Feeling irie? Get ready to rock some ‘locks!
What you’ll need
Dreadlocks are matted ropes of hair that are deliberately twisted or sculpted. Not only a hairstyle, this look is often connected as a style that has a deep religious and political background.
Christian ascetics, Hindu holy men and women and of course, Rastafarians all have a rich history with this hairstyle, which was a symbol of their beliefs and philosophies.
Those with natural hair achieve the look with relatively simple twisting and coiling of locks of hair. Other hair types have resorted to what’s being called fake dreads, or creating dreadlocks on straight hair, which involves quite a lot of backcombing for texture.
Fake dreads are a fun, easy way to try your hand at this unique-looking and culturally significant hairstyle, especially if you’re not born with natural, dread-friendly texture. Read on to see how you can start rocking fake dreads with a few simple texture hacks.
How to Create Fake Dreads
Start with clean hair.
Backcomb small sections.
Twist backcombed sections into ropes.
(It’s not as brutal as it sounds.) Called the Twist & Rip method, this entails you to alternately split up or “rip” each rope as you twist, effectively locking some knot-like texture in place as you move downwards the rope.
Continue till the ends.
Continue alternately twisting and splitting the roped section till the tips. You will now have a rough-feeling rope at this point.
Repeat on all sections.
Repeat this process on all sections of your hair. You may want to temporarily clamp the upper half of your hair away from your face for easier access to your bottom layers.
Unclamp your crown area.
After all of your bottom layers form rough ropes, free up the hair at your crown and begin to work on those top layers. How tight or near your scalp you want your twists to start is up to you!
Finish off by twisting and ripping all your sections, and you’re all set to work some awesome fake dreads!
Would you ever rock fake dreads?