How to Retwist Dreads Yourself

Updated February 21, 2017

Dreadlocking is a hair style that involves twisting small pieces of hair until they begin to lock or fuse together and form what is known as a dreadlock. This style is most commonly used by people with thick or curly hair, as this texture lends itself to becoming locked more easily, but you can use the method with any hair type. Retwist your dreadlocks every few weeks to keep them locked tight and to incorporate any new hair.

Separate a handful of dreadlocks and clip back the others with hair clips so they don't get in the way.

Apply a pea-sized drop of gel to the bottom of a dreadlock and massage it into the hair.

Twist the dreadlock counter-clockwise for about 15 seconds or until it's tightened and there's no loose hair. Repeat this process with every dreadlock you've separated.

Bundle the twisted dreadlocks and place a rubber band or hair tie around them to mark them as completed. Repeat this process until you twist each section.

Remove the hair bands and dry the hair with a blow dryer to set the gel and keep the dreadlocks in place.


The direction in which you twist your dreadlocks doesn't matter, as long as you twist them all in the same direction.


Twisting a dreadlock too hard may result in damaged hair.

Things You'll Need

  • Hair clips
  • Gel
  • Rubber bands
  • Blow dryer
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