How to Make Dreads Using a Comb & Crochet Hook

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How to Make Dreads Using a Comb & Crochet Hook
Use a crochet hook to keep your dreads neat. (yarn and crochet needles image by Kathy Burns from Fotolia.com)

Back-combing and crocheting creates an immediately tight, mature-looking dread without waiting or the use of products. The normal process of dreading requires backcombing and palm-rolling to produce a frizzy, loose dread. This type of dread is left unwashed for at least a week to allow the hair to naturally begin matting and tightening. It takes at least a month or more for this type of dread to become tight, and many people use wax to seal down loose hairs. The process of crocheting pulls loose hairs into the centre of the dread, creating a smooth, compact dread in one day.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Comb
  • 1.0-mm crochet hook or smaller

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Separate a square section of hair. The size of the section depends on the preference of the wearer. Larger sections of hair will be more difficult to pierce, and the extra force causes breakage.

  2. 2

    Place a comb approximately 1 to 2 inches from the root of the hair, then backcomb toward the scalp. Continue backcombing until you have created a tight knot of hair.

  3. 3

    Pinch the knot of hair with the thumb and forefinger of the nondominant hand.

  4. 4

    Hold the crochet needle in the other hand with the hook facing your thumb.

  5. 5

    Insert the crochet needle through the knot of hair at a slight downward angle.

  6. 6

    Lift the crochet needle to a 90-degree angle with the hair and pull back through.

  7. 7

    Repeat this movement in rapid succession. Pull loose hairs from one side of the immature dread into the centre. Begin to fill the dread tighten beneath your fingers.

  8. 8

    Twist the dread as you work until the entire surface of the dread becomes smooth.

  9. 9

    Work down the knot of hair until all of the loose hairs have been incorporated into the dread.

  10. 10

    Repeat steps 2 through 9 along the length of the hair, always working in 1- to 2-inch sections.

Tips and warnings

  • The act of crocheting dreads causes hair to break within the dread. Proper technique and practice minimises damage. But many dread wearers recommend limiting crochet as part of your regular maintenance routine.

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