There are many methods of forming dreadlocks, but all of them start with sectioning hair into pieces and ratting them one at a time. The thickness of your dreads depends on the thickness of the sections you start with. All dreads shrink over time, so to get fat dreads when they harden, you'll need extra-fat dreads to start.
- Liquid detergent
- Hair dryer (optional)
- Fine-tooth metal comb
- Ponytail band or clip
- Dread wax
Wash your hair with liquid dishwashing detergent to strip out all the oils since it's better if your hair is dry and tangled. Dry your hair with a hair dryer, or let it air-dry.
Divide your hair into sections using the pointed end of a metal teasing comb. Section off a piece of hair approximately 2 1/2 inches from your hairline at the nape. Pull the rest of your hair up on top of your head with a ponytail band or a clip.
Start from your left ear, and work across your head to your right ear. Divide the sectioned-off row into 3-inch clusters of hair, dividing the hair with the tail of the comb.
Rat one section of hair at a time. Hold the section at the ends, and rapidly run the comb up your hair toward your scalp. Use short, quick strokes to tangle the dread into a tight ball.
Scoop a pea-sized amount of dread wax out of its container. Warm it between your hands. Roll the dreadlock vigorously between your palms, starting at your scalp and working down the section of hair.
Repeat the process two more times on the same dreadlock without scooping out more wax. It will take several passes of the teasing comb, and the dreadlock will shrink a bit more and become a bit tighter each time you tease it and roll it.
Move up 2 inches every time you finish a row of dreads. Section off another horizontal row of hair. Make dreads from left to right, staggering them in each row so they aren't in straight columns.
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