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DIY: How to Permanently Extend Your Natural Dreadlocks

Permanent Extenders for Dreadlocks:

Learn how to add length to your pre-existing dreads with permanent extenders.

Items Needed:
Single Ended Human Hair Dreadlocks

1. Cut the single ender off the weft if necessary.
2. Slightly pull apart the end of the natural dread and the extender. Place the ends together with a slight overlap.
3. From the top of the extension dread, push the threaded needle down into it leaving the knotted loop out slightly.
4. Sew back down toward the loop and push the needle through the loop to secure the thread.
5. Sew through the bottom of the natural dread and pull tight.
6. With the dreads secured together, blend the transition by picking up a small amount of the natural hair with the needle, go around the extension hair, and back through the natural hair.
7. Continue blending the extension hair in this manner until the top transition is smooth.
8. Blend the lower transition in the same manner. Pick up a small amount of the extension hair with the needle, go around the natural hair, and back through the extension hair.
9. Continue blending the natural hair in this manner until the bottom transition is smooth.
10. Tie the thread off and clip the end of the threads away. Palmroll the transition slightly.

The Amazing Items Used for this Tutorial

4 thoughts on “DIY: How to Permanently Extend Your Natural Dreadlocks”

  • Irie
    July 16, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    I have been thinking hard about dreading my hair but my hair is special needs. I have trichotillomania, so my hair is just above shoulders length, but there are many patches where the hair is only about 1-2 inches, and very thin and goal is to dread the long hair the best i can, and add dread extensions the short hairs, however it looks like the only options for super short hair seem to be pretty temporary, and i want to make them more permanent, as my goal is to try to break my hair picking habit by replacing it with dreadlock maintenance, i have heard this has worked for some. Im desperate for advice as to how i can make this happen!

    • Britni Sundburg
      July 17, 2015 at 4:58 am

      You can do the method for attaching single enders to super short hair - but use thread instead of rubber bands. Then as they grow out, you can use the method of using afro bulk to fill in at the base and also cover the attachment. The only real downside is that if you use synthetic extenders they can get nappy over time. You can combat this by creating human hair single ended extension dreads (see our video for creating top loops) - and then do your fill and cover as they grow. :)

    • Amanda
      October 23, 2015 at 8:55 pm

      From personal experience, I've always had issues pulling my hair out. Dreads have not stopped my issue. I will find areas too tight at the root and pop hairs from the root, over and over, til the dread is nearly detached. Then I get angry and rip the rest out. I've done this with at least 12 dreads over the last year since I started. :(

      • Nirvana Drew
        October 26, 2015 at 12:33 pm

        Dreads aren't for everyone. It sounds like you might look up coping strategies for trichotillomania. It is a nervous habit that deals with hair pulling, not that you have that, but they might have some ideas on how to help put your mind at ease.

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