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6 Steps To Dreadlock Thin Hair At Home

Are you looking for a hair upgrade and need some inspiration as to what your next style could be?

Well, allow me to introduce you to a little thing you’ve probably seen but may have never considered for your own tresses: dreadlocks.

Although it requires a lot of commitment to make it done, yet it is still worthy as deadlocks are growing in popularity within the world of fashion.

Anyone can form deadlocks, even those with thin straight hair. On this page, we will instruct how to deadlock specifically for those who have thin hair. 

Why should you dreadlock your hair?

Dreadlocks are among one of the most beautiful styles you can ever do to your hair and for good reasons. Take a look below at the top 5 reasons you should do dreadlocks.

Low maintenance

Depending on the look you’re going for, you really don’t have to do too much to your dreadlocks apart from keeping them clean.

While it’s not a bad idea to keep your roots nice and retwisted to prevent unwanted matting, it’s not mandatory. Wearing your hair in its natural dreadlock state is a style in itself.

Natural look

If you really want a natural look that can literally be done on anyone’s hair, dreadlocks are the ones that you should go for.

It’s probably the one hairstyle that is not confined to a certain gender or ethnic group. Dreadlocks are good for everyone.

Save your money

You really shouldn’t get your hair retwisted, but ever so often, you’ll discover that you won’t have to fork up $40-$100 every two weeks.

Having dreadlocks is a lot less maintenance, which means you get to keep your coins. 

Makes you feel free

There is just a feeling of being free when you have dreadlocks. You don’t have to worry about getting up and styling your hair every day.

You can wear them down or throw them into a ponytail as much as you please. You have the ultimate versatility where you can be mellow and natural, or you can switch up the look and be professional.

See also: How long does it take to get dreads? 5 Stages Of Growing Locs 

Can people with thin hair get dreadlocks?

Thin hair creates several hurdles when it comes to dreadlocks, but the fact remains that you can successfully dread thin hair.

Due to the increased difficulty of getting thin hair into locks (and keeping it there), it may take some extra time and effort.

Thin hair is also more susceptible to damage like split-ends, frizz, breakage, etc. However, with a little bit of work and plenty of patience, you can achieve a brilliant dreadlocked look.

How many dreads do you need for thin hair?

The answer is 81 TO 100 DREADS. This seems to be an acceptable amount of dreads for those with thin hair, although typically, it wouldn’t go much higher than 100.

How to dreadlock fine thin hair?

This process might require a lot of patience from you as thin hair generally hardens the process. Yet it doesn’t mean it is impossible.

Just follow the steps we’re going to mention below, the result is just a matter of time. 

Things you’ll need

  • Wax
  • Elastic hair ties


  1. Step 1: Wash your hair thoroughly and let it dry. Leaving oil in your hair makes it hard for dreadlocks to form and stay in place because your hair will be too slippery and won’t hold the dreads together.
  2. Step 2: Section off your hair in approximately 1-inch-thick sections (use an elastic hair tie to hold off each separated section)
  3. Step 3: Braid each section of your hair and tie off the ends to keep them in place. Keep the braids in for 10-15 days while continually washing your hair like normal at least every three days.
  4. Step 4: Remove the braids from your hair one section at a time. After removing each braid, thoroughly brush each sectioned piece. This will take away your curls and cause your hair to frizz, making a better surface for your dreads. After that, reapply the elastic hair tier to each separated piece.
  5. Step 5: Apply hair wax throughout each individual section.
  6. Step 6: Remove the elastic hair tie from one section and tease your hair using a metal lice comb. You do this by putting your hair between the comb’s teeth and moving the comb back and forth to create knots. Work your way down the sectioned piece of your hair until you reach the bottom. Once you have reached the bottom, twist the teased hair tightly all in one direction. While holding the twist into your hair, continue teasing from the scalp once again. Repeat teasing and twisting until your hair forms a dread.

Tips: To maintain your dreadlocks, you have to train your hair to sit in place within the dreads. So couple times a week, you should remove the elastic hair tie, retwist the starter locs and apply hair wax to your dreads.

What causes dreadlocks to thin?

Thinning dreads can be a result of many different factors such as health challenges, medications, hormonal changes, stress, excessive hair products, tension, chemical hair coloring, dryness/dehydration, over manipulation, or neglect.

The important thing is to narrow down the reasons and determine the cause so that you can treat and repair them effectively. Oftentimes a thinning dreadlock can be salvaged with proper care.

Do thin dreads get thicker?

Throughout the stages in which dreads mature, they will get thicker and thinner.

The thickness and length will fluctuate a lot during the first year or two because the hair is becoming matted. Healthy dreads should be a little bit thicker than when you started them once they’re fully mature.

See also: How To Make Dreads Grow Thicker?


Dreadlocks are a great hairstyle you should go for with many reasons to do that which we just mentioned above.

Make sure you put sufficient efforts to dreadlocks as it requires a lot of patience and commitment, yet the result after a long time will be priceless.

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I’m Aida and this is my blog where I write mostly about beauty & make up related stuff, but I like to spice it up a bit with lifestyle and photography posts. Or with whatever that comes to my mind. Hope you will enjoy the reading enough that we will ‘see’ each other more often!

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