Twists (Single/Comb, Double, and Three-Strand)*

Twisted Dreadlocks

Twisted dreadlocks are really only suitable to kinky or coily hair types. Twists are very ineffectual for locking up mixed or Caucasian/silky hair types. Even for kinky, afro-type hair we prefer other methods which are much sturdier and withstand the necessary care required to keep them clean and healthy.  Although we don’t currently offer this method, we wanted to give you all a well-rounded view on how to get dreads.

Twists can either be 1, 2, or even 3 strands. Usually all that’s involved is sectioning the hair either before or during the dreading process and then separating that section into 2 or 3 strands (if desired) and using a comb or just your fingers to twist each strand as you twist the strands around one another. In kinky/afro-textured hair, it will lock up nicely and look super cool in the process.

Ultimately, though, no matter which method you choose, when dreads hit and 1-2 year mark they all start take on the smooth, matted appearance of mature dreadlocks. And, of course, just like every other method of dreading, using a residue-free shampoo (or homemade version) is a MUST to facilitate the locking process and prevent dread rot! For an explanation of the criteria for SAFE dreadlock shampoo(s) check out the page about shampoo & soaps and for general advice on washing dreadlocks check out the Washing page!


  • Looks super cool during the locking process.
  • Good for kinky/coily hair types.
  • May be a gentler dreading method for afro-textured hair that is prone to breakage.


  • Not suitable for mixed or Caucasian hair types.
  • Dreads are more delicate and much more prone to unraveling than other methods.
  • If a person has mixed hair, it may only work on SOME of your hair.