You have probably heard many ways and methods that you can start the process of dreading your hair. There are many methods and you should always do research and consult a professional to seek advice and opinions to prepare you.
Within these many methods, some more creative than others, there are four main- or standard- ways to dread your hair. Each of these has their own pros and cons and each is better for certain types of hair as well.
Rolling is one of the most common ways to dread hair. The process is simple, but does take time and persistence. Rolling is just like it sounds. After sectioning your hair. You start rolling strands together.
Starting small and adding more and more hair to reach the size of dread you desire. You will roll in many different directions and in many motions. You will mostly use a rolling motion like you were rolling a tube between your hands as well as the palm role. This is used for the ends of your hair when you need to round out the bottom.
The second common dreading method is the kitting method. This takes a bit more practice and is often used by professionals more so than those doing their own dreads.
Knitting requires a few more tools and sounds just like it’s described. To knit in your dreads you will use a knitting needle, or knitting tool, to feed and pull pieces of hair through a larger section to basically tie them together into one large dread section.
3. Rip & Twist
This might be the most aggressive method of dreading, but is easily one of the most effective and quickest. The rip and twist method is often used by people doing their own dreads because it requires no tools and is better with a shorter window of time.
This method consists of twisting two sections of your hair together then pulling up and ripping it upward. After each rip, you twist two more sections and then rip again causing a bunching to happen down the strand of hair one rip at a time.
The final method of dreading isn’t as common and can actually be a surprise for some. There are a few people who do prefer this method as it is the most natural and happens over the course of time.
Choosing to get dreads by stopping any sort of treatment or care is a big decision. The oils and dirt that will inevitably stick in your hair longer will start to hold pieces together and create dreads. By choosing this method, you have less control of the size of each dread and how the sections of the dreads, but it’s the only method that takes almost no effort from you.
No matter what option you choose, each technique works well and has plenty of success stories behind it and each method will react differently to different hair types and lengths. Talking with a professional or with a friend who has dreads is going to be the best and most honest account of what to expect during each of these processes.