How do I Choose the Best Dreadlock Wax?

C. Webb

Choosing the best dreadlock wax takes time and effort. First someone needs to decide what type of dreadlocks he or she wants. There are many different types of dreadlocks, but there are at least five different types of dreadlocks that are very popular, and not all of them require dreadlock wax. Also, there are different kinds of dreadlock wax, and it is important to see which kind would be best for certain types of hair.

Not all styles of dreadlocks require the use of wax.
Not all styles of dreadlocks require the use of wax.

Back combing is a type of dreadlock that does require dreadlock wax. It is a practical and popular way to make dreads. Back combing takes more than one person and usually a couple of hours, but it is inexpensive. The advantage of this method is that hair looks like dreadlocks immediately and the client does not have to wait several months to a year to get the desired effect. Each dread should be waxed with a dreadlock wax that does not contain petroleum; that will help the hair dread faster and tame loose hairs.

Mango is sometimes found in dreadlock wax.
Mango is sometimes found in dreadlock wax.

Dreadlock wax can be made out of many different household products. Some of those products are food, including peanut butter, chewing gum, mango, and honey. Other household items could be candle wax, hair gel, toothpaste, rubber cement, and even mud. There are people that will try just about anything in their hair to make dreads hold. While common household items might seem like a cheap and easy way to make dreads, it usually makes more sense to buy products made specifically for dreadlocks.

Dreadlocking wax made of beeswax is one of the most popular products to buy for dreadlocks. It can give dreads a good smell and hold them tightly together when they are new, and it is a natural dreadlocking product and can be a great conditioner for hair. Its one drawback is that it can be hard to find.

Petroleum wax is easier to find, but it is not the most stable product. If used too much, it can make dreadlocks fall apart. Research and consumer feedback indicate that the best way to go is to use dreadlocking wax made of beeswax; while it might be hard to find in stores, the Internet has made many products more accessible than they once were.

Visiting a loctician is recommended for those seeking to style their hair into dreadlocks.
Visiting a loctician is recommended for those seeking to style their hair into dreadlocks.

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anon282415

The best dreadlock wax is no wax! Wax should not be used on dreads, period!

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