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In the UK, the cost of getting dreadlocks can vary depending on various factors, including hair length, thickness, and the method used. On average, the cost ranges from £100 to £1,200, with prices influenced by the intricacy of the process and the expertise of the stylist. It's recommended to consult with local hair salons or dreadlocks specialists to determine the exact pricing.

Price list for dreadlocks based on hair length

How much does it cost to get dreadlocks? Professional-made dreadlocks cost between £100 to £990, depending on how much hair you have. 

Hair length Dreadlock price
Short (30 dreadlocks or fewer) £100 to £400
Shoulder-length (30 to 40 dreadlocks) £400 to £500
Medium (41 to 45 dreadlocks) £500 to £600
Thick and long (45+ dreadlocks) £590 to £990
Very long ((45+ dreadlocks, 7 to 10 mm) £900 to £1,200

a hairdresser weaving dreadlocks

Types of deadlocks and their costs

How much do dreads cost? Many salons charge a flat rate of £200 for the first six hours and £30 to £35 for each extra hour. Many people get average-sized locks, and the work normally takes about six hours to complete. This isn't a guarantee since every head is different. Extra small sections, extra long hair, and extra dense hair have an impact on the cost.

Crochet (full head)

For crochet dreadlocks, your hair must be at least four to five inches long. They're ideal for people with loose and un-knotted hair. The outcome also depends on your hair's thickness and texture. Some new dreadlocks take more than one session to complete. With routine upkeep, the backcombing and crochet method does not cause any length loss. 

Maintenance every six to eight weeks after the first session is a good way to keep your dreadlocks looking smart and fresh. Have another maintenance appointment after three months to straighten the dreadlocks closest to the bottom, as they tend to shrink.

The average price for a full head of dreadlocks is  £190 to £390 and £30 per hour after five hours.


Partial dreadlocks can include 10, 20, or more dreads. Have a follow-up appointment six to eight weeks after the first session to tighten the loose locks. The high friction at the bottom causes some of the dreadlocks to shrink. To fix this, book another session at week 12. You can add extensions if you plan to keep partial dreadlocks with loose hair. The base price for partial dreadlocks is between £190 to £250.

Soft crochet

This method gives you natural-forming dreadlocks. It is a slow and messy process that takes more than four months for the locks to start forming. There's no way to control the shape of each dread, and the process guarantees at least six inches of hair loss.

Have a follow-up appointment at week six to tighten rebelling dreadlocks and continue the process. Then book another maintenance session at week 12 to keep the locks looking fresh. The average price of soft crochet dreadlocks is £150.


Faux locks are ideal for those who want the dreadlock look without the permanent commitment. Faux locks provide instant length and improve your thinned or discoloured dreadlocks. The price starts at £4 per hour.

Dreadlock extensions

This is the best way to instantly get the long dreadlocks you’ve always wanted. When fixed correctly, you won't be able to tell the difference between natural and extension dreadlocks. The extensions have loose ends, but they become more locked and solid with time.

If you want the rounded extension ends, you only need to pay £1 for each extension. Many dreadlock hair experts use real human hair extensions to create a natural look. Don't dye the extensions more than once, or they'll deteriorate.

See also: Hair Extension Cost Guide


Wool dreadlocks are super comfortable, and they're also temporary. They come in different colours and lengths. The cost of getting wool dreadlocks is £34 to £42 per hour.

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Dreadlock reattachment costs

You can reattach dreadlocks just like hair extensions, but your hair must be at least five inches to keep the locks in place. This service works for a person who had to cut off their locks with the hopes of growing them later. Dreadlock reattachment is between £60 to £65 per hour.

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  • Your budget
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  • Your schedule

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You should clean your dreadlocks once or twice after the first retouch session. After week 12, clean them as often as you want, but make sure that each lock is dry and straightened.

Yes, but use the smallest amount every six to 12 weeks. You can increase the frequency if you have dry and coarse hair.

The best style depends on the amount and type of hair that you have. Talk to a dreadlock expert for more information.

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