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Are you searching for a hairstyle that’s not the typical, run-of-the-mill type? Then why not opt for the famous dreadlocks? A hairstyle that is extremely popular amongst the African community, the dreadlocks have been donned, permanently or temporarily, by many a great personalities around the world. The prominent ones include the legendary singer Bob Marley and include others actors like Jonny Depp and Whoopi Goldberg. So what do you say? Though it seems to be difficult, making the dreadlocks is actually quite a simple process and can be tried even at home. The easiest method for the same comprises of using beeswax. Read all about twisting beeswax in dreads.
How to Make Dreadlocks
- Wide-toothed Comb
- Rat-tail Comb
- Ponytail Holders
- Fine-toothed Comb
- First of all, you need to shampoo your hair, condition it properly and then and dry it thoroughly.
- After your hair is completely clean and dry, comb it with a wide-toothed comb, to make it tangle-free.
- In the next step, neatly segregate the hair into different sections, using rat-tail comb and ponytail holders.
- What width of the strands (dreadlocks) you want depends wholly upon you. If you desire small dreads, take ¼ inch strands. Generally, one inch strands are the standard for a dread.
- Begin from the back of the head. Take one section of the hair and apply beeswax on it, if you want permanent dreads. You can even opt to coat it with styling gel, incase you want the dreadlocks to be temporary.
- The next step is to twist that section of hair between the palms of your hands, starting about three inches from the scalp. Keep twisting that strand down to till the end of the hair.
- Next, take the rolled section of hair and, with a fine-toothed comb, tease it from root, till the tip, by sliding the comb up and against the direction of the hair’s growth.
- Keep on with this process of twisting hair strands, until you have completed all the section of your hair. You are ready to flaunt your dreadlocks in front of the world.
- After making the dreadlocks, you will have to wait for a few weeks, before you can wash your hair. Otherwise, the locks might start coming apart and all your efforts will be wasted. Even when you wash them, make sure to follow the correct procedure.
- Avoid making your dreadlocks come in contact with towels, hair bands and bandanas made out of materials that shed fibers, like terry cloth, flannel or combed cotton. These fibers can get embedded in your locks and will be almost impossible to remove, with disturbing the locks.
- Whenever you want to re-twist the dreadlocks, remember to follow the same direction (clockwise or anti-clockwise) that you followed while making them. Otherwise, you might end up untwisting the locks and will have to start all over again.