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• “Micro-loops” version
The version we use is “micro-loops”. This is not an official term, just a term we use to differentiate methods. We do this by creating countless tiny loops that are interwoven within the dreadlock.
• “Crochet Wrapping” version
This is also NOT an official term. Crochet Wrapping is a method we see being taught by others quite often. It’s done by wrapping loose hair around the dreadlock and pulling it through the core. We don’t like this method because it doesn’t create a controlled and smooth knotting process like the “micro loops” variation that we use.
• Other variations
There are many other slight variations – and “sub genres” as well.
• Interlocking / Latch-hooking / Root Flipping
We DO NOT INTERLOCK DREADLOCKS. You should understand that we are against the interlocking method for a variety of reasons that are discussed within our course. We will not be teaching you how to do anything in regards to the interlocking method other than fixing the problems that we encounter from it.
Technically – a dreadlock is nothing more than a cohesive mass of interwoven knots of hair.
In our opinion and experience, the more individual the hair is and greater number of knots within each dreadlock, the smoother and more cohesive the dreadlock is. As larger chunks of hair is grouped together it creates larger and larger knots and larger sections of hair to the point that it starts to become more of a braid than a dreadlock.
For this reason we discourage the interlocking method and the “wrapping” variation in most situations. This is also why we don’t use crochet hooks larger than 0.6mm. We are mostly against Interlocking, ESPECIALLY for non-Afro hair textures because it creates a braided effect with very large knots and prevents small knots from forming. I’ve personally only seen positive results for the interlocking method if it’s multipoint in some of my clients with Afro Hair, and even then, it still forms a braided or wrapped effect.
Quick note about twisting. It ONLY works properly in some Afro hair textures. I’ve never personally seen the twisting method work well with Caucasian hair. I’m always shocked every time I hear a story from a straight hair client that had a salon try to twist their hair into dreadlocks. It fails 99% of the time. In Afro hair – the knots that form from twisting takes weeks to develop – whereas the Instant Locs method literally forms knots to create a locked dreadlock instantly without any product. The name of the method says it all.
Since the tools used for both methods are technically called crochet hooks Interlocking / Latch-hooking is VERY OFTEN mistaken as the “Crochet Method” by salons unfamiliar with this up and coming technique. These terms cause a lot of confusion with clients and salons. We’ve had SOOOO many clients come to us after a salon mistakenly thought the client wanted Latch-hooking.
We ONLY teach the “micro-loops” version of the Crochet Method aka Instant Locs Method.