Wick dreadlocks, simply known as dreadlocks, are a type of hairstyle that is achieved by separating the hair into sections naturally or by rubbing wax, twisting, and rolling the hair. Having beautiful dreadlocks and healthy hair takes time, patience, and a lot of upkeep. Here’s the step-by-step instructions to achieve dreadlocks at home.
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- Hair that is at least 7-8 centimeters long is required
- Gentle shampoo
- Rubber bands of various sizes
- Hair ties
- Comb made of metal
- Wax for dreadlocks (optional)
- A towel or a rag
STEPS TO TAKE:
Use a gentle, residue-free shampoo but no conditioner on your hair. Baby shampoos or natural shampoos are good options. Allow your hair to air dry ultimately.
Make pencil-sized sections in your hair. Make sections on both sides of your head. Work in a spiral motion around your head or a layered pattern with lines staggered across your head. Rubber bands should be used to secure each section.
Remove the rubber band one section at a time, and pin the rest of your hair back with a clip. Begin at the root and work your way around. To tangle the hair, work towards the end. Back combing takes a long time and can be painful because you are pulling your hair out. A metal comb is ideal because it will not break when the knots become tighter.
Comb back the section after twisting it into a cylinder shape. Proceed to step 06 if you have decided not to use wax.
Squeeze a small amount of the product from the wax jar using the tip of your nail. As you work the wax into the dreadlocks, remember to start at the root and twist your way to the end. To remove excess wax, wipe your hands with a towel or rag.
Take the newly formed braid and tightly twist it back and forth between your palms. This motion is similar to rubbing your hands together to keep warm on a cold day, and the friction created by this motion will aid in the retention of the dreadlocks. This is commonly referred to as the “palm roll,” which is essential to achieving well-shaped dreadlocks.
- If you use wax, a hair dryer can melt the wax on the newly formed dreadlocks to help them keep their shape.
- Twist the dreadlocks with your palms, even after they’ve formed. This will help them keep their shape and look healthy.
- The entire creation and locking process can take several hours.
- Depending on your hair type, regular maintenance can take between three weeks to three months to fully tighten and form your dreadlocks.
If you need more assistance or if you’ve any confusion, dont’t hesitate to visit a salon or to your hairstylist; because they know better what will suit you the best.