So What is the true cost of getting dreadlocks?? Well, that's kind of a funny question, really because it is 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! Read on the get detailed info on the different costs of dreads and how you can get good dreads cheaply!
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, the quality you get 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 always need extra work (if the natty look is what you're after then this is fine!). Paying more for dreads should get you well made dreads that look neat and don't need much work. But
it is good to ressearch Loctician's results, method and reviews to ensure you're going to get good value for money. "
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 the future cost needed to have the dreads the way you might want.
EXAMPLE: 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.
|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.||
+ 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
|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|
WANT TO SAVE MONEY ON DREADS BUT GET GOOD ONES?
IF YOU WISH TO SAVE MONEY ON THE COST OF GETTING DREADLOCKS BUT YOU WANT THEM TO BE LOCKED WELL AND NOT HAVE ANY PRODUCTS OR CHEMICALS IN THEM THEN WHY NOT DO OUR TRAINING FOR HOW TO MAKE
& MAINTAIN DREADS FOR FRIENDS AND FAMILY?
I created a course called the Art of Natural Dreadlocking in 2013. It comprises of 6 video tutorials that will teach people without any prior experience how to create good, neat, tight dreadlocks with my Divine Hand & Hook method, without using any products. It also teaches people how to maintain dreads for their loved one too.
This course is aimed at helping people who would otherwise not be able to afford to get well made dreads to make them for their friend, sister, brother, partner etc.
So if you're keen to get instant locs that won't need any palm rolling or wax and you have a fairly co-ordinated friend this course will teach them how to make your dreads and maintain them too. It's the best DIY (Do It Yourself) method of making proper dreadlocks that won't need any of that rucky "stuff"!