Traditional dreadlocks require a person to stop combing, brushing, or washing their hair, allowing it to clump and mat together. Over a period of time, sometimes years, various sizes and lengths of dreads form. Several ways of creating dreadlocks exist, but the quickest way to a full head of dreads is backcombing. Of the methods available, backcombing will ensure you get the dread look almost immediately as well as mature, locked dreads in three to four months that are uniform and clean.
Wash hair in a residue-free shampoo and allow to air dry. Residue-free shampoos are without conditioners, fragrances, and moisturizers, which allow dreads to remain tight and not slip out.
Section hair into 1- to 2-inch squares and loosely tie them off with rubber bands. Square sections form round dreads, and the size of the section depends on the desired width of the dread.
Comb each section backward toward the scalp, starting an inch from your head. Continue to tease the hair down until you have reached the length of the section.
Secure the dreaded hair section tightly with a rubber band at the end of the piece.
Apply a small amount of dread wax to the section to smooth out the frizz and moisturize the dread.
Repeat Steps 3 to 5 until all sectioned hair has been dreaded.