Wick dreads are one of today’s most popular locs styles, but what exactly do they entail?
If you want to know more about the iconic wicks locs style, keep reading. I’ll let you know how they originated, the best hair styles and best methods to create wick dreads!
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So, what are wicks dreads?
Wicks dreads is an evolution of dreadlocks that takes its name after candle wicks. This is because wicks dreads stick up on the head. But as the hair grows longer, eventually wicks dreads also fall down.
Wick dreads are the thickest type of dreads. You can have as few as four, or as much as only ten wicks dreads made out of all your hair. You can start your wicks from scratch or you can combine existing dreads to make them. But If you are someone who prefers mini dreads, you may want to check out my article on micro locs vs sisterlocks instead.
Where did wicks dreads come from?
There is no clear origin of wicks dreads. But this hairstyle first became popular in South Florida. When celebrities like Kodak Black started wearing wicks dreads, this hairstyle gained more attention and following across the world.
Wicks vs Congos
How are wicks dreads different from Congos?
Most people confuse wicks dreads with congos. Most likely because they both resemble the size and look of one another. But wicks dreads and congos are different in many ways. And let me tell you how.
Congo is a hairstyle that is created out of merging two or more dreadlocks at the roots. The size of congos depends on how many dreads you would like to combine together. The thickness also depends on the number of dreads you want to merge, unlike the wicks that are the thickest among all the dreadlocks types.
When it comes to the ends, congos have spider-like legs or finger-like dreads at the end. Congos and wicks are also different when it comes to the process of making them. There are multiple ways to create wicks while there is only one method for congos.
Top 5 Wicks Style Ideas
There are many different ways to style wicks dreads, and the best way to find a style that suits you is to experiment with different looks. You can try ponytails, buns, getting fades and colored wicks, or even just wearing your bonks down.
The key is to find a style that you feel comfortable with and that makes you look good. Wicks dreads are a great way to add personality to your look, so don’t be afraid to experiment until you find the perfect style for you.
Short Starter Wicks
Go for a spiky hairstyle with your short starter wicks. This is perfect for those who have short hair and who would like to begin the wicks journey.
Luxurious Long Wicks for Women
Flaunt your wicks by letting them to simply fall down. This luxurious look for women frames and accentuates the face while offering an elegant vibe.
Use a small amount of wax or gel like African Pride Black Castor Miracle Gel to tame flyaways and give your dreads a sleek look. Another option is to mix a few drops of jojoba oil with water in a spray bottle and spritz your dreads. The jojoba oil will add shine and moisture, while the water will help to tame frizz.
Low Ponytail Wicks with High Fade
Go for a clean look with low ponytail wicks. To do this, gather your long wicks at your nape. Leave two wicks and use it to tie the rest.
High Bun Wicks Dreads for Women
For women, you can also aim for the powerful high bun hairstyle. You can also accessories your wicks with rose quarts stones or colorful headbands.
Twisted and intertwined, the multiple-colored wicks dreadlock hairstyle is both eye-catching and unique. This style is perfect for those who want to make a bold statement. The best part about the multiple-colored wicks dreadlock hairstyle is that it can be customized to suit any taste.
Whether you prefer neon green or pastel pink, there’s a color combination that will suit you. And with so many possibilities, the only limit is your imagination. So if you’re looking for a way to stand out from the crowd, this is the hairstyle for you.
Freestyle Wick Dreads
When it comes to freestyle wick dreads, there are no rules. You can let your hair hang loose or style it into an updo. The options are limitless!
The best part about freestyle glob dreads is that they offer a fun and creative way to express yourself. Whether you’re looking for a new way to wear your hair or simply want to experiment with different styles, freestyle wick dreads are the perfect option.
Crown or Pharaoh Wick Dreads
The pharaoh crown shaped wick dreadlocks hairstyle is the perfect way to show off your inner king or queen.
These dreadlocks are shaped into a regal crown, making you look like royalty. They are also luxurious, and perfect for special occasions or simply for showing off your unique style.
Wicks Dreads Method
How long does your hair need to be before you can start wicks?
If you are interested to begin your wicks dreads journey, your hair should be at least 6 inches long. This hair length is easy to style and cultivate into wicks. It also allows your wicks to stand straight. Do not worry if you have longer hair. It is also possible to create wicks with long hair. However, it can be a difficult and time-consuming process.
Aside from hair length, hair type, volume and texture are also factors to consider in starting the wicks hairstyle. Those who have curly and afro hair types are perfect candidates for wicks. If you have thick and voluminous hair or you have dreads already, wicks dreads can also be great for you.
How to create wicks dreads?
There are four methods to create wicks dreads that you can choose from. These are the crochet, combine, rubber band, and freeform method. I will describe each of the processes below.
Crochet Method for Bonks Dreads
Probably the most popular and the fastest way to create wicks is through the crochet method. This process is an old way of using crochet needles to create wicks. It is easier to use crochet needles with two or three fangs. This method produces clean-looking, almost-perfect cylindrical wicks. It does not take waiting time like the other following methods.
In the crochet wick method, you will hold your hair with your thumb, index and middle fingers. Then you will pull the crochet needles in and out starting from the roots all the way to the ends. You may watch the video below for further instructions.
Rubber band method
The rubber band method uses rubber bands to help your hair lock together. To do this, first decide how many wicks you want. Then, section your hair according to your desired number of wicks. After that, tie your sectioned hair with rubber bands from roots to ends. You will leave the bands for about 3 to 4 weeks. This will allow your hair to lock together. Past this time, remove the rubber bands to prevent them from growing and locking around your hair. This method takes time to form wicks.
Combine Method for Globs Dreads
The combine method puts together existing dreads to form wicks. It can be done using either the crochet method or the rubberband method. To create wicks, you must combine the dreads from roots to ends. Otherwise, you can be creating congos. For further instructions, you can watch the video below.
As the name suggests, the freeform method allows hair to grow and lock naturally. It does not require any external aid. In this method all you have to do is to wash your hair, dry them, apply wax or gel to allow them to lock on each other on their own. Because this method allows hair to freely form into locks, the result may not be as clean as with the rubber band method and the crochet method.
How much does wicks dreads cost?
When it comes to costs, different dread types have different rates. Specifically for wicks dreads, factors like hair length, volume, type and texture are considered. The number of wicks, width of wicks, and the time to create all the wicks are also factored in determining the price. You can expect a price range of $200 to $400 for the services of a professional loctician.
Wick Dreads Care Tips
For starters, caring for wicks dreads can seem intimidating. But as you go along, you will find that the process is rather simple, easy and even therapeutic. Attending your wicks allows you to slow down and be mindful of your scalp and hair for a while. So here are some tips on how to take good care of your wicks. I hope you have fun while doing these things.
For new wicks, you should wait for about a month or two before you wash them. After this time frame, I recommend that you wash your wicks dreads once to twice a month. But once your wicks mature, say after 4 to 6 months, you can wash them once or twice a week.
Use a clarifying shampoo to remove the dirt, dust, excess oil, product build-up, and mineral residues on your scalp and hair. Do not let your hair accumulate dirt too much. This will make your hair unhealthy and prone to breakage or hair fall.
You can also alternate using clarifying shampoo with a shampoo for curly hair like the Maui Vanilla Bean Vegan Shampoo. While the clarifying shampoo is for deep cleaning, a shampoo for curly hair can be nourishing.
Make sure to massage the scalp well. A clean scalp provides a healthy environment for your hair to grow. Also, go in one direction as you massage your scalp. This is to avoid the roots of your wicks from loosening. Remember to not over wash your wicks.
Best Wicks Dreadlocks Accessories & Products
You do not want to have dry, brittle and frizzy wicks dreads. That is why it is important to moisturize them. You can do this as often as you need to. You can use leave-in conditioners or natural oils to nourish your wicks. This will also make your wicks vibrant and shiny. Just make sure not to overdo it also to prevent oil build-up and residue.
In order to keep your wicks clean and fresh, you have to properly and thoroughly dry them especially after washing. You can towel dry, air dry, and blow dry them. Wicks dreads that are not completely dry can develop molds or smell. That is why you do not want to skip this process.
Before you go to sleep, make sure to cover your wicks with silk or satin bonnet or scarf. This will protect your wicks from loosening as you move while you sleep.
Avoid Tight Bands
Yes, you can style your wicks. You can bring them together like a high ponytail. But make sure that you are not using too tight elastic bands for this can cause damage. Choose soft or satin crunchies instead.
Retouching your wicks makes them look like they’re newly done. You can do this by retightening the ends and applying wax or gel. This can be done every one to two weeks.
Wicks dreads is a trendy hairstyle for a reason. It is unique, playful, and attractive. It can be quite intimidating to start but actually, the process and maintenance is simple and doable. Especially if you are dedicated in taking good care of it. Now that you know the basics, methods, and maintenance of wicks, you are set to go on the journey of pursuing this hairstyle. If you are seriously considering having wicks dreads, my advice is to consult your nearest loctician for proper hair assessment and professional services.
Diana used to work as an Assistant Salon Manager in Los Angeles, CA before she started writing for Union of Barbers. With over 10 years of experience, she has tried hundreds of hair care products and has seen, styled, and treated all types of hair. Now, she shares all of the things she has learned in the hair industry and gives advice on everything about hair. When she’s not writing, you can find Diana at the beach on her yoga mat!