How to Start, Maintain and Remove These Items

What are wick-dreads? Also known as Wick locs, they are one of the newest trends in dreadlock style. The wick dreads can be thicker than normal, with some individuals having 6-8 wicks per head. Though it’s often hard to track down the exact origin of a new trend, this one most likely started in the Afro-Caribbean communities in Florida. It became a mainstream trend as celebrities and rappers started wearing wick dreads. The name “wick dreads” makes the comparison to a candle wick – because the dreads are so thick, they stand up out of the scalp like a candle wick sticking up out of the wax.

How do you start Wick Dreads

Advertisements A professional hairdresser can help you or start your wick dreads at home. For wick dreads to begin, hair should be at least 6inches long. But, it is possible to have them started on hair that’s longer.

Crochet Needles Make Wick Dreads

Crochet needles are special tools for creating dreadlocks. This method can be used with a single or double prong needle.

  • Separate your hair in sections. This is important because you will decide the thickness of your wick locks and the number you would like on your head. Rubber bands can be used to separate sections of your hair.
  • Crochet your Hair. Begin at the roots and work your way around the hair with one hand. Continue to push the needle through the hair section, holding it steady the other. You can create the desired shape by moving around your hair. Once the hair starts to form together into a lock, move down the section until you’ve fused the full length of your hair. You can do this for each section.
  • Get Extensions. If your hair is short, but you’d like to have a longer lock style, you can buy wick dread extensions that you can crochet into your hair. If necessary, you can trim a few inches of your hair from the end of the extension. However, some extensions are supplied with ends that come free of charge. You can then start crocheting by securing your hair to the end. You will then be able to combine the extension with your natural hair.
  • Make sure your hair is cut to the same width as your extensions. This will ensure that your wick dreads remain consistent throughout their growth.

    Rubber Bands for Wick Dreads

    This method takes a bit of time, but it’s also a method of starting wick dreads that takes less work upfront. The steps are below.

  • Part your hair so that it is the right size. Place multiple rubber bands along the length of your hair to form a wick-dread shape.
  • Wait. Allow your hair to grow naturally for 3-4 weeks by leaving the rubber bands on.
  • You should check your dreads. You can remove the rubber bands after a couple of weeks to check how your dreads have developed. You can put the rubber band back on for three to four more weeks if your hair remains loose or is not forming a lock. 
  • Wick Dreads with Freeform Dreeds

    This method also takes some time and patience, but it’s a great way to start your dreads. To create your own wick dread look, you can take advantage of the fact that your hair naturally grows into dreadlocks.

  • Relax and let your hair grow naturally into locks. This part doesn’t take much manipulation, just let your hair do its thing.
  • For the wick dreads. Dreadlocks have a tendency to combine together into “Congos”, where multiple dreads will come together at the root to form one larger dread. When trying to create thicker wick-dread styles, this is good. When they start to combine, simply separate your dreads into the thickness you want, and that’s it!
  • How to Care for Wick Dreads

    AdvertisementsOf course, now that you have your wick dreads, you’ll need to maintain them properly. These are some ways to keep your wicks dreads healthy and happy at all lengths and thicknesses.

    Wash your clothes regularly 

    You must do this to ensure the cleanliness and health of your wick. Be sure to wash your hair thoroughly at least one to two times a month, depending on how dirty your locks get, and your hair’s specific needs.

    You should dry completely 

    It is equally important to dry your hair thoroughly after washing. Drying your hair completely is important, especially for thicker dreads (wick dreads). This prevents any mold or mildew growth. You can start by drying the hair with a microfiber towel. Dry it again using a blow dryer or air drying if necessary.


    AdvertisementsIt is essential to keep your hair healthy and the scalp healthy. Apply a moisturizing spray like a leave-in or lightweight oil to your hair at least once a day. 

    Avoid Tight Hairstyles

    If you’re constantly pulling your wick dreads into tight ponytails or other severe hairstyles, you run the risk of damaging and breaking the strands of hair. Your dreads will become weaker over time, and may need to be trimmed. Keep your hair low if possible. If you have to style your hair, keep it looser.

    At Night, Protect Your Wick Dreads

    Wrap your locks at night so they are protected while you’re sleeping. Your preference may dictate that you use either a silk bonnet or satin cap or scarf. 

    How to Remove Wick Dreads

    Advertisements The quickest way to get rid of dreadlocks is to cut them or shave them. A completely shaved head can be a bold fashion statement, but if that’s not the look you want to go for, don’t worry. Without cutting, it is possible to get rid of wick dreads. It takes time and patience, but it’s worth it to keep your long hair.Here’s how it’s done:

    Step 1. Step 1.

    This is the only time we’ll suggest cutting off part of your hair, we promise! The ends of your hair, no matter how meticulously you maintain your wick dreads will become dry, fragile, and eventually damaged. It’s best to cut off the last inch or so of your hair, especially if it’s been a while since your last trim. You can also get rid of any hair extensions.

    Step 2. Step 2.

    Concentrate on the bottom inch or two of the dread you’re planning to start working on and be sure the oil penetrates through the entire width of the dread. There are times when less is better, but not here. Don’t be surprised if you go through multiple bottles of oil by the time you’re done.

    Step 3. Step 3.

    It’s best to use a rat tail comb (a fine-toothed comb with a handle that comes to a long point at the end). You can use the tail to pick and poke through hair. You should work a few inches at a stretch, beginning from the ends and working your way toward the root. To remove all tangles, use a wide-toothed brush to comb the section.

    Step 4. Be patient

    It’s not unusual for this process to take several hours or even days to complete, depending on the length of your wick dreads. Don’t try to rush through it, as you’ll be more likely to damage your hair. To protect the hair, it may help to braid unlocked areas of your hair until unlocking is complete.


    Everyone is embracing wick dreads, a new trend in hair that’s bold and fashionable. You can wear them in different lengths and styles, and you can even start them yourself. Your wick-dreads will turn heads if you take care of them.