The time it takes for your hair to lock depends on the type and texture of your hair. It can take as little as a few weeks for coarse hair, or as long as 2 years to fully lock straighter hair. Don't be scared, many loc in 4-8 months. This is the time for patience.
Also, can you get dreads at a hair salon?
- Dreadlocks FAQ's. A hair stylist or loctician that is familiar with dreadlocking in your hair type can put your hair in a state that, with some work and patience, can become dreads. In short, if you have straight or curly caucasian hair twists will not work. Many salons do what's called a dread perm.
How long does your hair have to be to get dreadlocks?
Six to eight inches is pretty ideal. It won't take long to put them in at this length but they will be long enough that they won't be quite so delicate. Locking up very long hair has it's advantages too. Namely you get to start out with longer dreads and longer hair is more forgiving over the first few months.