How to Dye the Tips of Dreads

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How to Dye the Tips of Dreads
Dying the tips of dreads can create an interesting look. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Dreads, which are otherwise called dreadlocks, are possible to dye whenever you prefer to change the colour. It requires a little extra care to prevent pulling out your hairstyle, but once the dreads are established you can change them. Any time you want to dye the tips of the dreadlocks, the method is the same as dying the full dreadlock but requires you to only apply the dye to the ends of the hair rather than applying it throughout the dreads.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Water
  • Shampoo safe for dreads
  • Hair dye

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  1. 1

    Clean the dreads and remove all of the wax. Put about a quarter sized dab of shampoo in your hand. Work it into a lather and apply it to the dreads, rubbing gently so you don't pull out the tightened dreads. Rinse out the shampoo. If the wax is not removed, repeat the process until it comes out. The wax will prevent the dye from colouring the hair.

  2. 2

    Mix the hair dye according to the dye directions. The mixing directions will vary based on the specific dye you are using.

  3. 3

    Apply the colour to the tips of the dreadlocks. In most cases, you will need to wear the gloves provided with the dye and then work the dye into the tips of the dreads with your hands. Other dyes might have an applicator brush available instead, however the brush may not allow the dreadlock to be fully saturated by the colour.

  4. 4

    Allow the dye to sit on the hair according to the amount of time indicated in the directions. Usually around half an hour or so is required for the colour to take. If you are using bleach, follow the directions exactly to prevent over-bleaching. Over-bleaching will result in the end of your dreads breaking off or becoming damaged.

  5. 5

    Wash out the dye.

Tips and warnings

  • Dying your hair before the dreads are put in will make it easier. If you wait until after the dreads are in your hair, you should wait between 10 and 12 weeks or longer to allow the dreads to lock.

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