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How to Start Dreads with Gel

Learn how to start dreads with gel in this Howcast hair video about dreadlocks.


So I'm going to demonstrate how to start your dreads with gel. I'm going to be using a lock and twist gel, but I'm going to show you a method of using your finger, to actually pronounce the coils in the curls in your hair. And it's a great way to get your dreads started, and also to give you an idea of what your hair will look like when it's all dreaded up.

So I'm first going to take a little gel and I want to use enough to saturate the lock of hair that I'm about to twist. I want the product to be able to go all the way through and be able to feel it smoothing out, as I go from roots to end. I'm going to do one comb through. I'm using the wide-toothed end of the comb on this all-purpose comb. And then I pinch it at the root and then let it wrap around my finger, using my finger like a roller.

And then I get it in between my thumb and then, as I'm coiling it with my finger, I'm tightening and using and increasing the tension with my thumb, but I'm letting the hair wrap all the way around my finger. The difference between this, and say a comb twist, is you can see the root itself, it doesn't get as tight. It stays a little fuller and it's easier to just kind of pinch and twist as you go, so your sections are going to be a lot more free-formed, a lot more natural.

You still want clean sections, because you don't want strands of hair going into the other lock of hair. I'm just going to wrap this around my finger and tighten the tension with my thumb, using my finger as a roller, and I'm mostly concentrating on the length of hair to twist itself and there you have it. You continue this all the way up the head and there you have starting your dreads with gel.

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