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DIY: How to Add Wispy Ends to Natural Dreadlocks

Adding Wispy Ends:

Learn how to add wispy ends to your natural dreadlocks.

Items Needed:
Braiding Hair (fiber)
Pot of Boiling Water

1. Cut the braiding hair in half to make it easier to manage.
2. Determine the length you would like to add to your tips and cut the ends.
3. Shuffle the fiber by separating the bundle of fiber into two.
4. Shift one bundle slightly forward and put it in on top of the other bundle.
5. Fan the bundle out and separate into two.
6. Shift one bundle slightly back and put it on top of the other bundle.
7. Repeat this until your desired taper is achieved.
8. Insert your microneedle into the blunt end of your natural dread.
9. Using your microneedle, pick up one end of the braiding hair and pull it through the dread.
10. Insert your microneedle into the dread in a different spot, pick up the remainder of the fiber and pull it through.
11. Repeat the process with a few more pieces of braiding hair.
12. If your natural dreads blunt ends are wanting to fan out, position the microneedle downward into the dread and pick up a small amount of fiber. Pull it back out the top of the dread. Wrap the fiber downward and use the microneedle to pull the fiber through so it does not unravel. Repeat until the fanned end is cinched down.
13. Backcomb the braiding hair at the base of the attachment but not the ends.
14. Palm roll the backcombed portion lightly to blend.
15. Dip ends in freshly boiled water.
16. Use gloves to pull dreads straight.

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4 thoughts on “DIY: How to Add Wispy Ends to Natural Dreadlocks”

  • Cieara Meyer
    January 29, 2017 at 11:06 am

    Hello there!
    I really appreciate this's exactly what I was looking for. Currently my locks are pretty long and 2 years old. I already have wispy tips but they are not very thick. I would like to add some thickness to them. So in regards to this challenge can I use real hair just as easy to thicken my tips? Also any recommendations since my tips are already loose. I feel I have a grasp on how to go about it. Mainly just want to know if human hair is just as manageable for this project, instead of using synthetic? Thank you for your help. I love your channel and love all your products.

    Cieara Meyer

    • Nirvana Drew
      January 30, 2017 at 3:32 am

      First, thank you so much for all of the kind words! :)
      Human hair comes in a range of qualities - so if you use it, definitely get the best quality you can. You wouldn't be able to copy this method exactly though because human hair can't be folded at the center (cuz of the cuticle n all). But what you can do instead is leave the one tail (cuticles going in the right direction) hanging down, then snake the upper part into your dreads with some zig zag crochet motions. If you have enough turns (using finer strands) then the hair will stay just fine. :) And your ends will be as thick as you want - provided you have the patience to put them in. :) Its a bit tedious - but totally doable. :)

  • Nichole Smith
    January 7, 2018 at 8:05 am

    So following up on this. I have wispy ends on my 1.5 year old locks. I want to add extensions but not dreaded so it looks like extra long wispy ends. I don’t want to ruin my wispy ends though they are pretty. Possible???

    • Doc
      January 8, 2018 at 4:48 am

      Yes, totally possible. Just follow the directions in the video. :)

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