Step 1: You Will Need
You will also need some patience.....
Step 2: Getting Started
It's worth taking your time and getting it right. There are several ways to section the hair for dread or braid (plait) installs. I am going to show you the most common sectioning pattern (brick layer pattern), it's also very simple.
Starting at the nape of the neck, section off a row from ear to ear, clip the rest of the hair up out of the way, (pic 1).
I like to make my rows aprox 1.5cm, you can of course make them larger or smaller.
Next divide your row into squares (pic 2), I make them 1.5 x 1.5cm. Leave one square loose and clip the rest out of the way.
Divide the hair in your square into two pieces, place your dread between those pieces (pic3). The middle of the dread should be against the scalp between those pieces.
Clip the top section of the dread on top of the head, this keeps it out of the way while you braid the bottom.
Take your two pieces of natural hair and cross them over the dread (pic4), this gives you three sections that you can braid, keep the tension and braid (pic 5), when you reach the end secure with an elastic band (pic 6).
Repeat along the row (you will have aprox 4-6 dreads in this row).
Step 3: Second Row
Once again section off a row from ear to ear, the same width as your first (1.5cm for me) and sub divide into squares, this is where the brick layers pattern is introduced (pic 2).
Don't line your squares up with your first row, take your top square into the centre of the square below (pic 3) & (pic 4). This helps your dreads sit flatly against the head and hides your scalp.
Close up of brick layer pattern (pic 5).
Repeat this with all the squares in the row.
Step 4: Finishing
Continue working in rows, remembering to make the square above end in the centre of the square below (Brick layers pattern).
Until you have covered the whole head. If you wish to leave a fringe / bangs then do so, its personal preference.
When you have finished the dreads should cover all of the scalp as shown in pic 2 & 3.
It does take practice and patience.
Finshed......Good luck......Single Ended Dread install tutorial also available.