Interlocking Dreads: Everything You Should Know

Interlocking dreads

Interlocking is a technique used to create and maintain dreads. It involves pulling the ends of the loc through the root to creating a knot at the base and tighten new growth to the scalp.

The interlocking method is also known as “root flipping” or “latch hooking dreads”.

How to Do Interlocking Dreads

  1. Wash your locs with a dreadlock residue-free shampoo.
  2. Wrap the new hair growth around the root of the loc.
  3. Insert the hook in the middle of the dreads at the base of each loc to form a hole
  4. Insert the rest of the loc into the loop of the hook. Continue this process until the dreadlock becomes tight and appears in a Y-shape.
  5. If you have more room and the dreadlock isn’t too tight, insert it in the opposite direction.

Here is a more detailed step by step to interlocking dread maintenance

Wash your dreads

Wash your dreadlocks twice using a residue-free shampoo.

Here is a detailed guide on how to wash dreadlocks.

For dreadlocks that haven’t been clarified for a while, here is a step by step on how to deep clean dreadlocks.

Get the required materials ready

In this case, you will need a latch hook, clips, a towel, and water spray to keep hair wet in case it gets dry. There are no special products required to interlock dreadlocks.

Interlock the dreads

  • You will find new hair growth at the base of the dreadlocks. Wrap the new hair growth around the root of the loc.
  • Insert the hook in the middle of the dreads at the base of each loc to form a hole
  • Insert the rest of the loc into the loop of the hook. Continue this process until the dreadlock becomes tight and appears in a Y-shape.
  • If you have more room and the dreadlock isn’t too tight, insert it in the opposite direction.

Whatever you do, make sure the root is never too tight.

Below is a video detailing the entire interlocking process.

Interlocking Dreads Pros and Cons

Interlocking pros

  • Interlocking works great for every hair texture although the results are better on afro hair.
  • Longer lasting maintenance. The time that you’ll have to wait between maintenance is different when you maintain your dreads with interlocking technique. On average, you’ll maintain your dreadlocks every eight weeks, unlike one a month with palm-rolling.
  • It’s a great maintenance technique for those that sweat a lot, work out a lot, and those that often swim because you can shampoo your dreads without having to retwist them.
  • No products needed
  • It’s a quick and easy technique
  • The technique helps prevent “fro-loc” look after sweating, getting rained on, swimming, or after shampooing your dreadlocks.
  • Interlocking helps to pull in loose new hairs to keep base of the loc strong and with the same size.

Interlocking cons

  • The method forms a braided effect in the hair
  • If not done by a professional loctician, it can cause locs thinning, splitting, pain, and traction alopecia.
  • In most cases, residue forms at the area where it is interlocked.

Interlocking Dread Tool

Interlocking dreads method requires the use of a small tool known as an interlocking tool that has a small hook attached to its end.

You can use a locking needle to interlock dreads and do your own maintenance.

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How to get dreads – The interlocking technique

Locs can be created using the interlocking method. This technique creates knots on the whole length starting from the bottom.

Below is a video on how to start interlock dreads.

How long does interlocking dreads last?

Interlocking dread maintenance will last averagely 8 weeks – between 6 weeks and 3 months.  How fast your hair grows highly influences the maintenance frequency.

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Interlocking maintenance on afro hair

What hair types can do interlocking?

Interlocking dreadlocks is perfect for all hair types, although afro hair gets the best out of this method.

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