The Dread Shed Dreadlocks History

How blessed I am that my business is also one of my great passions. But isn’t that one of the of6.jpg this lifetime – to combine our work and passion? I think it is for me.

The Dread Shed Dreadlocks History

making dreads in my 20'sI have been making dreads since way back in the late 80′s when it was all about backcombing and wax, superglue (yep) or the dreaded dread perm. For me it was backcombing and wax – yes, I admit it. And back then I also did loads of the African-style braids with extensions. I was always doing something with someones hair.

There was a very popular salon in Sydney back then (I wont mention any names), and the owner had somehow heard about me. He rang me one day asking if i would come to Sydney (I was in Melbourne at the time) and teach him how to make dreads and do braids with extensions without using glue. YIKES! I said no. I was very protective of my backcombing and wax method!!!!!

dreads in ThailandTime passed and I became a dreadlock lover and travel junkie. Of both I couldn’t get enough.

I eventually moved to Byron Bay (back when it was still full of hippies and very very groovy,; it is now the place I call it ‘home’) and I began to make dreads part-time under the name ‘Dreadlocks Byron Bay’. My ‘part-time’ soon became full-time and I changed my trading name to ‘For The Love of Locs’. I still love this name very much and use this line often. The problem was that no one seemed to understand what ‘For The Love of Locs’ meant, and people would constantly ask me what the signage on my car was about.

a make-shift dread spaceThen, a few years later, I moved into a converted shed about 20 ks north of Byron Bay. My home soon became known as ‘the shed’ and people would ask “Are you dreading from the shed today?”. And so a name was born. It took about 10 years to get to it, but finally it came. Sometimes good things take a while to get to us.

And my dreadlock method? Well, I’m happy to say that it too has developed into something which I consider to be really fantastic (if I may say so myself). The method I have developed has come mainly from what I have seen traveling in India and Thailand, plus good old common sense. My dreadlock method is made up of three different processes which mimics what the hair would do naturally to dread, so the result is instant natural dreadlocks that look and feel like……. dreadlocks! (I do not solely use the Thai method – my method is quite different to that).

the Sydney Dread Shed

The Dread Shed has operated out of a shed, a Kombi van, a spare bedroom in my house, a shop in Sydney, markets, forests, roadside rest stops…. The list goes on…. But what I have learnt is that the location does not matter. What has mattered the most has been my obvious love and obsession with dreads because that is what my clients have commented on the most, and that (along with their fantastic dreadlocks) is what has kept people coming back to me over and over again.


I have been very lucky to have many many loyal clients over the years, some that I am grateful to now call my friends. The Dread Shed has been a huge part of my life for such a long time and I am so excited now to be having this change in direction – from seeing clients and making dreads, to transitioning into training, blogging and combining my two loves (traveling and dreadlocks) to create ‘Global Dreadlock Hunting‘ (more about that later). So this is a little about The Dread Shed. I hope it answers any questions you have had about its creation – and perhaps might inspire you with your own dreadlock business.




The Dread Shed is a HUGE part of my life, thank you for being part of that and sharing my journey with me.


Sam x