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Dreads galore!
This is the way I braid in my dreads. I use this technique for wooldreads, synthetic dreads, loose hair and rexlace.

I also included another technique I don't use that often myself and is a bit trickier for beginners, but it tends to hide your own hair better if it differs from the dread colour.

Some FAQ's answered:
- I need about 25 - 30 dreads with my undercut, a full head will usually take about 50 to 60 of them.
- I virtually wear dreads all the time and leave them out one week every month or so.
- I keep my hair fairly short since it's faster to braid dreads in. Minimum hairlength is about 5cm (2 inches).
- The dreads I made here are felting wool (which you can pick up at any craftstore and are easily shaped using soap and water). Half of them are standard colours, the other ones I dyed myself to match my hair exactly.

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  • How to make a dreadlock / fall. Installing Double Ended Dreads (Two Ways) - Step 1
    Step 1

    Using a (rat's tail) comb, divide your hair into little squares. If you don't and pick up locks of hair at random, stray hairs will pull on your dreads and they will hurt or eventually give you headaches.

  • How to make a dreadlock / fall. Installing Double Ended Dreads (Two Ways) - Step 2
    Step 2

    FIRST TECHNIQUE:

    Now, fold your dread in half and around your real hair.

  • How to make a dreadlock / fall. Installing Double Ended Dreads (Two Ways) - Step 3
    Step 3

    Pull your dread tightly around your hair as shown in the picture.

  • How to make a dreadlock / fall. Installing Double Ended Dreads (Two Ways) - Step 4
    Step 4

    Here's the tricky part:
    Start braiding down in the same direction, while trying to keep the initial hoop tight. If it isn't tight your dreads will start loosening after a few days.

    You might need some practice. If this is your first time putting in dreads I suggest that you don't start with a row whereof the base will be very visible. Since your first few rows will probably look messier than the last ones you do.

  • How to make a dreadlock / fall. Installing Double Ended Dreads (Two Ways) - Step 5
    Step 5

    When you run out of hair put a rubber hairtie in it. I use rubber since plastic hairties tend to break very easily.

  • How to make a dreadlock / fall. Installing Double Ended Dreads (Two Ways) - Step 6
    Step 6

    TECHNIQUE 2:

    Put the middle of your dread at the base of your little square patch. Divide the patch in two equally sized amounts of hair.

  • How to make a dreadlock / fall. Installing Double Ended Dreads (Two Ways) - Step 7
    Step 7

    Start braiding one side of the dread with your hair. Try to keep the dread from shifting by placing your finger on the non-braided side.

  • Step 8

    Now, prepare to do a whole lotta more of those. ^^

    If you have any further questions, feel free to ask.

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Gabbi H.
Gabbi H. · Tacoma, Washington, US
How many dreads do I need if I only have half of a mohawk(back and sides short with long on the top)?
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Jacob S.
Jacob S. · North Port, Florida, US
How many of the dread extensions did you have in the picture you attached?
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colleen.vaught1
colleen.vaught1 · Columbus, Ohio, US
If you only leave these out for 1 week per month, how do you clean your scalp while they are in? I really want to start doing this, but due to health reasons, need to be able to clean my scalp. Dry shampoo?
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Anna B.
Anna B. · 1 project
Wow ! Blue hair! I mean, wow! Nice color!
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Create&Destroy
Create&Destroy · Chicago, Illinois, US · 2 projects
Are they difficult to keep clean?
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PocketfullOfSunshine
PocketfullOfSunshine · 2 projects
I am scared! Its scary...
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ash
ash · 2 projects
How do you align the dreads if you dont want people to see your deads in rows on your head? (I hope that made sense o.0)
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too-girlie
too-girlie · Verwood, England, GB · 1 project
LOVE IT!!!!

cheers dude Happy

Your hair rocks
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hanamerino
hanamerino · Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CA · 3 projects
Awesome tutorial! Very clear & easy to understand. Good photos too! I'm going to have to give this a try!
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DarkAshHurts
DarkAshHurts · 119 projects
Thank You!
Ive wanted to try synthetic dreads for a long time, but didnt know how to put them in. lol
Now i can. ^_^
And really simple.
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