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How to Use Rubber Bands on Dreads

Learn how to use rubber bands on dreads in this Howcast hair video about dreadlocks.


Today I'm going to show you how to use rubber bands on dreads. The first thing you have to determine is if the rubber band method is suitable for the dreadlocks in question. I'm looking at Francesca's locks and right here, because she has kind of fine hair, but beautiful long locks, she's also getting a little splitting on the tips which happens naturally. It's strong enough, it's not too weak but it can be a little bit stronger. So I'm going to use the rubber band method just to give her a little bit more strength and to help it lock a little faster.

The first thing I'm going to do is take a small rubber band and pick up the lock that I actually want to strengthen and to speed the locking process up, I'm going to just do three or four revolutions of twisting it and turning it and getting the rubber band on there, because you don't want the band too tight. You need a little room at the root, because that's what helps the hair lock up and get tighter on it's own. You don't want to rush the actual process close to the scalp, but you do want to help it lock a little tighter as it gets a little longer.

We're going to leave this rubber band about right here, just as it's coming out of the root and into the lock. I'm going to take some of my twist and lock gel. I'm going to smooth down the lock and just kind of give it a twist and palm roll. Not too tightly, because I don't want to add anymore tension here to the top, but I do want to smooth the dread out, so that the dread itself can be a little stronger.

Once I get down to the ends and I see where she's getting this nice natural split here, I'm going to add a little bit more product. Then I'm going to tie off her ends with the rubber band also. To blend these two pieces together, I'm going to open this side just a little bit more. Not too much and I don't need to comb it because it doesn't have to be perfect, because you want it to mat into the lock. But I do want to open it up, so it can spread and blend and then I'll add the rubber band.

I'm going to use the same amount of revolutions that I did at the top, because again, it doesn't have to be tight. Dreadlocks, they lock on their own and something like this will just kind of assist in locking, but it's not going to force it to lock. It will just assist in the process. A little more palm rolling.

These rubber bands can stay on for about two weeks to a month, unless you want the rubber band to lock into the dread itself. I would highly recommend that even as you put them on, be certain that you know where you put your rubber bands, so that way you can cut them out or take them off. That is how you use rubber bands on dreadlocks.

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