Wicks hair have recently exploded in the loc community. You’ve probably seen celebs and social media influencers sporting the classic look.
You’ve come to the correct place if you want to learn about the history of wick dreads and how you can get in on the action. In this essay, we’ll go over all you need to know about wicks, one of today’s most popular dreadlock patterns. Let’s get this party started!
What are Wicks Hair?
Wick dreads are among the thickest dreads available. They are so thick that some have only 4-10 wicks on their heads. The hairstyle is named from the common candle wick, which stands straight up, though lengthy wicks hang downward.
From Where did Wicks hair originate?
Wicks originated in South Florida, but they gained popularity after celebrities such as Kodak Black were seen wearing them. People quickly begin to copy the style.
Given how much influence celebrities have on the public, it’s no surprise that wicks have made their way into popular loc society.
Wicks vs. Congos: Wicks hair
It’s easy to become confused between wicks and congos, but it’s critical not to.
Congos are formed when two or more dreadlocks join together at the roots. They can be of any size. They frequently do not fuse completely and have ends that protrude like small fingers. Wicks, on the other hand, are extremely thick locks with smooth, rounded ends.
How Long Does Your Hair Have to Be to Get Wicks?
This section is for you if you’re wondering if you have enough hair for wicks. To begin your wicks, you’ll need at least 6 inches of hair. After making the wicks, you should have enough hair to stand a few inches above your scalp. Starting with a sufficient amount of hair simplifies the wick cultivation procedure and keeps your wick installation costs low. This is not to suggest that wicks cannot be installed on long hair. The biggest advantage of starting wicks with long hair is that you get long wicks right away. Unfortunately, some people have difficulty crocheting big portions of hair or long locs. It can take hours and hours to complete.
How to Start Wick Hair Locs?
There are four major methods for starting wicks, and we’ll go over each one in this section.
The Crochet Wick Combine Method: Wicks hair
The crochet wick method is the most commonly used method for making wicks. It is necessary to use a crochet needle to join the locs. You won’t have to wait for wicks to form over time — you’ll have them right away. Here are the methods of making wicks out either loose hair or traditional locs.
Begin by sectioning your locks or loose hair using rubber bands to determine how many wicks you require. Some people prefer only a few wicks, while others prefer several. Only wrap the rubber bands around the roots of each section.
Develop your wicks. To build the internal structure and outward shape of your wicks, you’ll use single, double, or triple prong crochet needles. Begin crocheting with your hair held between your thumb, index, and middle fingers. Begin at the roots of the hair or loss and repeatedly drag the crochet tool in and out of the region. Crochet around the loc to form a spherical shape. The hair will begin to merge and tangle in a cylindrical shape. Gradually work your way down the hair part to produce the complete wick.
Crochet Wick Extensions
Consider crochet wick extensions if you desire long wicks right now. They can be used to begin your wick adventure or to extend the life of your existing wicks. Follow the steps below to begin wicking with extensions:
- Select your wick extensions. Wick extensions are available in a variety of diameters and lengths. Depending on the aesthetic you want, you can use small, medium, big, or giant wicks.
- Apply oil of your choice to your scalp and massage it in completely.
- Make a piece of your hair and secure it with a rubber band at the root of each section. The sections must be the correct size for the extensions you purchased. If you don’t, your new growth will be out of sync with your wick extensions. Your parts should be much bigger than your wick extensions. Consult a loctician if you’re unsure about the size of your pieces.
- Take one of your wick extensions and undo a couple of inches of it with the end of a rat tail comb (if needed). Some are supplied with one end loose for attachment, whereas others are not. To crochet and link to your natural hair, you’ll need some loose hair.
- Sandwich your natural hair in the slack end of the wick extensions and proceed to crochet the two together. Fuse them by sliding the needle in and out of the area where the wick extensions and natural hair touch. Crochet all the way around the area to make it round.
- Rep the previous two steps for the remaining portions.
The Freeform Method:
It is also possible to grow wicks freeform, as demonstrated here. You begin by letting your hair grow and lock freely (i.e., naturally lock) without any manipulation. Simply wash and condition your hair as needed.
When your roots begin to converge into a single cluster, divide them according to the thickness and number of wicks you desire. Natural wicks will form as a result of this over time.
Keep in mind that freeform wicks will not look as clean as crocheted wicks. Crochet wicks are ideal if you want your wicks to be completely cylindrical.
The rubber band method works well for getting wicks on loose afro hair. Simply separate your loose hair into broad portions and secure using rubber bands down the length of each section.
The first time, leave the rubber bands in for 3 weeks to a month. After that, remove the rubber bands and check to see whether your hair is starting to loc on its own.
Wicks Hair Maintenance Suggestions:
- Keep the following points in mind when you grow your fresh wicks:
- For a good, uniform look, make sure all of your wicks are the same size.
Don’t forget about your wicks. Use a clarifying shampoo to wash them regularly. To keep your wicks clean, wash them once or twice a month, depending on how rapidly they get dirty.
- Moisturize your scalp on a regular basis, and remember to cover your hair at night with a silk or satin cap or scarf.
- After washing the wicks, dry them thoroughly with a microfiber towel and then air dry or blow dry them. This will prevent the growth of mould and mildew.
- To keep your wicks hydrated, spray them with rose water and a little oil on a daily basis.