Brenda's Knotty Dreads
Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!
Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!
Are you looking to begin your Dreadlock Journey or do you just need someone you can trust to do your maintenance? Whatever your needs are, you've come to the right place! We specialize in using the Thai Crochet and Interlocking methods. With our 30+ years of Natural Hair Care experience! We know you will love our work and dedication to our craft! If you are not happy, we are not happy!
Anyone can have dreadlocks, no matter what hair type you have!
Are you thinking about starting your journey? You've come to the right place! We are here for you! Some hair will lock faster than others but with love, patience and some nurturing you can have the dreads you've always wanted! Straight hair, thin hair, long hair, short hair, curly hair, coarse hair, thick hair, blond hair, red hair, brown hair or purple hair. It doesn't matter. ANYONE CAN HAVE DREADLOCKS! Once you begin your Dreadlock Journey, you become part of our Dreadlock Family!
Having dreadlocks is a journey for as long as you have them. There are several phases you will go through. When you have your baby locs it can be a tough road. It's almost like learning to walk. The loops and the fuzzies can be quite maddening. You will spend many days thinking about how you want your locs to look when they mature and questioning if you can make it through this 'baby loc' phase. This is the hardest part of your journey but it is very normal and very worth it! You can do it!
As your locs mature and become fuller, stronger and longer they will also become more versatile. It can take up to a year for some people to reach this stage (6-12 months). How well you maintain and care for your locs will determine how beautiful they develop. The more love and care you give them, the more amazing and beautiful they become! It's a process as well as a passion. Along your journey, sometimes there will be a bump in the road. Everyone has stories to tell and one day you can tell us yours!
Originally, dreadlocks were the mark of spiritual status. Locked hair has been a symbol of a highly spiritual person who is trying to come closer to God. Dreadlocks have been a part of the history of every spiritual system. from Christianity to Hinduism, and of course Rastafari. Spiritual history will show you that dreadlocks are mentioned in all of the Holy Books and many cultures. For example in the Bible, Sampson wore dreadlocks. When Delilah cut off his seven locks of hair Sampson lost his incredible strength. Dreadlocks are often traced back to Hinduism and the Lord God Shiva. However most people recognize that dreadlocks have their origin in Africa.. Throughout history dreadlocks were commonly worn by spiritual healers. Many Pharaohs had locked hair. King Tutankhamen's mummy still has visibly intact dreadlocks. Nowadays Dreadlocks are worn as a fashion statement, a political message, or as a way of rebelling. The vast majority of people, young and old alike, have no real idea of what dreadlocks have meant spiritually throughout history. For the most part we just enjoy their beauty and how they make us feel! Dreadlocks are not owned by any one nation, religion or ethnicity. They are known throughout history in all cultures and religions. ANYONE with ANY hair type can wear Dreadlocks!
Thai Crochet Method
This technique is done by holding the hair section close to the root with one hand, while pushing the crochet hook in and out repeatedly. While pushing the crochet hook in and out with one hand, the other hand twists the hair section back and forth to ensure an even look. The Thai method makes small loops by pulling hair from side to side through the hair section, then back out. This process is done very rapidly using a hook and release type action. To finish, the ends of your dreadlocks you can leave them whispy or you can blunt them. Blunting the ends requires your ends to be pulled inside the bottom of your dreadlocks, giving a rounded appearance. This method will cause you to lose a couple inches of length. Sometimes it takes some extra work to keep your ends rounded. Your hair will fight against it in the begining but be patient. With some extra love and extra hook work, we can make it happen.
Interlocking is another natural dreadlock option. Some people feel that this method promotes breakage and stress on your locs. We agree, if this method isn't done properly it will definitely cause a lot of stress on your hair and pulling at the scalp. Which will eventually cause breakage and possible loss of a loc. However, when you are careful with your process, there is nothing to worry about. Interlocking gives a nice, uniformed appearance. It's difficult to explain just what the process is. We are essentially weaving the end of your dread back through the base, at the root, in several directions. The length of your new growth will depend on how many swoops you make through the root area. Anywhere from 2-3 is average. Each pass-through we weave the lock in a different direction using the latch hook or other interlocking device.