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Always, Hippie Love
Welcome to the community Amber. You came to the right site for all your dreadie information. In regards to drying dreads: When the section is more than 1 inch where it meets the scalp, it can take around 24 hours to dry naturally, so 1 inch and under is recommended.....if you use a blowdryer, use it in intervals and on cold setting.....use a towel the same color as your hair because dreads love towel lint......use a micro fiber towel, like a Shamwow to suck the water out of your hair, speeds up drying time.
Natural dreads are the healthiest, then the method of twist & rip (but don't do them tight), the last method is backcombing, but it does come with some minimal hair damage. All of these methods take time to mature, anywhere from one to two years, usually two.
Crochet method is an instant dread look, but not real dreads, and is the most damaging thing you can do to your hair, it breaks hundreds or thousands of strands each time it is done and down the road the dreads will start breaking off.
If you want dreads for years or for life, then go natural (also known as neglect & free form), twist & rip (T&R) or backcombing. You will need patience for these methods, but as they grow, you grow, it is a wonderful journey.
Hope this got you started, now do lots of reading on this site, ask questions if you need to, throw away your brush and begin your journey.
welcome you will love the freedom f the natural process over there <---- theres an ad for the best dread shampoo and just below it a great shop for the oils
WELCOME TO DREADLOCKSSITE!!! PEACE AN DLOVE BE WITH U
Welcome. If you're goal is to learn patience and self acceptance, while reaching for your higher energy, there is no better way to lock than the neglect method.
All you have to do it wash your hair with non residue soaps and separate any locks that start to congo together.
There's no reason to wait and prep your hair. You can just get a non residue soap and start washing your hair, now, like you already have locks. Check out dreadlockshampoo.com. They sell the absolute best soaps for locks, and they work in hard or soft water. Dr. Bronners is great for soft water, but won't work in hard water. The baking soda/apple cider vinegar wash is also good in soft water. If you have questions about the BS/ACV wash, don't hesitate to ask.
In order to wash your hair like you have locks, just scrub your scalp. Forget about your hair. As you rinse, the soap will run through your hair, cleaning it.
You can get EO's at most any health food store. Or check out mountainroseherds.com/ They have great prices.
Check out the dreaducation page, and then the timeline forums to see what the process will look like in the coming weeks/months