Why backcombing is not a good technique

Backcombing is one of the dreadlocks techniques we advise against. Backcombing involves taking a strand of hair and tousling it upwards with a toupee comb. You twirl, comb and let the dread roll back and forth on the palms of your hands (palm rolling) and then twirl again. And so on. Some hairdressers use additional perming chemicals to further roughen the hair. Often wax or similar is added to it.

The problem with backcombing: it does not felt properly

The problem is that the new backcombing dreadlock is not compact enough for a nice start in life. The subsequent felting process is therefore chaotic, especially when water is involved. You may end up with weird curves, bumps and knobs in your dreadlocks, which can be difficult to impossible to fix later. Often, such non-compact baby dreads matted at the base and can form entire felt carpets.

Because you simply comb the hair of the strands backwards, the mass of the dreadlocks is also distributed irregularly: Backcombing dreadlocks are often shorter but thicker.

I am a backcombing victim myself

I am a backcombing victim myself! My dreadlocks were really a disaster for the first 1.5 years, until my girlfriend at the time put a Crochet in my hand. Therefore: if backcombing, we recommend going over it again with the Crochet afterwards. But then you could also do it directly with the Crochet.

What technique we use you can see here

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