The Crochet Hook Method

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The Crochet Hook Method

In a nutshell, the crochet hook method is when you use a crochet hook to form your dreads by hand. First, you twist a portion of your hair. Then, you take a crochet hook and insert it into the loc. Then, you gently pull the loose hair through the loc, move to a slightly different spot of the dread, and do it again and again. Work your way down the loc. It’ll look like you’re jabbing your hair over and over again.

Here’s a quick video demonstration from luvin locs on Youtube:

Over time, your new dreads will smooth out and mature while your new growth eventually locs. This method is also great for maintaining your dreads, locking in new growth by hand, and reducing overall frizziness. No chemicals are required. No gunky beeswax. And no wires (yes, I’ve tried wires in the past).

I first heard about the crochet hook method years when doing an online search for different ways to start locs. (It was years after I’d started my own dreads, but I still like to do research from time to time in order to stay current for this blog). From what I understand, it’s been big over in Thailand for a while, but only just started catching in other countries in recent years. People are having crazy success with it, when it’s done correctly.

And I’ll admit it: This is the method I wish I’d known when I started my locs years ago. Why? Because it’s waaaay easier and faster than the method I used (haphazard backcoming). When done correctly, you can have permanent locs within days, if not a day or two (with someone helping you).

This is also the one I’d recommend to anyone just starting their dreadlocks, no matter what hair type or race you are.

It’s easy to learn yourself, and once you know it you have the keys to forming and maintaining your own dreadlocks for a lifetime.

And as long as you have enough original hair length to begin with, this method should work for you.

A Couple Important Things to Remember

In order to know what you’re doing, you need some good instruction. Also, you should use the correct tool. When you hear stories about the crochet hook method damaging dreads, it’s either because they used incorrect technique, an incorrect tool, or both. For this method, you don’t just go out to any old store and buy any crochet hook. You need one especially made for dreads.

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