June 25, 2019

How To Grow Wicks – Dreadlocks The Florida Way

Cover Photo: "John Wicks"

So you want to grow wicks? You came to the right place.

Let’s take a few steps back. What are wicks?

The simple answer is: a dreadlock hairstyle commonly believed to have Florida origins, where locs are typically combined in the early stages making them thicker, fewer in numbers, and more gravity resistant then typical locs.

John Wicks talks about wicks with Shawn Cotton from SayCheeseTV.

Although wicks & thick locs have been in Florida for a while, it seems as if music artists from that area have brought this hairstyle to the forefront. This does not mean wicks are exclusive to Florida, all I’m saying is if you were to go to Florida you would see more people with wicks then anywhere else.

One of the most famous of these artist is Kodak Black…

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Although his locs were cut while he was locked up, not sure if it was voluntary or unvoluntary, he has definitely solidified his place in dreadlock culture. I haven’t seen him get a haircut yet, so it’s very possible he is in the process of growing them back. We’ll see. Another major player in the wick game, Gunplay. Who is also from Florida.

How do you grow wicks?

There are 2 ways.

1. Freeform

The first way is basically free forming your locs. Just wash and go. Combining and separating as you see fit.

Eventually the smaller locs will combine with the others to make larger locs and then there’s no need to try to keep them together because they would already be growing as one.

Some people want a little more control over this process so they choose the second route which may be better for some of you.

2. Combine

The second way to grow wicks is to use rubber bands to combine your locs.

Typically you would want to make sure your hair is moisturized before you do anything.

Once your hair is no longer dry you would put rubber bands on each loc, spread out evenly, starting at the base. The number of rubber bands you use depends on how long your hair is and how thick your locs are already.

You would only need to keep the rubber bands in your locs until they start to combine. After that they are no longer necessary.

Just like the freeform way, eventually the smaller locs will combine with the others to make larger locs and then there’s no need to try to keep them together because they would already be growing as one.