How to Tie Dreads

You can tie dreads in your hair by using a strong comb and your hands.
You can tie dreads in your hair by using a strong comb and your hands. (Image: Pixland/Pixland/Getty Images)

If you have hair 3 inches or longer, you can tie dreadlocks to make a different type of hairstyle for yourself. Dreadlocks are most associated with the Rastafarian culture, but people from all over the world adopt this hairstyle. People who want to tie dreads can get a better result using dread wax, which can be found at most drugstores or beauty supply stores. Using the wax will help the dreads stay in place, but you can usually get the same result without it.

Things You'll Need

  • Dread wax
  • Strong comb with closely spaced teeth
  • Towel
  • Hair clips

Starting at the base, grab an index finger-sized lock of hair and pin the rest out of the way.

Hold the lock of hair while taking a comb and placing it an inch from the root. Comb the hair toward the scalp, still holding the lock. Run the comb through a few times and then repeat the backcombing process an inch at a time until you get to the end of the hair.

Ensure that your hair becomes tangled enough during the backcombing process. Go over any sections that need extra tangling.

Massage a small drop of dread wax into your dread, starting at the root and working down the ends. Twist the dread as you work the wax in. Avoid using too much wax.

Roll the dread between your palms. The back-and-forth friction helps the dread form and provides a cylindrical dreadlock.

Repeat the previous five steps until all of your hair has been tied into dreads.

Tips & Warnings

  • Section your dreads by staggering smaller sections in a brick laying pattern so that the dreads don't all line up evenly. This will help your dreads look a lot fuller because the gaps on your scalp will be hidden.

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