Q. I was wondering if you knew how I could make temporary dreads? I don’t want real dreads, but I want to be able to get that look every once in a while. Can you help at all??
A. Temporary dreads are kind of an iffy thing, because the backcombing that has to be done can be very hard to get out. But if you are wiling to deal with it, what we normally tell people is follow online instructions for the backcombing method, but instead of waxing them up with a dreadlock wax, try using gel or hairspray to tighten them up instead. That way when you decide to wash them out, they will come out a lot easier because you don’t have a non water-soluble binder in you hair, but a product that is meant to come out with water.
People sometimes try using other things instead of gel or hairspray to bind their temporary dreads together, but if they are food-or-sugar-based products in any way, those things can create a wonderful playland for buggies! So PLEASE don’t try them.