Let’s face it: Dreadlocks on girls look SO cool. And it seems to be a big trend too these days, with actresses Zendaya and Zoe Kravitz all sporting dreadlocks.
However, dreadlocks – the real kind – can be a major commitment, and so here’s the next best thing: faking dreadlocks. Here’s how:
- Get the right products. First and foremost, you gotta get the right products. And the first thing is a good hair gel. The men in my life all recommend Gatsby for the best hold, which the original, Gatsby Wet & Hard Styling Gel, being the best. If you’d like your dreads to look more matte (which I prefer) then try out the Gatsby Mat Type Styling Wax.
- Preparation. Start by dividing dry hair in half, from your ear downwards and clip, leaving one section – the section that you will start working on loose. Clip the very top section of your hair up and away from your face.
- Load up on hair gel. With the loose section ready to be ‘done’ up, take 1 inch sections of the hair (or if you want smaller dreads, 0.5 inches) and apply a quarter coin size of strong hair gel.
- Teasing it up! Once that section of hair is full of hair gel, roll it between your palms, as if you’re making a play doh snake (you remember how to do that from your childhood, right?). Roll them until they are fairly stuck together. Allow to dry for a split second (maybe 10 seconds) and with a fine-toothed comb, gently tease the rolled up pieces of hair going upwards, tip to the root of your hair, to messy the style a bit more. Let it dry, and do the same with every section of hair until your whole head is full of your lovely fake dreads.
- Finish off with a light mist of hairspray. You will need a gentle hairspray that holds, yet doesn’t interfere with the hair gel. L’Oreal’s Elnett Satin Hairspray is a hairstylist’s favorite and a “cult” product for a reason – in my opinion, it’s the best hairspray ever made.
And that’s just it; 5 easy steps. It’s a long process and can be quite messy, but this works temporarily. To remove your dreadlocks, in the shower, completely saturate your hair with conditioner first (conditioner loosens it up much better than shampoo), then use a wide tooth comb to gently go through the tangles. Next shampoo, condition and rinse off.