How to Get Dreads in 5 Easy Steps

Dreadlocks are one of the most badass hairstyles around. Here's how you can get the look.

Dreadlocks are a majestic thing.

They are the ultimate showstoppers when it comes to men’s hairstyles. Whenever you see a guy wearing one, you can’t help but stop and stare.

You can’t help but be curious about how it feels in between your fingers.

If you’ve always wondered how to get dreads for your hair, we have listed down two of the most popular kinds of dread hairstyles, and how you can do them in five easy steps.

Read on to find out more.

Backcombed Dreads


This method of making dreads is also known by other terms, like comb knotting or teasing. It’s the dreads of choice for men who have hair that don’t have enough texture like African hair.

With backcombing, it’s best to have hair that’s more than 6 inches long.

There are backcombed dreads that can be done with just 3 inches of hair, although of course, they won’t look as nice as long dreaded hair.

How thick or thin you want your dreadlocks to look can also be adjusted by sectioning the hair.

How to get dreads backcombed style:
1. You need to start with sectioning your hair. Remember that the larger the section, the larger the dreads will be.

2. Hold a section of hair with one hand. Position the dread comb about 3 inches away from the scalp and begin pushing the hair. Strokes must be short (3 inches). The first few strokes will not show a strong dread, but on the fifth or sixth, clumps of hair will start moving toward the scalp as you comb. Pull them back to straighten them, and then start combing again.

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3. As you continue combing back, the knotted area will grow bigger, and the unknotted will grow thinner and thinner until you no longer have any hair left to comb back. This is how you know that you have completely backcombed the hair.

4. When you’re done backcombing dreads, tie the roots and the tips of each dread with a rubber band. Don’t tie them too tightly, but just snug enough. Keep them away from the scalp to keep them from pulling. You can keep the rubber bands at the tips a little tighter to keep the dreads from getting loose.

5. Smooth your new dreads with dread cream using some good palm rolling techniques.

Twist and Rip Dreads


Just like the name suggests, this dread is achieved by twisting and ripping the section of hair until it forms knots. You can section your hair according to the size or the number of dreads that you want on your head.

How to get dreads twisted and ripped style:

1. Wash your hair clean and let it dry. There should be no trace of wet or damp.

2. Section your hair. The bigger the section, the thicker the dreadlocks. Begin at the front of the head and dread them in all the same sizes for a uniform and balanced finish.

3. Start twisting and ripping. To do this, you will have to get a section of hair and twist it. Then pull it apart in opposite directions to ‘rip’ it. The hair will push forward to the roots in clumps, until you make your way to the tips.

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4. Tie the roots and the tips of the dreads with a rubber band to lock them in and prevent them from getting loose.

5. Use a good residue-free shampoo to prevent dread rot.

How to get dreads that look healthy and gorgeous:

Observe cleanliness. Keep the dreads and the scalp clean. Keep them moisturized, otherwise they can get too dry and start to rip.

Don’t wax the dreads too much because they can cause build-up. Your dreads will become harder to clean if there’s a lot of residue.

When you go to sleep wear a nylon or silk scarf over your dreads to protect them from frizz.

During your first month with the dreads, you can wear a nylon stocking over your head to better keep the new dreads together while you wash. Wash your hair with soap through the nylon stocking, and wash it thoroughly afterwards.

After washing the dreads, shake and wring all of the excess water. Keep squeezing until all the water has been squeezed out. Always warm and smooth the dread wax before applying it on your dreads.

If you ever feel that your scalp is sore or tender, you may want to check the tightness of your rubber bands. They should be about half or a quarter of an inch away from the roots.

You will experience a lot of itchiness when you first wear your dreads, so be strong. Don’t disregard the itchiness. When it itches, it can be an indication of your scalp needing a good wash or some stimulation.

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The more you itch, the more you will scratch. The more you scratch, the more the scalp will be irritated. Make sure that you invest in some really good residue-free shampoo at the first sign of itching.

Look out for the first sign of dandruff as well. When you have your hair in dreads, you basically stop brushing the hair, which is essential to exfoliate the scalp and remove the dead skin cells. These will fall off in the form of dandruff. Prevent future dandruff problems by washing and using a very good residue-free shampoo to avoid irritation and dirt buildup.

How to get dreads to look nice and soft all the time depends on the products you use to maintain them.

For starters, make sure that you stock up on residue-free dread shampoo, as well as a dread comb and dreading hook.

You will also be needing rubber bands and hair clips. You will need a really good dread wax to hold everything together and hasten the dreads’ locking process.

Unlike other dreadlock styling products, dread wax does not produce residues that can cause problems on your scalp.

Keep your scalp happy, and you can really enjoy rocking your dreads!

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