Q. Can you tell me what dread wax exactly does to get the dreads all tangled up??
A. There are good dreadlock waxes and bad. Good lock waxes are made from natural oils and unprocessed waxes like beeswax, and should feel like a tacky, stiff putty – not wet. Good waxes can be used on all hair types to form solid, healthy dreadlocks. Bad lock waxes are made from parafin wax, mineral oils (also called ‘white oil’), purfume and petroleum by-products and feel gooey, wet and slippery. These waxes will not hold most hair together to form dreadlocks.
The good locking waxes help to accellerate the natual dreadlocking process by binding the undreaded hair together really tight so that your new dreads get a good chance to knot up, rather than them just getting matted over time after not washing for months and gross stuff like that. It lets them start dreading right away, plus it makes you look like you have dreads even if it’s the first day you put the stuff in your hair. It’s still just tangled hair for the first few weeks, but then those locks start getting tighter and harder, and that’s when they’re turning into dreads! Usually this process takes months, even years without anything in your dreads to help – a good dreadlock wax gets them going in a matter of weeks, and should allow you to wash your hair and scalp like normal without your new locks falling out.