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crocheting method, making dreadlocks with crochet hook

crocheted dreadlocks look extremely neat, but are very high maintenance

this is what crochet will do to your dreads!

this is a guide to creating and maintaining crocheted dreadlocks, however this method is not recommended because of the extreme damage caused and the excessive maintenance involved.

first lets talk about the issues:

the quest for perfection

dreadlocks are not meant to be perfect, but in todays corporate environment neatness may be a factor, so many opt for crocheting to create very neat tidy dreads. the problem with this is multiple issues.

1: the dreads have a distinct woven look very different from the natural growth so constant touch ups are needed to keep uniformity

2:when shoving a metal hook through a dread you break more hairs then you "fix" so the tidiness only lasts a week or 2 then the dreads get extra fuzzy and need to be crocheted again to fix the damage caused by crocheting

3:it becomes a never ending cycle of damage and repair, many continue crocheting year after year weekly or bi weekly, even up to 15 hours at a time>

4: over time the dreads become "perforated" and weak, even in extreme cases falling off or becoming very thin especially at the roots.

5: the dreads when crocheted obsessively can look "fake" having had all the natural personality woven out of them.

6: crocheting even one time just to start will delay any progress by 6 months or more the extreme tightness does not alow movement so they do not dread until they are allowed to loosen enough to dread this takes a very long time.

if you did start your dreads with crochet, stop, they should recover eventually unless the damage has progressed too far. i included the above video as a guide, crocheting dreads is an option for professional environments especially when permanence is not expected. however, neatness can also be acheived by just pulling your dreads back neatly, smoothing with aloe, or wearing a tram or wrap.

note to professionals:
no employer has the right to limit your freedom of religion, this does not mean you have to be rasta to wear dreadlocks. haveing any religions or spiritual belief connected to dreading is enough, even just believing in remaining natural. therefore they cannot demand neatness that is not reasonable while folowing a nazerite like vow to not maintain your hair. reasonable expectations can only include hiding the dreads or styling them in a presentable manor (tied back neatly)

this video also should be watched and understood fully

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Comment by ☮ soaring eagle ॐ on March 22, 2014 at 10:53pm

post pics u might want to lose the extentions sooner rather then later

Comment by localsin on March 22, 2014 at 10:44pm

I've had my dreads just over a year, at the time my hair wasn't very long plus I have "genetic" balding on the top of my head, so I had a few synthetic locks crocheted in. for 8 months I had them tightened with the hook every 5 weeks or so, until I went to Bali and had some real hair extensions crocheted. This was october last year and this was the last time I had any work done. 5 months later and I have -lots- of excess hair floating around, particularly on the top of my head. Most of the roots and my own hair that's still showing is much thinner than the extensions I put in.. so I imagine it's going to look a bit daft in another year or two.

I want to go as natural as I can! What hair I do have (that's actually mine) is so thin and sparse, so I wanna keep most of the extensions until I can repair my scalp and hopefully get some more hair going.

dread gurus
Comment by ☮ soaring eagle ॐ on September 23, 2013 at 8:00pm

seem to mature is the operative word they fake maturity by constant crochet the more they crochet the longer they delay any actual maturing its the same as wa only crochets worse  its brute force tightening wich prevents dreading by 6 months if only done once many times and it can take well over a year or longer to recover and begin to dread

Comment by Marvin Ray Gapas on September 23, 2013 at 7:51pm

Umm..yeah,so, i've known quite a handful of people who had their dreadlocks crocheted but seem to mature fine from day one to maybe a year. I dunno,is that a hair texture thing or what?

Comment by elsa sabby villalino on August 23, 2013 at 7:06am

:( , because i'm working in an office , I opted with crochet dreads .., some ask me if my locks are fake or real .. but its real , some criticize me because of my locks ..  but I don't care , I love my hair, now its kinda messy and I like it :) ..

dread gurus
Comment by ☮ soaring eagle ॐ on May 21, 2013 at 1:49pm

u can carefully comnb em oit with lots of condiotioners or u can use aloe or jojoba to slowly losen and soften them up

Comment by Chloe on May 21, 2013 at 5:46am

Thanks SE! I have decided to leave the crochet ones as they are and twist/rip the remaining and feeling much better about it! One question though - there are 2 crochet right at the front and centre - I want to undo them as they are going to drive me insane they are rock hard and wierd looking - do u think its a good idea to try and unpick or should I just leave them be? Any good methods for undoing crochets? they have only been in 2 days...

dread gurus
Comment by ☮ soaring eagle ॐ on May 20, 2013 at 10:48am

both innterlock and crochet are horible methods

if your able id just start over

Comment by Chloe on May 20, 2013 at 5:24am

Hello! I just wanted to see if I can get some advice - I have mixed black & white hair - when its dry its very curly and frizzy but when its wet its very straight. I was advised to interlock my quite short hair and then synthetic braid over the top for 2 months in the hope that it would speed up the interlocking process but I guess my hair is more 'white' than 'black' because after suffering those horrible synthetic braids for 2 months I have taken them out and there is no change to my hair! The dread guy said my only option is to crochet and has croche'd 18 so far with 30 to go. I'm not a big fan of the crochet look I think they look woolly and blunt at the ends - what will happen now if crochet the remaining 30 and then never crochet again? I know that the best thing is to just leave them completely natural but I dont have time as in less than 4 months i'm going on a 6 month trip where i will be spending around 80% of my time in the ocean and the rest of the time without electricity/running water etc - I'd really love to have them at least off to a good start by then! Any advise would be great! thanks! 

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Comment by Jess H on July 7, 2012 at 5:53am

Hey guys, I just started my dreads after watching almost every video with the word 'dreadlock' on youtube. Some people said that they can come loose after the first wash. My dreads are already fairly loose anyway, so should I put elastics in the end or something to stop them coming undone? 

Oh, and are there any dreadlock products worth getting? I know not to get wax, but do the shampoos work?

dread gurus
Comment by ☮ soaring eagle ॐ on February 27, 2012 at 1:25pm

bre healthy? broken hairs are forever  that wont recover but if u stop crocheting they will certainly get better..and no worse if u keep crocheting they just get more and more damaged

Comment by Bre on February 23, 2012 at 6:55am

So I've had my dreads for almost 7 months now and they were made by backcombing and crocheting. I've kept crocheting here and there, not too much but enough to keep them from looking too messy. I have that 'woven' look mentioned here and I don't like it too much. my dreads look too perfect. some have loops and such but overall they are pretty uniform. do you think if I completely stop crocheting now, my dreads still have hope to be healthy?

Comment by Sky on July 13, 2011 at 3:31am
Seen that guy on youtube. Lots of lies. Been dreading for 4 months n jus the tips arent locked. Havent done anything but carefully re twist n rip the ends once in a while. N to be honest it jus makes them look better for a couple days. Doesnt help them dread any faster probably loosens some of the hair. My friend started to use a crochet hook to pull hair in to the dread n wen he washed it the hairs he pulled in came out n pulled other hair out and was causing loops.

dread gurus
Comment by ☮ soaring eagle ॐ on May 16, 2011 at 4:40pm

he finaly edited it  for years he called interlocking crocheting haha  and he recomended it up untill biyut 6 months ago  now he still recomends crochet even sells a tool for it but again still mixes the 2 up even thoigh they are very very diferent methods


dread gurus
Comment by ☮ soaring eagle ॐ on February 27, 2011 at 3:37pm

it varies  some ppl who do it extremely carefully claim to not have a recovery tuime  but  on average its 6 months if u do it once or twice to start it can be over a year if you did it alot ya gotta understand tho that we are really the only site encouraging crochet recovery and weve only been doingt that lil over a year so tho most were recovered in about 6 months there are some still not recovered at a lil over sa year doing conditioning to loosen em up will help speed recovery some


Comment by Dominic McBride on February 27, 2011 at 3:18pm
How long is a long time?

dread gurus
Comment by ☮ soaring eagle ॐ on February 25, 2011 at 6:24pm
change? just stop crocheting leave em alone it takes a long time to recover from crochet but they woll recover as long as u never crochet again your fine
Comment by Dominic McBride on February 25, 2011 at 6:16pm
How do I change my crochet dreads???

dread gurus
Comment by ☮ soaring eagle ॐ on February 12, 2011 at 2:35am
you can blame jonny clean of dreadheadhq for that confusion  on dreadheadhq he recomends interlocking aka root flipping but on the site calls it crocheting (odviosly he knows nothing about any of the methods) then on twitter he warns never to root flip but his reasoning was all off too  clueless about what hes even telling people i believe to this day his site still has that totaly misleading info (but why be surprised he rants about why residues are bad then sells you a waterproof residue u ccan never wash out)   if you think this is horrifying check out the lock docta  a tool designed to do total destruction in order to fix things that are not broken
Comment by Loc Doctor Liz on February 12, 2011 at 2:26am

Hi Soaringeagle,

just finished viewing the video on crochet method you have listed.  I’m horrified. I can honestly say that I’ve never done that to anyones hair or would have thought to.  Where should I begin.  It is my experience that a crochet hook from a craftstore is unsuitable for going into locks.  The blunt end does not glide through the hairs without breaking them.  You are correct, the breakage would continue in a cycle that is basically like tiny fractures in a spine.  After so many, the structure will collapse.  


Also, that the term "crochet" has been widely confused.  I've heard it most mentioned to define what is referred to here as interlocking or flipping dreads, which has nothing to do with a crochet hook at all.  I will help clear up the misunderstanding when I can.  My clients will freak when I tell them what I just saw.


I will add that given the fact the person in the video has thick silky asian hair which is extremely tough to break and can be difficult to take to dreads, this would not be as damaging as it is on dry or fine hair. If a person was set on this method I would suggest that there are better tools out there than what you can find at Hobby Lobby, and I wouldn’t do this unless you have a tool designed to glide through hair without breaking.  

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