Crochet Dreadlocks Will Amaze You


How to Make Crochet Dreadlocks

I often get asked the question, How to make crochet dreadlocks?  I’ve decided to make this tutorial to provide some insights into one of my favourite dreadlocks forming techniques. This five step tutorial will demonstrate how to create unique crochet dreadlocks with a few basic supplies.

It requires time and patience to make crochet dreadlocks.  Yet the process is very rewarding knowing that your hair has quickly bypassed the difficult locking stages. With all the different techniques being used to create dreadlocks understandably it can become quite confusing as to the right method for your hair. My all time favourite technique for straight hair is crochet dreadlocks. It’s a top choice for Clients due of it immediate results.

You too can have crochet dreadlocks. Here are the steps I use to achieve great result for my Clients.

Step #1

Preparation process:

Thoroughly wash your hair with a natural shampoo (if you have), use no conditioner in the hair. Towel dry or air dry your hair without adding any products to your hair and scalp. What you are trying to achieve here is leaving your hair with a dry, less silky and less oily feel.

If you are use to dying your hair, do so prior to beginning your locking process.

Step #2

Hair sectioned off with rubber bands.

Items you will need:

1. Rat tail Comb – used for parting/sectioning of the hair

2. Dog Flea Comb – smallest tooth comb around (great for backcombing the hair)

3. Rubber Bands – used for securing the hair after sectioning

4. Clips or Pony – used for securing the other loose hairs that get in the way

5. Crochet Hook (1mm) – used to crochet the hair that will bring you the dreadlock results you desire

6. Scissors

7. Oil Sheen (optional)

Step #3

  • Using a Rat tail comb, carefully section the hair (size of your choice) beginning at the nap of the head forming a square formation. Secure your parts by using rubber bands.
  • Continue sectioning and securing the hair with rubber bands all the way until completion at the front of the head, while forming a brick formation style.


  • Using the Dog Flea Comb, back-comb each and every section that has been secured. Beginning at the top from the rubber band, slowly working your way down to the bottom (tip of hair).
  • Repeat for all locs

Step #4

  • Once your hair is all sectioned off and back-combed, it is now time to bring out the Crochet Hook.
  • Beginning at the back one section at a time, hold the crochet hook down-ward, while your other hand is securing the hair.
  • Place the crochet hook between the hairs while your pulling the hook up wards. While doing so, the hand you are using to hold the hair will be also slowly turning in a clock-wise position to make sure you are gathering up all the loose hairs.
  • Repeat process until all the hairs are neatly locked in, tight and whole head is completed.

Step #5

  • Once the hair is completely Knotted or in the Locking formation, it is now time to snip (optional) the loose problematic hairs at the end and/or around each loc.
  • Use a bit of a non-alcohol oil sheen of your choice to spray your new locs. This will leave your hair with a shiny, vibrant finish.

Keep in mind, your hair is not yet at the “mature” stage although it make look so. Your hair still has to do its own natural process of locking and monthly maintenance will keep your hair looking great!


  • You’ll notice while doing this process you are gathering and knotting the hairs together forming a “Loc”. Schedule your day out right because this job does take a lot of time (8hrs depending on hair length), but the end result is well worth it!
  • BE VERY CAREFUL while using the crochet hook if your not use to using one. You can expect to knick your fingers a few times during this process.
  • Tie your hair down at bedtime with a silk head wrap to keep your hair protected.

Crochet Dreadlocks FAQ

what hair type is best suited for crochet dreadlocks?

Though the crochet locking method is highly recommended for most, hair texture and client personality are two things to consider in terms of the best suitability. The texture of hair best suited for crochet dreadlocks are individuals that possess straight and wavy hair types. Persons of European or Asian ancestry benefit most  This is because other methods do not provide binding required for such hair type

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what are the advantages of crochet dreadlocks?

Stacked up against the other dreadlocks methods crochet dreadlocks offers the fastest locking solution that’s available. Clients benefit from an accelerated curing process due to the massive entanglement created by the pointy crochet needle.

After the crochet dreadlocks session is complete you will be pleased that your hair will have the instant appearance of mature dreadlocks. However, it does not end there. Less frequent maintenance visits means you also have the most cost effective method to maintain your know beautiful dreadlocks.

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how long does the crochet dreadlocks process take?

The crochet dreadlocks process can take anywhere from four (4) to eight (8) hours depending on the amount and length of hair (including loc extensions). Complimentary movies and refreshments are always available to enjoy. Expect to take a break or two for longer appointments. Parking, WiFi access and a clean restroom is also available for your stay.

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Can I remove crochet dreadlocks after the process is complete?

With some effort newly formed crochet dreadlocks may be removed with a fine tooth comb, however when the crochet dreadlocks reach maturity lots of conditioner will be needed along with the fine tooth comb to eventually loosen your hair. Before deciding to crochet your hair be sure that a permanent dreadlocks solution is what you really want. Otherwise, your hair may be left looking undesirable due to hair loss, and change of texture which may result in you deciding to shave or cut your hair in the end.

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what are crochet dreadlocks and how are they formed?

Crochet dreadlocks are separated strands of hair that have been formed (manicured) by a crochet needle. The action of the crochet needle creates knotted hair from base to tip forming the appearance of a dreadlock

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