Loose ends are so pretty for some, but so annoying when all you want is round, blunted tips! The bad news is, ends dread on their own schedule, often times staying frustratingly loose while the rest of your hair locks up in record time. The good news is, there are a few super easy things you can do to get that loose end-hair to knot up nice and tight. It’s not going to happen overnight, but if you add this step into your regular maintenance routine you’ll have solid tips WAY faster!
The first step is to backcomb the loose hairs at the end of the lock, pushing the new knots right up to the solid area of the dread. Use a fine toothed comb, dreadlocks metal comb or use your fingers to push up the hairs.
Once you’ve pushed all that hair as high up as you can (without forcing it) rub the end of your lock in your palm. Now, some people advise you to do this in a clockwise direction, or a counterclockwise direction, it up to you. Add a little Lock Powder and feel how fast the ends lock up.
As always, we finish off our maintenance with a palmroll. This is the key to keeping your locks in great shape! Put the dread between your palms and pretend you’re trying to start a fire with two twigs!
Tip: Add a small amount of Dreadlock Wax, pomade or tightening gel to the tip of your dread before palm rolling for added hold.
And that’s it! There’s no wax in these right now, and it took all of 2 minutes per dread. Maybe. Like I said earlier, this isn’t something that’s going to hold up after just one go. As time goes on, all those loose little hairs will get sucked into the middle of your lock, and the end will round up as the dread matures. Chances are, this’ll come out again after you wash your hair for the first while, but if you incorporate this as a regular step in your maintenance routine, your ends WILL tighten up faster and you won’t have any of the problems I regularly see from other end-tightening methods.