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Dreadlocks are a hairstyle often associated with musicians and counter-culture in general. True dreadlocks take months or years to form naturally and cannot be combed out. If you want to experiment with dreads without the commitment of real ones, you can create fake ones with your own hair. This style closely resembles real dreadlocks, but can be removed in the shower at your convenience.

Go a few days without washing your hair. This will make the process of creating fake dreadlocks easier.

Separate your hair into small sections, 1 to 2 inches each depending on the desired dread thickness.

Apply a generous amount of hair wax to the first section of hair, working it all the way in.

Roll the hair as if you were making a clay snake until it holds a clumped shape. If needed, backcomb your hair to further tease it.

Dry the dread with a hair dryer.

Repeat this process for all sections of the hair.


To wash the fake dreads out, saturate your hair in the shower. Comb the dreads out using a wide-toothed comb, beginning at the bottom and working your way up. Finally, shampoo and condition as you normally would.


This style can damage your hair and should not be done frequently.