1. Buy dreadlocks extensions.
2. Do the “needle test.”
- If the needle slides though, you can install your own extensions.
- If it doesn’t, you need to have your extensions professionally installed using dreadlock adhesives.
3. Dread any un-dreaded extensions.
- Hold the clip end of the extension.
- Hold the tail end of the extension tightly in one hand.
- Brush the hair against the grain with a fine-toothed comb, starting at the clip and working in small sections.
- Pull it down with your hand to smooth it out and repeat the process.
- Continue combing and smoothing the extension until it’s tightly dreaded.
4. Prepare your dreadlocks.
Your hair should already be dreaded before you put in any extensions. Cut off the tips and brush them out if you have blunted ends on your dreadlocks. You should have one to two inches (2.5-5 centimeters) of loose hair at the ends of your dreadlocks. Loosen the ends of your dreadlocks by using a fine-toothed comb or small brush. You can loosen all of the ends at once or do it as you apply the extensions.
5. Rough up the end of your extension.
If your extension came with a clip on the end, cut this section off, and then brush out the end so that there are two to three inches (5-7.5 centimeters) of loose hair at the top.
6. Secure the thread into the extension.
- Thread a sewing needle with about 12-14 inches of thread.
- Sew a few small stitches into the base of the loose section of the dreadlock, close to the dreaded section.
- Make sure these stitches are as tight as you can make them.
- Leave two to three inches of loose thread at the beginning of the stitches, and then tie them off.
7. Sew the extension onto your dreadlock.
- Place the loose, stitched part of your extension against the loose end of your natural dreadlock.
- Center the extension so that an inch of your loose hair is against the tightly dreaded section of the extension.
- Sew the center of the extension against the center of your dreadlock using small, tight stitches.
8. Wrap your hair around the extension.
- Press the extension into your dreadlock.
- Wrap the sides around the extension like a tube.
- Add a few tight stitches to secure these hairs into place.
- Keep adjusting the dreadlock until the top of the extension is completely covered by your natural hair.
9. Tie off the thread.
- Find the loose end of the thread inside the extension.
- Tie both ends of the thread tightly together, knotting it several times.
- Use sharp sewing scissors to cut off the tails of the knot, leaving about an inch (2.5 centimeters).
- Tuck the ends of the thread into the center of your dreadlock to hide them.
10. Blend the two pieces together.
- Insert a .5 mm crochet hook through the center of your dreadlock.
- Gather some loose hair into the hook and gently pull it back through the extension.
- Repeat this process until all of the loose hair has been incorporated into the dreadlock, including the loose hair of the extension.
- Rub the dreadlock between your palms to rough up the extension connection.