A crochet hook can be very useful for both starting dreads and maintaining them. It features a hook on the end so that you can insert it into the dread without resistance, but upon removal it grabs and pulls hairs with it. This pulls hairs more tightly into the dread. It should be inserted into the dread through the side with a slight angle toward your head. Then use short, rapid “jabbing” motions to pull the hair in and tangle it up. If you decide to use one you must be sure to be gentle with it or it can lead to hair breakage. If you do it right you should have no problem as long as your hair isn’t too brittle and weak. This method, I think, is the most beneficial of any because of how tight you can make your dreads with it, giving you a head start in the maturing process. Anyhow, here are some of the best crochet hooks for dreads that I’ve found.
These crochet hooks are made with dreading in mind. They have a nice plastic handle that allows you to hold onto the hook without it constantly sliding out of place. They also come with a cover to keep them protected. You have a lot of choices here with the sizes 0.5mm, 0.6mm, 0.75mm, 0.9mm, 1.0mm, 1.25mm, 1.5mm, and 1.75mm. So find what works best for you. I would recommend getting somewhere between a 0.75mm – 0.5mm. If you go too large you will not be able to tighten the dread as much. I use a 0.6mm the most because it is still tiny enough to slip inside dreads and tighten them without making a big hole upon insertion (which is counterproductive), and it is able to grab more hair than the smaller 0.5mm head.
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The lock sculpta is one of the best crochet hooks you can get for dreading. One of its most important features is the hook. Its hook is molded to a round shape, instead of the metal being folded over to create the hook. What this means is that when it grabs your hair it does not stress it as much because of the smooth rounded inner side of the hook. It does not say the size of the hook but by comparison I would say it is about 0.5mm which works great. Its small enough that it can fit into the dread without making a big opening, allowing you to really tighten the hair up. The bamboo handle is also a plus. Although its not a crucial characteristic it does help you hold it better with its three grooves for your fingers. I personally own this crochet hook and it works great, however as I stated above above, I prefer using a 0.6mm as it just works better for me.
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