COST OF DREADLOCKS

So What is the true cost of getting dreadlocks?? 

Well, that's kind of a funny question, really. It's the same as asking someone: "How long is a piece of string??" Who knows?!? It all depends on a number of factors: how much hair you have, how long your hair is, the width you want your dreads, if you want the tips open or closed, whether you are going to DIY (do it yourself), get a friend or family member to do it, see an dreadlock maker with little experience or whether you see a professional experienced Loctician or go to a hairdresser! Then what method will be used? Backcomb + wax/product OR Twist & Rip + wax/product, backcomb + chemicals + wax in the hairdressers, or backcomb with some crochet, or full crochet with someone who isn't experienced or a very thorough crochet job from a certified Natural Dread Loctician!?? The method really changes the amount of time involved and therefore the price. 

A GOOD GENERAL RULE OF THUMB IS THIS: 

 

"The price you pay indicates the type of dreads you'll get. It's like buying bread. Cheap bread is poorly made with bad ingredients and isn't very good for you. Expensive bread is made with quality ingredients, is all natural, usually baked by artisans (not a factory that churns out loads) and is really good! Cheap dreads usually look messy and extra work (unless the natty look is just what you're after!) and paying more for dreads will get you well made dreads that look neat and don't need much work."

So, to try to help you, I'll put the average costs below, per category for a particular example, then you can presume that if you have less hair than this example person, it will cost a bit less and if you have more hair than them it will cost more. If for example you have double the length of hair or double the amount of hair then you can safely presume that the cost to you will be double. 

In talking about cost, I also need to mention the resulting reality of your dreadlocks, the maintenance necessary and to the future cost needed to have the dreads the way you might want. 

 

COSTS OF DREADS FOR A PERSON WITH A MEDIUM AMOUNT OF SHOULDER LENGTH HAIR. TIPS OPEN.

 

METHOD OF CREATION RESULTS & FURTHER WORK NEEDED APPROXIMATE COST
Do it Yourself (Eg: YouTube & diy dread product kit, backcomb or twist & rip)

Varied, Probable poor sectioning, not locked, fragile & will need palm rolling or products for 6-12 mths to be properly formed

$100 - 150
Do It Yourself (Eg: YouTube & crochet/dread tools)

Varied from a 20 - 70% lock. Probable poor sectioning.

Will need rolling or more crochet work over 3-6 mths to be properly formed. 

$15-50
Do It Yourself (Divine Dreadlocks Training: Art of Natural Dreadlocking Course) Fairly well locked dreads, with decent sectioning. Probably a 50-80% depending on persons skill. May need a bit more DH&H work. 0-3 mths to be properly formed.  $247 course
+ 15 hook
Untrained inexperienced Dread Maker  Varied from a 20 - 60% lock. Probable poor sectioning.

Will need rolling, products  or more crochet work over 3-6 mths to be properly formed. 

$150 - 300
Experienced dread Loctician 
(hairdresser method)
Varied from a 30-60% lock. Sectioning most likely too small.  Could be fragile & will need palm rolling or products for 6-12 mths to be properly formed. $600
Dread Loctician (crochet) Varied dreads, with decent sectioning. Often a 50-80% depending on person's level of thoroughness. May need a bit more work. 0-3 mths to be properly formed.  $300-500
Rookie Divine Dreadlocks Certified Loctician (crochet) Fairly well locked dreads, with decent sectioning. Probably a 60-90% depending on persons skill. May need a bit more DH&H work. 0-3 mths to be properly formed.   $250-300
 Exp Divine Dreadlocks Certified Loctician (crochet) Very well locked dreads, with great sectioning. Probably a 80-90% lock depending on persons thoroughness level. No more work to be done. Minimal maintenance. Fully formed.  $300-500