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Size Guide

I size my handmade dread beads by hole diameter. I list all measurements in both millimeters (mm) and inches. Each listing has the available sizes for that design.

General sizing guidelines

  • Pencil-sized locks: 7 - 10mm (1/4" - 3/8")
  • Sharpie-sized locks: 10 - 14mm (3/8" - 1/2")
  • Congos and thick locks: 15mm and up (5/8" and larger)


Measuring your lock diameter

Want the best fit? Measure your lock diameter!

  1. Get a string or strip of paper.
  2. Wrap it around your lock, and use a pen to mark where it meets.
  3. Use a ruler to measure (in mm) between the marks.
  4. Divide that number by 3.14.

For example: If the distance between the marks is 38mm, divide by 3.14 and you get about 12mm.

If you're between sizes, I recommend rounding down.

Making it fit

Sleeve too small? My beadwork is strong and flexible, but it doesn't stretch. Please don't force your sleeve over a giant bump, or onto a lock that's too thick for it! Just try it on a few slightly smaller locks, until you get the perfect fit.

Sleeve too large? Put a thin rubberband around your lock, and slide the sleeve over it. The rubberband will help hold the sleeve in place.

Care information

I make all my dreadlock sleeves with waterproof thread. You can wear your sleeves when showering, headbanging, surfing, doing sports, and dancing in the rain!

But please take them off before:
  • Bleaching or dyeing your hair (including henna)
  • Deep-cleaning your locks
  • Washing with baking soda or apple cider vinegar
  • Swimming in chlorinated pools

Treat your dread jewelry gently, and it will last MANY years!