Island Locks

Service Offerings:


At Island Locks, we provide comprehensive dreadlock installation and maintenance services. If you have never had dreadlocks before, we can help, and provide all the necessary information for you to care for them as they grow and mature. If you installed your own dreadlocks and something went terribly wrong, we will get them back on track and looking fantastic!


If you have neglected dreadlocks that have split ends, flattened beaver tails, twisted loops, or just so much frizz you can’t handle it – Island Locks will sort you out! With a reasonable rate and the ability to travel to you anywhere on Vancouver Island, we provide the most accessible and affordable way to get professional dreadlock work done in the West Coast region!


Only a short Ferry ride from Vancouver, B.C. our home-based dreadlock studio is located just steps from the Departure Bay Ferry Terminal in beautiful waterfront city of Nanaimo. Take the day trip over to get that authentic sea-swept West Coast experience woven right into your dreads!


Owner/operator Adam Hartwell is an experienced self-mastered dreadlock technician with over 7 years of  experience. His scope of practice accompanies all races and genders with any hair type. If you have hair – we can dread it! If it isn’t long enough, no need to worry! We also offer a variety of lengthening & bulking up services, which include human hair extensions, synthetic kanekalon extensions, in addition to felted wool dreadlocks of all colors.


‘Before & After’ examples of our work can be seen on our Media Page.