The Difference Between Single and Double Ended Synthetic Dreads

The Difference Between Single and Double Ended Synthetic Dreads Synthetic dreadlocks are a popular choice for tho

Synthetic dreadlocks are a popular choice for those wanting a stylish and low-maintenance hairstyle. At Daddy Dreads Studio, we offer two primary types: Single Ended (SE) and Double Ended (DE) Dreadlocks. Understanding the differences between these two options is essential for choosing the right style for your needs.

Single Ended (SE)

Single Ended, abbreviated as SE, consist of one lock with a loop at the top. This loop is designed for easy installation. You simply pull your natural hair through the loop and braid it to secure the dreadlock in place. SE are straightforward to install, making them a convenient option for those new to dreadlocks or looking for a simpler process.

SE Dreads offer a more natural look and allow for smaller sections in your hair. This means you can use more dreads, which can give a fuller appearance without being overly voluminous. This makes SE Dreadlocks ideal for those who prefer a subtler look with less bulk.

Double Ended (DE)

Double Ended, or DE, are constructed differently. A DE Dread consists of two locks connected at the middle, forming one piece. When you braid a DE Dread into your hair, it results in two strands of dreadlocks. This creates a more substantial and voluminous appearance compared to SE Dreads.

DE are great for those who want a more dramatic and fuller look. Because each DE Dread gives the effect of two dreads, you need fewer sections in your hair, which can save time during installation. However, this also means the sections are larger, contributing to the increased volume.

Length of Synthetic Dreadlocks

When selecting synthetic dreadlocks, it’s important to consider the length. At our studio, the length of the dreads is measured after they are installed. For DE, the stated length is double the actual length of each strand. For example, a 20-inch DE Dread results in two 20-inch strands, effectively giving you 40 inches of dread. The same length measurement applies to SE, which remain 20 inches long after installation.

Choosing Between SE and DE Dreads

Deciding whether to choose SE or DE Dreads depends on your personal preference and desired look. The primary difference lies in the installation method and the resulting appearance. SE are installed through a loop, resulting in a more controlled and less voluminous look. DE, on the other hand, provide a fuller and more dramatic appearance.

For those who prefer a mix of both styles, a combination of SE and DE can be ideal. Installing SE Dreads at the neck or sides of your head and DE Dreads elsewhere can give you a balanced look with the right amount of volume.

Volume Differences

Volume is a significant factor when choosing between SE and DE. Single Ended allow for smaller sections, which can make the hair look fuller without too much bulk. Double Ended, however, offer more volume as each section gives the effect of two dreads. If you prefer a more voluminous hairstyle, DE are the way to go. For a more moderate volume, SE might be better suited.


What are Single Ended Dreads?

SE Dreads consist of one lock with a loop at the top, making them easy to install by pulling your natural hair through the loop and braiding.

What are Double Ended Dreads?

DE Dreads are two locks connected in the middle, creating two strands when braided into your hair, resulting in more volume.

How do I choose between SE and DE Dreads?

Choose SE Dreads for a more controlled and less voluminous look, and DE Dreads for a fuller and more dramatic appearance.

What is the length of synthetic dreadlocks?

The length of SE and DE is measured after installation, with DE Dreads doubling the length of each strand.

Can I combine SE and DE Dreads?

Yes, combining both can provide a balanced look, using SE for less volume and DE for more fullness.

By understanding the differences between SE and DE Synthetic Dreadlocks, you can make an informed decision that best suits your style and preferences. At our studio, we are here to help you achieve the perfect look with our range of high-quality synthetic dreadlocks.

Owner Daddy Dreads Studio

Danila Deriabin

For over 11 years I have been dedicated to the art of dreadlocks braiding and teaching new masters. My studio is the place where stunning dreadlocks are created from natural and synthetic hair.

Daddy Dreads — we create art that you wear.

Danila Deriabin