Ethnic motifs, African roots, Rastaman influence – dreadlocks or dreadlocks appeared in ancient times and were distributed in different parts of the world, but even after millennia they are still popular. So what is interesting about this hairstyle and what kinds of dreadlocks exist?
Dreadlocks are multicultural, because they have been worn on all continents in different periods of history and each nation has contributed something different to the braiding of dreadlocks. Now there are a huge number of these ways: depending on the type of hair, the length of braiding, auxiliaries, etc. We will consider the main ones, in particular those that can be done at home with the basic skills of a non-professional.
Method 1: Brushing the hair
This method is reliable and long-lasting, gives an opportunity to give your dreadlocks the desired shape and size, and is perfect even for short hair (from 8 cm). It is worth mentioning at once that the process of combing dreadlocks is long and laborious, and the final formation of dreadlocks can take 3-4 months. However, after the finished result, the dreadlocks will form themselves when the hair grows out with minimal help, so this method is suitable for those who plan to walk with dreadlocks for quite a long time.
How to make: You need a comb, dreadlock wax and elastic bands. We divide the hair into squares, which will determine the thickness of the lock. Each separate “ponytail” – the future loc, we fix a rubber band at the roots. Gradually comb “ponytail” by “ponytail”, bunching the mass to the roots, trying to comb as densely as possible. At the end of the dreadlock it is best to tuck in with a string or crochet hook. When the combing is complete, remove the elastic bands at the roots. The final result can be secured with a special wax.
Method 2: Wool rubbing
One of the fastest ways that you can even do yourself. However, wool rubbing is very damaging to the hair, dreadlocks come in different sizes and shapes and often look ugly. If you don’t like the end result, you’ll have to shave off the hair and wait for it to grow back.
How to make: You only need a woolen thing (scarf, sweater, leggings, etc.). Rub the entire head with the woolen thing for 15-20 minutes. This will gather them into a mass, which should be rubbed into individual strands. Then rub each of the strands of wool for about 15 minutes. You will have to repeat this many times until all the locks are finally as tight as possible.
Method 3: Natural Dreadlocks
This is an easy method in terms of the lack of auxiliary tools and the possibility of independence. However, natural self-forming dreadlocks can take 3-4 years and the shape and size will be random and heterogeneous. The dreadlocks themselves will only be able to form on long hair.
How to do it: You just need not comb your hair, but wash it regularly. The bunting will happen by itself, and the only adjustment is to tear some strands and bind the other strands with rubber bands so that they are more even.
Method 4: Permanent dreadlocks
The method is for those who want to make dreadlocks a part of their body and plan to go through life with them. This is a chemical process and only professionals do it. It doesn’t cost cheap, but the look of the dreadlocks will be what you want it to be.
How to do: Determine to make dreadlocks once and for life, save money and find a good master.
Method 5: Curling
A natural way that allows you to shape your dreadlocks at will. Suitable exclusively for African hair structure.
How to do it: You need to divide your hair into square sectors of the size you like best. Put a rubber band on a strand of each square, then twist it clockwise with a comb to dislodge and curl the hair at the ends. The dreadlock wax should secure the “twisted” result. It’s best to use a petroleum-free wax – it’s more dense and binds the locks firmly together.
Method 6: Twisting and tearing
A convenient method that gives good results, but takes about 3-4 months depending on the length of the hair. Until the final result, the hair may not look its best.
How to make: Wash your hair with a special shampoo for dreadlocks, twisting the strands while washing. Then let the hair dry in the way it was left. When the hair is dry, tear the clump into individual strands and twist each strand with wax and the palms of your hands. This procedure should be done every day until the dreadlocks are finally formed.
Method 7: Dreadlocks with synthetic hair
A simple and safe method for those who don’t want to ruin their hair or plan to walk around with dreadlocks only for a short time. Synthetic dreadlocks (Kanekalon) look good, are colorful in a variety of colors and shapes, and are easy to remove if desired.
How to make: Divide the hair into small squares, then divide each of the strands of the square into three thinner strands. Add a synthetic dreadlock/strand to each third strand. The synthetic hair should be three times as long as the supposed dreads. Weave your strands together with the synthetic hair in the lower direction. Wrap the rest of the synthetic hair around each strand with a rubber band at the end.
Method 8: Braiding
A method that will make your dreadlocks look good from the first seconds. The downside is that braiding is quite painful and your hair will have a hard time.
How to do it: Divide the hair into many sectors (it is best to use a knitting needle for this) and secure it with elastic bands. Take each of the strands, twist into a tight bundle and break it into two thinner strands with a sharp movement. There will be a characteristic crackle, after which you need to divide one of the resulting strands into two more. Thus braid the entire head and twist the ends of the resulting dreadlocks with a string or hook. The final result should be fixed with wax.
There are a huge number of ways to create dreadlocks, but the methods suggested by us can be tried at home even for beginners or those who want to experiment. Dreadlocks are bright, original, diverse and beautiful, and the evolution of this hairstyle, its cultural context and various methods of weaving simply amaze the imagination.