How Do You Dread Hair?

To dread hair, separate it into 1-inch squares, secure them with elastic bands, backcomb the sections from the roots to the tips, bind the ends with hair elastics, and coat each dreadlock in petroleum-free dreadlock wax. This two-hour procedure requires a dreadlock comb, tiny hair elastics and dreadlock wax.

  1. Prepare the hair

    Comb clean, dry hair, and separate it into 1-inch square sections. Secure each one with a tiny rubber band placed close to the scalp.

  2. Backcomb the hair

    Pick up a section of hair along the forehead, and remove its elastic band. Pull the hair tight with one hand, and backcomb it with a dreadlock comb. Start at the roots, and work toward the tip of the section as mats begin to form. Secure the end of the dreadlock with a hair elastic, then place one around the roots. Repeat this process with the rest of the hair.

  3. Apply dreadlock wax

    Rub a small amount of dreadlock wax between your fingertips, and apply it along the entire length of each dreadlock.

  4. Remove the elastic bands

    Leave the elastic bands on your dreadlocks until they tighten and lock up. This usually takes about two weeks. Once your dreadlocks are tight and secure, remove both elastics.