When it comes to curling your dreadlocks, it might seem like you’re stuck with, uh, zero good options. You could attempt a twist out, but it usually comes out looking a little (okay, a lot) uneven. And forget about using a curling iron—the heat would majorly eff up the locs. Luckily, The Braid Up is giving you a foolproof way to create long-lasting curly dreadlocks.
BTW: We’re switching things up a little this week. Stasha Harris, our resident braider, is the model, and her friend Relle, lead hairstylist at Karibbean Kinks, is in charge of the styling. Don’t freak, though, because the look definitely meets your Braid Up standards (Stasha has set the bar high, I know).
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Down to try out this look? Here’s what you need to keep in mind.
1. Freshen up your locs by smoothing a dime-size amount of edge control through each loc. Then twist it tightly, starting from the top of the dreadlock until you reach the end. This is way important because it helps keep flyaways at bay and makes sure your locs look 100 before you even start the curling process.
2. Wrap each loc around a curling rod. You’re going to need a lot of curling rods, so before you begin, make sure you have enough to cover your entire head. Oh, and opt for thinner-size perm rods. DW about your curls coming out super tight, I promise you won’t be stuck with Shirley Temple curls. Just give them some time afterward and they’ll fall.
3. Sit under a hooded dryer for about 45 minutes to ensure that your curls set. Sitting under a dryer means you’re less likely to end up with frizzy curls, so grab a snack and make sure your phone is charged.
4. Braid a few locs on the left side of your head. This creates a super-cute swoop, and it adds depth and dimension to your look.
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