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Naomi Hannah Womack
5 years ago
16 posts

How do I tighten my roots? Do roots eventually lock and tighten up?

Someone on Instagram said they don't, however other dreadheads say they do ...

:((( please help :)

updated by @naomi-hannah-womack: 01/13/15 10:00:43PM
☮ soaring eagle ॐ
5 years ago
28,421 posts

do not force tighten them thats where most ppl who maintain go wrong the most often

they will be loose for many months but then tighten iup on thier own

1-3 inches is common till months 8-13ish then tightens to 1/2ionch and stays there

they absolitely need that movement room to dread right

the instagram persons clueless

27 years growing dreadlocks the natural way
My dreads are over 9 feet long
Baba Fats
5 years ago
2,710 posts

Look at it this way, Eagle never tightened his roots. Look how long his locks are. If your roots didn't tighten on their own, he'd have 5 inches of locked hair at the tips, and 20 feet of straight hair behind it. I didn't tighten my roots, either. I'd have 4-5 inches of locks, and 3-4 feet of straight hair. But since neither of us is in this situation, you can say 100% for sure that your roots will knot up on their own.

All of that loose hair around your roots is what does it, too. As your hair grows out, it gets snagged on those loose hairs and tangles, forming knots, thickening up your locks, and tying them to new hairs.

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