How to Weave Dreadlock Extensions in Straight Hair

by KellyB

Dreadlocks, often shortened to "dreads," are a hairstyle that consists of individual locks of matted and twisted hair. As a style, dreads are often associated with a certain lifestyle, religion or taste in music, but they can also be purely a stylistic choice. Dreadlocks can look very different from one person to another, because they depend on the quality, type and texture of one’s hair. Lately, since the improvement of weaving techniques, many are choosing dreadlock extensions instead of growing natural dreads, a process that often requires too much time and patience. This way, a person can have already matured dreadlocks in a matter of hours.

Items you will need

  • Metal rings
  • Nail glue
  • Silicone caulk
  • Thread
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Crochet hook
Step 1

Wash your straight hair thoroughly.

Step 2

Secure the top of the dreadlock extension with nail glue or silicone caulk to make it neat.

Step 3

Sew a small rubber O-ring to the top of the dread extension. These rings can be bought in a craft, hardware or home improvement store. When weaving straight hair, since it is usually thinner and finer than curly hair, use really small rings.

Step 4

Pull a small section of hair, at the root in the area where you want the extension, through the ring, using a crochet hook, for more precision. Adjust the size of the section with the perimeter of the ring.

Step 5

Braid the hair with two parts of the natural hair you just pulled through the ring and one part dread. Braid a short way down the dread and wrap the end of the hair with thread or a clear hair band. This method will provide a secure connection between natural hair and the dreadlocks. Repeat to add as many dreads as desired.

Tips

  • For an extension that starts nearer the scalp, tie the hair off with thread or a hair band after you pull it through the O-ring and let it hang down next to the dread extension. Maintain your weave and your dreadlocks, contrary to the popular opinion, dreadlocks need even more care than regular hair. Make sure to regularly wash your dreads, the extensions, massage the scalp and freshen up the weave every two or three months.

Warnings

  • Make sure to wash your hair thoroughly. Don't braid too tightly at the root as you can damage your scalp.

Photo Credits

  • Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images

About the Author

Based in West Windsor, New Jersey, Kelly Brown has been writing health and travel related articles since 1999. Her work has appeared in “Salon” magazine and “Better Health” magazine. Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the Southern Connecticut State University.