Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Dreadlock Vocabulary

Dread Needle = Crochet Hook; Works for all hair types.

Backcombing = "Combing Backward" to create dreadlocks.  Works for all hair types.

Twist and Rip = Separating a section of non dreaded hair into two parts. Twisting them together, combining the two parts into one, and separating again into two different parts (half of the first part should be placed with the other half of the second part??? if that makes any sense) Works best with kinky hair.

Twisting = Twisting a section on non dreaded hair with wax between two fingers over and over until a dreadlock forms.  (I don't know very much about how good twisting is at making dreads)

Dread Braiding = Starting dreads by braiding sections.  I've heard that this works in making dreads, but it takes a little while longer and may result in clumpy looking dreadlocks.

Neglect/Natural Dreadlocks = Stop conditioning and brushing.  Takes much longer to mature and your hair decides what kind of dreadlocks it wants.

Dread Perm = Chemically frying the hair so that it can be dreaded easier.

Loomed Dreads/ Extensions = Palm rolling/ crocheting sections of wool until it clumps into a dreadlock.  Can be dreaded into the natural hair as well as be clipped/ rubber banned into non dreaded hair.

Congo = When dreadlocks start making friends with its neighbor dreadlocks and decide to stick together.

Blunt ends = When the end of the dreadlock has been folded over at the tip and dreaded into itself.  Makes the ends of dreadlocks round.

Long ends = When the tip of the dreadlock has been left alone to dread by itself.

Tam = Type of hat often worn by dreadheads.  Usually knitted/ crocheted and can fit dreadlocks inside.

Dread Wax = Product that can be used on dreadlocks.  Many are made with bees wax.  It keeps little fly away hairs in line and (if used properly) can help speed up the dread process.

Dread Beads = Beads with large holes that can be worn on dreadlocks.

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