How To Crochet Dreads


Crochet dreads is a technique that uses a small crochet hook to start or maintain dreadlocks. This method has been a point of discussion in the recent years with some claiming it breaks the hair, while others claim to be the best thing since sliced bread.

Though it’s been around for years now, the method hasn’t been widely accepted. For this reason, you shouldn’t expect to walk into any your typical salon to get your locs crocheted because very few have an idea on crochet dreadlocks is actually done.

In this blog post, we’re going to explain in detail everything you should know about crochet dreads.

How to Crochet Dreads

  1. Wash your dreadlocks with a residue free shampoo.
  2.  Dry your hair naturally or using a hair dryer.
  3. At the roots, gather a mass of loose hair and twist it around the dread.
  4. Grab the crochet hook and then insert it into the loc.
  5. Wrap the mass of the loose hair around the crochet hook and pull it through while gently turning the hair and stick it to different places around the shaft of the dreadlock.
  6. Make short strokes in and out of the dread in a jabbing motion to pull the hair into the loc and compact it.

We always advise you to consult a professional loctician if you need to crochet your dreads. However, if you’d like to do it yourself, below are some detailed guidelines:

Wash your dreadlocks

Use a residue free shampoo to wash your dreadlocks. Here is a detailed guide on how to wash dreadlocks.

On the other hand, if you haven’t clarified your dreadlocks for a while, here is a detailed guide to help you deep clean them.

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Wash My Dreads Shampoo

Prepare your materials

Below are the things you will need: clips, towel, a crochet hook .4mm to .75mm

How to crochet dreads

  • When your hair is dry, gather a mass of hair that’s frayed around or sticking out of the root of the dreadlock and twist it together.
  • Grab the crochet hook and then insert it into the loc.
  • Wrap the mass of the loose hair around the crochet hook and pull it through while gently turning the hair and stick it to different places around the shaft of the dreadlock.

The crochet hook is basically pulling any loose hair back into the inside of the loc. The curved hook on the end of the crochet tool will help insert hair into the loc with little or no resistance.

Make short strokes in and out of the loc in a jabbing motion to pull the hair into the loc and compact it. The ability of this technique to compact any tangled hairs is what helps it create dreadlocks.

As you work your way through each loc and pulling hair loose hair into the inside of each loc, you’ll be able to smoothen the dreadlocks out at the same time.

Therefore, if you desire to get some instant dreads with a crochet hook, then this is the best method for fastest results. Crocheting dreadlocks will allow the hair to lock immediately and hence speeding up the maturity process.

This method is great for anyone that had problems in the past trying to loc with other techniques.

Crochet Dreads Pros and Cons

Crochet Dread Pros

  • It’s a less painful method compared to other methods such as interlocking.
  • The method works for 99% of the hair types
  • It can attach extensions without the need of a string
  • You can wash or swim immediately after crocheting
  • No products needed with this method
  • The locs appear mature instantly and they don’t unravel

Crochet Dread Cons

  • It’s hard to find experienced professionals who do quality work without damaging your hair.
  • It’s a tough method to learn that can damage the hair if used improperly.
  • Not a popular method in the loctician community, so it could be a challenge finding a styling specialist near you for regular maintenance
  • It’s not as tight as retwist or interlocking methods
  • This technique requires more practice to learn and master unlike other methods
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How to get dreads – The crochet method

How long does crochet dreads maintenance last?

The maintenance lasts for approximately 3-4 months

How to crochet dreads – Hair types

This method works with any hair type either from Asian to Afro hair.

Is The Crochet Method Painful?

For some people, the method can be painful since the hair is pulled close to the scalp. However, some who’ve tried it claim that the method isn’t painful at all. The longer the appointment, the more sensitive your head will become.

Do you need wax to do crochet dread maintenance?

There are no products needed to perform crochet dread maintenance as the method is 100% organic. It’s not advisable to use wax on your dreads as it’ll leave build ups and residue.

Here are 4 reasons why you shouldn’t wax your dreadlocks.

How to crochet dreads tip

Unlike other methods, crocheting dreadlocks requires you to be gentle. The repetitive stabbing motion can injure your fingers especially if you’re too forceful/rough.

If there’s some resistance while trying to insert the crochet through one area of the dreadlock, don’t force it but instead move it to a different area or a different angle.

You don’t want to break/tear your hair while trying to use this tool. If you hear it snap, then you’re too rough and will likely weaken the dreadlock which will eventually lead to thinning out.

Therefore, the best strategy would be to always practice and be gentle with your hair.

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New dreads using the crochet method

What is the best crochet hook for dreads?

Most people are comfortable with 0.5mm to 0.75mm for starting, maintaining, and tightening dreadlocks. This range is small enough and will easily insert in a mature loc without creating visible holes. The hook is also effective for intertwining the loose hair of both natural hair and synthetic extensions.

Crochet Dreads vs. Interlocking

The interlocking method involves creating a knot at the base of the loc by pulling the end of the loc through its base.

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