Dreadlocks, alsolocs,dreads, or inSanskrit,Jata,
are ropelike strands of hair formed bymattingor braiding hair.
Dreadlocks can also be formed through a technique called "twist and rip", as well asbackcombingand rolling.
While leaving hair to its own devices – foregoing brushing, combing or cutting the hair, also known as the "neglect" technique and "free forming" – will generally result in tangles and mats, the formation of evenly sized dreadlocks takes planning and maintenance.
Various methods are used to encourage the formation of locks such as backcombing, braiding, rolling and the crochet hook method. All of these methods require ongoing work to be applied to the dread before it becomes neat and tight or mature. However, if the crochet hook method is applied by a skilled hand throughout the length of the dread, then the resulting dreadlocks are instantly tight and will not need any rolling.