How To Make Dreadlocks The Natural Manner

How To Make Dreadlocks The Natural Manner

This is an article explaining how you can make dreadlocks the pure means, i.e. with out recourse to hair extensions or special dreadlock products of any kind. Utilizing these strategies you may be able to grow a full set of dreadlocks in a few days, weeks or months, depending on your hair type.

The natural methodology of creating dreadlocks giving them more of an organic look, and so they appear less artificial or contrived. Dreadlocks worn by hippies, travellers, ravers and surfers are typically of the natural variety, Men Loc styles and artificial locks are typically rare on these scenes.

First off I'd prefer to dispel a common fantasy: dreadlocks usually are not a Rastafarian-solely hairstyle. Rastafarians have definitely popularised dreads (and given them their name), however they have been worn for thousands of years on folks from many cultures (Ancient Egyptians, Hindu ascetics, Celts and Vikings were all recognized to have worn their hair in locks). In fact, dreadlocks have been round since earlier than combs, so to assign them as an emblem of any specific ethnic group could be to deny a huge swathe of anthropological history. Just a minor point I wished to make (having been called "Rasta Man" for a number of years by folks I don't even know).

There are natural strategies for making them, one being pure pure and the opposite being with a slight quantity of help. They're as follows:

Pure pure methodology for making dreads.

Don't brush your hair.
Easy, proper? So long as your hair has even the slightest wave to it your hair will eventually dread up. Takes a while to go in in case your hair is reasonably straight, like mine, but it is going to do it.

You do want to rip your hair into dreadlock-sized sections once it has matted, or you'll be left with just one large, fats dread caught to a random part of your head like an amorous, bushy whelk. An attention-grabbing look if that is what you are after, however it does make you look a bit lopsided, and drunk. Sometimes elements of your hair will refuse to separate properly and will preserve settling back into a mat (significantly around the back of your head). If this happens a rubber band or close to the base will keep them aside for long enough that they develop into distinct individual dreads. The elastic band will finally fall out of its own accord.

One disadvantage of this technique is that if your hair takes a very long time to go in you then do have to make sure you do not undo all the tangles when washing your hair. Some folks desire to not wash their hair throughout this stage, particularly with shampoo or conditioner, but as this can take months it is perhaps higher for these of a less curly disposition to opt for the second method:

Principally pure method for making dreads.

Mess your hair up.
This methodology entails making an intentional mat. If your hair is exceptionally straight and nice you then can provide it a bit of a start by urgent your palm to your head and moving it in circles. After a while your hair will mat up slightly bit (if you happen to've got curly hair then this method can provide you dreads in a really quick space of time). Now to take it to the next degree:

Tie it in knots.
It is easier to get someone else to do this for you, however it takes time so you may do just as well doing it yourself while watching TeeVee or listening to some tunes. To begin with, find yourself a nice clump of hair. Determine how thick you need the dreadlock to be and attempt to section off that thickness; in case you discover that some strands don't seem to belong to that section then pull them away or they're going to just divide off later when the dread begins to form. You'll quickly see what I imply - the hair on your head falls into pure sections and it's easy to tell which bits belong where.

Now that you've a section, knot it. Pass random items of the hair over one another, as if you have been doing a really bad plait, after which pull the hair tight. It's best to soon feel a clump forming at the backside, which is your dread. Hold going for as long as you may be bothered (you can at all times minimize off the un-dreaded, wispy elements later in case you like), ensuring to not be too common in the pieces you select to pass over each other. I like to use all of my fingers in this process, each holding a random chunk of hair from the section, and I attempt to pass them all via one another at once. If it feels such as you're making a large number of it, you're winning.

Once you've got completed that part, move onto the following, and hold going till they're all done. This can make your hands ache, so don't worry about making an attempt to do the lot all in one go unless you have an vital business meeting to get to or some such. Two or three dreads a session is plenty.

Some of the thinner, shorter hairs around the back and sides won't need to dread correctly - if that is the case then my advice is to ignore them, because even in case you do get them into a dread then they will soon just fall out again.

After following the above technique you'll have a head of irregular, partial dreadlocks. Over the next few days, weeks or month they will turn into fuzzier and develop harder cores. At this level they are going to begin to appear to be proper dreads and you can finally leave your house truck, tipi, tree-house or skip and meet people again. Hooray!