The Objects below are tools
you may want to think about
Good Wax is the start to healthy dreads. I have used several waxes, and a lot of them have petroleum which make them wet and sticky. Knotty Boy Dread Wax is petroleum free and really is the best wax I've used. After you buy some from Hot Topic or the Knotty Boy web site, just remember to come back here.
Orthodontic rubber bands are great for dreads that have started to develop
but just need a little more help, plus they are always free. Just go
to your local orthodontist and ask those nice women at the front desk
if you can get a little bag of rubber bands. Mine are tan but if your
into rainbows and flowers, I'm sure you can get them in nifty colors.
Also, I recommend not using too many of these little guys, and only
use when starting. Take them out when your dreads start to tighten.
Now your ready for beads.
Stuff you may need:
Cap or Tam
This is the Deal with "Quick-Fix dreads". Think about it like this, when you follow the directions that most wax companies give you, what are they really telling you to do? The say take a finger's width of hair and back-comb it with a flea comb so your hair gets knotty and starts to turn into a dread. Most of the people with thin straight hair, like myself, who need wax, will not really have a large number of dreads and once they tighten, it looks ever worse. I have some good tips for those of us who want full thick dreads and weren't born with thick curly hair.
1. Load up your hands with some wax.
2. With a good amount of wax on both hands rub palms all over your hair.
3. Once you have rubbed in all the wax very well and your hair is frizzed and crazy, you want to hop into the shower.
4. While your in the shower continue to rub your hair with palms. Make sure to get your hair wet with hot water. This will help the wax to disperse into your hair. Do not use shampoo.
5. Once out of the shower, towel dry vigorously, getting your hair tangled thoroughly.
6. Put on a tam or loose fitting cap and let your hair dry. If you don't have either of these, just use a towel.
Repeat these steps every few days (more often is better) and do not
shampoo your hair. Don't worry you will be able to shampoo soon. For
the next few days pay attention to your hair, looking for the start
of dreadlocks(areas of tangled hair).Shampoo usually tends to undread
and untangle hair, try not to use it for a few days..
When you find a knotty patch of hair that has potential to turn into a fat dread you should help it along the way. A lot of people, when they find these patches, put rubber bands around the roots of the area. It worked for me.
1. Put a rubber band around the roots of the tangled hair patch.
2. Get out your wax and load up your hands just like before.
3. Take the patch of hair and roll in between your hands. Make sure your hair is rolling between your palms and not just sliding back and forth(common mistake).
4. Once wax is worked in, repeat the first set of steps to the rest of your hair.
you have a few tangled areas in your hair your dreads will begin to
develop much faster. Dreads feed off each other in a way. They help
each other grow.
Keep doing these steps, and in a few days you will start to see your dreads coming in nicely.
you may need:
If you are going to graph out your dreadlocks before you start, do it now and get ready for the first step of dreading your hair.
Tip: When holding the tips use a slightly gentle grip. You want to allow the comb to pull out some of the hairs you are holding between your fingers.
Tip: You can start dreadlocks in random areas on your head. This helps to keep your dreadlocks looking more ununiform and natural. If you are giving yourself dreads without the help of anyone else, this also allows you to just do a few everyday without looking strange. You don't want one side of your head locked up and the other side undreaded, do ya?
When backcombing make sure to always insert your comb about 3-5 inches
from the dreadlock you are working with. You want to be sure that you
are not taking too much hair at one time. As you do more dreadlocks
you will find the right distance to start each stroke.