What You Need to Know about Synthetic Dreadlock Extensions


Dreadlock Extensions Care

Synthetic dreadlock extensions are very similar to braided extensions, except they are much quicker and easier to install.  Not only are they a great way to add length and versatility to any head of  hair, but they can also be treated almost like your natural hair.  This means that there is a little maintenance (but not too much) involved with the upkeep of synthetic dreads.  They can be worn up, down, in a pony-tail and even be washed.

Double Ended Dreadlocks v. Single Ended Dreadlocks

Double ended synthetic extensions are one long dread and involves you attaching the hair by braiding around the center of the dread.  They offer a lot of volume and require less work than single ended dreads.  However, they may become a little heavier than single ended extensions.

Single ended dreadlocks are also one long dread.  There is a loop at the ended and requires you to braid your hair at the loop.  Single ended extensions are great for those people who don’t want the look of big hair and who don’t want the weight from double ended dreadlocks.

Can I Wash my Synthetic Dreads?

Synthetic dreads can be worn up, down or even washed.  You should focus on cleansing your scalp using your normal shampoo (diluted) or  a residue free dreadlock shampoo.  Simply lather with your fingertips and rinse.  Keep in mind that your dreadlocks will accumulate build up and the residue free shampoo is optimal.

Do not wash your extensions more often than 1 – 2 times a week, as doings so will cause your extensions to fizz up and cause them to look messy.   Washing less often will allow you to wear your extensions for a longer period of time and still maintain a neat and tidy look.

How Long Can I Wear My Dreadlock Extensions?

It is not a good idea to wear your synthetic locks any longer than 10 – 12 weeks at a time.  Doing so may cause unnecessary damage to your hair (tangling, matting, residue build up all can contribute to hair damage and hair loss) It is recommended that you do a deep cleanse and conditioner after removing your extensions.

If your dreadlocks begin to like fuzzy or frizzy, you can use scissors to cut off the frizzies from the surface of the lock, giving them a more tidy appearance.

Can I Curl My Dreadlocks? 

Do not use heat to curl your extensions.  Synthetic hair will MELT when exposed to high temperatures… Again—they will MELT.  If you desire a curly look, use rollers, spritz with water and allow them to air dry.  

What Happens if my Dreadlocks Begin to Unravel?

Don’t worry!  Unraveling can be quickly fixed.  This is perfectly normal and is caused by normal wearing of your extensions for an extended amount of time.    Simply take use a fine tooth comb to lightly tease the dread and twist it back into a dread.  Use a little water on the spot and hold a blow dryer to the area that you just twister.  (Be careful with the blow dryer as it can melt your beautifully installed extensions as mentioned above.)

Can I Reuse My Extensions?

Absolutely!   They have shampoos that are designed for synthetic hair that you can purchase or you can wash using conditioner and lukewarm water.

Have you tried synthetic dreadlock extensions?

11 thoughts on “What You Need to Know about Synthetic Dreadlock Extensions

  1. Can you get synthetic dreads if your real hair is down to your neck?
    Can you get synthetic dreads on relaxed hair?
    Are synthetic dreads a protective hairstyle?

  2. Ok, so I just got my synthetics on Saturday and its now Monday. Some of the ends are starting to unravel and started happening less than 24 hours later. Is this normal? Everything I’ve read on it says that over time its normal but that soon? How can I fix it? And will I need to take them out first?

  3. I GOT LOCK EXTENSIONS WITH HUMAN HAIR ON THEY LAST FOREVER!. It is all in the method used. Absolutely zero chemicals or glue was used. ! i posted some vids on youtube. Search Dread Masterz or Life Masterz.

    1. Yea I saw that channel. That guy is strong. NOt many guys put themselves out there to say they got loc extensions. His dreads are on point tho!! crazy how real it looks

  4. I got my synthetic locks last week and I heard I can make them permanent, any truth to this? I dont mind my real hair much as long as I get to keep the locks I put in.

    1. HHAHAHA there is truth to it bro. So proud to see you wanting something a lot of people hate. I have lock extensions but they are permanent. PS. Synthetic is usually never permanent.. Check Out Dread Masterz or Life Masterz on youtube for how it holds up

  5. I got Permanent Synthetic Dread Lock extensions and my hair dresser said I can keep them in for years. Did she lie to me? She told me to come in every 3 – 4 months for maintenance but that’s pretty much it. So is it not good to leave my synthetic permanent dreads in longer than 6 – 12weeks?

    1. i think it depends on how you want your natural hair to hold up. i’m imagining less time with the extensions in your hair, the healthier your natural hair will be when you take our the extensions.

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