Dreads have been around for thousands of years and will continue to be because they are more than just a hairstyle, they are a statement. They say a lot about an individual’s personality and the courage to fully express it. Also, let’s face it, they are just plain cool!
Historically associated with many different cultures such as the Greek, Aztec, Buddhist or Rastafari, dreadlocks today are mainly linked to African culture and identity. However, people from all over the world choose to wear and enjoy this funky hairstyle.
The question is how do you go about it if you want to get some cool dreads but your hair is short? If you could just use a hair crimper to get this done, it would be very easy. Unfortunately, that is not the case, so take a look at the tips we listed below, to get you started in the right direction.
Use residue free shampoo
It is important to use residue-free shampoo in pretty much everything that is related to getting and maintaining dreadlocks. This type of shampoo removes all the grease and dirt deposits from your hair and, more importantly, doesn’t leave residues of its own behind.
Normal shampoos contain ingredients and chemicals that tame your hair, but when it comes to dreads, this is not a good idea, as a lubricated hair means your dreadlocks can get loosened. Moreover, this residue can build up in your hair and form mold in your dreadlocks, so it’s best to avoid it altogether.
Keep your hair dry
Before you start forming your dreads, blow-dry your hair thoroughly and from every direction, in order to get as much volume as you possibly could into it. You need to make sure there is not even a single strand of wet hair before you start dreadlocking.
Keeping your dreads dry all the time is important. Every time you wash them, make sure they dry completely and down to the center. As getting dreads on a short hair means you can grow full locs much easier later on, it’s best to ensure a thorough maintenance for best results.
Previous chemical treatments
If you previously used treatments such as hair relaxers, then you might want to do a bit of research on the topic and even ask for some expert advice. When it comes to relaxers, there are different opinions on whether it’s a good idea to form locs after such a treatment or not.
Relaxed hair is not just as healthy as natural hair and it can become brittle, dry and weak. Unfortunately, weak hair leads to weak locs, so if you want to keep yours for a longer period of time, then make sure this is not an issue.
So you’ve done all the research, prepared your hair and are now ready to get those dreads. At this point, there are several techniques you can use in order to get the best results. The brushing method means you need to make small circular motions with a soft bristled brush.
Brush small circles in a clockwise motion and the hair will start to form into balls. Once this happens, move onto the next section of hair, until all of it is done. You can also use a sponge brush specifically designed to create dreads.
Once you’re done, apply wax and avoid touching the hair for at least 3 hours. You can secure the dreads with hair clips or elastic bands, but make sure these are secured near the root of the hair and are not too tight, as they can cause discomfort on your scalp.
Another method you can use and which is ideal for coarse hair as short as 2 inches, is twisting dreadlocks. To get started, separate the hair into inch-sized squares, thoroughly comb each section and apply a loc cream.
Once this is done, insert the comb close to the root of each hair section and twist it while pulling, doing this all the way to the end of it. When finished, that portion of hair should be formed into a small dread. Do this for the entire hair, and if you used enough loc cream, securing the dreads shouldn’t be necessary.
No matter how you choose to go about it, doing this is a making a statement on behalf of your personality, so go ahead and enjoy every moment of getting and wearing those cool dreads.