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How to Get Dreads with the Twist & Pin Method

Learn how to get dreads with the twist and pin method in this Howcast hair video about dreadlocks.


So today I'm going to demonstrate how to do the twist and pin method, and the twist and pin method, let me start by saying is one of the most common ways to touch up your dreads, to make the roots look nice, and to keep them in one continuous shape and size. So I'm going to put just a little on the back of my hand, so I can reach for it a lot quicker, and this is just some twisting gel. There are a lot of them on the market and it really depends on your texture and the weight and the length of your hair, as to which one you might choose.

I'm going to use one that's been working for Ayesaha, our model here. And you just take the same partings that your dreads are already in. I'm starting right here at the front, right above her ear. I like to start in an area where I can continue to stack them, because as I go and start twisting, I'm going to have to pin them down to make sure they stay tight. So I want to start in an area, whereas to once I start pinning, I don't have to interrupt that pin to get to the next one. And you'll see what I mean as we start and go through.

So I'm going to start here at her root and with twisting it is very subjective. Some people like to twist their dreads to where they are super neat, the parts are very clean. They don't want any hair poking out, no frizziness whatsoever. And others are like mostly they just want to twist to keep the shape, and they don't want their roots to get too full of new growth, before they twist. So with Ayesha I'm going in between. I'm twisting her tight enough to where you can see her parts, but not so tight as to where they're going to be super neat.

Because one thing with twisting and pinning, after you twist it and you pin it, you go under a dryer. It'll stay nice, smooth and flat if I just twist it and pin it as I've done right here. And if she just lets it air dry by itself, then they will puff up a little bit. Sometimes she'll get a little bit fuller look. So for Ayesha when she does it at home, she twists it, she pins it, and she just leaves it to air dry. So that's how she gets this nice, full look that she has. And as you can see as I work my way up, as I clip the next pin, I don't have to interrupt the pin that I just put in.

So I'm getting a nice, tight grip on her roots, but I'm not twisting it so tight that you see little hair bumps coming up. Sometimes that happens. And this is usually the time, when you're doing your twist and pin method, that you break the two apart if there's two dread merging together or as they call that congoing. You can rip them apart to keep them two individual dreads if you don't want them to congo into one. And when I pin it, I like to pin it right where the new growth meets the dread. And since this is a small I can either blend this one in with another dread or I'm just going to crisscross this one on top and then just pin that one on top there. I'm just going to continue and finish out her hairline and that's how you do the twist and pin method.

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