There are many things to anticipate when you get dreadlocks- some good and some bad. One of the worst things that happen with dreadlocks is called looping. There are situations when you get dreads for the time when there might be holes or loops in a part of your dreadlock, and it will be annoying for you and look unkempt.
Loops in dreadlocks happen for a variety of reasons including a weak starting point from the first dread session. In addition, after some time, they can loosen and untwist in various places as well. The loops will be small or large gaps in any part of the dreadlock that can cause more significant problems on the road.
To combat looping, you can do a few tricks that might seem simple at first. Each of them requires a little bit of effort but will make a big difference in getting rid of the loop and ideally preventing more loops from happening in the future.
Find a Professional Dread Technician
When you choose to get dreads, your first instincts should be to find a professional to do it. Yes, it will take a lot of time and might cost more money than homemade dreads, but this is the number one way to avoid getting loops in your dreads in the first place. Similarly to tattoos, you get what you pay for when you go to get your dreadlocks done.
When you do the right research and seek out a professional, they will take extra time and efforts to ensure that your dreads are done well and are done the right way. While everyone has a different dread experience, having someone with years of experience with their own dreads help you prepare for your first set of them is an all-around good idea.
Make them Tight
In addition to having them professionally done, when you get home with your new dreads, they will start to change day after day. They may be sore, they may look strange, and they might be uncomfortable, but if you can see past that, you will see other changes as well.
They might start to feel tighter or looser after a few days, and it will be up to you to tighten them as often as possible. Always tighten the roots with a rolling method or back-comb and be sure that the body, or long part, of the dreads, is tight as well. You can do this without using any products either! Simply roll the dread in your hands in various directions, twist and knot some of the hairs together that might be loose and you will set yourself up for a great head full of dreadlocks.
In addition to rolling and tightening, backcombing will be one of your favorite dreadlock maintenance moves. Using a small, preferably metal comb, you will almost always use backcombing to help your dreads do what you want them to do. In fact, the person who puts your dreads in for the first time will be backcombing your hair a lot.
You can use the same techniques and tools to help ensure that your dreads are tightly rolled and tight to your head so that loops cannot form. You can backcomb virtually any part of your dread, and with patience and deliberate effort, you can avoid loops altogether and fix those that might be forming.
Using A Crochet Tool
Finally, if you are having lots of issues with loops in your dreads, the best way to deal with them and weave everything back together is to use a crochet tool. This will help you grab hair from one part of the dread and pull it through another part to weave them together. It’s just as easy as it sounds, but can be a bit more time-consuming than just mindless backcombing.
With the crochet method, you’ll need to be aware of the hair you’re grabbing and where you’re pulling it through so that by fixing one hole, you don’t create another. This tool will be a valuable asset to your dreadlock hair kit and can be used not only to correct holes but many more adjustments in your dreads as they grow and change.
Dreadlocks, when done right, are stylish and eye-catching, but taking care to ensure they are tight and well put together is another thing in itself. Just because you have dreadlocks does not mean that you won’t have to take care of them. If you choose that route, they won’t look great and will become a bit of a nuisance. Starting with a professional, keeping them tight, learning the appropriate methods, and having the right tools will help you avoid many problems that people with dreads experience, but particularly loops.