How To Make Dreadlocks Like A Professional!
the Complete guide on how to make dreadlocks naturally at home or IN A SALON for all hair textures with a step by step process
the Complete guide on how to make dreadlocks naturally at home or IN A SALON for all hair textures with a step by step process
Whether you want to make dreadlocks with short hair or long hair, or to get dreads with straight hair or afro hair, this guide will explain everything you need to know with the exact process that we use for starting dreads in any and all hair textures. Each step detailed on this page is accompanied with a very detailed course. So if you want a step by step video course on exactly how to make dreadlocks at home or professionally, we’ve got you covered from start to finish, it’s all right here!
DISCLAIMER: There are many different methods on starting dreads. What we’re explaining on this page is what we deem to be the most universal method that applies to starting dreadlocks in all hair textures and situations. The content taught on this website is based on 10,000+ hours of experience, 3,000+ appointments, and nearly 10 years working with all hair textures.
The first step in starting dreads is to understand the methods, products, and routines that you need for your specific hair texture. Most methods tend to be effective for one hair texture, but completely ineffective for another. For example, the twisting method only Starts Locs with Afro Hair, and the Backcombing method is most commonly used to do dreads in Straight Hair textures. This is why we love the Instant Locs Crochet Method, it’s the only method that is truly effective to start dreadlocks and also to maintain and repair locs no matter what your hair texture is.
Afro Hair is the most cooperative to start locs with. There are many methods, such as Twisting, Interlocking, Comb Coils, Freeform, etc… However the Instant Locs method is by far our favorite. With this method there’s no use of product, you can wash or swim whenever you want, no dealing with the awkward phase while the locs mature, and you can create flawless and fully locked dreadlocks in a single day which you can’t really do with any other method. If you’re working with Afro Hair and you’re interested in the Instant Locs Crochet Method you can click here to jump to that section.
The Twisting Method absolutely does not work for Caucasian Dreadlocks. The Interlocking Method creates more of a braid than a true dreadlock. Backcombing or Twist and Rip alone only gets you started. But the Instant Locs Crochet Method is by far the most ideal method if you want to make dreads with straight hair that are controlled and professional looking. That’s by far our best recommendation and it’s exactly what we teach on this website. Continue reading this page to learn more about how to get dreads with straight hair.
Hispanic Hair can range in texture and thickness, however in many cases Hispanic Hair is very similar to Caucasian hair. Both hair textures have a wide range of textures, thicknesses, and densities. All Hispanic Hair can be made into dreadlocks with the right approach and that is what this page is all about. We recommend against Twisting and Interlocking for Hispanic Dreadlocks because we’ve seen so many failed attempts and problems that we ended up fixing from other salons. Our top recommendation is the Instant Locs Crochet Method which you can learn more about by continuing reading this page.
Asian Hair is obviously one of the straightest hair textures you’ll work with to make dreads. With that being said, most dreadlock methods just won’t get the job done. However the Instant Locs Crochet Method is an effective method to get dreads in Asian Hair. Just like other straight hair types, you’ll first create the sections, backcomb each section, palm roll, and then finish up by Crocheting the Dreads to get dreadlocks with straight hair. We go into greater detail about this whole process on this page. Continue reading this page to learn the full process of how to get Dreads in Asian Hair.
We’ve seen a lot of work done by salons for our clients with Afro Mixed Race hair textures and treat the hair the same as if it were 100% Afro Hair. Many of these clients come to us frustrated and seeking a better alternative. We’ve helped so many clients get locs with mixed race hair where other salons failed, and we’ve done so with the same exact methods we teach on this website. The content on this page will guide you through the process of making dreadlocks in Mixed Race Hair Textures no matter what your hair texture is.
Once you have a decent understanding of the method you want to use based on your hair texture, the next step is to decide on your dreadlock sectioning pattern. There are so many different ways to part dreadlocks, and most of them are just a matter of preference. However, if you intend to put your dreadlocks in a braid or style you’ll probably want to be more specific and deliberate for your dreadlock sectioning pattern. In this section we’re giving you a crash course on various dread sectioning options.
Some people strive for an all natural approach. If you’re one of those people you can simply use your fingers to randomly section your dreadlocks. No need for perfect sections here. Just be sure to make the sections similar in size and avoid sharp points and you’re good to go! That’s it!
The Brick Pattern is by far our most commonly used pattern. Most people are more than happy with this pattern, it allows for symmetry, and each dreadlock overlays the part underneath it. As a result, it’s clean and organized while also not looking too “boxy”. We use the Brick Pattern for most of our new installations.
The Fish Scale Pattern is interesting because it is exactly the same as the Brick Pattern with a slight variation. When creating sections for the Fish Scale Pattern you simply “swoop” the top two corners and all of your squares will turn into a fish scale shape. It’s a variation that is easy to implement if you already understand the Brick Pattern.
SImilar to the Fish Scale Pattern, the Hexagon Pattern is also created with a slight modification to the Brick Pattern. With the Hexagon pattern, you’ll be using the Brick Pattern, and then angling the top to form a shape like the roof of a house. This allows all sections to turn into hexagons.
The Diamond Pattern is probably the most straight forward pattern. With this pattern you’ll want to make a large grid on the top of the head at a 45 degree angle. Think of a chess board turned at 45 degrees. The drawback of this pattern is that the edges get a bit tricky. The only time we really consider using this pattern is for Undercuts.
Triangle Sectioning is probably the most visually striking pattern for dreadlocks. There are two ways to start this pattern. Either start with horizontal rows or vertical columns as depicted in the photo above. Then you’ll make lines that cross diagonally across the head which will result in a pattern of triangles. The downside to this pattern is that it can be easy to get pointy angles in your sections, which should be avoided.
There are a variety of ways to section dreadlocks for a partial installation. In most cases people just want a few dreadlocks underneath. If that’s the case you’ll want to start the Brick, Fish Scale, or Hexagon pattern, but only do the first two or three rows at the base of the head. You can then consider adding additional rows if more dreadlocks are desired. However, dreadlocks can be placed at any point in the head, but we would recommend keeping partial installations to the back of the head in most cases.
Sectioning Dreadlocks for Braiding Patterns can get very intricate and detailed. Your approach for this type of a scenario will vary dramatically depending on the prefered braid, hair texture, and dreadlock diameter, etc. This is usually a much more advanced approach to sectioning dreadlocks, and not recommended for beginners.
My best advice for creating braiding patterns is to sketch out the pattern you’d like to make and try to recreate that pattern with a mannequin head, then braid the hair on the mannequin head to get the best idea of how your pattern will play out in a real world scenario. It will take some practice, and a bit of trial and error, but it’s far better to practice on a mannequin head first rather than start dreadlocks and mess the whole thing up on a client’s head.
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Backcombing for Dreadlocks is a crucial part of the process to make dreads in straight hair. The backcombing method encourages the hair to create many tiny loops which help the hair to change in texture to better resemble Afro Hair. This textures starts the process of creating knots which is necessary to dread straight hair.
We use the Backcombing method, however the Twist and Rip method achieves the same results. This is an alternative method to Backcombing and either method will get the job done just fine. I’ve always prefered the Backcombing method because it seems to work faster, however the Twist and Rip method will give a very cylindrical result. A downside of the Twist and Rip method is that you can’t control thickness as easily as Backcombing.
The best case scenario is to do perfect backcombing to create the most consistent knots and form a very cylindrical dreadlock. However, in the real world, that doesn’t happen very often. Any flaws that are formed in the backcombing process will be addressed by Crocheting those imperfection to smoothen out the dreadlock which we will be discussing later in this post.
Perfectly stick straight dreadlocks just don’t look natural. Even most of the really clean, neat, and professional dreadlocks you see online have small imperfections that allow for a natural look. When Backcombing Dreads it’s perfectly fine to have some minor imperfections which will contribute to adding a bit of character to your dreadlocks.
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Palm Rolling is quite simple. You take a dreadlock and press it between your palms and roll. However, I see a lot of people not applying enough pressure or worse, sliding along the dreadlock on an angle instead of fully rolling the loc. These are simple corrections of habit that we discus in our free course for Palm Rolling.
The benefits of Palm Rolling Dreadlocks is that it helps form a cylindrical shape, it helps manage fuzz in some situations, and most importantly it helps to compress the knots and reduce crazy loops and bumps. However, some hair textures are far too stubborn for Palm Rolling to be effective, which is why we always resort to the Instant Locs Crochet Method for optimal control and shaping.
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In our opinion the Instant Locs Crochet Method is the most important part of starting dreads for all hair textures. This is especially important to start dreads with mixed and straight hair types. We will start the dreadlock by backcombing and palm rolling (if the hair is not Afro Texture) and then use the Instant Locs Crochet Method to instantly create, tighten and control the knots that are formed to create each dreadlock. This method is far superior to other methods for anyone wanting to control the formation of each dreadlock.
The Instant Locs Crochet Method starts dreadlocks by creating countless tiny little knots that are dispersed evenly which interweave into each other to form a cylindrical mass of knots. This process is very simple in concept but takes quite a knack to get the mechanics of your hands working properly to facilitate this process. However, we teach you how to crochet dreadlocks here.
We use the Instant Locs Crochet Method to Make Dreadlocks because other methods just don’t compare… The twisting method only twists the hair but doesn’t form knots until weeks or months later. The interlocking method creates more of a braid than a true dreadlock. And the Backcombing and Twist and Rip methods start the knotting process but leave the dreadlock very loose and fluffy The Instant Locs Crochet Method is the only method that creates dense knots that form a true dreadlock in one pass.
This method is also highly beneficial for dreadlock maintenance and loc repair. When I use this method I feel like I’m sculpting the dreadlock because it allows for so much control and precision of where each knot is formed. This is something that no other method can offer, and a huge part of the reason we’re so passionate about this method.
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Starting Locs with other methods requires you to go through an awkward phase where the dreadlocks end up being messy and fuzzy and not fully locked up. With the Instant Locs Crochet Method you literally get Instant Dreadlocks that are fully formed, tightened, and controlled. And even if you deal with a bit of fuzziness or loose hairs in the early stages, this method easily controls those problems. As a result you get to skip “the awkward phase” that most people deal with for the first 6-12 months of starting their dreadlock journey. You’ll instantly have dreadlocks that resemble 1 year old dreadlocks in a single session.
You don’t need to add dreadlock extensions in order to make dreadlocks, but it may be ideal for some people with short hair. There are a few different dreadlock extension attachment styles that you should be aware of before trying to attach extensions. The biggest difference is permanent (or semi-permanent) and temporary dreadlock extension attachments.
Our main focus when working with dreadlock extensions is attaching extensions permanently and “semi-permanently”. The reason we talk about extensions being “semi-permanent” is because synthetic extensions and various straight hair extensions tend to last for a handful of years, but likely won’t be fully permanent. Once again, we use the Instant Locs Crochet Method to make dreadlock extensions and to attach those extensions to the dreadlock on the client’s head as well.
Temporary dreadlock extensions can be attached in existing dreadlocks or normal hair. Just keep in mind that most temporary dreadlock extension attachments are done at the base of the dreadlock near the scalp, and not extended at the end of the dreadlock. Temporary extensions are great for experimenting with crazy colors or for a trial run before committing to dreadlocks permanently. We have a free video on how to attach temporary extensions in our extension course here.
Making Dreadlocks with Extensions in Straight Hair textures can be done semi-permanently to last 2-5 years giving you enough time for your dreadlocks to grow much longer before eventually removing the extensions. Each attachment is mostly seamless and natural, eliminating the ability to even notice that you have extensions in the first place.
Starting Locs with Extensions in Afro Hair textures are fully permanent with the method we teach as long as you follow all of our recommendations and guidelines. These attachments are fully permanent and seamless in a way no other method can achieve. We have clients that tell people they’ve had their dreadlocks for 10 years and they easily get away with it!
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This final step in making locs is completely optional. Some people assume the dreadlocks will unravel if the ends are not locked up, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Some people also think their dreadlocks will dry faster if the ends are open, that may be true, but it’s such a small detail that it’s irrelevant.
We’ve seen instances of dreadlock tips being blunted that end up getting fat and bulging outward or making a very narrow tip. These situations are often done by inexperienced armatures. We always strive for a nice well rounded tip and we teach you exactly how to do that with our Blunting Dreadlock Ends Course here.
Dreadlock tips sometimes unravel a bit with certain hair textures and lack of proper aftercare. To put things simply, if you want your ends to remain blunted you’ll want to avoid any slippery product including Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV). If you want to use ACV simply hold the tips of your dreadlocks up so the ACV can’t run down to the tips of your locs.
We hope this content was helpful for you to learn how to do dreadlocks yourself whether you’re a professional hair stylist or you just want to do dreadlocks yourself in the comfort of your own home. As you’re aware we have multiple courses that help you start locs. We encourage you to explore our free content to determine if our courses are right for you. All of our courses are done with “fake hair”, extensions, and a mannequin so you can learn how to make dreadlocks at home at your own pace.
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