A look at some of the most popular dreadlocking methods – Neglect/Natural/Freeform Vs Backcomb Vs Twist & Rip and the pros and cons of each method.
Neglect Method Guide: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHS6wS2OpFk
Backcomb Method Guide: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaiAmgJCYyo
Twist & Rip Guide: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4I-Yu6HZEs
My experiences are with Caucasian hair so these methods will be appropriate for those with similar hair. I will list various methods for attaining dreadlocks and the pros and cons of each.
Common to all methods
What all the methods share in common is the requirement for time and patience. Regardless of what you do to your hair, you will still need to wait for the hair to begin to lock and ‘mature’ on it’s own. Repeat application of backcombing or twist and rip will just slow down this maturing process. The best thing you can once you’ve got them started is leave them alone and forget about them! For months after I started mine I was worried about all the loose hair and how messy they looked – then I stopped worry and stopped caring about them and before I knew it, they were locking by themselves.
Until they’ve matured they will not lock by themselves so you can end up with loose unlocked hair at the tips and at the root. This is completely normal, leave it alone! it will sort itself out, I promise. Palm rolling or further twisting and ripping is counter productive to the maturing process. I never touch my hair now, the only maintenance I do is washing and drying. Washing keeps them non-greasy and drying roughly with a towel and blow-drier helps them knot up. My roots and tips sort themselves out and so will yours if you give them time!
Also all methods will result in vary degrees of shrinkage. I.E your dreadlocks will be significantly shorter than your straight hair and will take longer to grow. This is because the hair in dreadlocks are all bunched up rather than growing straight downwards. So be prepared for that.
Methods other than the natural/freeform method will include sectioning of the hair. Sectioning will determine the positioning and thickness of the dreadlocks and there is more info on that “HERE”.
Neglect /Natural /Freeform