How to Fix a Broken Dreadlock

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How to Fix a Broken Dreadlock
Fix a Broken Dreadlock

A dreadlock can wind up breaking for several reasons. Your dreadlock may have a weak spot that became weaker as your hair continued to grow, or you may have started your locks in extremely thin sections that could not support the weight of your hair as it grew. If a dreadlock breaks off it's good to know how to fix it to avoid a dreadful look.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Recover the broken dreadlock immediately. This gives you the chance to fix a broken dreadlock right away.

  2. 2

    Purchase a needle and thread to fix the broken dreadlock. Choose a thick, sturdy thread that matches your hair color, and a felting needle to help you push through dreadlocks that may be airtight.

  3. 3

    Sew the dreadlock back into place. Line the broken dreadlock up with the remaining lock and begin weaving the needle in and out of the lock very carefully.

  4. 4

    Tie the end of the thread with a knot close to the dreadlock and snip off the remaining thread to complete the fix.

Tips and warnings

  • Avoid panicking. It isn't hard to fix a broken dreadlock; all it takes is a needle and some thread.
  • Keep long, loose dreadlocks pulled back from time to time since longer dreadlocks can get caught and rip off.
  • Prevention is the key to keep your dreadlocks from breaking. Keep them well moisturized and conditioned, and join thin dreadlocks together to give them more thickness and support.
  • Avoid over twisting dreadlocks. This can make them to thin and create weak spots which lead to breakage. Dry, brittle locks can result in a broken dreadlock as well.

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