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The Guide to Wicks Dreads

Wicks dreadlocks, also known as twisted dreadlocks, are a type of hairstyle where the hair is twisted into tight, rope-like strands that resemble wicks. The hair is typically divided into sections and twisted, starting from the roots and working towards the ends, until each section forms a tight, compact strand. The strands can be styled and shaped into different forms, such as spirals or twists, and are often secured with hair bands or wax. Wicks dreadlocks are typically created with natural hair and are a popular alternative to traditional dreadlocks, which are often formed by matting the hair over time. Like traditional dreadlocks, wicks dreadlocks require regular maintenance, such as washing and interlocking, to keep them looking neat and tidy.

Here is a guide to creating wicks dreadlocks:

  1. Prepare your hair: Wash and condition your hair, then let it air-dry or use a hair dryer on a low heat setting. Moisturize your hair with a leave-in conditioner or oil.

  2. Gather your tools: You will need a comb, a crochet hook or latch hook, hair wax or dreadlock gel, and hair bands.

  3. Section your hair: Divide your hair into sections, using clips or rubber bands, to make it easier to work with.

  4. Apply a twisting product: Apply a twisting product to each section of hair, working it in from the roots to the tips.

  5. Create the base of the dreadlock: Using a comb, create a small, tight twist at the root of each section of hair.

  6. Start twisting the hair: Hold the base of the twist with one hand and use the other hand to twist the hair, pulling it tight as you go. Continue twisting the hair until it forms a tight, rope-like strand.

  7. Secure the dreadlock: Use a hair band to secure the end of the dreadlock. Repeat the process for each section of hair, working your way around the head.

  8. Interlock the dreadlocks: Use the crochet hook or latch hook to interlock the dreadlocks, pulling small strands of hair from the root of each lock and inserting them into the body of the lock. This will help to prevent unraveling and maintain the shape of the dreadlocks.

  9. Style the wicks: Use hair wax or dreadlock gel to style the wicks, twisting them into any desired shape and securing them with hair bands.

It is important to be gentle when creating wicks dreadlocks, as pulling or tugging on the hair can cause damage. The tight twists may take several weeks or months to fully form and mature into wicks. It's also important to maintain and care for your dreadlocks by washing and conditioning regularly, and interlocking as needed to prevent unraveling.