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Starting Dreadlocks with Single Twists

Starting Dreadlocks with Single Twists

Starting locks (dreadlocks) with single twist is a lot like starting locks with comb coils. The only difference is that you use your fingers instead of a comb to form the lock. If your hair will form a natural coil you can usually start your locks this way. You can start any length of hair with this method.

Washing Them

Until your locks start to actually lock, you will need to be careful washing them. Some people recommend waiting at least four weeks before washing. If you choose to wait that time you can clean your scalp with an astringent like witch hazel or Sea Breeze.

Maintenance

Locks started with single twists are usually maintained by twisting or palm rolling.

Pros

This is really easy to do yourself. You really are just taking a section of hair and twisting it.

If you would rather have someone else help you, most natural hair salons can start your hair for you with finger twists. Many offer twisting and palm rolling lock maintenance.

If you get your locks started in a salon it is usually inexpensive depending on your hair’s length.

Locks formed with this method (and maintained by twisting or palm rolling) usually have uniform length and width.

You final lock will have a uniform look.

Cons

You have to be really careful washing your hair at first. If you work out a lot you may want to go for a method that doesn’t come a loose as easily.

If you get hand-in-your-head-itis (always twisting your locks) you can weaken your bases and cause your locks to thin.

It is very tempting to always have your hand in your head.

To keep the roots and bases of your locks looking neat you will need to re-twist them after washing.

How To Start Locks with Twists

  • You will need:
  • Comb (optional)
  • Clips for sectioning hair
  • Holding agent

1. Start out with clean freshly washed hair.

2. Start in the back of your head.

3. Section off a piece of hair of hair.

4. Put a little gel on the piece of hair.

5. Starting at the root twist the section of hair around your finger until it forms a coil.

6. Repeat over entire head.



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