Girl with lox

This site is about “straight” hair, or Caucasian hair. Type 1 or 2, yours may be curly but soft and non-kinky. That is still going to be the type hair we’re talking about. So the discussion of these methods pertains to this type of hair. Kinky/ black/African American/ 4A, 4B, 4C hair might react differently. (My hair is 2B)

You may have heard that this method or that method is “the” only way to have dreadlocks installed. Keep in mind that if you have straight hair, the rules may not apply to you. Straight hair usually does best if it is locked either by the freeform, twist and rip, or backcombing method. Here’s a quick rundown of how those work.

Twist and Rip Dreadlocks

To twist and rip, you need a lot of small rubber bands. Section your hair carefully into 1″ x 1″ sections. Starting with one section, divide the section in two equal parts, holding one in each hand. Twist together, then pull them apart in the opposite direction. Keep repeating this process — twist, rip, twist, rip and the knots should occur down the length of the dread.

-work all the way to the end

-be careful that you work only with the hairs in that section (check scalp frequently)

Here’s an example – he actually starts doing it at 1:17

Free-form Dreadlocks

Free-form deadlocks are also called the no maintenance method. You can wash your hair but  let it do its thing without brushing or adding any products. Eventually, your hair will begin to lock up. This is a slower method but a natural method of creating dreadlocks. Many people enjoy the quirky lumps, bumps, and twists that form doing this method.

OK this guy needs his shirt on, and he talked needlessly for over 8 minutes. But I saved you from that. 😉 Starts at 8:19

Back Combing to Create Dreadlocks

IF you like a tight, smooth appearance this may be for you. For back combing, once again divide your hair into 1″ x 1″ sections. You can rubber band each one at first, but as you work on each one remove its rubber band. Most people start in the very back and on the bottom row. Using a teasing comb, comb the hair toward your scalp working on about 1/2 inch at a time. Comb vigorously! Once the entire lock is back-combed  put a rubber band on the tip and a new one on the root. Palm roll vigorously up and down the  lock, pr better yet follow it up with crochet. By doing the crochet on top of the back combing  the result looks better right from the beginning. It’s tight and shaped correctly, giving a much neater appearance right off the bat.

The video below gives a good example of the back combing method, however he prefers a different comb than I do. This is the one I prefer (affiliate link, click to visit site)

Here’s how to back comb:

I also like this video because she shows just how hard and long  you have to keep back combing.  She talks – talks – talks so I’m starting the video at the 6:30 mark. I’m starting to wonder if having dreadlocks makes you loquacious. 

Crochet Method

The crochet method isn’t really a method, by itself. Instead  you have to first form the dreads using one of the above methods (Twist and Rip, Neglect/Freeform, or Backcomb) then use a crochet hook to further enhance your lox. You don’t really crochet it to death. Rather, you want to sort of pull the hair inward or around the lock, making it a little smaller, tighter, and neater than it was before. Depending on your tightness in the first step, the crochet method might not make it “tight” but just a little closer to tight. A little less likely to unravel.