How to Crochet Dreads


It may not involve yarn, but crocheting dreadlocks creates a unique and nice look. Dreads are rope-like hair strands that are a result of interlocking and locking natural or braided hair. You can make these dreadlocks by yourself at home or hire a hairdresser expert.

How to crochet dreads.

Most ideas used to form dreadlocks can be either through twisting or crocheting. This will depend on what size of your rope-dread you wish to have. Twisting can entail using your fingers without any other tool. You can also use a crochet needle that will make perfect hair or braid interlocking. Crocheting allows tight and quick mature dreadlocks. For you to successfully crochet to make dreadlocks, do the following steps (a “how to” video, tools and maintenance advice follow):

  • Step 1: On your hair, back-comb a small section of the hair on the upper part about 3-4 inches.
  • Step 2: Hold a significant section of hair, or knot, finger with a thumb near the root of the hair.
  • Step 3: Using a crochet hook, on the other hand, deep the needle about 1mm through the hair knot towards the thumb at a right angle.
  • Step 4: Making an angle of 90 degrees, pull the hair using the crochet hook.
  • Step 5: Repeat the 3rd and 4th steps in step five, but here, ensure slight twisting and tightening of the hair while making loose binds. You can do this by inserting and gently pulling the crochet hook to avoid more breakage.
  • Step 6: Move down the crochet hook to incorporate all loose hair.

How to wash and maintain dreadlocks.

Always make sure that you wash the new dreadlocks after two weeks so they will have matte completely. If you want healthier dreadlock maintenance, tighten the loose hair or braids as you keep them clean.


IMAGE CREDIT: Veroniqueakin, Contributed to Wikemedia Commons.


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