Step by step guide, how to make dreadlocks.
First thing you need to do is wash your hair with your dreadlock shampoo. Before making your hair wet, you might want to take a “before” picture. You may need to wash it twice to make sure you get it super clean. This will make backcombing even easier later.
At this point, there is no need to dry your hair completely. The next step is to divide your hair in sections, and when your hair is damp, it will be much easier to work with.
Keep it moist: sometimes the hair will dry before you have finished sectioning. Keep the hair moist with a spray bottle while you are dividing.
Dividing gives you a lot of options. You can determine the size, shape and location of each dread. Dividing may seem like a lot of work. It takes a little while, but we recommend it. If you do not divide it, there is a tendency to end up with some dreadlocks much larger than the others and with awkward distance. Many people are getting too occupied by the visible cut lines. Cut lines do not remain as visible in mature dreads as you might expect. Some people organize each row like bricks in a wall. This makes the division a tad trickier, but it is an option some people really prefer. When your dreads start to mature, it will not make a big difference which way you have used.
Then you need to start at the front by sectioning your hair, dividing lines in the shape of squares. The distance between them, will be the section size. When you create each section, use a rubber band to hold it together. Place the band about half an inch from the scalp. It just needs to be tight enough to keep the hair in place until you are ready to backcomb, and loose enough to move or remove the rubber band at any time.
Put a rubber band on each section to keep them separated, so it does not get trapped by the dreadlocks you need to make. Do not worry about sections and rows being visible in the finished dreads, as dreads grow and become thicker the division will not be noticeable. Try to keep the size of the sections as uniform as possible. The amount of hair of each division determines the size of the dread.
The amount of hair about the size of a pencil is good for dreadlocks of average size (about 1/5 inch in diameter). If your hair is very fine the size of the division can vary, the diameter of the hair may be smaller than a pencil so you’re not creating divisions that are too large. Sections that are too large leave unnecessary space between dreads. We recommend keeping the sections around an inch.
Now is a good time to spray your hair with some Tightning Gel/Spray. Grab a towel and go outside.
Put the towel around your neck and flip your head forward. You must spray your hair in the direction away from your scalp. If it gets on your scalp, it is not a big problem but avoid it if you can. The reason you want to keep it on your hair is that Accelerator works by drying out the hair and makes the surface of the hair rough. This natural drying is great for the purpose of creating knots in your hair, but your skin has the tendency to feel itchy like swimming in the sea and not washing your hair afterwards. So if you happen to get some on your scalp and it feels itchy, simply rinse it with plain water.
You do not need to completely soak your dreads, but they should be wet with Accelerator when you are finished. If you can, dry them with a hair dryer so the maximum amount of Accelerator is in the hair. If this is not an option just towel dry it. The hair dryer is ideal because you will be able to get them completely dry quick, as they should be before the next step.
Now it’s time for backcombing. Find out how to backcomb the divided hair with the backcombing method.
OK, now a rubber band to finish the tips. Tighten the tip up as much as you can with the comb before you put the rubber band on. You’ll find it’s a bit hard to get a good grip on the tiny tot because you only have a little bit of hair to grab and pull against. Finally use your fingers and slide the un-dreaded hair you have left back on itself and put a rubber band on it to hold it. If you have both rubber bands and pro-bands use the pro-bands for your tips. Make sure that the band is really tight at the tip. This band keeps the tip of the dread together and causes it to dread. When the majority of the dreadlock has matured a bit, it will be tight enough that you will be able to pull the loose hair at the tip – into the end of the dreadlock with a loose hair tool. The tip will then dread nice and tight. This is the fastest easiest way to round off the tips without problems. It’s hard to say how long you should wait to do it, usually sometime during the second month, a bit longer for thinner dreads.
It’s a good idea to check your dreads and make sure that the backcombing of all dreads are done well. Usually you have at least a few friends that help to backcomb and each of them had a few “learning dreads “. It’s pretty unlikely that every single one of your dreads will be backcombed perfectly on the first try. By reviewing them and fixing those that are obviously bad now will save you time later. Backcombing is much easier before you put wax on them, so this is an excellent time to start. Just look for any dreads that have large areas of loose hair with few or no knots. If you can slide your fingers through or spread it apart easily more backcombing is needed. The best way to do this is usually just to start combing at the roots , just as you did when you started -and then comb all the way until you reach the tip. You must remove the rubber bands while doing this. This is called re- backcombing.
Use your index finger and take approximately the equivalent of a peanut wax in the palm of your hand.
The right amount varies based on your dreads. The width or thickness of the dreads, the hair type and of course the length of the dreads, all play an important role in determining the correct amount of wax.
Warm the wax between your hands and when you feel the consistency is liquefied, you start to roll your dreads.
Starting about 4/5 inch from the bottom. Roll the dreadlock back and forth between your fingers or palms until the wax is no longer visible on the surface.
When you have finished each dread, you start palm rolling. Not just a few times, but thoroughly. The more you palm roll, the nicer and tighter your dreadlocks will become. Try to give them a good round of palm rolling every day and every time you wax the hair. You can’t imagine how much palm rolling and waxing will help your dreads tighten up. Nothing will help them to tighten and compress to mature dreads faster! I recommend palm rolling them each for 30 seconds every day if you can. Of course it is not always possible, but a little is better than nothing. Read more about palm rolling. Learn more about palm rolling here.
Pull out your hairdryer and use it to melt the wax in your dreads. Under no circumstances should you use any heating device other than a hair dryer. If you skip this step it will leave wax on the surface of your dreads where it doesn’t do any good. With wax left on the surface of your dreads, they will be slightly more likely to collect dirt, dust, feathers and all sorts of other stuff friends and family members happen to throw at your head, so we recommend the hairdryer.
It dosen’t only help to melt the wax into where it should be and remove it from the surface , but it also helps to remove excess wax. After the surface of dread is hot take a paper towel and wrap it around the dread to absorb the extra wax. When you are done and all the wax is right where you want it, you are done and maintenance process can begin!