How to start dreads

You will need:Dread WaxResidue Free ShampooMetal CombRubberbands

I recommend the DreadHead Supa Dupa Dread Kit: It has everything you need and they guarantee your hair will dread.

  1. Wash your hair with a residue free shampoo and let it air dry.
  2. Section your hair into sections that are 1 inch by 1 inch. You can use rubberbands to hold the sections while you section the rest of your hair.
  3. Start in the back of your head, remove the rubberbands and start teasing the hair towards your scalp. Only backcomb about a half inch of hair at a time, this will keep your dreads from forming loops.
  4. Once you have finished backcombing the that section of hair, put a rubberband on the tip and one on the root. Add about an M&M’s worth of wax to the dreadlock and palm roll it.
  5. Do this to all the sections of hair.

Twist and Rip

You will need:Dread WaxResidue Free ShampooRubberbands

I recommend the DreadHead Wax and Shampoo.

  1. Section your hair into sections that are 1 inch by 1 inch. You can use rubberbands to hold the sections while you section the rest of your hair.
  2. When you’re washing your hair rub your head in a clockwise motion.
  3. Once you get out of the shower and your hair is dry pull your hair apart in the sections where the rubberbands are.
  4. After you have pulled apart the sections add a M&M’s worth of wax to each dread and palm roll.

Twist and Pin

You will need:Dread WaxResidue Free ShampooRubberbands

I recommend the DreadHead Wax and Shampoo.

  1. Wash your hair with a residue free shampoo and let it air dry.
  2. Section your hair into sections that are 1 inch by 1 inch. You can use clips to hold the sections while you section the rest of your hair.
  3. After you have sectioned off all of your hair, take one section down at a time and twist it, then put some wax on the twist and keep twisting until it the twist is twisting down into a ball on your head,


You will need:Dread WaxResidue Free ShampooRubberbands

I recommend the DreadHead Wax and Shampoo.

  1. Wash your hair with a residue free shampoo and let it air dry.
  2. Section your hair into sections that are 1 inch by 1 inch. You can use rubberbands to hold the sections while you section the rest of your hair.
  3. Once you have sectioned off all of your hair, take one section at a time and twist it back and forth between your fingers, then put some wax on the twist and keep twisting it. The more you twist the hair back and forth the faster the dreads will form and lock up.

Brush Rubbing

You will need:A soft bristle brush

Dread Wax

Residue Free ShampooRubberbands

The Cultural Significance of Dreadlocks

cultural significance of dreadlocksSeveral different cultures have commonly worn locs. In some cultures, locs are an expression of religious beliefs. In other cultures, dreadlocks are a representation of ethnic pride or simply fashionable.

Several different African ethnic groups wear dreadlocks. Although, the significance could change from group to group.

The Maasai warriors are easily recognized by their long, red, thin dreadlocks. Some people, familiar with the thin dreads worn by Maasai warriors, will dye their hair with red ochre or root extracts to get the desired look.

Maasai WarriorThis Maasai Warrior has very long, thin, red dreadlocks. Kenya and Tanzania have significant populations of Maasai people.

In different cultures, Shamans wear dreadlocks. These are the women or men that claim to speak and serve deities and spirits.

Children in Nigeria-born with naturally locked hair are called Dada. Priests in Yoruba also wear the dreadlocks. Turkana people of Kenya and the Akomofoo priests wear their hair in locs.

Dreadlock styles were adopted by the Rastafarians, with roots that date back to when slaves were traded in Jamaica.

The Rastafari dreadlocks symbolize the Lion of Judah, many times located in the center of the Ethiopian flag.

The Rastafari believe the Haile Selassie are direct descendants of King Solomon and Queen of Sheba by way of their son Menelik.

Some people think that Nazarites of the Bible inspired the dreadlocks that Rastafarians wear.

The Revival of Dreadlocks

Revival of the DreadlocksOnce reggae music was widely accepted in the 1970s, dreadlocks or dreads became a modern fashion statement.

This newly fashionable hairstyle was being worn by musicians, athletes, actors, rappers. People began wearing dreadlocks more for style than cultural or religious reasons.

reggae musicYoung Rasta man playing the drum

When the Rasta style gained in popularity, beauty and fashion industries jumped on the bandwagon. These industries were hoping to capitalize financially.

Suddenly new lines of hair care products were developed for use in salons. Many of these salons catered almost only to white clientele.

These upscale salons offered their customers a variety of hair care products for dreadlocks. These products range from shampoo, wax, and jewelry.

The hair stylists, working at these salons, started creating a variety of different modified or artificial locs, including extensions, multi-colored synthetic locs, and dread perms that utilized certain chemicals to treat the hair.

Christian Dior Rasta Inspired LineThe pictured handbag is from the Christian Dior Rasta-inspired clothing line.

Models began wearing dreadlocks and appeared in numerous fashion shows. Stores began promoting Rasta clothing that had a unique Jamaican look.

Brands like Christian Dior designed a Rasta-inspired line. It was worn at many fashion shows by models sporting their new dreadlocks.

Dreadlocks gained popularity in the West among the Hippies, (1990 to today). Locs were also popular with New Age Travelers, Crust Punks, Goths, and members of the Rainbow Family.

People from these unique cultures wore dreadlocks for very similar reasons, mass-merchandising, rejection of their government, or just to fit in with a crowd.

Different members of the cyber-goth culture wore artificial dreadlocks made of fiber, plastic, or synthetic hair. These locs, often referred to as faux locs, are still very popular.

During the late 1990s and the early 2000s, dreadlocks became a popular trend down in southern states, like Louisiana and Alabama.

Different elements were incorporated in the hairstyles like flat-twists, where sections of the hair are rolled barreled to look like cornrows, or simply braiding the dreadlocks.

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Different examples of these variations included the flat-twisted Mohawk style, flat-twisted half-back style, braid-outs, and braided buns.

People who wanted to share ideas about their unique hairstyle hit the internet via video blogs, social media, forums, and YouTube. Some people even started new beauty blogs dedicated to sharing their dreadlock journey.

These people were able to share styling tips, create tutorials for braiding the hair, and show pictures of their hair.

Recommended Products

dreadlocks todayDreadlock Shampoos & Soap: Dreadlocks are a common hairstyle in the natural hair community; however, many large hair care product manufacturers aren’t actively developing products for dreadlocks.

As a result, the majority of natural shampoos and soaps on the market today leave behind undesirable fragrances or product build-up in the hair.

To combat this potential issue, we recommend using residue-free soaps and shampoos. These shampoos actively wash in-between hair strands removing most, if not all the residue. Overall, this gives the scalp and the dreadlocks a much cleaner presentation.

Dread Combs: Dread combs have sturdy, metal bristles that are specifically designed for using the backcombing method. Plastic combs, on the other hand, are a poor substitute because the bristles bend or snap while using them.

You could go through several plastic variations to achieve the same results with a single metal dread comb. An investment in a proper dread comb will save you valuable time and money long term.

  • Dread Comb by Dread Head HQ
  • Knotty Boy Professional Metal Dread Comb

Beads: There are many creative ways you can decorate dreads. Beads are one of them. Not only are they stylish, but they’re also inexpensive and easy to put on and take off. It gives your hair an entirely new look without changing the hairstyle. Similar to fitting a ring on your finger, beads are easy to slip right on.

  • Beads Golden Metal Cuffs
  • Mixed Gold and Silver Plated Beads

Tams: Made for keeping dreadlocks in place, tams are crocheted beanies or knitted caps that not only hold a functional purpose, but they’re also cool to wear.

  • Latest assortment of tams, caps, hats & beanies

1. Neat Skinny Ombré Dreadlocks

When it comes to male dreadlocks, you can opt for thinner or thicker locks, bundle them into a ponytail, braid them, or simply let them hang loose. In most cases, the skinny dreads look seems more appealing due to its clean and more manageable nature. If you want to complete the look, you can have a connecting beard. Neat Skinny Ombré Dreadlocks

2. Classic Dreadlocks

The thing about thick dreadlocks is that they don’t need any sort of extra frills. This means that allowing them to hang free with an understated middle part will work wonders for you and not even the new curly growth will be able to spoil them. If you want, you can add a bit of flavor to your dreads with different kinds of adornments and accessories.

Classic Dreadlocks

3. Chic Dreadlocks

One of the unique things about dreadlocks is that they have managed to transcend demographics, cultures and hair types. The fact is that dreadlocks will always differ from person to person. Certain textures will only allow the hair to partially lock, creating a unique dreadlocks hairstyle.

Chic dreadlock hairstyle

4. Short Natural Dreads

Some textures of hair tend to twist and lock more easily and naturally than others. The following is a great example of natural short dreads. With the curl pattern, the dreads appear slightly twisted, framing the face, and providing a more defined jawline.

short natural twist dreadlocks hairstyles

7. Free, Long Dreads on Type 1 Hair

Depending on your hair type, growing dreads may be more of a challenge. As you can see with these dreads, even if you have mostly straight hair, with some effort you can grow dreadlocks or opt for faux locs.

Free, Long Dreads on Type 1 Hair

9 Critical Dreadlock Tips

  1. To make a nice secure twist that will not unravel, be sure to twist each piece of hair tautly around the other by using your fingertips. Attempt to get as many revolutions as possible. Also, ensure that ample holding product is applied as well. Use metal clips to secure the twist at the base.
  2. Twisting on dry hair can cause hairs to snap.
  3. Once you reach the end of the twist and wrap it around your finger to secure the ends. Next, if you are unable to create a coil on the end, try creating a pin swirl with your fingers and secure it with a metal clip.
  4. Using conditioner is taboo when it comes to dreadlocks; however, it is a needed product to help keep the hair strands in their best condition. Also, keep in mind, that the ends of the hair are the oldest and need the most care. Using creamy conditioners in locs, especially starter locs, is not recommended; however, the ends of the hair must be taken care of. Try using a finishing rinse on the ends. This will help keep the oldest part of your hair conditioned. We recommend using Aubrey Organics Green Tea Finishing Rinse.
  5. Never use beeswax or grease (petroleum jelly) on your locks. These ingredients cause buildup and they attract lint and dirt.
  6. When washing your hair, wear a stocking cap- this will help maintain the integrity of your starter locks.
  7. Reduce lint in locs after washing by using a dark colored microfiber towel. This way, the lint will be black or dark colored and not white, which is more visible.
  8. Twisting too tight and/or to frequently can thin or weaken the base of the lock. You will need to experiment to find the right length of time that you are able to go between each retightening session. If you find that you have signs of distressed hair, you will need to evaluate your method and technique that will preserve your delicate tress.
  9. During the teenage/middle stage of your loc journey, where your hair may not be willing to cooperate, tie your hair down at night and/or where an updo whenever possible.

3. What product should I use to twist me hair?

That are a plethora of products used for maintaining locs. Carol’s Daughter has some good products, Jamaican Mango & Lime have popular products as well. The one thing you want to avoid at all cost is beeswax. Beeswax is a huge NO NO. Beeswax doesn’t wash out properly which means it sits in your hair cause residue to collect for lint or dirt or any other particles floating around. Ultimately that residue can cause your locs to smell and trust you don’t want that.

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4. I don’t want to go through that ugly period.

I hear this all the time from people. It is kind of unavoidable. And the truth is everyone has a different experience with the “ugly stage” also known as the budding stage. It’s sort of like a rights of passage, your hair is starting to figure itself out. It’s starting the loc’ing process. Some people have horrible budding stage. While others breeze through those few months. Some go through it for two months and others may go through it for six months. I have a few friends that during their first year of loc’ing it was like their hair could not get it together. But for me my budding stage wasn’t bad. If you really don’t want to show your budding stage invest in wigs and head wraps.

loc growth

9. What is the difference between Sister Locs & Regular locs?

Sisters locs are very very tiny almost resembles unloc’d hair. The process of maintaining them is very expensive and requires someone who is trained in the process of maintaining sister locs. “Regular” locs are much more low maintenance. You can do them yourself or you can go to a salon and have them done.

Martine Bernard's beautiful sisterlocks

Martine Bernard’s beautiful sisterlocs

I hope this helped anyone who is thinking about loc’ing their hair. Your loc journey will be one of patience and learning. You will experiment with your hair, with products and styles. Just like those who don’t have locs, you have to take care of your hair, wash it, keep it hydrated, and growth will come in due time. Be patient and love your hair even when you don’t want to. You will love it in the long run, especially when you get to look back at old pictures from the beginning.

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15 Dreadlock Styles for Men

Dreadlocks are not for all. One may get bullied for this type of hair. So before going for this extreme style think twice. But, if you are determined to adorn your hair with this rebellious style, we are here to guide you to the right path. The following dreadlock styles are the top ones recorded to date. These might be a source of inspiration for you.

#1. High Bun

Get the charm of two different hairstyles together. Tie your deadlocks up and high resembling the shape of a hair bun.

#2. Thick And Long

This style requires a huge amount of time and patience to be accomplished. This is not possible without sheer dedication. So, aim for it if you are that much desperate.

#3. Stunning Dreadlocks

Dreadlocks are dirty, this prejudice will be gone if you see the hairstyle depiocted here. These locks are long and thick but they are so well kept and look amazing that anyone will become a fan of dreadlocks.

#4. Moderate Dreadlocks

It’s not always about heave dreadlocks. One can do this style with a little amount of hair that is turned into dreadlocks moderately. This needs less effort and time to be donned correctly.

#5. Variant of Mohawk

It’s not mandatory to get spikes as mohawk hairstyle, you can add a new dimension to the variants of Mohawk by getting these dreadlocks along with an undercut.

#6. Short & Spiky

Don’t worry if you have comparatively short hair. You can also enhance the beauty by applying a dreadlock hairstyle. Try these short and spiky dreadlocks.

#7. Twisted Dreadlocks

Let’s give a twist to your hairstyle through this twisted dreadlocks for men. Comb the dreadlocks down to the sideways making a twist in the middle.

#8. Captain Jack Sparrow

You can’t just ignore Captain Jack Sparrow while talking about dreadlock hairstyles for men. Capot. Sparrow made it popular since he appeared first in the movie series Pirates of the Carribean.

#9. Ginger Hair Dreadlocks

Don’t worry if you have ginger or colorful hair. Dreadlocks look equally beautiful even on those who have ginger hair.

#10. Well-groomed Dreadlocks

The iodea of typicakl dreadlocks is no more applicable. Dreadlock hairstyles look stunningly good if they are well maintained and well groomed.

#11. Hip Hop

Hip Hop artists are fond of dreadlock hairstyles. The hair of the top is kept medium whereas the sides are shorter. Some dreadlocks on the top increase the spirit of hip-hop music.

#12. Sleek And Beautiful

Dreadlocks can be sleek and beautiful too. All you need to do is wash them regularly and apply hair products if necessary.

#13. Dreadlocks with a Fade

These dreadlocks are faded to awesomeness. The hair from the sides are trimmed closely to the skin making a fade and the top hair are kept in dreadlocks.

#14. Natural Effect

Well! If you try to keep it natural and let it grow as it grows, you will get exposure to natural effect of the dreadlocks. Though these locks look dirty, some people tend to like them.

#15. Medium Dreadlocks

These are one of the most attractive dreadlocks you have ever seen. The length and texture of the hair are so perfect and the hair looks a bit chicer than other dreadlock hairstyles for men. Try these if you are a true fan of dreadlock hairstyles.

Learn How to Start Dreadlocks

There are plenty of reasons why people wear dreadlocks. Many find the hairstyle really cool. Others see it as a form of expression and creativity. There is also a number who are just simply curious about how it feels like. If you want to know how to start dreadlocks, then you’ve come to the right place.

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dreadlock hairstyle for menThere are plenty of reasons why people wear dreadlocks. Many find the hairstyle really cool. Others see it as a form of expression and creativity. There is also a number who are just simply curious about how it feels like. If you want to know how to start dreadlocks, then you’ve come to the right place.

There are no definite means of creating a dreadlock. This is good since you can choose a method that works for you best and allows you to achieve the kind of result you really want.

Perhaps one of the easiest methods of getting the dreadlocks is twisting. To begin, you need to have dreadlocks shampoo, dread wax, and rubber bands. You divide your hair into several sections and start twisting each division until you can have the dreadlock you want. You can keep the twist still by applying the dread wax and tying each section with a rubber band. The dreadlock shampoo ensures the hair still remains clean or well washed.

Backcombing is also very common, but some don’t like it because it’s very time-consuming. You may have to set aside at least half a day to complete it. There are even times when you require additional help. Moreover, this technique should not be used by anyone who is thinking of having a new hairstyle anytime soon. Backcombing produces permanent dreads.

To backcomb, you simply have to divide the hair into square sections. One by one, backcomb. This means getting a small comb and brushing it in one direction, usually going up until the hair starts to look a little frizzy.

For those who are just trying to experiment, you may want to begin with temporary dreads, which are easy to create. Twist your hair until they appear like those usual dreads you see and apply a holding gel. This is to make sure the dreads will last at least the entire day. You can also attach dread extensions.

Significance And History Of Dreadlocks

As a hairstyle, the history of dreadlocks is long and significant. Most commonly associated with the Rastafarian culture in modern times, dreadlocks have been worn dating all the way back to ancient Egypt.

Bob Marley with his dreadlocks hairstyle

Bob Marley with his dreadlocks hairstyle

As a hairstyle, the history of dreadlocks is long and significant. Most commonly associated with the Rastafarian culture in modern times, dreadlocks have been worn dating all the way back to ancient Egypt.

Oddly enough, the historical significance of dreadlocks is basically a religious one that spans many different cultures. The name, dreadlocks, has two possible etymologies. In one possibility, the word is inspired by the dread this hairstyle inspires in those who see warriors wearing such locks. The other option is related to the Rastafarian word for “fears the Lord.”

According to Hindu scriptures, the god, Shiva, and his followers wore a hairstyle called “jaTaa” which means twisted locks of hair. Early Greeks, several Pacific Ocean civilizations, and some monastic groups of various religions have worn hairstyles that formed locks and could be termed dreadlocks.

Some of these groups include monks of the Ethiopian Coptic Church, Judaist Nazarites, Hindu Sadhus, etc. Even early Christians have worn dreadlocks. The first Bishop of Jerusalem, James the Just has been described as wearing them long enough to reach his ankles.

The use of the term dreadlocks to describe this hairstyle is easily traceable back to Jamaica in the 1950s. At that time, the style was adopted by members of the “Young Black Faith”, an early beginning of the Rastafarian movement. Their adoption of the hairstyle was chosen based on Biblical faith and can be traced back to a passage from the book of Numbers.

Dreadlocks may seem to be fairly recent development in terms of hairstyles. The fact is that that could not be further from the truth. Dreadlocks have been worn, though called by different names, since ancient times. Religious ascetics are the most common class of people to wear them as a part of their religious practices. Today, dreads are worn for a variety of reasons. Some are religious. Others are to make a political statement, and still, others are simply because the wearer believes that this style looks good on him/her.


Backcombing is a purely natural way to start your dreads and there won’t be any chemical damage done to it. The process leaves the hair looking instantly like dreadlocks and they shouldn’t take too long to mature, 3 months is about the average time for dreadlocks to settle when they have been done through backcombing.



 Backcombing can be incredibly time consuming, and you should expect it to take a couple of hours at least. It is best to try to convince some friends to assist you in making them or pop down to your local dread salon for some help. It can also be incredibly painful when you first start the backcombing, and it takes a lot of willpower to sit through the long process.


Getting dreadlocks requires a fair amount of commitment, as they need a high amount of maintenance to keep them looking good, and this is especially true in the first few months. However, dreads are addictive and once your have them, you will find it very hard to look back.

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