Double-Twist Method for Dreadlocks

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The double-twist method for dreadlocks can be used on hair of all textures. Find out about the double-twist method of dreadlocks with help from an experienced hair care professional in this free video clip.

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I'm Jennifer Hyde, and I'm here today to show you the double strand twist method for starting dreadlocks. This method can be used on all hair textures. You can use it to start lock on straighter hair, however it is much more effective it you're locking curly hair textures. A double strand twist is where you take two sections of hair and you twist them in opposite directions so that they wind first this way and then wind this way in order to bind themselves together. Curly hair, the curl itself will hold that hair in place. Straighter hair textures, you can do it but it's a whole lot trickier because there's really no curl to help you hold it. You have to do it all with either product and or banding the hair or some other sort of method to kind of hold it in place. So what I have here is a small section of hair that is pretty darn curly. So I'm going to split that section of hair into two pieces here. I'm going to take each section and twist it away from each other, twisting them in opposite directions until I get each section twisted tight toward the scalp. Then I'm going to take each of these sections and I'm going to twist them together themselves. So that not only do I have each of my subsections twisted but I'm now twisting these two sections together and they're actually going in opposites. So when I get all the way to the bottom, this hair's not very long so I'm going to run out of hair pretty soon. When I get to the very bottom this is where I can put a small band in this hair. If the hair were considerably longer I might be able to get away without banding it. But because it's short I'm going to go ahead and band it for security. Now as soon as the hair dries these could be removed for a little bit more of a springy more natural effect. Or if you're interested in having the hair lock faster you might want to leave the bands in place for a little while longer so that those hairs can really feed to the inside of the shaping, making the lock.

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