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DIY: How to Install Single Ended (SE: Loop Top) Synthetic Dreadlocks

DIY: How to Install Single Ended (SE: Loop Top) Synthetic Dreadlocks:

Learn how to do a basic single ended dreadlock install.

Items Needed:
Synthetic Dreadlocks
Elastic Matrix Thread or Rubber Bands
Tail Comb

1. If you are using elastic thread, cut your thread to an appropriate length (cut a bunch and keep it close by - mine are usually about 16 inches).
2. Section off the area for the dread.
3. Pull the natural hair through the loop.
4. Split the natural hair into two.
5. Using the dreadlock and the two natural hair sections, create a three strand braid.
6. Braid until the loose ends can't be tucked into the braid.
7. Hold your thread at the center bend. Wrap it around three times and tie it in place. (This gives you your initial knot - don't worry, the ends still are sticking out and looking hideous at this point.)
8. Leave one side of the thread with the dread and natural hair and the other side of the thread flying solo.
9. Wrap the free thread down and around the the loose hairs for several turns to lock it all down, wrapping past the natural ends.
10. Knot the thread and cut away the ends.
11. Repeat with remaining sections.

To remove:
1. Cut the elastic thread.
2. Gently loosen thread.
3. Unbraid.
4. Comb out and wash the natural hair.

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2 thoughts on “DIY: How to Install Single Ended (SE: Loop Top) Synthetic Dreadlocks”

  • dawn
    December 26, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    Hi, I watched a video tutorial on your site a couple of months ago that showed how to install synthetic SE dreads using an o-ring and thread. I recently got some hair from you and looked for the video again tonight but I don't see it anywhere. Do you not recommend this method anymore?

    • Nirvana Drew
      December 28, 2016 at 2:09 am

      There are two of them - they are filed under the human hair dread section for extenders. :) You can use them with synthetics too, of course. Here's one of them: The other one is done with thread instead of rubber bands. :)

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