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Trouble with the roots of super fine baby dreads

Rachie
@rachie
6 years ago
3 posts
Hi everyone! Tonight my little dreads are officially four days old! I started them with Twist and Rip. I love how the main part of my dreads turned out, but I'm having some trouble with the roots.First off, you have to understand, I have really, really fine hair. Like, take what you think of fine hair and go 10x finer. I've felt baby hair that was thicker than mine. It is also very oily, and it is also very healthy. Combine those three and you've got incredibly slippery hair. My hair is also very dedicated to staying the exact way it comes out of my head, which is stick straight and blonde. Seriously. Years ago, I got two perms in two weeks and the curl still slid right out. I tried getting my hair streaked fire engine red and it was the color of rust right from the start.Anyway, when I put the dreads in, I followed what I read here and did not dread it right to the scalp. But now, I've got a 1 1/2 to 2 inches of straight root on each dread. I've been washing my hair daily because otherwise the roots would be greasy enough to oil a rusty hinge. I bought some wool yarn and made a little square of wool to rub at the roots some as well. I haven't sat and dedicated time to messing with the roots, but a couple times and day I'll bend over so the hair hangs and rub it for a minute of so. Any other suggestions of how to help super fine roots knot up? I know there will always be some straight root, but the amount I have now just seems ridiculous. Here are some pictures I took of them.


updated by @rachie: 02/14/15 09:06:55AM
☮ soaring eagle ॐ
@soaring-eagle
6 years ago
27,413 posts
leave it bedont wash daily that makes u oily every other day then ebery 3 wash with baking soda that cleansds oils without strippingand spray the scalp with thyme tea leave it on spray the hair but not tje scalp with sea salt 2 hours b4 u washandjust give em time they will loosen up and do exactly what theyre doing b4 they get betterrelax dont wottu dont bother wool rubbing instead tbrow on a wool tam and go play instead


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@opaulao
6 years ago
751 posts
It will dread :)I have similar issues...thin oily hair. All I've done for 2 months is sleep on a wool sweater and my roots have gone from looking just like yours to being locked all the way to about an inch from the scalp ... I used the sea salt spray regularly for the first month too and I think that it did help a lot :D
Joe muir
@joe-muir
6 years ago
75 posts
hey paula, if you would be so kind as to give me some advice on the salt water. what measurments should I use, and when I apply it how long can it stay on? can I put it on at like 8 o'clock PM and wash my hair the next day at 11 AM, or is that too long?Paula said:
It will dread :)
I have similar issues...thin oily hair. All I've done for 2 months is sleep on a wool sweater and my roots have gone from looking just like yours to being locked all the way to about an inch from the scalp ... I used the sea salt spray regularly for the first month too and I think that it did help a lot :D
Hans Criteanu
@hans-criteanu
6 years ago
32 posts
When you say "don't wash every day", is that just for TnR or for people starting out or what? I wash every day out of necessity...soaringeagle said:
leave it be
dont wash daily that makes u oily every other day then ebery 3 wash with baking soda that cleansds oils without stripping
and spray the scalp with thyme tea leave it on spray the hair but not tje scalp with sea salt 2 hours b4 u wash
and

just give em time they will loosen up and do exactly what theyre doing b4 they get better

relax dont wottu dont bother wool rubbing instead tbrow on a wool tam and go play instead
❂•Paula•❂
@opaulao
6 years ago
751 posts
sea salt spray should be about a tablespoon per spray bottle the size of a regular water bottle. I havent used it in a while but when I did, I would spray right after I wash. Then let it dry and it wouldn't be removed till my next wash(1-2 days). Though for some prefer to spray it on 1-2 hours before washing the dreads.And you want to try to spray only on the dreads and avoid the scalp as much as possible or it can get too dry and itchy, or get irritated by the salt.Matt-Why do you have to wash every day?Joe muir said:
hey paula, if you would be so kind as to give me some advice on the salt water. what measurments should I use, and when I apply it how long can it stay on? can I put it on at like 8 o'clock PM and wash my hair the next day at 11 AM, or is that too long?

Hans Criteanu
@hans-criteanu
6 years ago
32 posts
I play football (soccer if you're American) up to 5 nights a week, and the other nights I run, swim or lift. I'll spare you the details, but I sweat a LOT, especially when I play soccer, necessitating daily bathingPaula said:
sea salt spray should be about a tablespoon per spray bottle the size of a regular water bottle. I havent used it in a while but when I did, I would spray right after I wash. Then let it dry and it wouldn't be removed till my next wash(1-2 days). Though for some prefer to spray it on 1-2 hours before washing the dreads.

And you want to try to spray only on the dreads and avoid the scalp as much as possible or it can get too dry and itchy, or get irritated by the salt.


Matt-
Why do you have to wash every day?

Joe muir said:
hey paula, if you would be so kind as to give me some advice on the salt water. what measurments should I use, and when I apply it how long can it stay on? can I put it on at like 8 o'clock PM and wash my hair the next day at 11 AM, or is that too long?

❂•Paula•❂
@opaulao
6 years ago
751 posts
Sweat is mostly salty water, which is actually very good for dreads...so it would hurt to simply rinse with water after your practices. Though you can wash daily, it will make your scalp overactive and produce extra oils which make the hair slick and harder to knot.Matt Critean said:
I play football (soccer if you're American) up to 5 nights a week, and the other nights I run, swim or lift. I'll spare you the details, but I sweat a LOT, especially when I play soccer, necessitating daily bathing

Joe muir
@joe-muir
6 years ago
75 posts
i wrestle during the winter for 4 months straigt, I heard if you just rinse your hair after every practice that will clean the hair. just wash your body in the morningMatt Critean said:
I play football (soccer if you're American) up to 5 nights a week, and the other nights I run, swim or lift. I'll spare you the details, but I sweat a LOT, especially when I play soccer, necessitating daily bathing

Paula said:
sea salt spray should be about a tablespoon per spray bottle the size of a regular water bottle. I havent used it in a while but when I did, I would spray right after I wash. Then let it dry and it wouldn't be removed till my next wash(1-2 days). Though for some prefer to spray it on 1-2 hours before washing the dreads.

And you want to try to spray only on the dreads and avoid the scalp as much as possible or it can get too dry and itchy, or get irritated by the salt.


Matt-
Why do you have to wash every day?

Joe muir said:
hey paula, if you would be so kind as to give me some advice on the salt water. what measurments should I use, and when I apply it how long can it stay on? can I put it on at like 8 o'clock PM and wash my hair the next day at 11 AM, or is that too long?

GoldenEagle
@goldeneagle
6 years ago
388 posts
My hair is about as fine and straight as yours. Heed the advice you are being given now.The salt water spray, mentioned will help your hair become more prone to knotting and matting.
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