How to Make Human Hair Dreadlock Extensions

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Shaping hair into dreadlocks is a time-consuming process that spans many years of perfecting your look. If you are looking for a temporary solution for a night out or to decide if the locked look is for you, dreadlocks extensions are the way to go. Dreadlocks can be created and attached in-home, for a truly hands-on style.

Things You'll Need

  • 3-4 packs human hair extensions
  • Cork Board
  • Thumbtacks
  • Duckbill clips
  • Lemon juice
  • Fine-tooth metal comb
  • Small braiding elastics
  • Lock products for upkeep

Thin Weft Dreadlocks for Sew-In

  • Unravel a length of weft and use thumb tacks to pin the weft to a cork board. The cork board can be placed on a flat surface or attached to a wall, whichever best meets your needs.

  • Moving from left to right, select the first section of hair that you wish to dread, and clip the section next to it out of the way.

  • Twist the section of hair into a tight spiral, until it nearly collapses and twists on itself. Be careful not to use enough force to pull the weft off the board.

  • Holding the end of the twist between the thumb and forefinger of one hand, use the thumb and forefinger of your other hand to rough up the lock, moving from tip to weft, applying pressure. This will have to be done repeatedly, until the dread does not unwind.

  • Squeeze a bit of lemon juice onto the strand as you continue to run your fingers from tip to weft. The lemon juice is naturally drying and will add more texture and grip to the dread.

  • A completed set of wefted dreads can be sewn onto braided hair in the same way that a regular weave is attached, although each weft should be sewn right on top of the previous one, leaving no space for the braids to show through.

    Alternately, the weaving hair can be sewn in and then twisted and dreaded for a more natural effect.

Loose Hair for Loop or Braid Attachment

  • Begin with loose "bulk" hair that is often used for braiding, or simply trim hair off the weft. Separate the amount of hair you would like in the lock and create a pony tail at one end of the section using a small elastic.

  • On the final twist of the elastic, leave the hair looped instead of pulling all the way through. The loop should be large enough to fit over your thumb. Pin the looped end of the section to the cork board.

  • For a thin lock, your fingers can be used as explained above. For a larger lock, hold the section at the tip and comb the hair backwards. After the first back comb, pull the lock straight and twist it to smooth down some of the frizz and further shape the lock. Repeat backcombing as desired.

  • Section your hair and pulling your hair through the loop at the tip of the lock. Braid into place and secure with another elastic.

    Alternately, undo the looped end and finish off the lock. Attach each lock as a double dread, braiding your hair to the middle of the extension, creating two dreads to each section of your hair.

Tips & Warnings

  • You don't need to purchase expensive human hair for your dreadlock extensions, as the coarseness of cheaper, non-remy hair will be helpful in texturizing your locks. Consider that the finished dreadlocks will be shorter than the original length of the hair, and purchase hair that is at least 16 inches.

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