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DIY: Backcombing 101 for Synthetic Dreadlocks

Backcombing 101 for Synthetic Dreadlocks:

Learn simple techniques for proper backcombing.

Items Needed:
Jumbo Braid
Tail Comb

1. Secure the fiber to your work surface
2. Pick up the fiber with one hand and the comb in the other.
3. Start by using medium size sweeping strokes and push into the fiber.
4. Continue working from the base of the dread to the tips.
5. With every pass, push a little more aggressively into the fiber.
6. Test for consistency and stability.

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12 thoughts on “DIY: Backcombing 101 for Synthetic Dreadlocks”

  • Lila Bee
    April 15, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    Thank you for these helpful and easy to follow tutorials. quick question: I back comb like crazy, but I can't get it to stand on its on. It is still very limp, not matter how long or how aggressive I back comb. I've tried using more and less hair to achieve the effect you get in the video. I am also using kanekalon hair. Any advice is GREATLY appreciated.

    • Britni Sundburg
      May 5, 2015 at 3:38 am sounds like you might be holding on to the hair too tightly and not allowing it to create loops. If that doesn't sound like your problem, you might want to create a short video so I can give you more specific advice. Without seeing you in action, that's the only thing I can think of.

  • mingin
    March 6, 2016 at 2:29 am

    Does the method vary when making double ended dreads? This looks like it only creates single ended. Thanks!

    • Nirvana Drew
      March 7, 2016 at 2:59 am

      No, it doesn't. You just do one side first, then flip the dread over and backcomb up to the center. :)

  • Alice
    October 3, 2016 at 4:10 am

    When I backomb the fiber, kanekalon broke out and I remained with a few hair in my hand :( also fiber not comb and made many loops... after a while I find myself with half of kanekalon I had taken and shorter than before. Is it normal? Thank you and sprry for my bad English :)

    • Nirvana Drew
      October 4, 2016 at 3:12 am

      No, you are using too much pressure. You need to be gliding the hair up on itself, not pressing against it. You can backcomb very fragile fibers if your technique is correct. Push the fiber up instead of down. :)

  • Kristin Dudley
    February 12, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    So I have a set of 22" DE twist dreads. I want to back comb them and make them look natural because the twist get to many fly aways and tangle together.. how much length am I going to lose on the 22" and should I back comb them the way they are? Or try to brush them out?

    • Nirvana Drew
      February 13, 2017 at 3:24 am

      We have a video for that. :) You shouldn't lose too much length at all. I think of it this way: most of the hair is staying straight, but a few hairs will be winding around them to make them stable with the backcombing. If you push ALL of the hair up, then your dreads become too short and fat. Check out the video we made here:

  • Peyton
    September 7, 2017 at 9:29 am

    I don't know anything About dreadlocks or extensions. I bought some dread extensions that are tight twists, and they are synthetic. Can you backcomb these types of extensions or do you have to leave them as twists? If you can backcomb them how do you do it?

    • Doc
      September 8, 2017 at 7:39 am

      Yes, you can backcomb them. Check out our video on how to reseal the Premade Synthetics - there is a section on sealing and on backcombing for this type. :)

  • Nick
    October 14, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    Just wondering, do you have to back comb the hair if you are making double ended dreads?
    Thank you, and keep up the awesome help

    • Doc
      October 16, 2019 at 4:51 am

      In order to get the shape to seal in, you do need to backcomb.

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