Threading is a popular method of creating dreadlocks or split dyed curly hair. This has led to an increase in the need for hair extensions to maintain and add length to locks. If you are considering threading and want your stylist to use extensions, or if you are considering getting extensions for the first time, this post will help guide you on what is needed:

1. Stop rinsing: 

It is essential to stop rinsing when starting extensions. At the very least, you should only be rinsing your hair a few times a week. If you are already doing it daily, you should ease up on the amount of time that your hair is being exposed to tap water. This will allow the extensions time to sink in and begin growing which will result in an increase in hair volume and length as well as an increase in thickness.

2. Carefully choose: 

There are many options available when it comes to extensions, but they come in all kinds of different types and sizes. It is important that you choose carefully, because not all extensions are optimal for dreadlocks. Tape in extensions are almost always a good option.

3. Do not restyle:  

If you are using extensions, it is important that you do not restyle them as it can damage your hair. A good rule of thumb is to wash your hair every other day and leave the extensions in for a few days. You should avoid restyling your hair for at least a month or even two months. This will allow the extensions to set in and match the dreadlocks properly, otherwise you will have to redo them due to unevenness.

4. Stick with one stylist: 

This way, they can easily come up with something that is both beautiful and optimal for your hair by learning your hair type and condition. They can also learn how best to maintain them such as adding moisture, etc…

5. Be patient:

It is common for people to expect immediate results when getting extensions, but this is not the case. Although it may take a few months for the dreadlocks to set in and match the extensions, the wait will be worth it. It is important nonetheless to not get too caught up in waiting and not just assume that they are permanent because they will only last as long as you want them to if you follow these tips properly.

6. Consider clip ins:  

Some stylists are not experienced with dreadlocks, even if they have worked with them in the past. If you have a stylist that you trust completely, you can consider getting clips in extensions. This is also a popular option for those who want length without having to go through the process of starting from scratch or maintaining dreads using tape for an extended period of time. They are easy to put in and take out, and they can be just as beautiful as extensions.

7. Settle in:

Once you have decided on a dreadlock technique, you need to be willing to settle in for the long term of things. If you are not sure about how much maintenance you want to commit to, think carefully about whether or not it is worth it for you because once the dreadlocks get started, there is no going back. 

8. Comfortably fit:

You should be able to comfortably fit extensions in your hair if you are considering them. You also need to know how much you can commit to maintenance and how often you can go for touch-ups as well. This will be affected by how long your hair is and how thick the extensions are. In general, your hair should be able to reach at least up to the middle of your back comfortably. This will help ensure that the extensions stay in place.

9. Try on:

It is important that you try on the extensions before you step out of the salon to make sure that they fit comfortably and are in place properly. This is the only way that you will know if there are any adjustments that need to be made in order for them to be perfect. Also, try on the extensions before you buy them to check for fit. If they don’t fit properly, you can always return them for a refund or exchange.

10. Keep a record of: 

Rinse/wash ratio, amount of time it takes your hair to dry, and maintenance methods while they are in to help ensure that you don’t overdo it or neglect them. Every two weeks, or even once a month, you should be keeping track of how your dreadlocks are looking and feeling. This will aid in determining whether they are starting to look good and adding length as desired and whether or not they have become brittle and have to be redone.


Even if it is not possible to follow all of these tips, just following one will make a major difference in the outcome. 

Nothing is more important than finding the right stylist and making sure that they are experienced in dreadlock extensions.

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