Hair Care

Wicks Hair: What Are They & How To Get It?

If you’re looking for a new trendy and low-maintenance style like Kodak Black, and Bob Marley, wicks hair might be the perfect option.

But if you’re looking to look like John Wick, played by Keanu Reeves or Pete Wicks then this is definitely not the right one.

This versatile style can be styled in various ways, making it perfect for any occasion. Keep reading to learn more about wick dreads and how to style them yourself.

What is wicks hair?

The wicks hairstyle is a popular hairstyle among the African-Americans community in South Florida. The loose hair is braided into small cornrows and then wrapped around a small piece of cloth, which is rolled up and pushed through the center of the braid. This creates a small ponytail that resembles the wick of a candle.

The style is often decorated with beads or other jewelry, and it can be worn with or without a wig. The wick dreads are a versatile and stylish way to wear your hair, and they can be customized with hair accessories to suit your personal taste. Whether you want to wear it for a special occasion or in everyday life, the wicks hairstyle will make you look and feel great.

What’s the difference between Wicks vs. Congos?

There are two main types of dreadlocks – Wicks and Congos. Wicks are the traditional type of dreadlock, and they are made by twisting the hair into a rope-like shape. Congos, on the other hand, are made by merging two or more dreadlocks together. The ends of Congos are typically smooth and round, whereas the ends of wicks can be either blunt or sharp. Some people prefer Congos because they think they look more polished and professional. However, there is no right or wrong answer when choosing between wicks and Congos – it is simply a matter of preference.

How long does your hair have to be to get wicks hair?

To get a wick’s hairstyle, your hair should be at least 6 inches long. The longer your hair is, the easier it will be to create the style. If you have short hair, you may still be able to get wicks dreads, but it may not look as neat or stylish.

Fret not, as you can always grow your hair out or just get a hair extension. It will help emulate long hair so you can braid your own long wicks without the wait.

Read our tips on how to grow your hair out:

Another option is to get an extension that is pre-made. There are wick extensions that are made to look like they’re the real deal, the natural wicks.

To get the best results, it is always best to consult a professional stylist who can help you determine if your hair is long enough to get the look you want.

How do you dreadlock a wicks haircut?

Crochet needle method

The crochet needle method is famous for dreadlocks together wicks looking clean. This crochet method involves using a crochet needle to crochet the wicks together. The advantage of this method is that it can be done quickly and easily, resulting in an immaculate and professional-looking finish. Crochet needle dreadlocks are also less likely to come undone than other methods.

The combine method

The Combine Method is a technique used to add existing dreadlocks to rubber band locs to fuse them together. This method is often used when people want to add length or fullness to their wick dreadlocks. The Combine Method is generally considered a more permanent way to add dreadlocks instead of using clip-in extensions or wigs. To fuse the two types of locks together, the roots of the existing dreadlocks are sectioned off and then wrapped around the base of the rubber band locs. The Combine method can be used on any type of dreadlock. Still, it is particularly well suited for those with an upright habit. When done correctly, the Combine Method allows existing dreadlocks to seamlessly blend in with new growth.

The freeform method

The freeform method is a method of allowing loss to naturally form. This is done by simply not manipulating the hair and letting it grow naturally. Some people may use this method to transition from permed to natural hair. The freeform method can also be used on locs that have been started with another method, such as the starter locs method. To care for locs using the freeform method, simply rinse and go. No unique products or treatments are needed, and the locs will form naturally over time. This low-maintenance method can be an excellent option for those who want to let their locks grow out without interference.

How do you care for your existing wicks hair?

Maintaining your existing dreadlocs requires some commitment but can be easily achieved with the proper tools and products.

  1. First, it is essential to keep your scalp hydrated and moisturized. This can be done using a combination of rose water and lightweight oil. Apply this mixture to your scalp two to three times a week.
  2. Next, you will need to use a microfiber towel to prevent frizz and breakage.
  3. After washing your hair, gently blot it with a towel until it is slightly damp.
  4. Finally, use a heat protectant before flat ironing or curling your hair. Following these simple tips can easily maintain a healthy and stylish wick hairstyle.


A great loc is always something to be admired. It shows your dedication, your style, your personality, and also your care on your “wick journey”. We have simplified the process so you can get wicks hair no matter what hair type and hair texture you have.



Dr. Ahmad Chaudhry M.D.
Dr. Ahmad Fayyaz Chaudhry earned his MBBS degree from Punjab Medical College, Faisalabad, in 2020. During graduation, he enrolled himself in the Dermatology Ward DHQ Hospital Faisalabad for all the necessary training required to pass the bachelor's exam and encounter dermatological diseases daily. Currently, he is posted as a House Physician in the Medical Unit 3 Allied Hospital Faisalabad, where he encounters all kinds of hepatic, cardiac, neurological, and dermatological diseases daily.

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