How to Weave in Synthetic Dreads

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How to Weave in Synthetic Dreads
Synthetic dreadlocks are often very colourful. (Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

If you're looking for a radical hairstyle change, weaving synthetic dreadlocks can be a fun choice. Weaves add volume and colour, and give you a distinctive look. You don't need to go to the hairdresser, because the weaving process can be easily broken down into simple steps. Asking someone to help you is a good idea, as dividing the hair at the back of your head can be tricky.

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Things you need

  • Mirror
  • Synthetic dreadlocks
  • Hair clips
  • Hair brush
  • Small elastic bands

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  1. 1

    Wash your hair thoroughly. This is the last chance to wash your hair before the dreadlocks are added. It is not advised to wash it frequently once they are woven into the hair, so get it as clean as possible. Allow the hair to dry.

  2. 2

    Brush your hair and section it off. Divide the hair into two halves at the back, straight down the middle as if you were making pigtails. Then, clip the upper two-thirds of each half up. You are left with two small sections of hair at the bottom.

  3. 3

    Divide the bottom sections of hair into smaller, finger-sized portions.

  4. 4

    Weave one dread-lock at a time into the hair, starting with the bottom left corner of the hair. First, place a dread-lock through the top of one portion of hair. Push it through the middle of the portion, and out the other side. Pull half the length of the dread-lock through Allow the upper half of the dread-lock to lie flat against the top of your head while you weave the other half into the hair.

  5. 5

    Weave the natural hair around the lower half of the dread-lock. Divide the square of hair into two, and plait it into place with the dread-lock. Essentially, you're creating a braid with the two natural strands of hair and the dread-lock. Do this tightly so the hair is less likely to fall out place.

  6. 6

    Continue to plait the hair and dread-lock into place. When you reach the end of the natural hair, tie it off using an elastic band. Bring the upper half of the dread-lock downward, so it is now next to the half woven into the hair.

  7. 7

    Keep adding synthetic dreadlocks. Work in lines around the base of the head, then bring down the next section of hair. Repeat the process until all the locks are added. Make sure not to leave any gaps of loose hair between each square of hair you section off.

Tips and warnings

  • Wash synthetic dreadlocks by using a specialist spray-in braid shampoo, which can be easily rinsed out.
  • Remove synthetic dreads after three months to avoid them rotting, ruining your hair and causing your roots to dread.
  • Be aware new synthetic dreadlocks can cause an itchy scalp, mild head rash or headaches.
  • Do not wash synthetic dread-lock extensions more than once every one and a half weeks. It might cause your hair to dread more easily at the root, plus your hair needs to produce natural oils to maintain its healthiness.

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