How to Make Dreadlocks

So you want to be a dreadhead. Start forming those ropelike strands of hair today with these easy instructions.

You will need

  • Residue-free shampoo
  • Rubber bands
  • Dreadlock accelerator
  • Teasing comb
  • Dread wax
  • Blow dryer
  • Friend (optional)
  • Patience (optional)

Step 1 Wash your hair Wash your hair with a shampoo marked “residue-free” and let it air dry.

Step 2 Section it Using rubber bands, secure your hair into 1- by 1-inch square sections at the root. When you’re finished, spray them with dreadlock accelerator; it helps your dreads set faster, especially if you have straight hair.

Step 3 Back-comb it Starting in the back, take one section at a time, remove the rubber band, and back-comb the hair toward your scalp, a half-inch at a time.

Step 4 Secure it Once each section is back-combed, wrap one rubber band at the scalp and one at the tip.

Step 5 Wax it Rub a pea-size amount of dread wax on each section and roll it vigorously between your palms for at least 30 seconds. When all the sections are done, blow-dry them on hot to melt the wax into the hair.

Step 6 Maintain To lock in your new do, palm-roll each dreadlock 15 seconds every day, and wash them every three days with residue-free shampoo. Whenever the locks feel dry, work a tiny bit of dread wax into them to tame fly-away hairs. Refrain from removing the rubber bands until the dreads are completely set, about three months. Enjoy your new hairstyle!