Method 4: Starting Dreadlocks with 2 Strand Finger Twists

Much like braids, finger-twising your hair can also help start your dreads. Many of us have worn twists in our hair at one point or another, so it’s not rocket science: you’ll need about 2″ of hair, and you simply take two locks of hair and twist them around each other. Use your fingers. No tools required. When I first decided to start my dreads in college, I chose twists as my first strategy to try.

Watch this video from Damian Walter. He explains the pros and cons of two strand twists, and mentions that it depends on the person. The major downside is that, as your hair grows out, you will begin to see two different textures, which some people don’t want (I didn’t care at the time, but it came to matter down the line). Many people choose this method when they want to keep the length of their current hair style, as opposed to back combing, which can shorten the appearance of your hair due to the knotting nature.

So ultimately, it’s up to you.

Advantages: It’s simple to start, and you get to keep the current length of your hair.

Disadvantages: After time, two textures will start to show, and often, you’ll need to combine this technique with others to get your hair to lock.


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