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Ways to Make Dreadlocks

There are many different ways to start your dreadlocks. Deciding which method is best depends on the amount of time and money you're willing to devote to your hair.

picture of Rasqueen of NattyDreadz.com"Professional" services are available in most metropolitan areas, but you can also start your dreadlocks at home. If you choose to go with a licensed beautician or loctician, be sure to ask her/him some questions before you begin. Doing so will save you a lot of time, money and heartache in the future.

If you're going at it alone, review the information on this site, go to a professional for a consultation or seek the aid of a friend before you begin because you may need another set of hands.

Remember, maintaining your dreadlocks on your own does not mean that you're all alone. Never hesitate to ask for help because no matter how insignificant you think your questions are, there are probably others who are wondering the exact same thing.

Before using any of these methods, be sure to wash your hair with a ph-balanced shampoo. If your hair unravels easily, you can use rubberbands to anchor the twists/braids/palm-rolls because they can always be cut off when your hair becomes dreadlocked enough to prevent it from unraveling.

For quick access, select your method:
Dread Perms allow individuals with naturally straight hair to grow dreadlocks without having to solely rely on heavy products and dread wax.
Comb-coils are a natural style in themselves but when left alone, they can form beautiful dreadlocks.
simplyloc dreadlocksFreeform dreadlocks are typically associated with Rastafarians.  These types of dreadlocks follow no form, function or set of rules.  Allow hair to matte and grow naturally to get dreads that vary in size, texture and overall appearance.
latchhook dreadlocks interlocksLatch-hooking has become a popular maintenance method for dreadlocks.  Latch-hooking, once mastered, is an easy way to maintain most dreadlock'd styles. 
nattydreadz.com palm rollsPalm-rolls are the traditional method used for creating dreadlocks.  Unfortunately, they are amongst the hardest method to maintain.
Sisterlocks is a method that has been developed for use on natural or relaxed hair. This is a trademarked method and lawfully, should only be attempted by a trained/certified consultant.
Two-strands twists enable you to easily transition from natural Black hair to dreadlocks.  They can be shampooed as often as you like throughout the dreadlocks process making them one of naani's preferred lock methods.
Double Strand Twists or Three Strand Twists are a great alternative to two-strands.  They result in a tighter weave pattern that makes palm-rolling possible and allows for easier baby-teenage dreadlocks maintenance.
Yarn dreadlocks or yarn locks will enable you to "cover" your locks and avoid the "ugly" stage that many people fear.  Of course the "ugly" stage is a relative thing but anyway, learn more about yarn locks.
The many ways and methods by which you can grow dreadlocks with any hair type or texture.
sisterlocksSisterlocks is the best hair style for natural-minded women because it offers the most freedom and versatility. Read the 5 characteristics shared by women with natural hair.
Braids are a pretty easy method to use for those starting their dreadlocks on their own. This is one of the best methods for dreadlocking extremely soft, loosely coiled natural Black hair.

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Braids are the cornerstone of natural hair styling.  They can be long, short, real, fake, black, white, thick, small...

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