• The Dread Shed Dreadlock Online Training Course

    We are very happy to announce that in 2018 we have gone global! For the first time ever The Dread Shed Dreadlocks training is now available around the world, PLUS we now have Dreadlock Training Retreats!  It's a BIG and exciting year!! Our comprehensive training in natural dreadlock making and business development has been running since 2011, and we were proudly the first online course of natural dreadlock making in the world. We have trained almost 100 natural locticians, most of which are working either full or part time in their own dreadlock business'. The online course consists of: 45 pages of dreadlock and business development theory and references 11 training videos Online…

  • Starting New Dreads

    Daily I get asked, How do I start my new dreads? So - here I will answer your question..... Starting new dreads - I kind of want to say "Come on guys, really?  I'm a loctician and I love neat dreads!  How do you think I'm going to answer this question??"  My short answer is go see a GOOD NATURAL loctician. The days of sitting around with your friends eating pizza and watching movies while they backcomb your hair and apply wax has gone.  Really.  Its gone.  Having dreads is much more serious than that - I mean don't you want your new dreads to be AMAZING and exactly what you're…

  • To wash, or Not to wash…?

    Ahhhhhh loc lovers....  SO often I am asked this question - pretty much daily and sometimes a couple of times. Should I wash my dreads?   What should I use?  How often should I wash them? Firstly let's get rid of a really old dreadlock myth around washing.  Dirty hair DOES NOT dreadlock.  You may, over time, get a big chunky matted mess - or you might not....  It depends on your hair-type. If you do not wash your hair often your hair will get oily (we do have natural oil from our scalp as well so I don't  necessarily mean super oily).  If your hair is oily then it will…

  • The ‘H’ Word

      I got hit with the 'H' bomb again yesterday. You know........ the H word. Hippie. Yes, hippie. Is it the dreadlocks, the clothes, no shoes perhaps??????????? I was called hippie by a teenage boy who was being looked after by a friend of mine.  As they were driving he spotted me and said something like "Look at the hippie!" and she said, "Oh, its Sam, I know her".  I would have been embarrassed if I was that kid (just sayin'). Anyway, the 'hippie' word.  Why does it affect me so? I struggle to answer this question.  Hippie...... hippie..... What's wrong with it?  We all get judged, we get labelled,…

  • Getting Paid For Your Work

    Something I talk with my course participants about is the importance of charging for your dreadlock services - even with friends. If you are new to having a dreadlock business, or currently wondering what to charge friends, read on......... Being a good loctician involves a lot of skill, speed and practice. I personally have been practicing this art for over 20 years and it is thru trial and error that i am where I am today - happy and content with my business. Some of my friends have dreads and some of my clients have become friends (the boundaries often get blurred with me....) But the one thing that IS…