How Much Do Dreadlocks Cost?
Dreadlocks are one of the most unique and recognizable hair styles, but they are also many times misunderstood. Over the years, dreadlocks have become a fad that many people follow, even if it is contrary to their religious and ancient origins. Whether you want to wear them for life or you just want to try it out for fun and style, getting your dreads from a professional stylist is going to vary when it comes to the price.
How much does it cost?
- The cost of getting dreadlocks from professional stylists varies widely and is based on many factors such as hair length, hair texture and the skill of the hairdresser. Most information found through the internet agrees that the price of dreadlocks can range from as little as $20 to as much as $750 depending on the method that you use. The average price, though, can cost $40 to $100 per setting according to Howtogrowdreadlocks.com
- On the forums at Tribe.net, they revealed that each loctician visit usually costs around $50-70 per visit.
- Most locticians charge the job by the hour. Organicdreadlocks.com, for example, goes for the average rate of $50 per hour per person (prices go a bit higher on weekends). This means that the more hair you have, the more you will have to pay since the process will take longer. Depending on your location, you can still find salons that charge below $30 per hour. However, most people agree that choosing a nice middle ground for your prices is the still the best choice.
- It is known that that the longer the job takes, the costlier it gets. However, a flat rate is often offered for a particular number of hours. When your hair job needs more than the allotted time, you will pay for the succeeding hours. A particular loctician, for instance, Locs_for_life charges $85 up to four hours as a flat rate. After that a $25 an hour is charged. This usually goes for micro to small-sized locks that are commonly chosen by African-Americans these days.
What is going to be included?
- As for the exact process of getting dreads, Dreadlocks.com gives some of the common methods that can be used to start the dreadlocks. Backcombing, Wool Sweater or Wool Hat rubbing, Dread perming and Twisting are being discussed in the said site. You can check it out to know both the advantages and the disadvantages of each method.
- If you do not want to go through the whole process of getting dreads, you can just opt to get the artificial ones. This is possible through ethnic hair salons that specialize in attaching synthetic dreadlocks to the natural hair near the scalp. Prices for these artificial dreads vary from one salon to another. Though these are artificial, they can be expensive since it takes a lot of time and effort to make them. According to OrganicDreadlocks.com, a 16-inch of length costs $250 and usually takes up to 10 hours of work to dread into hair. A 24-inch length extension costs $350 and usually takes up 15 hours.
- Your loctician will also give the information about the proper care and maintenance you need in order to maintain your dreadlocks’ good appearance. This includes the shampooing methods, drying, styling, back combing, ironing, using products and so on. It must be noted as well that a different way of maintenance is intended for synthetic dreads. Thus, it is always a great idea to ask your loctician for the proper care. Some salons have maintenance kits that they either give for free or for fee. These kits include the necessary tools to maintain the good-looking dreads. Locticians will teach you to do your own maintenance.
What are the extra costs?
- Maintenance. As mentioned, maintenance methods take a great portion of your budget whenever you decide to wear dreadlocks for good. Whether you do the maintenance on a monthly basis by going to the salon or you utilize maintenance kits to do it yourself, getting your hair to look and smell good may be costly. For example, visiting a loctician can cost you up to $40 or more per visit. We all know it takes more than one visit to any loctician to create and maintain dreadlocks.
- Personal hair products for dreadlocks. There are stores online that sell products like shampoos, waxes, apparels and accessories that you could use to keep your dreads at their best.
- Cost to fix up existing dreadlocks. For dreadlocks that are not maintained properly, fixing them up can take a toll in your budget. The costs associated depend largely on the condition of your dreads. It usually takes 1 – 3 hours, but for bigger jobs which include restructuring the dreadlocks at the scalp section, frizz and re-growth, it will be finished in around 5 hours or more. Needless to say, the longer it takes, the more you will have to pay for it.
Factors that influence the price:
- Length of the hair. This influences the time the loctician needs to get the dreadlocks completed. Shoulder length hair usually takes 3 – 5 hours, below the shoulders for about 4 – 6 hours, and long hair for more than 6 hours. In addition, the size of each dreadlock matters in determining the time needed for the job to be completed, not to mention the hair type, the thickness and the width of dreadlocks you want.
- Salon/Loctician. Like any other salon services, the cost of dreadlocks varies from one salon to another. A few charge higher than the others. This is the reason that it pays a lot to do your research first before signing up for a loctician to do your hair.
Tips to know:
- Finding the right loctician can be difficult. Make sure you do the right research first. Once you find a good one, stick with him to receive loyalty discounts.
- No matter what method you decide to use, dreadlocks are not an instant hairstyle that you can get in one hour or a day. To have long lasting dreadlocks, it could take weeks, months, or even a year. Patience and maintenance are the keys to achieving great dreads.
- Twisting is an all-natural method of getting dreads and works best for African-textured hair. However, this does not mean that salons will not try to do it on Caucasian hair if it is requested!
Questions to ask your loctician:
- What are the products I need for my dreadlocks?
- Can I do my own maintenance for my dreads?
- Am I expected to go back to the salon after my dreads are done?
How can I save money?
- Aside from shopping around (both online and in local salons), you can save a great deal of money if you have a friend (an expert) who can do the dreads for you. There are methods of dreadlocks that are not that hard that even non-experts can try out. All you need to have is the right knowledge coupled with ample of confidence to bring those hands to work. Self-help and do it yourself sites on the internet feature ways to help you do your dreads all by yourself.