How to Grow Dreadlocks With Straight or Curly Hair

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Growing dreadlocks with straight or curly hair will require you to know the method called rip and twist. Grow dreadlocks with straight or curly hair with help from an experienced hair care professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Jennifer Hyde. I'm here today to show you how to grow dreadlocks on straight or curly hair. I'm going to show you a method that's called rip and twist. This is a method for starting dreadlocks that can be used on any type of hair whether it be straight or curly, thick or thin, medium density to fine density and anything in between. I'm going to begin by taking my section of hair. I want just a small, like maybe a one inch by one inch section parting. I'm going to begin by just putting in a tiny little bit of backcombing, maybe about four or five pushes against the hair to create myself a small cushion. Then I'm going to hold all the loose hair and I'm going to begin to pull small sections of it away. I'm going to twist it and then I'm going to keep pulling and switching these hairs in my fingers until all the hair is pushed into a tightly woven pattern up toward the scalp and you just keep repeating this motion all the way until you run out of hair. So now that I've done all the rip and twist and I've gotten all the way to the end of the strand, I am going to leave just a little bit of hair out at the bottom because on her shorter hair that's going to leave me a little bit of a longer lock to start with. I can always pull those ends up inside with my trusty little latch hook whenever the time is right. So for now, I'm just going to go through and grab any little tiny loose hairs and I'm just going to weave those to the inside of this shape that I've already made with the rip and twist. So as you can see, this really does make a nice solidified lock that from the very beginning is legitimately looking like a dreadlock almost from the very beginning.

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