How to Determine the Size of Your Dreadlocks

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Determining the size of your dreadlocks will require you to consider a few key things, including your own preferences. Determine the size of your dreadlocks with help from an experienced hair care professional in this free video clip.

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I'm Jennifer Hyde, and we are here today to discuss how to determine the size of your dreadlocks. A lot of people want to know what size sections to use and how to determine what's going to be the end result of the lock size. So we have a little bit of a formula that we use here at the salon with our clients. So the overall surface area of your parting will determine what size and shape your dreadlock becomes. The dreadlock itself will be about half of the overall depth or space or diameter of what your surface area is on the head shape. So if you have about two inches square of hair here feeding into the lock, you can expect to have a lock that's somewhere very close to about an inch in its overall diameter. The smaller the parting, the smaller the overall locks will be. Less hair means a smaller dreadlock. This holds true for anybody with medium thickness, medium density hair. Thick hair or fine hair you may need to adjust the size of your parting slightly. And then we also have our lovely little Suzie Q model over here that is wearing a set of locks. We use this a lot for displaying and we like to show her because not only were her locks created very very small but people can really see like what an actual set of partings would and should look like on the head shape so that they can really see how many locks that they want to create within their design.

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