Why to Try A 3-Phase Process Before Dreads

Dread Phases

Dreads are a full commitment, and there is definitely something you need to make plans around if they are in your future.

That being said, dreads are awesome! When you are ready to have the conversation and plan seriously about getting dreads, there are still a few options you have before taking the plunge. Doing research making plans, and ensuring that you are 100% ready for this change is going to yield the best outcome.

When you are ready to have the conversation and plan seriously about getting dreads, there are still a few options you have before taking the plunge. Doing the research, making plans, and ensuring that you are 100% ready for this change is going to yield the best outcome.

1. Try Synthetic Dreads First

Synthetic dreads might be mocked by those who are boasting a full head of healthy dreads, but for those who are new to the scene, synthetic dreads really do a good job of giving you an idea of what you are getting yourself into.

They are relatively easy to install and will give you a small glimpse of the time it will take to dread your entire head and will give an almost genuine experience of having dreads. You can choose the length, color, and style, and keep those in for up to 4 to 6 weeks at a time.

Putting in synthetic dreads is not a cop-out as much as it is a preparatory exam before the real thing. With this type of dread, you can start small, try just a few at a time, take your creativity to the next level and try new styles with them and learn everything you can as you make this transition.

2. Sneaky Dreads

Similarly, you can also do a small scale dread experiment with your real hair. Most commonly, when people are ready to get dreads but might be held back because of their jobs or parents, they might start small.

You can dread a few strands on the lower level of your head, and they will be completely hidden whenever you want. You create a few dreads along your neckline or behind your ear, and they are easy to disguise. These can also be dreaded with little time when you choose to do one or two and with a little more effort, can be removed if you see that as being necessary.

This gives you an even clearer picture of what a whole head of dreads would be like because you get to experience with your real hair. You go through the whole process of combing, back combing, rolling, pulling, and more to get that first dread, and then you get the chance to imagine them across your whole scalp.

3. Bold Pieces

In the same way, we also see more people trying dreads in often more noticeable places. Some will try them along the neckline to test the waters, and some will even put them right directly on the side of their head. Luckily, for most people, mostly women, you can sometimes switch the part or style of your hair and hide these if you need to.

Choosing to dread a section that is much more noticeable and really getting a taste of the styles, the feelings, and even the reactions of others will be the final step before you are ready to go to a full set of dreads.

With these three simple options, you can phase into dreadlocks if you wish or dive right in. Either way, doing the research, the planning, and the preparation for this change is going to be the most important. You are gaining time with dreading, and what it takes, you experience the styles and the real feeling of your hair and get to see yourself with dreads, even if just a few, before you set off on a full dread journey.

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