Curly hair is considered the best type of hair for growing dreads. The curls allow the dreads to form more easily by curling around the cylindrical shape of the dreads. It helps them lock into place faster. People with curly hair also do not need to use as much gel or wax to get their dreads to hold. In fact, typically, the curlier your hair, the easier and faster your dreads will form.
Decide how big you want your dreads to be. The smaller the section of hair, the thinner your dreads will be. Most people choose 1-inch to 2-inch sections. Once you've decided on the size of your dreads, you should section your hair accordingly with the comb.
Use two-strand twists to start your dreads. Take one section of hair. Split it into two pieces. Twist those pieces around each other. Use a bit of wax or gel to hold the twist in place. Using twists takes advantage of the natural coil pattern in curly hair.
Roll your hair into dreads by palm rolling. Instead of twisting your hair, take a section of hair. Add a little gel or wax to it. Roll the hair between the palms of both of your hands. The hair will form a cylindrical shape.
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Continue to roll or twist the roots of your hair into your dreads at least every three weeks as your hair grows out. As you roll or twist--using a bit of gel--the curly roots of your hair will join the dreads that are starting to form and lock into place.
The amount of time it will take for your dreads to "lock" will vary. Typically, dreads will lock between one month and six months, depending on how curly and soft your hair is.
Avoid using beeswax or petroleum-based waxes to start your dreads. These products can hold dirt and be difficult to wash out.
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