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DIY: How to Create Starter Dreads (Backcomb Method)

Starter Dreads:

Learn how to start dreadlocks and get tips to achieve the look you are after.

Items Needed:
Tail Comb

1. At the nape, part away a section of hair and clip the remainder up and out of the way.
2. Backcomb the section of hair. Start by using long sweeping strokes, getting tighter with each pass.
3. Bind the base of the dread by pinching the base of the dread, wrapping one tail of thread around it four times, and then tying it into place.
4. Continue working in sections until you have completed the entire head.

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6 thoughts on “DIY: How to Create Starter Dreads (Backcomb Method)”

  • Kristi
    March 18, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    Hi. I recently put four dreads in my hair Asa starter. To see if I like them I do!!! But I have long hair and these have locked and they did shrink over 1/2 the length of my hair. So I was f'ing to add an extension ;). Synthetic or real hair? Which way to go? I'm afraid real hair will shrink and lock up again. But here that real hair is best? What do you think. I've also heard synthetic dread extensions looker same for years. Love any help!!

    • Nirvana Drew
      March 21, 2016 at 5:08 am

      If your hair is "shrinking" then you are probably backcombing too aggressively to keep the length. They shouldn't get shorter, and especially not by half. If it is your backcombing, then your extensions will do the same regardless of human hair or synthetic hair. I do recommend human hair for permanent extensions. Synthetic kinda crap out over time - they can get dull or get sweater balls. Cheaper for sure, but plan on redoing them every few months. Let me know if you need help, or have questions. I'd love to help! :)

  • Kristi
    May 24, 2016 at 2:59 am

    Hi!! Thanks for your reply. We did the rip and pull and back combing. I think too aggressively like you said. They are about 3inches long. And I have hair to my bra strap. Lol. So. Shrinkage was way over half.

    Should I take out these four and try your "starter dread" technique. I can attach dread extensions to these four little pieces of hair that will be left after I cut them out (I have about 2-3 inches of root growth that hasn't locked). Wait for them to grow. And just start a few more like you have done in the starter dread video? After this. What do I do to maintain the starter dreads. Any links to help would be great! Thanks!!! 972-989-7005.

    • Nirvana Drew
      May 25, 2016 at 11:45 am

      If you can get them out, then I would start over. Losing that much length would be kind of a bummer - but if you can't, like you said, there are always extensions. As for maintenance, I like our method with base ties for myself personally - or our method with afro bulk if you thicken them up as they grow out. Check out those two methods. :)

  • Serene
    January 12, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    Hi there I am interested in getting dread extensions. My hair is chin length . How do I pick the right ones for me and who to put them in?

    • Nirvana Drew
      January 13, 2017 at 7:44 am

      Its really a matter of which style you like the look of best. As for finding a person to put them in, I would suggest checking out or finding a synth dread Facebook group and seeing if there are people that they can recommend near you. :)

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