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How to Install Single Ended (SE) and Double Ended (DE) Synth Dreads on Super Short Hair

Synthetic Dreadlocks on Super Short Hair:

Learn how to install double ended and single ended synthetic dreadlocks on super short hair.

Items Needed:
Synthetic Dreadlocks
Elastic Matrix Thread or Rubber Bands
Clips
Tail Comb
Shears
Water Bottle

Steps:
DE-
1. Cut your thread to an appropriate length.
2. Spray area with water for control.
3. Create your attachment section.
4. Use flat clips to keep sections clean.
5. Split the section into two: side by side.
4. Position the dread in between the two sections at the centerfold.
5. Pull both sections of loose hair around the dread.
6. Pinch one leg of the elastic thread in with the natural hair and wrap the other leg of thread around the loose hair for several turns.
7. Tie to secure.
8. Combine one leg of the dread, the ponytail, and one leg of the thread.
9. Using the other leg of thread, wind around and down the dread.
10. Continue banding the length of the dread past the natural ends.
11. Using one leg of the thread, complete three loop knots around the dread. Repeat with the other leg of thread.
12. Knot the two ends together three times and cut away the ends.
13. Repeat with remaining sections.

SE
1. Cut your thread to an appropriate length.
2. Spray area with water for control.
3. Create your attachment section.
4. Use flat clips to keep sections clean.
5. Split the section into two: top and bottom.
4. Feed the hair from the top section through the loop of the dread.
5. Combine the two sections together, creating a spiky ponytail around the dread loop.
6. With the thread and the ponytail pinched together, wind one leg of thread around the natural hair.
7. Tie the thread to secure it.
8. Combine the dread, the ponytail, and one leg of the thread.
9. Wind the free leg of thread around the dread.
10. Continue banding the length of the dread past the natural ends.
11. Using one leg of the thread, complete three loop knots around the dread. Repeat with the other leg of thread.
12. Knot the two ends together three times and cut away the ends.
13. 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.

The Amazing Items Used for this Tutorial


34 thoughts on “How to Install Single Ended (SE) and Double Ended (DE) Synth Dreads on Super Short Hair”

  • shaylah
    January 7, 2015 at 3:20 am

    My hair is super short. Almost an inch on top. I am trying to grow it out from having a fade. What's the absolute shortest I can get my dread extensions?

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    • Britni Sundburg
      January 26, 2015 at 1:38 am

      If you use this method, about an inch and a half. Not too much longer, and you'll have it. :)

      Reply
  • Cheyenne
    April 7, 2015 at 5:34 am

    I have short hair. Probably about 2-3 inches at most. I plan to get my hair cut, just a undercut on the side. I want to get synthetic dreads. How many would I need to do half of my head. I'm leaving my bangs out. Thanks!

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    • Britni Sundburg
      April 14, 2015 at 10:36 am

      That is a really hard call - it really depends on how big your dreads are, how thick your sections are and also whether they were singles/double enders. I would say as a very general guide, probably about 50 doubles - definitely give or take.

      Reply
  • Marlana Mosby
    May 25, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Help! I have very thin, baby fine hair that is short but not real short. Is it possible to weave dreadlocks into my hair with beads?

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    • Britni Sundburg
      June 15, 2015 at 5:57 am

      You should be able to use regular methods - even with fine hair. Installing anything with beads would cause more of a concentrated point of pressure - especially with dreadlocks as they tend to be a bulkier (read: heavier) installation. Check out the regular installation method for DE dreads. That should be fine.

      Reply
  • Mariia
    September 15, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    Hey, guys. I really want to have a beautiful dreads on my head. So it certainly can't be me who will put them there. Is anybody around can help me?) For an acceptable price of course.

    Reply
    • Britni Sundburg
      September 17, 2015 at 6:33 am

      Our students will be taking appointments soon, and we have some great people to refer to in the meantime. Send us a message at school@doctoredlocks.com and we can hook you up!

      Reply
      • Antonio Rawls jr
        May 22, 2016 at 7:53 am

        Need to know were to come

        Reply
        • Nirvana Drew
          May 23, 2016 at 2:54 am

          We are in Spokane, Washington

          Reply
  • Joanne
    April 3, 2016 at 2:43 am

    Hi, I have a slight problem my hairs about an inch and a half long and I want dreds is there a way for me to get them?

    Reply
    • Nirvana Drew
      April 4, 2016 at 2:42 am

      This video shows how to install dreadlocks. Are you wanting a different style of dreadlocks than what is presented?

      Reply
  • dennis
    May 25, 2016 at 11:09 am

    Help my wife and I have well over 16 hours into her dreadlocks and although we made them they are not sealing properly and when I try to install them they start to unravel is there a way to show you the locks and get your opinion on them we bought the materials from your shoo to make them and she has watched countless videos she really wants them.

    Reply
    • Nirvana Drew
      May 26, 2016 at 6:18 am

      I would help you even if you didn't buy them from our store. :p Just send me a message at doc@doctoredlocks.com with some pictures and I'll see what I can do. :)

      Reply
  • Nikki
    August 26, 2016 at 11:34 am

    With the short hair installation....how long can this stay in? Is it damaging to the hair?

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    • Nirvana Drew
      August 29, 2016 at 8:33 am

      As long as it's not pulling too aggressively and you have enough hair to support the weight there is no damage at all. You will be able to tell if it is too much as you will start to see hair root bulbs being pulled out near the base - you would just need to loosen your installation slightly to fix the issue. It can stay in for about a month an half before needing to be redone. :)

      Reply
  • Kandi
    September 9, 2016 at 11:23 pm

    I'm letting undercut grow out and really want to do something to my hair while it's in its awkward stage.

    If I do this, will it interfere with my hair growth or damage it much? How long could it last? How can I take care of it?

    I really love the look of dreads, I'm just nervous about the aftermath.

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    • Nirvana Drew
      September 12, 2016 at 4:53 am

      Nope, in fact, this is a great way to protect your hair during awkward stages. Just be sure that you don't install them so tight that they pull at your roots. You'll know they are too tight if you see little root balls being pulled out - this usually happens along the hairline or anywhere the hair gets pulled in a different direction. As long as you avoid that, you can grow out your style IN style! :)

      Reply
  • Brionna
    September 10, 2016 at 2:26 am

    My hair is about an inch and half long and using this method, they won't stay in. Every night, all the dreads that are in my shorter hair will fall out. Is there any other way to get them to stay in?

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    • Nirvana Drew
      September 12, 2016 at 4:53 am

      Unfortunately, this is the best method I have for short hair. You could try reinforcing your bands with our Elastic Matrix Thread. Once you get the short ones installed with this method, just use the elastic matrix to wind over and reinforce your work. That should save you from having to reinstall. :)

      Reply
  • Dread loser
    November 21, 2016 at 3:47 am

    I'm trying to grow out my hair to 2-3 inches I don't know how many dreads extensions I will need for a full head about sharpie size and idk if I need double lock or single kinda new

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    • Nirvana Drew
      November 22, 2016 at 3:43 am

      Some people like the look of singles to doubles and vice versa. If you do all singles, your sections might look more natural, but you will have a braid on each dread. I personally prefer doubles because you have two dreads per section, but only one has a braid and so they don't look quite as braid heavy. You will need about 50 sharpie size dreads for a full head, though some people really like to pack them in there and can do up to 20 more. I think that 50 in that size looks very natural and still very full.

      Reply
  • Sydney
    December 18, 2016 at 12:53 am

    So I'm a lady with a buzzed hair cut but I'm still wanting synthetic dreadlocks. What do I do?

    Reply
    • Nirvana Drew
      December 19, 2016 at 4:13 am

      We have a tutorial for that! https://www.doctoredlocks.com/dread-piece-for-short-or-no-hair/

      Reply
  • Taylor Lynch
    December 19, 2016 at 5:28 am

    Can you wash these?

    Reply
    • Nirvana Drew
      December 20, 2016 at 2:33 am

      Absolutely!

      Reply
  • Logan Baker
    February 11, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    Hello, I plan on dreading my hair out. I have pretty lengthy hair on top which is where I want them... I want to start off with extensions to see how I like dreads before growing my real hair out. However is it possible to lock up your real hair into the extensions once your roots grow out? I also plan on buying real hair made extensions. This will be my first time so I am hoping to get good feedback from as many people possible on what I should do.

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    • Nirvana Drew
      February 13, 2017 at 3:25 am

      It is possible to lock up your hair and add extensions - but I wouldn't just weave them together if that's what you mean. Check out our tutorials on locking up natural hair, then extending them. If you were to do an install and then just try to combine them without redoing the installation, you'd probably have ok sections, but the spots at which the extensions and natural hair overlap would be too bulky as the natural hair grew out. So they would go from thin at the roots to thick. Check out the human hair dreads section for work with naturals. :)

      Reply
  • rae Adaway
    August 22, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    can you use regular thread? or does it HAVE to be elastic..? or can you use a yarn?

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    • Doc
      August 23, 2017 at 8:50 am

      Sure! You can use regular thread or yarn. The advantage to using elastic thread is that it stretches like a rubber band and can give you a better hold. I also like the way it doesn't tear up my hands like some other thread. You can use any type in a pinch though! :)

      Reply
  • Pfurwai
    August 28, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    My hair grows really thin so at the moment my hair maxes out at about 1 and a half inches pulled out to the longest but its thick on the top of my head. I wanted to ask if I'd be able to get synthetic dreads for the top of my head and keep an undercut on the sides.

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    • Doc
      August 30, 2017 at 4:13 am

      As long as your hair can tolerate the weight, I think that would look great! I use dreads to hide short hair all the time! :)

      Reply
  • Rebekah
    July 21, 2019 at 7:09 am

    Thank you for sharing your tutorial. I’ve been waiting for my hair to grow back after I shaved it. Now I know I don’t have to wait so long! ?

    Reply
    • Doc
      July 22, 2019 at 3:00 am

      You are very welcome!

      Reply
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