How to get dreads like Whoopi Goldberg

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How to get dreads like Whoopi Goldberg
Whoopi's dreads style is based around a traditional mid-length bob. (Brad Barket/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

Aside from her trademark drawl and sharp wit, Whoopi Goldberg is perhaps is best known for her distinctive hair. As a younger woman, Whoopi wore braids but as she’s grown older, she’s favoured the dreadlock look. Whoopi has experimented with different cuts, but her dreads have always been of a moderate thickness and relatively smooth texture. You can get Whoopi’s look for yourself, regardless of hair type or colour. Once you’ve styled your hair and created the dreads, you’ll have an iconic, low-maintenance look.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Conditioner-free shampoo
  • Pre-dreading soap
  • Hair dryer
  • Fine-toothed comb
  • Hair bands
  • Dreadlock wax

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    Get your hair cut into a bob. It’s always best to let a professional cut your hair. To get the Whoopi Goldberg look, ask for a bob and explain to the stylist that you want it to end approximately level, or just below the jawline. Whoopi’s dreads, as of July 2013, fall just above her jawline as a bob, but remember that dreading shortens the hair by approximately one inch, so ensure that you’ve sufficient length to allow for this shortening.

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    Wash your hair with conditioner-free shampoo. In order to prepare your hair for dreading, it needs to be dry and oil-free.

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    Blowdry your hair, preferably with your head upside down so your hair hangs low. This adds volume.

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    Section your hair into approximately 30 rows using a fine-toothed comb and hair bands. If necessary, have a friend assist you. Whoopi’s dreads are moderately thick, but still narrow enough that they fall and bounce freely around her face. Sectioning too much hair will result in a thick, immobile dread that is prone to sitting static. Sectioning too little will result in thin dreads that lack body and appear more like braids.

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    Back-comb each section to create a tangle. For the desired texture, pinch the section of hair as close to your scalp as possible to prevent pulling, then comb from the tip of the hair towards the head.

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    Roll the back-combed section between your palms. It might be easier to get a friend to do this for the sections at the back.

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    Apply the dreadlock wax. This is a thick, sticky resin-based product that effectively glues the section of hair together. Once the wax is set, the hair will be bound into distinct sections. The dreads may at first appear a little shiny and slick, but once the wax dries and your hair grows, the dreads will take on that distinctive dreadlocked look.

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