Dread Tools You Will Need
Here are some dreadlock tools you may need. It’s entirely up to you. In my case, my fingers were the biggest tool to get mine started, but if I had to do it again, I would have made the road easier. Oh the joy of 20/20 hindsight!
Quality, Clarifying Shampoo
I probably sound like a broken record at this point, but that’s how important it is to have a clarifying shampoo that takes all the junk out of your hair. You should start using this a good month or two before you even start locking, and then you want to use it throughout the life of your dreadlocks. It’s a proven fact that cleaner hair dreads faster, and also keeps them looking clean. If you don’t believe me, check out my past post discussing my own self-sabotage with the wrong shampoo.
Rubber and Plastic Bands
Both come in handy. Rubber bands are often used at the roots because they can help start your dreads (in straight hair), but eventually weaken, break, and fall off (which is good. You don’t want them there forever). The plastic bands (often flat and clear) are stronger, last longer, and are often used at troublesome roots.
Especially important once you switch to the clarifying shampoo and begin the locking process. Your hair may be a little shocked at the new treatment and dry out a bit, so make sure to have some handy. I myself use coconut oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, and a bunch of other dreadlock recipes.
A Solid, Sturdy Dread Comb
Note the broken comb sitting on my virtual desktop to the left. This is what will happen if you use a weak, plastic comb to start your dreads. You want something strong, metal, and with teeth that are close together. Although I haven’t used it (and actually used a crappy plastic comb back in the day, good times!) Dreadheadhq.com has a quality looking dreadlock comb you can check out. It even has a ruler on it.
Whichever method you choose for dreading your hair, these will come in handy for sectioning your hair while you’re working your dreadlock magic.
Some people swear by it and some people hate it. I would recommend using it lightly if you need something to help calm loose hairs, but beware of using too much lest it build up in your lock down the line. That’s when you discover a nice surprise in your lock years down the line. Yikes. However, a little can help. Also, make sure to keep an eye on the ingredients of whatever wax you choose; beware of petroleum as the main ingredient. Gunky petroleum is not good for forming dreads, and yet it’s amazing how many so called “dread waxes” use this as the main ingredient.