How Do You Start Dreadlocks With Crochet?
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If you start your dreadlocks by crocheting them, they are called “latched.” Some people think that latched dreads do not count as real dreadlocks.
However, latched dreads are fast and easy, and don’t require wax. If your hair is relaxed or fine, then the crochet method is one of the best ways to ensure that your dreadlocks stay in place.
Just because you start your dreads by latching them doesn’t mean that you have to continue latching them for the rest of your life. If you’d like a more authentically dreaded style, then you can use wax on the new growth.
The result will be the same.
If done incorrectly, crocheting can severely damage your hair, so check out an in-depth tutorial before you pick up a needle.
How Do You Start Your Dreadlocks With Braids?
This is one of the easiest methods and fastest methods for starting dreadlocks. It works well on short hair because it keeps your dreads from unraveling.
However, keep in mind that for the first two months, your hair will be extremely frizzy as it’s in the transitioning stage. During this stage your hair transforms from braids to dreadlocks because you’ll have several different hair textures at once.
After washing and conditioning, split your hair into equal sections – each braid will eventually become a dread, so make sure that your braids are the thickness that you want your dreadlocks to be. Palm roll the braids with wax to look like dreads; this part will never lock completely, so you will eventually cut off the braids.
To palm roll your hair, rub it with a little bit of wax, put the hair between your palms, and slide your hands to make the hair twist in one direction. The result should be a tight twist.
As new growth forms over the next few months, palm roll the new growth to lock it in place.
How Do You Start Your Dreadlocks With Backcombing?
If you have loose or fine (type 3) hair, putting in dreadlocks is a little more difficult. For type 3 hair, backcombing is widely considered the most efficient and effective method, although it’s one of the most time-consuming.
Unlike latching, backcombing does not damage your hair, and unlike braids and twists, backcombing locks the hair in place. Divide your hair into even, equal sections.
Take a section in your hand and stretch it. Using a rattail comb, slowly tease your hair from roots to scalp, letting one or two strands of hair slip with each stroke.
The strands will start to dread as they get pushed toward your scalp. Check out a tutorial to get started:
How Long Does It Take To Get Dreads Done?
Getting dreads done takes quite a while, but if you do them correctly, they can last for a lifetime.
The length of time it takes to get dreads done depends on the method that you use.
Backcombing: It will take about one hour to split your hair into equal squares all over your head, and then 5-15 minutes to twist each dread. If you’re doing larger dreads, expect to twist about 40 dreads, and if you’re doing smaller dreads then expect to twist 100.
Buy a bottle of wine, invite some friends over to help you, and block off an entire day.
Twisting, braiding and crocheting: Expect about 6-8 hours, depending on the length of your hair.
Alternatively, you could go to a loctician, who will twist your dreads for you, determine the best haircare products for your locks, and offer tips for keeping your young dreads tight.
How Long Should Your Dreads Be In A Year?
On average, hair grows six inches a year, so you should expect half a foot of growth while maintaining young dreadlocks. However, this depends on many factors.
If you started with long hair instead of short hair, then your dreads may reach past your shoulders after the first twelve months. If you started from only a few inches of hair, then your dreads may barely reach your jaw.
If you’re taking good care of your hair, then you’ll retain a lot of length. But if you’re treating your dreads lazily – not washing and retwisting them when you should, not protecting them from rough fabrics – then your dreads may weaken, and you’ll suffer breakage.
What Hairstyles Can You Do With Short, Medium And Long Dreadlocks?
When your dreadlocks are short (above your jawline) then they may fly in all directions. Instead of forcing them to stay in one place, let them fly.
When they grow, they’ll straighten out. In the meantime, tie them back in a funky headband, embellish them with a stylish African head wrap or clip them all to one side.
With medium dreads (jawline to just below your shoulders), you have a few more options. A high ponytail is quick and easy. Side buns are quirky.
With longer dreads, you can do whatever you like. Pile your hair high on top of your head for a regal bun. Braid your dreadlocks into a princess braid down your back.
Cascade them into a low bun.