We are weeks into this unexpected confinement and I have been asked 

repeatedly to talk about how to twist dreadlocks for beginners.  Desperate times call for desperate measures and if you are someone who was too scared to do your own hair, guess what?  You have to put it on the “to do” list now or risk looking neglected on that conference call or facetime. Telling you how to twist dreadlocks for beginners is not hard, it just takes time.  Since most of us have some time now, I encourage you to do a simple twist regularly and it will make all the difference. 


Here are some basic instructions

on how to do a simple dreadlock twist.  This is what you will need:  Towels, clips, rat-tail comb( or any comb to help with partings), pins (bobby pins, pin curl pins, use what you have), and rubberbands. 


Directions:  after shampoo and conditioner: while the hair is damp:

  1. Beginning at the nape, part the hair, taking all the hair that was in one dreadlocks.  This can be on either side of your head, just use the one at the end.  Some people have a lot of stray hair that grows at the end of the nape but unless it is short or you usually cut it, gather them around that dreadlock. 
  2. Make sure you can see clear lines.  This is a very important point.  Try to keep only the hairs that belong to that dreadlock in your hand, and put the rest of the dreadlocks away.
  3. Twist the dreadlock from the bottom until it reaches the scalp.  If you are left-handed, you have to do it opposite, unless your loctician is left-handed also.
  4. Twist the hair that has grown out around the dreadlock in a circular motion from the scalp down until it runs out.
  5. Pin it in place and go to the next dreadlock.  When you have done about 3-5 start putting the ones you have done in the rubber band to hold it out of your way.  This will also prevent it from coming loose.
  6. Repeat steps 1 to 5 until your whole head is done.  Keep the rubber band the place and allow the dread to dry totally.  The ponytail should be loose enough to allow air to reach all the dreads.


It will take you time if you are doing this first time so be patient. I estimate 2-3 hours depending on how many dreadlocks you have or how much loose hair you have out. If you can volunteer a family member or significant other, great!  Watch a movie, get some happy background music. Either way, you have now begun to master how to twist dreadlocks for beginners for the rest of the quarantine. 

 By Paula Barker, Silkie Locks Hair Design


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