I'm almost at 5 weeks with my twist n rip dreads...I made them so so small though, now I'm wishing I had some bigger ones. I know they'll fatten up later, but these are smaller than a pencil. They are pretty tight already, I had a lot of damage and it seems to have accelerated the dreading.So how to I combine them into a larger dread? I haven't even had to separate any of these that I want to combine so I can't just stop separating them....should I bead them together?
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How to combine dreads?
I just combined a few of mine, there almost at 6 months. I felt like a couple of the skinnier ones would be stronger if they were joined up, less chance of breakage down the line. You could probably just throw a bead on and see what happens or wrap with some hemp twine. Just remember that they will change a LOT and keep a close eye on the bead/hemp so it doesn't get swallowed up by the dread! Many Blessings :o)
hey man, the prior ideas work well just give em time, or wait till your roots have finished locking and you have to separate them occasionally, I have a few that con joined by themselves be4 i noticed, I added a peyote stitch to one pair and they have joined really well over the last year and have a cool Y shaped tip.
a fun way to combine them is to french braid the ones you want to combine then throw a rubberband or some hemp at the tips. they hold together and look sweet till they're fully combined!^^^^^^^^Thats how i did mine, minues the rubber band. I just braided the ones i wanted to combine and three months later they were one dread
In my experience, from what I have noticed is that often T&R dreads will shrink and fatten as they knot. So maybe yours wont be as thin as you think.You could crochet them together, but a bead on them, sew them with their own loose hairs, wrap them, or just let them eat each other over time. I combined some that were really mature using a crochet hook and sewing needle along with some hemp thread.
well if u cant stop seperating the ones you want to connect i would do the hemp thing that worked really well for me. i did all my dreads in hemp back when they were babies. beads also help but beads only cover a small area so it depends on what kind of effect your going for. good luck. oh with rubberbands though i put a few in mine when i started like 4 yrs ago and last year i found a rubberband stuck inside of one of my dreads and i had to try to dig it out cuz it was getting eaten by my dread so if u use rubberbands just keep track of em. i mean it didnt hurt anything and im sure i could have just left it but i persoanlly didnt like the look of it so i pulled it out.