of conjoining at the roots and excessive re growth mean your dreads need some major love.

——What is maturation of dreads?
Look at the thinking about dreads blog post, this should have most of what you need to know as a new dread head.

—– What’s the difference in the methods?
Look at the post no.2 dread methods on this blog.

——-What if I get nits?
Until recently, I’d never encountered people with this problem, but lately I’ve met a number of people who have had bug problems.


1. Use tee trea oil, bugs hate it and it’s a great preventative method! Some people say peppermint oil and eucalyptus oil, be careful with these as they can burn the scalp if too strong – mix with water and put in a spray bottle just in case.
2. Methylated spirits or kerosene dousing and 45mins with your locks in a plastic bag, wash well!
3. Frontline flea solution, top of scalp, behind ears and base of scalp.

——How long does my hair need to be to be dreaded and how much length will I loose?
Ideally at least shoulder length, unfortunately it’s impossible not to loose at least 2inches of length with locing up. Different methods will loose different lengths, the skills I’ve acquired are the most length conserving methods I know. Depending of your hair type will depend on the length lost, long hair with thin ends could mean over half your length is lost.
However! Locs promote hair growth, that’s why the 3 month touch up is such a good idea for the first year of locs. You’ll find it grows quick in dreads.
If your hair is short, extensions are an option, these can be costly but enough notification and we can sometimes pic up the hair cheaply.

I do not stock extension hair! But I can sorce new both second hand and new for an additional ‘finders’ fee.

If you cut your old locs off, they can be redreaded back in!


when they itch, it’s time for a wash. Use residue free shampoo and avoid the nasty sodium laurel sulphate! And DRY your locks TOTALLY after washing. Leaving them damp means they smelll from the mildew and leave mildew long enough and it will turn to dread rot and your locs will go hollow!

i do sometimes have my own shampoo blend up for sale so do ask me about it!


do I do kids hair?

yes, I can and will do any ages provided the parents know what they are getting themselves in for and believe their child can cope with the long hours of sitting down still for maintance and dread creation. I prefer to do your children in your own home as my studio space is small and not ideal for kids, but will consider working from my studio depending on circumstance.

if you are under 18, yes I will need to talk to your parents and I do require parental supervision for at least half of the session.

IF YOU ARE IN SCHOOL, CHECK WITH YOUR SCHOOL THAT YOU ARE ALLOWED DREADS, YOU CAN BE SUSPENDED AND ASKED NOT TO COMR BACK IF YOUR SCHOOL IS STRICT ON UNIFORMITY. I will not be held responsible for any issues with work or school, it’s up to you to make sure the dread-full lifestyle is going to match your daily life!


can I dye my dreads?

yes you can dye them, it just takes a bit of extra time and work to get the dye in there. Constant dying will weaken your hair and thus can cause thinning and end loss of your locs. You cannot put ‘conditioning’ masks in your locs to repair them from dye damage so be aware and mind full of how often you want to change your colour. Remember, you can add dread-fools (wool fake dreads) into your locs for a bit of fun colour as well as adding beads and wraps. This is a really dread friendly way of ‘changing it up’ from time to time!




more to be added soon, stay tuned!!!

be dread-full, stay love-locked!


Thinking about Dreads?

So you are thinking about getting dreads? That’s awesome! There are all kinds of reasons people decide to become love-locked and as a loctitian I am always amazed at how many different people from different walks of life have come to the decision to be dread-full! For some people, they just know that loc’n up is what they really want to do and they dive in head first full of passion and awe! But for others, there are many doubts often supported by people who don’t know about dreads and are still stuck on the ‘dirty hippy’ stereotype. No matter which category you fit into, there are some things you should know before you loc-up that hair!

I don’t want to put people off, but dreads are not cheap. Its not like a dye job or hair cut, dreadlocks are a lifestyle choice and you need to make sure you are ready for it, else you may spend 100s of dollars and many hours on a hairstyle you only have for 6 months and causes you a lot of pain or a lot of length to get rid of.

Firstly, think about your life style! Think about work and school – is it okay by them to have dreads? If you are a type of labourer, you are likely going to need to put some extra effort in to keep your loc’s clean and tidy – I have heaps of tips and tricks to help you but you do need to think about how much your willing to do for your loc’s – can you commit to this?

its worth adding, I have clients who work in all kinds of areas: stay at home parent, IT, government positions, business positions, students, educators, artists, retired, customer service…. There really is no ‘class’ of person who decides to become a dready – all walks of life find joy in dread-full life! So don’t let ‘stereotypes’ get in the way of being love-locked!


  1. Dreadlocks are a labour of love.
    I cannot stress this strongly enough! Although its true that you wont have to spend hours in the morning with hair straighteners, curling irons, moose, clips and spray; and instead get to put deodorant on, brush your teeth and walk out the door with your hair looking awesome!! You will still need to look after your locks. You have to put some effort in to maintain them if you want them always looking their best.
  2. yes, I am here to knot back up those loose bits of regrowth and do whatever else you may need, but I do still expect you to put some work in yourself. You will need to make sure you keep your loc’s separate, don’t leave them wet (to avoid mildew – which is why people think they are smelly – which can turn into dread-rot), twist them to help keep their shape and not put crap in them!! While the dreads are maturing, you will need to come back for a touch up aprox every three months. Why? Regrowth and development. Some people take longer, some shorter, basically you will just know when it’s time for a touch up!


  1. Dreads take time
    not only to install (5-30hrs aprox!), but to mature. The maturation period for loc’s is anywhere between 6 months and 2 years. During this time frame, you need to look after them by paying attention to them and their maintenance. Just before your dreads mature, they do what all children (And dogs do), dreads rebel. They go full blown wild and seem to be difficult to manage and maintain and you think ‘why the hell did I do this!!??’ – don’t worry, this is normal and if you can take a deep breath and ride through it, on the other side you will end up with the loc’s you always dreamed of having! They will require less maintenance and behave in the way that you really want it to. Dreads kind of need to learn how to be dreads, all the maintenance is almost like you are training your dreads to behave appropriately for your life style.


  1. Dreads like to be residue free
    – this is a product issue, esp shampoo (See the blog about shampoos for more on that! PS I now have my own shampoo available for you that ive custom made to suit dread-fulls, just ask me about it.) Natural oils are blocked by residue and it’s the natural oils that are best for dreads. There is a lot of debate on how often to wash your hair, I can tell you I only wash when it feels gross. Ive never had anyone tell me my dreads smell and considering their age, they have bugger all bits of lint in them. Residues also attract more smell – for some reason, dreads pick up scents more than normal hair do, so if you work in a stinky environment, your hair is going to absorb that smell. There are lots of things you can do to help with this and I can certainly help you out! Wax will mean more lint, more smell and harder to dry, which is why I advise against it. DO NOT USE CONDITIONER!!


  1. Nits!
    – lots of people have been asking me about this lately, in all my years of loc’n, I’ve never come across anyone with a problem, but it can happen. There are things you can do to help avoid this problem like keeping your loc’s well maintained and clean. If you are around children, make sure you keep your kids hair healthy. One seriously awesome tip – tea tree oil – it repels nits! Great to use for dreads in general (its in my shampoo!) and good for your kids hair too. Make sure you dilute it though!


  1. Itchy
    everyone who gets dreads goes through an itch faze and this doesn’t mean nits!! Your scalp is adjusting to having loc’s, your hair is pulling in directions its not used to yet and that can (and usually does) irritate the scalp. To help itch, use tea tree oil shampoo. If you cant or don’t want to wash it yet (I’ll come back to this), put hot water on a flannel and a few drops of tea tree oil and put it over your scalp. The hot water steam will open up the pores in your scalp to let the tea tree oil really get in there. When your head is used to be dread-full, the itch will subside drastically!


  1. One last pointer – if you have an extremely sensitive scalp and are prone to headaches/migraines, dreadlocks may not be for you! However, you could get temporary dreads installed!! Please talk to me about this option as there are a whole different set of things to know about temporary/synth/woolies dreadlocks.


  1. Ready to get dreads?
    contact me to make a booking, I have no set work hours and will do my best to fit you in whatever space suits you best – I do take deposits which are dependent on the size of the job. This deposit is non-refundable. You get two ‘change of time’ options before you incur a booking fee.
    If I am not coming to your home, I work privately from a studio space, respect that.
    a new full head will take between 5-30hrs, depending on length, thickness and dread size/number. If your hair is past shoulder length, I am likely to book you in two days just in case we cannot complete day one.
    remember, it is difficult on your scalp to have your hair pulled at (I specialise in dealing with sensitive scalps so I do my best to be as gentle as possible, but it is going to pull a bit!) and tough on your body to sit for so long (we do take short breaks).
    I don’t provide meals, so bring food with you if you think you’ll need to eat, but do provide tea and coffee.
    if you can, please don’t use conditioner before your appointment in fact, don’t wash it for at least a few days before you come to see me (getting it wet is fine, but avoid the shampoo). Don’t straiten your hair or put any product in it. After you have your new loc’s created, avoid washing for at least two weeks if you can, this allows the dreads time to settle into shape.

Anymore questions? Feel free to ask!

stay love-locked
be Dread-Full!!

post 3: washing dreads – part I

imge from wiki how to that ive edited


okay this post will be in a few parts because believe it or not, there is a lot to know about the washing of dreads.
what i am about to ‘blog-out’ is based from my own personal experience as a dreadlocker and dreadhead, it doesn’t mean that its GOSPEL truth, at the end of the day, if its working for you, if your dreads are clean and happy and healthy – do it! I’m a big supporter in doing what is best for you provided there is no negative side-effects (but this is a bit of an objective notion, we will come back to that soon!)

so this post is all about: WHAT TO WASH DREADS WITH: SHAMPOOS – you will find all sorts of different ideas and products on the wondrously vast world of the internet. i caution only one thing when you are hunting for your own ‘dread washing truth’ — companies that make dread products (or any beauty related product) will ALWAYS tell you their product is good because they want to make that sale – it doesnt mean the product is bad in reality, it just means that there are lots of things to consider.

at this stage, i don’t make any dread washing products, so what I’m ‘blogging’ at you right now is pretty objective rather than subjective in opinion.

what i have been telling my clients for years is AVOID SODIUM LAURYL SULFATES, simply because that is what was taught to me and i admit, ive simply accepted this as being good advice. Now when clients ask me ‘why?’ its been bothering me that i haven’t got a really good answer, so here we go, here’s a good answer!

there are a few reasons as to why its best to avoid SODIUM LAURYL SULFATES/SULPHATES (american/British spelling), or any sodium sulfates for that matter. the first is about lathering and soapy suds!
we have the idea in our heads that something is clean once you lather it up. Looking around, i found some interesting reports from hairdressers about this. it seems that with our modern age, we are able to make shampoo’s/soaps that have cleaning agents (natural or manufactured) in them which don’t produce suds. but psychologically, if we don’t see suds, we don’t think its clean, so products have been added to shampoos/soaps to help make them lather up thus convincing the user that it is cleaning! but it also DOES do some actual cleaning but this cleaning is reported to strip away at some of the natural oils that hair produces, which can cause hair to be become brittle and more sensitive to hair dyes and sunlight. In addition to stripping natural oils, it also has its own oil like properties which stick onto your hair, when it comes to dreads, this can be a serious problem as this thin film coating your dreads will actually stop the dreads from being fully penetrated and thus being fully cleaned. i also suspect that putting an extra film on your dreads will make it that little bit harder to fully dry them, and drying dreads is a key maintenance tip (more on that later).
Some people will also find that sulphates make their hair frizzy because of the stripping of natural oils. Apparently it is also common to be allergic to sulphates which can cause/trigger dry itchy scalps.
There are a whole bunch of people who claim that sulphates are cancer causing, but i haven’t seen any ‘hard science’ for this, and lets face it, pretty much everything in the modern western world is reported by -someone- to be a cause for cancer.
finally, i do want to add that most sulphates are actually derived from coconut or palm oil, so they are not as chemically as you may think. Palm oil has a bunch of ethical problems associated with it (maybe more on that some other time) and we will come back to speaking about coconut oil in another post – there are some pro’s and con’s with that too!

now we have that one out the way, lets move on to the next product i highly recommend you avoid, and this one is new information to me and sadly has meant that the shampoo i was going to recommend has to go on the ‘stay away’ list…. i had been using Thursday Plantations Every Day Tea Tree Shampoo, because it appeared to be pretty basic on the chemical side (it does have Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate in it, but of all the sulfates, its reportedly the less ‘aggressive’ one) and Tea Tree is excellent for dreads, but i my presumption on this next ingredient was a serious mistake….

cocamide DEA — “The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) lists coconut oil diethanolamine condensate (cocamide DEA) as an IARC Group 2B carcinogen, which identifies this chemical as possibly carcinogenic to humans” (wiki) – usually I’m a little reluctant to use Wiki as a source, but in this case, it checks out, it really is on the list. the coconut oil part isn’t the problem – cocamide, its the diethanilamine that’s the problem, ironically even has the word ‘die’ in its name. i doubt that alone is really going to kill you, but i personally like to try and avoid too many cancer agents (i already smoke and eat bacon, so im probably already doomed!)

if anyone knows of any shampoos which are good for dreads and free of these nasty chemicals, post away in the comments section! 🙂

im going to hunt out a good shampoo to use here in NZ and i will let you know how the quest goes!

okay, so now we have that covered – i do encourage you do your own research, you’ll notice i haven’t included many references because I myself feel like there is more research to be done on this topic and i intend to come back to it later and add in some good links, if you have any sources please do share in the comments section.

stay love locked all!!

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 (http://elisebuch.blogspot.co.nz/2014_02_01_archive.html). 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

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!