I am an advocate of this method as I am using it myself, who is this method for? Anybody really, works best on afro hair of course but anyone can use it. I very much advice this method over the others except maybe neglect for a highly active lifestyle.
I am a boxer who trains monday-friday every morning and evening, as a result of the high cardio nature of boxing training i sweat alot, the kind of sweat where it physically drips off me like water. 2x a day, everyday. I would never use any method where i am unable to wash my hair for any length of time due to this fact and my method allows me to wash my hair every morning after my first training session of the day without any dandruff or uncomfortable feeling. I have tried going 2-3 days without wash and it gave me dandruff and each head even with teatree or aloe hence why i use my current regimen.
I had my last cut in october 2013 and have been actively locking since february.BE GENTLE WHEN RUBBING! If it hurts your scalp its too harsh! it should feel very nice like a massage.
Simple, cost effective and acts as a natural seperation process. hair will still join together but at a much lower rate than pure neglect. On Afro hair (and i think most textures) this method grows long, reasonably thin locks with some variation in individual dreads (some thicker,thinner, some flatter, more cylinderlike) but no huge contrasts.
Supports washing hair daily, nice for highly active people who sweat alot, regularly.
No product buildup (minimal or none used, I myself wash it with water or my black soap then after towel drying rub aloe vera after for moisture, weekend I wash with ACV/teatreeoil/lavender oil/water mix for personal enjoyment mostly)
Stimulates Hair growth? Rubs hair follicles on scalp which supposedly stimulates hair growth due to the massage. Not sure if its true as I have no way to draw comparison as I have never grown my hair before.
Hair balls come out much quicker than pure neglect. Due to the rubbing action It pushes out the shed hair into little balls ontop of the dreads with time which you can then pull off by hand. Hair sheds daily but in pure neglect most of it stays in the dread, in rubbing id say abut 30-40% is pushed out into a physically hard ball of hair that seperates from your dread.Not all the hair is pushed out! There are still some inside as with any locking method
The rubbing causes shed hair to also fall off your head rather than neglect where alot stays inside, this gives the appearance that the dreads grow slower (possibly true, but not sure) as less hair to lock with.
Hair has less moisture as a result of the constant washing, I advice using aloe vera after every wash when hair is damp and rubbing it in.
I would advice most people to do neglect method if circumstances allow you to. But for the athlete or serious workout/active living person this is an alternative that allows your hair to feel as good as it should. When I find out how to post pictures I will post my hair journey.
EDOT: ADDED 3 quick snapshots of my hair journey! I have more pics I will post in 1 big post somewhere 1 day. haha
Thanks for Reading!
updated by @franco-ezebuenyi: 02/14/15 03:08:04PM