Touching up dreads made out of your own hair

In the text we use the words dreads and dreadlocks interchangeably.

You can touch up your dreads yourself. Here is an explanation of the best way to do this.

Real DreadsClockwise rubbing of dreadlocks - Fixing the outgrowth of your real dreads

In addition to palm rolling your dreads, it’s also important to touch up the roots of your dreadlocks near your scalp. You can do this by using the Clockwise Rubbing Method. With this method, you take the root of the dreads between your thumb and index finger and keep turning in the same direction (clockwise). This method helps ensure that new growth is incorporated into the dreads. It is a good idea to regularly put some Lock Pow(d)er on your fingers when doing this to make your hair stiffer, which will speed up the matting process in your dreads.

If you want to make the new growth even stronger, use a crochet hook . This will directly entangle the new growth from the inside so it will firmly grow into your dreadlocks.

This method of fixing dreadlocks is very good and provides a natural result.

Fixing the outgrowth of your dreadlocks with thread or elastics

A simple way to neatly fix the outgrowth of your dreads is to knot an elastic to the outgrowth of your dreads. Using an elastic is simple, but doesn’t look as nice because the elastics are visible on your scalp. Using thread requires a bit more work, but provides a nicer look. The thread can be left on your dreads and will grow into your dreadlocks. The loose hairs knot around the thread.

Using a crochet hook on your dreads

Making real dreadlocks can be done using the different methods described in ‘Making real dreads’. Dreadlocks that are formed using the Crochet Hook Method are firmer and become compact faster. To accelerate this process even more after they’ve been made, you can regularly touch up your dreads using a crochet hook. This ensures that your dreads remain well matted from the inside, which will make them and keep them much firmer

Touching up your dreads with a crochet hook is done as follows:

  • Insert the crochet hook in the top of your dread and move it gently back and forth.
  • Remove the crochet hook and insert it further into your dread.
  • Move it gently back and forth again.
  • Keep repeating this until you’ve reached the end of the dread.

The crochet hook will mat the hairs inside your dreads. This will speed up the compacting process of your dreadlocks so you’ll have nice compact dreads in less time!

Touching up the ends of your dreadlocks

Use a coarse comb if the hairs on the ends of your dreadlocks do not incorporate into a dread, but remain loose. Insert this comb into the end of your dread and comb in the opposite direction. This will mat the ends. For an even better result, use the crochet hook now to knot and firm up the ends from the inside.

You can then apply the Dollylocks Tightening Gel to the ends of your dreadlocks so they remain nice and firm.

Loose strands of hair between your dreads

As your hair grows, you will naturally have loose strands of hair between your dreads. These are often new hairs that have not yet properly been worked into your dreads. You can easily incorporate these loose hairs into your dreadlocks with a dread tool. You do this one tuft at a time.

How does the dread tool work?

  • You insert the tool at the top of your dread.
  • Put the loose tuft into the head of the dread tool.
  • Close the hook of the dread tool.
  • Pull the tool with the tuft through your dread.
  • Remove the tuft from the dread tool.
  • Insert the dread tool through the dreadlock just below the tuft of hair.
  • Put the loose tuft of hair through the head of the dread tool again and pull this through the dreadlock again.
  • Repeat until the loose tuft of hair is almost completely worked into your dreadlock.
  • You work the tuft of hair completely into the dreadlock by pricking the dread tool a few centimeters from under where the tuft is. Then put the loose tuft into the head of the dread tool, close the hook and pull the dread tool down through the end of your dread.
  • Then touch up the part of your dread where the loose tuft of hair is with a crochet hook.

Tip! The loose hair is often very smooth, so use Locking Pow(d)er. This makes the hair stiffer and ensures that it mats better so it doesn’t easily come out of your dreadlocks again.

Real Dreads

Dry dreadlocks

If you already have dry hair, your dreadlocks can also feel very dry. Over time, dry dreads can break off. So it’s very important to take good care of them. You can use various dread oils and/or creams for dry dreadlocks. You can apply these products to your dreads up to twice a week. In order to ensure that the dread oil or cream is evenly distributed throughout your dreadlocks, we recommend using it when palm rolling your dreads.

Making your dreads firmer

Sometimes you can get limp areas in your dreadlocks. This occurs when your dreads are not matted tight enough. You can use a crochet hook to fix this, but there are also various products that can make your dreadlocks firmer. Dollylocks Tightening Gel is recommended as a solution to this problem.

After touching up your dreadlocks

After you’ve touched up your dreadlocks, it’s important to palm roll them with a dread wax, dread cream or dread gel. This ensures that all of the hairs on your dreads stick together and keeps them from becoming fluffy. Now you’ll have nice looking, well-kept dreadlocks again!