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DIY: How to Create Dreads for a Day

Temporary Dreads:

Learn how to create a temporary dread style.

Items Needed:
Tail Comb
Hair Spray
Flat Iron

1. Create the desired part line.
2. Pick up a section and begin lightly backcombing starting a few inches from the scalp and working down the hair.
3. Hairspray the "dread" form making sure to coat both sides.
4. Twist into a dread-like form and apply heat with a flat iron.
5. Work down the form in manageable sections, twisting the hair and applying heat.
6. Continue each dread section until the style is complete.
7. To remove slowly comb out starting at the bottom of the dread.

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21 thoughts on “DIY: How to Create Dreads for a Day”

  • lizza
    June 29, 2015 at 5:06 am

    this seems really hard for me but you all made it very simple to understand thank you very much!!!!!!!

  • Saubriannah Armstrong
    February 26, 2016 at 7:26 am

    How long do these last? When are you supposed to take them out? Is this just a hairstyle for the day, or a week, or a couple of weeks?:)

    • Nirvana Drew
      February 29, 2016 at 4:06 am

      That really depends on your hair - each person is different. I can leave these in for a few weeks without problem, but if your hair is prone to knots and tangles, I don't know that I would leave it in for more than a day or two.

  • Iva
    June 8, 2016 at 5:41 am

    What happens if you wash your hair with it?

    • Nirvana Drew
      June 9, 2016 at 4:16 am

      Your hair becomes clean. :)

      • Kathryne
        November 23, 2016 at 1:15 am

        But does it keep the dreads?

        • Nirvana Drew
          November 23, 2016 at 9:36 am

          No, if you wash your hair then you will want to comb out the dreads first. If you do wash your hair with them in, it will likely start the locking process (and their are other methods better for starting solid locks). This is just for temporary fun. :) If you want to keep dreads in longer, and wash your hair, I would recommend trying synthetic extension dreads - they will keep your natural hair protected but give you the look of dreads for about 45 days or so at a time.

  • James
    June 22, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    is this damaging to your hair?

    • Nirvana Drew
      June 23, 2016 at 6:51 am

      It isn't BUT you do need to be gentle when you are combing them out. If you get impatient and brush through it aggressively, then it definitely can be damaging (make sure you comb out on dry hair, with no spray detanglers, flat iron as you work to keep the kinks from causing issues). As long as you are effective with your comb outs, then you can do this regularly with no adverse effects. :)

  • Rhea
    October 17, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    I'd really like to get dreads, but my hair is thinner and fine - so I worry about tons of scalp showing with dreads. Could I do this and leave it in for a month or so to get an idea how actual dreads would progress with my hair? And if I wash my hair (with residual free shampoo), would that untangle these temporary dreads?

    • Nirvana Drew
      October 18, 2016 at 4:27 am

      I would not leave these in for more than a few days. These will start to mat if they are kept in. Also, you will accelerate the locking process if you wash them. Some will untangle, but some tangles will become tighter. This should be brushed out of dry hair after just a few days of wear. If you are worried about how dreads will look on you, you can always bulk up your natural hair by installing extension dreads. Check out our synthetic and human hair dread tutorials. :)

  • lillian
    November 4, 2016 at 5:36 am

    if you leave the in for more then one day will ur air permantl dread

    • Nirvana Drew
      November 8, 2016 at 1:54 am

      The longer you leave it in, the more tangly your hair will become. That said, most people could get away with this style for much longer than a day before having permanent dreads. You will have to gauge for yourself as everyone is different, but do err on the side of caution.

  • Blake
    April 2, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Im a guy getting ready for a festival in a few months and really want to do this for the first day or so of it. I have two Questions, what is the rough minimum length for this method to be effective. And second, i have pretty curly hair. Like natural finger curls, so is there anything i should do differently or be aware of?

    • Doc
      April 3, 2017 at 5:38 am

      You can achieve this look with any length, but it may not look the way you want it to without extra length. You can use a clip set or other extensions to help fill it out though. As you know, with curly hair it can like to dread quicker than straight hair - so just be sure to comb out one the next day to make sure you can still get through it. If its still good, then you are safe to style that section and keep going. Just don't push it if there is any question. :)

  • Savage
    June 19, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Can you wear the he temporary dreads and go swimming with them in our will the chlorinated pool also activate the permanent dreading?

    • Doc
      June 20, 2017 at 4:09 am

      It depends on your hair type - but I wouldn't recommend it. Many people, when they get mats of hair wet, it becomes much harder to comb out. Some people can get away with it, but my hair? Oh my gosh no. :)

  • Julia Wear
    October 2, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Can these be turned into actual dreads and keep the clean look out will it turn into a frizzy mess?... I'm trying to decide what method to use to have the cleanest dreads with no or little frizz right of the bat

    • Doc
      October 4, 2017 at 3:40 am

      I wouldn't do that with these - these are designed to be removable and therefore lack the integrity for long term wear. You will want to do a backcomb & crochet method with possibly a dread perm. Those are right off the bat beautiful and have the best chance of survival with any hair type.

  • nadia
    January 24, 2018 at 3:33 am

    Hi, my hear has a natural curl to it, would this affect the look?

    • Doc
      January 25, 2018 at 4:28 am

      It shouldn't affect the look - except your ends may be a bit curlier. Curly hair has a tendency to want to lock on its own, so go into this method with caution and make sure you test being able to remove it easily. Maybe try one or two for a day and see how your hair does.

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