Dreadlocks are a beautiful way of wearing African hair naturally, and there are many ways to style them. The great thing about dreadlocks is that you are able to wear them in a wide variety of hairstyles including buns, Mohawks and up-sweeps.
Be sure to consult a loctician to determine the best dreading method for your hair type. A loctician is a professional hair stylist who is specifically trained to assess, begin, maintain, style, repair and protect dreadlocks throughout your locking journey. Below is a look at some of the common methods of locking African hair today.
Types of Dreadlocks
Comb coils are a beautiful natural style which when left alone can form some great looking dreadlocks. This is usually done by a professional loctician. The hair is neatly parted to the desired size using a small tooth comb and then twisted into sections using a small-toothed comb. Ensure that all coils go in the same direction. The current trend is to use oils and/ or water based products to lubricate the dreads and thereafter clip each one into place before allowing them to dry. While these sections can be very tidy, they tend to unravel more easily than other methods when they get wet.
Palm rolling is another procedure which is typically carried out by a loctician. To begin, the hair is first sectioned and then rolled between the palms using a gel. This method is the most likely to come undone during the beginning stages and is therefore suitable for thicker afro hair. Have your dreadlocks interlocked if palm rolling becomes inconvenient. When you interlock your hair, you get to enjoy a neater appearance that may last longer than palm rolling.
In this method, you begin by installing small box braids and then let them get fuzzed over. You may then palm roll the braids to look like dreadlocks. The subsequent new growth can thereafter be twisted or palm-rolled into actual dreadlocks. Once the new growth has locked, you may cut off your starter braids. This method is great to use on very soft afro hair that is loosely coiled as it makes for an easy way to acquire dreadlocks.
This entails allowing hair to separate and mat as it pleases and is the typical way in which traditional Rastafarians achieve their dreadlocks. When you leave your hair uncombed over a period of several weeks, it will lock on its own. In this method, all you do is wash your hair, shake it and leave it, for the sections to form on their own, without any control or manipulation. As your hair grows, you may separate the dreadlocks into smaller sections, or just leave them to grow into large dreadlocks as desired.
In this method, sectioned hair is twisted around using beeswax, a gel or just plain oil and water. Groups of new twists are then pinned together to prevent them from unraveling.
A highly skilled loctician will be aware of this method for locking hair, which involves precision parting grids to form four hundred easily styled dreadlocks. You will require a specialized tool to place the hair strands into a locking formation that is tight. Sisterlocks don’t require the use of any gels or waxes when locking hair.
This method works just as the name suggests – 2 strands of hair are twisted together and kept twisted until they start to lock. Many people use a gel to get this process going. They then twirl the hair at the end around a finger to curl or coil it up.