The Ultimate Wicks Dreads Guide

Written By Bakes

Avid writer on Men's Hair, Grooming, and Lifestyle!

The beauty of dreadlocks lies in their versatility with Wicks Dreads being one of the most unique in appearance, style, and density.  

With that said there are multiple questions associated to these dreadlocks such as

  • What are Wicks Dreads?
  • How do you start Wicks dreads? (Multiple Methods)
  • How much hair do you need for wicks?
  • How do you care for Wicks hair?

Which are editorial will cover in great detail. Therefore, if you’re wanting to get educated on the style or start your own set of wicks, you’re in the right place!

What are Wicks Dreads?

Wicks dreads are a form of dreadlocks that feature 4 to 10 individual thick locks across the entire head. Originating in south Florida amongst black neighbourhoods and further popularized by Kodak Black.

wicks dreadlocks

The name deriving from everyday candle wicks as its position stands up tall, however wicks will tend to drop down as they gain more length and weight.

wicks being combined

How do you start Wicks dreads?

Wicks dreadlocks are predominately started in 3 main ways

  • Crochet Hook
  • Combine Method
  • Freeform

Crochet Hook method

Crochet Hook method

Another popular method is the Crochet Hook method which also involves the use of existing dreads; however, the main difference is that you get the instant wicks look as the crochet needle fuses the dreads together as you go along by intertwining hair.

Combine Method

This is usually the method Locticians will use when an individual with existing dreads wants to make thicker dreadlocks.

combine method

This is achieved with multiple locks tied together with a rubber band which then fuse and matt together over a long period.


This method involves hair being sectioned at first and then left organically. This will result in freeform wicks not having a clean appearance as crocheted wicks.

Remember true freeform is 0 manipulation to hair whereas freeform wicks can be separated according to the thickness and number of wicks you want, comprende? Good!

How much hair do you need for wicks?

When it comes to wicks the more hair you have the better, however we will advise that you have 4-6 inches at least.

The main benefit of starting with long hair is that it will be easier to visualise what your hair will look like within a few months!

Also, your wicks installation costs will be kept relatively lower with longer hair. Shorter hair on wicks means more work!

How do you care for Wicks Dreads?

Before we discuss how to care for wicks, we should debunk the first misconception that dreads are dirty, smell and are unkept. This is not the case at all, though dreads come in different sizes they should be treated as normal.

With that said we must admit they will be more difficult to wash (Not Impossible)

Follow our tips

  • Wash your dreads
    As wicks are more prone to dirt and build up, they will need to be washed regularly. (Once a month minimum)
  • Oil Scalp
    It’s our scalp that hair grows from, therefore an oil routine is super important and non-negotiable.
  • Spray Rose Water
    Rosewater allows hair to be hydrated which is very important especially during drying seasons such as summer!

Final Words

Many people wanting wicks have been inspired by Kodak black dreads and whilst this is perfectly normal, we can’t stress enough just how unique each person’s dreads will be once they form. Be inspired but remember your hair is unique to you.

Now that we have covered everything you need to know about wicks you should be well on your way to start your journey right. Bookmark this page for future reference.


Tips if you want Similar Dreads


Do your research if you want similar Dreads

While there is a lot of conflicting information with regards to dreadlocks, we still advise you to do research. The most important things at the initial stage will be to watch videos online and make notes of the peoples dreads you admire.

We should also mention that its best you avoid placing any colour or bleach in your hair for the first few months as your hair begins to develop.

Talk to a loctician and get a Consultation

Talking to a loctician is our best advise! They are the professionals who live and breathe hair.

Plus, it’s even more crucial if you’ve been inspired by his multi coloured dreads and wanting something similar.

During the consultations locitians will be able to have a closer look at your hair type, discussion process, hair products to use and avoid and parting systems.

Ensure you save the images of your desired style to your loctician and explain what you’re looking for.

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