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How much is shipping?

✧ Free Shipping on all Australian orders

✧ Free Shipping to NZ & USA on any 2 or more items

✧ Free Shipping Worldwide on any 3 or more items 

✧ Various shipping options available during checkout

For more information you can read our Shipping Policy.


How long does shipping take?

Australian Orders:

  • 2-6 business days.
  • Express Post 2+ Business days

International Orders:

  • Tracked - from 6 business days
For more information you can read our Shipping Policy.


Dreadlock beads - finding the right fit!

How do I know the right size beads to order?

Dreadlock beads are sorted by hole size diameter. Measure across the dread to work out how thick your dreads are. We suggest buying beads that are slightly smaller than your dread measurement so the beads stay nicely in place.

There are Small, Medium and Large bead categories so you can search by hole size as well.

  • Small | 4mm - 6mm
  • Medium | 7mm - 9mm
  • Large | 10mm - 18mm

Often people have quite a few different sized dreads. We offer some mixed lot dread beads which can have a variety of sizes, but if you don't see what you'd like, get in touch and we'll be happy to make up a custom mix of beads for you.


What if the beads I order don't fit?

If your beads arrive but don't fit your dreads we do accept returns, you can read our Returns Policy here.


MM to Inch Conversions

Bead measurements are in millimetres and approx. conversions to inch fractions.


  • 4mm - 5/32 Inch
  • 5mm - 3/16 Inch
  • 6mm - 1/4 Inch


  • 7mm - 9/32 Inch
  • 8mm - 5/16 Inch
  • 9mm - 3/8 Inch


  • 10mm - 13/32 Inch
  • 11mm - 7/16 Inch
  • 12mm - 1/2 Inch
  • 13mm - 1/2 Inch
  • 14mm - 9/16 Inch
  • 15mm - 5/8 Inch
  • 16mm - 5/8 Inch
  • 17mm - 11/16 Inch
  • 18mm - 11/16 Inch


Dread Maintenance

How can I best maintain my dreads?

The method we use for dreadlock maintenance is the Crochet Method. Effectively pulling in loose hairs with the small 0.6mm hook. Tried and tested by dreadlock artists, the crochet method is popular worldwide. 

Palm rolling is also a great and easy way to work on your own dreads, especially when they're new. You just roll the dread back and forth between your palms. This helps hairs to get locked in and tighten up your dreads.


How often should I wash my dreads?

There is no hard and fast rule when it comes to washing dreadlocks. We suggest washing as often or as little as you wish in keeping with your own personal preference. Whether that's once a week or once a month depending on your lifestyle. If your dreads are new, less washing can help the locking process.