Making Dreadlocks

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Making Dreadlocks

Backcombing

What's involved?
Backcombing dreadlocks is often described as tedious but this method is the fastest way to great looking dreadlocks. Making dreadlocks with takes a few hours, so we recommend starting in the morning and having a few people that can assist you. The first thing you will need to do to start backcombing is section your hair into little squares. This can take a while, especially if you want to get your sections perfect. Expect to spend at least an hour on this. Next comes the backcombing part. This part is where the extra helpers come in so handy. Depending on your hair length you will spend between 4-15 minutes on each dread, multiply that by about 30 for larger dreads, or 100 for small dreads and that's how long it will take you to make dreads. Yeah, go make some more friends so they can help. :)

How long does my hair have to be?
The recommended hair length for starting dreads is 3 inches or longer. If your hair is shorter than 3 inches you will have trouble keeping your dreadlocks in.

What will I need to do the deed?

  • Dread Wax
  • Dreadlocks Shampoo
  • Dread Comb
  • Rubberbands

DreadHeadHQ, Knatty Dread, and Knotty Boy have products to start dreadlocks with the backcombing method. DreadHeadHQ has a starter kit for making dreadlocks that has all the products you need to do the deed.

Pictures of backcombed dreadlocks
Pictures of dreadlocks backcombed

Is it right for me?
The backcombing method for making dreadlocks makes permanent dreadlocks. Which means you will have to go through a lot to remove these dreadlocks without having to cut your hair. It takes a few hours to put them in and it takes a few months for them to lock completely. If are willing to give them time your dreadlocks will look great. If time isn't your cup of tea you may want to try temporary dreadlocks.

Links of interest to backcombing
DreadHeadHQ's Instructions for making dreadlocks
Knatty Dread's Instructions for making dreadlocks with backcombing
Knotty Boy's Instructions for Backcombing
PerfectDreadlocks's Instructions for making dreadlocks with backcombing

 

Twisting

What's involved?
The twisting method is simple, it's just like it sounds... twisting. Basically you will be sectioning your hair, like you do with the backcombing method, and twisting each section separately until the hair turns into a dreadlock.

How long does my hair have to be?
Length is more of the problem when it comes to the twisting method. Your hair should be at least 2 inches but not longer than 8 or 9 inches.

What will I need to do the deed?

  • Dread Wax
  • Dreadlocks Shampoo
  • Rubberbands

Knatty Dread makes products for making dreadlocks with the twisting method.

Pictures of twisted dreadlocks
Pictures of dreadlocks twisted

Is it right for me?
The twisting method for making dreadlocks makes permanent dreadlocks. Which means you will have to go through a lot to remove these dreadlocks without having to cut your hair. The twisting method takes a few months to make dreadlocks, but after a few months you will have smooth dreadlocks. If time isn't your cup of tea you may want to try temporary dreadlocks.

Links of interest to Twisting
Knatty Dread's Instructions for making dreadlocks
PerfectDreadlocks's Instructions for making dreadlocks with the twisting method

 

Brush Rubbing

What's involved?
Brush rubbing is quite simple. Basically you are just rubbing a soft bristle brush around in circles against your hair, after a few minutes of brush rubbing you will create little balls of knotted hair. These are your dreadlocks, over the next few months you need to twist them each day as they grow.

How long does my hair have to be?
Your hair should be shorter than 2 inches.

What will I need to do the deed?

  • a soft bristle brush
  • Dread Wax
  • Dreadlocks Shampoo

Knatty Dread makes products for making dreadlocks with the brush rubbing method.

Pictures of Brush Rubbed dreadlocks
Pictures of dreadlocks brush rubbed

Is it right for me?
Do you have textured hair? Is your hair too short for other methods of making dreadlocks but you want dreadlocks now? If so, then the brush rubbing method is definitely for you.

Links of interest to Brush Rubbing
Knatty Dread's Instructions for making dreadlocks with Brush Rubbing
PerfectDreadlocks's Instructions for making dreadlocks with Brush Rubbing

 

Temporary Dreadlocks

What's involved?
Each way is different and varies from extensions to sectioning.

How long does my hair have to be?
Your hair should be at least an inch to make temporary dreadlocks.

What will I need to do the deed?
There are a few different ways to make temporary dreadlocks. If you are just twisting your hair so it looks similar to dreadlocks for a day you can just twist your hair with strong gel. If you are looking for real looking dreadlocks that last a weekend to a month you should consider the Temporary Dreadlocks Kit.

Pictures of Temporary dreadlocks
Pictures of temporary dreadlocks

Is it right for me?
Are you looking for instant dreadlocks? Dreadlocks for the weekend or just a month? Not sure about making the commitment for permanent dreadlocks? If this is how you are feeling right about now then you should definitely try out temporary dreadlocks.

Links of interest to Temporary Dreadlocks
Temporary Dreadlocks

 

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