My personal favorite and what I have found to be the best way to make dreadlocks is a combination of the backcombing and crocheting method. I have tried all the methods of dreading listed and this is what works best for me.
How Do I Do This?
I start out with the backcombing method. Here I hold the sectioned hair by the tip and comb in short strokes toward the scalp. I start out nearest the scalp and work my way out to the end of the dread as hair begins to tangle and clump up. After backcombing the entire section of hair very slightly twist the new dread and repeat just to make sure I didn’t miss anything.
The backcombing method is a great start and really gets your hair to tangle up. But… the new dreads are still extremely loose at this point and can fall apart easily, even with rubber bands and wax. How do I know? Because I started out my dreading with backcombing, wax, and rubber bands and it did not work out.
After you have this backcombed new dread there is still a lot of progress to be made. Crocheting gives your dreads a huge boost in the maturing process. To crochet you very slightly twist the dread, then insert the crochet hook into the dread through the side with a slight angle toward your scalp. Then you pull the hook out. Due to the curved hook end of this tool it will insert into the dread with no resistance, but upon removal the hook will grab hairs and pull. You want to make short strokes in and out of the dread, a jabbing motion. These small pulling motions will pull hair into the dread and compact it. The ability of this method to compact the tangled hairs is what is so important, it really makes the dreads lock up.
Now I know there is a lot of negativity associated with the crocheting method. However, just be gentle. If you are breaking hair, which you can hear it break, then you are being too rough with the motion. Keep your hair healthy and be gentle and this method works greatly.
I stayed away from this method for over the first year of dreading because of the horror stories of dreads breaking and falling out. Then I decided to try it. It works great for me so I do not think you should exclude this method.
The outcome of these methods combined is a nice dread that is already pretty far along on the maturing process. The backcombing gets a mass of tangles ready and then the crocheting pulls them together, compacting the dread. If you do this right you will not even need to put in rubber bands. The dread will hold together on its own. In fact I have never used rubber bands after doing this and I have seen the best results by far.
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