How to Make Dreadlocks Using Kinky Bulk Hair

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How to Make Dreadlocks Using Kinky Bulk Hair
Bulk hair can be dreadlocked using simple tools. (plastic coloured comb teeth image by Warren Millar from Fotolia.com)

Wearing hair in dreadlocks is a fashionable, versatile look. The dense, twisted coils can be styled and worn in a number of ways. Natural hair can be rolled and twisted into dreadlocks or you can use extensions, weaves and wigs of artificial hair to change up your style. Bulk, artificial hair can be used to create individual dreads which can be added separately to hair for volume, colour or length, or the dreadlocks can be sewn together to make larger hair pieces.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Fine-tooth comb
  • Hair dryer
  • Bulk hair
  • Anchoring for holding the hair in place, such as a kitchen chair, clothes hanger, door knob or even looping around your toe works well

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Select a piece of bulk hair that is about 1 inch in thickness.

  2. 2

    Loop the hair in half around your anchor to hold it in place. This can be done using whatever secure anchor device you have on hand. A kitchen chair leg works well as does a thin, wire hanger.

  3. 3

    Backcomb the hair toward the anchor using your fine-tooth comb. Start near the "root" of the hair or the area closest to the anchor and work your way back towards the tip.

  4. 4

    Tease or backcomb the entire length of the hair so that you have a dense, fully-matted mass of hair.

  5. 5

    Handroll the fluffy lock to form the coil shape. Do this by rolling the hair back and forth between your palms. This will compress and shape the hair into a tightly packed lock.

  6. 6

    Turn your hair dryer on to high heat and move the dryer along the length of the dread. This will lock the shape of the dreadlock into place. Allow at least 10 seconds for each pass of the hair and perform at least three passes across all surface of the coil.

  7. 7

    Release your finished dread from its anchor. You now have one finished individual dreadlock that can be directly applied to hair as is using the loop or can be sewn to a track to create a larger extension piece.

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