How to Put Hair Wraps & Beads on Dreads

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How to Put Hair Wraps & Beads on Dreads
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While sporting dreadlocks can give you a rough and edgy look, a lot of people wonder how a single hairstyle can seem so exciting. Sure, you can get a few compliments during the first few days you had your dreads on, but over time, people will look at it as something normal and uninteresting. If you want to add style and colour to your dreads, the best way to do it is to add hair wraps and beads. This will not only make your dreadlocks look more stylish, but will allow you to have fun in the process.

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Cotton thread
  • Heavy-gauge mending needle
  • Bead loop
  • Assorted beads
  • Small hair elastic band

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    Hair Wraps on Dreads

  1. 1

    Measure and cut your thread to about six times the length of the area that needs to be wrapped plus an inch for overlap. Use measuring tape and scissors. Thread an inch through the heavy-gauge needle’s eye.

  2. 2

    Slide your needle through the dreadlock that you wish to wrap. Remove your needle while leaving an inch of thread on one side of the dreadlock. Leave the remaining thread on the opposite side.

  3. 3

    Place the short piece of thread against the dreadlock right in between your thumb and forefinger. Wrap the long thread around the dreadlock twice in order to secure the loose end.

  4. 4

    Wrap the remainder of your thread around the dreadlock while pulling it tightly and lining each rotation right below the last.

  5. 5

    Secure your wrap by making two knots using the two final rotations. Trim the excess using a pair of scissors.

    Beads on Dreads

  1. 1

    Fold the beading loop in half as you grasp the loose ends in between your thumb and forefinger. Get your beads and slide them over the loop while leaving just enough room at the end to accommodate the dreadlock.

  2. 2

    Slide the dreadlock right into the looped end of your beading tool and position it at your desired part of the dreadlock.

  3. 3

    Hold the ends of your beading tool firmly in between your thumb and forefinger of one hand, and push the beads from the bottom part of the tool onto your dreadlock as you pull away the tool from it.

  4. 4

    Use a small hair elastic band to secure the beads in place.

  5. 5

    Repeat the steps as much as desired.

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