Beards are so passé

Sorry kids, dreadlocks are where it's at.

Here is your one-page primer on how to make them, maintain them, style them.

Much love,

The Knot Squad xx

The world's most natural hairstyle

Some people on this planet let their hair dread up for religious reasons, others find it the best way to tame overexcited curls, and for others it is a great way to add volume to fine, straight locks.

Whatever your reason, enjoy the journey to your unique and exciting hairdo!

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your hairdo, yeah
I'm glad you like mine too,
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Let's get knotty

Here is a selection of the most common methods to create dreadlocks in caucasian hair. Your milage may vary depending on hair-type and length. Both back-combing and twist and rip are time-consuming, and easier to do with at least one good friend. So grab some pizza and your favourite tipple.

You need a sturdy, tight, comb, ideally metal, like a lice comb for example. You can section your hair in advance and hold the strands in place with little rubber bands, or you just grab strand after stand as you go along. It shouldn't matter whether you start at the top of the head or the back. Pick the strand you want to work on and start as close to the scalp as possible by combing inwards, ie towards the scalp with quick repetitive movements. Your hair will go super poofy in no time, that's expected behaviour.

Pros:

  • Since the hair gets scrunched up right from the start the shrinkage doesn't seem to be as drastic over the next year.

Cons:

  • back-combed hair looks very poofy for the first days/weeks and may tempt you to use wax to tame it.

You need a sturdy, tight, comb, ideally metal, like a lice comb for example. You can section your hair in advance and hold the strands in place with little rubber bands, or you just grab strand after stand as you go along. It shouldn't matter whether you start at the top of the head or the back. Pick the strand you want to work on and start as close to the scalp as possible by combing inwards, ie towards the scalp with quick repetitive movements. Your hair will go super poofy in no time, that's expected behaviour.

Pros:

  • the new dreads look neat right after making them
  • you don't lose a lot of initial length

Cons:

  • shrinkage is more apparent

This method is also called the "neglect method", which has a bit of a negative connotation. But essentially that's what it boils down to, you just stop combing your hair. Wash and dry as you normally would, and separate the strands at the scalp once in a while to avoid nests (unless that's what you want).

Pros:

  • the hair does its own thing
  • almost no effort needed

Cons:

  • the hair does its own thing :)
  • it takes a while to form into neat dreads, especially with thin, straight hair.
  • The interim stages are messier than with the other methods.

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