Halle Bailey has just been announced as the new princess of Disney – the Little Mermaid Ariel. Regardless of the netizens’ controversy, we cannot deny that this is a long walk from Disney in deciding to have a colored person take on the role that in the original animation is a white mermaid. Learn briefly about Disney’s first colored mermaid, we see that this young star seems always take pride in her race as most of the time, her unchanged favorite hairstyle is dreadlocks. Just change a bit about the colors or the way of styling, Halle Bailey still looks as stunning as ever.
Wearing dreadlocks is cool but this hairstyle seems really sophisticated, thus some of you may really want to look as beautiful as Bailey but still hesitate to do. Don’t worry too much because you can totally wear dreadlocks yourself at home without requiring much more than dreadlock wax and the most important thing – a lot of patience! Once you have made the dreads, do daily care to keep them “lock” into place, and your hair will be formed after about 3-6 months.
Following these steps to have dreadlocks yourself at home!
1. Cleanse your hair
The clean and residue-free hair will make the process go faster because if the hair isn’t cleansed carefully, the natural oils that build up in your hair will make it slippery. Thus make sure to have your hair freshly shampooed by using a residue-free clarifying shampoo. After that, brush out the hair when it is dry.
- Only wash your hair with shampoo, don’t use any hair conditioner after shampooing.
- Be sure your hair is completely dry before starting.
- Be ready to spend the next 4-8 hours to dread your hair. You really need to be patient as this process can take you a very long time to do.
2. Section your hair into squares
Part your hair into squares using a wide-toothed comb. Use small rubber bands to keep the bottom left squares stay apart from each other. Each square of hair will turn out a dreadlock. If you want to do standard medium sized-locks, part each square in 1 in x 1 in superficies or ½ in for small locks. The scalp in between the squares may be visible once you finish. Thus you should do the squares in a zig-zag or alternating format for a more natural look.
3. Wrap the hair around your finger or backcomb it in sections
If your hair is curly or textured, start the dreadlocks by wrapping the hair in 1-inch sections around a rat tail comb or your fingers to create a coil. If your hair is straight, hold a section of hair perpendicular with your scalp, then use a metal fine-toothed comb to tease it back toward the scalp. Repeat the process several times until the hair begins to puff and pack up at the roots. Continue to do the same with the other 1 in sections of hair.
4. Use rubber bands or elastic hair bands to secure the dreads
Besides using a small rubber band to secure the end of each dread, the root needs to be fixed with another rubber band too. The two rubber bands will hold the dread in place as it goes into set. If your hair is African-textured, you may not need to do this step.
5. Apply a dread wax to your dreads
Use a natural dread wax, locking gel, tightening gel or a beeswax molding paste so that your dreads will not be frayed or frizzed. Make sure that you apply the dread wax evenly on the entire length of the dread. If you opt for wax, just do it once every 2-4 weeks. If you don’t want to use dread wax, then skip step 6.
6. Roll the dreads between your palm
You don’t have to use a dread wax if you don’t want to. There is a more natural method to make dreadlocks. After securing the dreads with rubber bands, roll each of them between your palms to make the dread tighter and more secure. Do this on the entire length of the dread.
- This method would work better for people having African-textured hair as the natural straight or curly hair may take more time to dread without wax
- This method is natural but your dreadlocks may not be as tight as when you use a dread wax.
- Roll the dreads once a day in order to maintain the smooth shape of your dreads.
So that’s how to make dreadlocks yourself. Wishing you succeed to do this hairstyle at home to have a beautiful and confident look as Halle Bailey without spending a big expense at the hair salon. For more up-to-date information about hairstyles, haircare or especially hair extensions, don’t forget to visit MACSARA’s website and store!