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Natural or Twist N Rip?

Tiffany White
@tiffany-white
3 years ago
8 posts

Ok,

I've been researching like crazy! Reading everything I can get my hands on about the best way to start my dreads. I've narrowed it down to natural or twist n rip. I'm an African American female with type 3c/4a natural hair. I want my dreads to look natural, have a variety of sizes, and be somewhat on the wild looking side...No NEAT hair!!! Any thoughts on the best way??? or am I over-thinking this WAY too much?

-tiff


updated by @tiffany-white: 02/14/15 04:44:47AM
Premo
@premo
3 years ago
30 posts

As usual with my replies I'd like to point out I'm a dreadnoob (4 months into my journey) keep that in mind with anything I say. I'm sure more experienced people will chime in to give you advice..

Natural is best.

If you want to help them along by setting "blue print sections" that's cool. I had my hair initially T&R and what I didn't know at the time is that you should not force sections of hair to be T&R'd together that would not lock naturally. I've had to separate a couple of mine due to it. It formed weird gaps between the root and pulled the "dread' in a odd direction. I could tell something wasn't right. If you wash with residue shampoo for even a week, you'll see your hair start to section off naturally. The sections will probably vary in size, but those are the natural sections for your hair - from what I've read if you are going to T&R it is best to T&R those sections. I hope that made sense. Again, hopefully someone more experienced can give you better advice than me.

Good luck, I can't wait to see your progress regardless of what method you choose. :)

Hannah Moore
@hannah-moore
3 years ago
68 posts

I have no idea what type 3c/4a hair is but whatever your hair it will eventually lock up naturally and seeing as youre african american Im guessing you have the type of hair that will lock up pretty fast.

I would definately recommend going natural. You said yourself you dont want them even or neat or anything like that so why bother tnr? I initially done tnr but felt like I was cheating and missing out on part of the journey so I decided to take them out and start over. My hair is probably the complete opposite to yours (its very straight, fine and now about 5 inches), it used to never get brushed yet I never got knots. After changing a few little things like the way I washed and dried my hair and sleeping on a wool pillow Im getting knots already and Im only like just over a week in from going natural. If my hairtype can do that imagine what yours will do.

Its totally your decision though but I personally would say go natural. Hope you have an amazing journey.

Larra Juab
@larra-juab
3 years ago
76 posts

Heeey Tiff! :D In my opinion about the way your dreads want to be, Natural is the best way. It is more exciting than pre-making dreads by twist and rip. In natural, you will never know what will happen tomorrow :3 It is a pretty exciting and entertaining journey if you'll go natural. It is also much stronger in built and hold. So Natural all the way! May the heavens guide you in making your decision and Take care! xoxox

Ojas Acharya
@ojas-acharya
3 years ago
173 posts

your hair type is just perfect enough for natural dreading. the sections that will form with this method will be the most suitably located sections on ur head because there will be no external interference from u or anyone else.. ur scalp knows it better than u where it wants the sections to be. u said u want a natural look with varied sizes of dreads. so again natural method is most suitable. dont think much, just leave ur hair to its devices. good luck :)

☮ soaring eagle ॐ
@soaring-eagle
3 years ago
27,409 posts

naturals best regardless of hair type but your hair types best for natural

by that i mean naturals the best method no matter what type hair

but if your going natural your hair types the beat to have




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Joey5
@joey5
3 years ago
83 posts
I have.coiled curly hair and did T&R but if I could do over would go natural. Reason is an entire section on the back of my head fell out so I combed it and let it be. I watched their progress compared to the T&R and was amazed with what happened. For the first six months they just separated into various curls and looked the same while the TnR looked frihzzy bumpy and loopy. On month 7 and 8, they sudden started.dreading very quick. And at a year, the naturals looked way better and tighter than the TnRs. They also sectiined themselves better. Definitly go natural, and even more if you have curly our African texture.
Kelly3
@kelly3
3 years ago
337 posts

Go natural. You won't regret it. I have curly hair too, not as curly as your I reckon, But natural is definitely the way to go.

Tiffany White
@tiffany-white
3 years ago
8 posts

Yup! Makes perfect sense. Thank you....Im going to trust in this advice and go natural!!! Im so excited...thank you.

-tiff

Premo said:

As usual with my replies I'd like to point out I'm a dreadnoob (4 months into my journey) keep that in mind with anything I say. I'm sure more experienced people will chime in to give you advice..

Natural is best.

If you want to help them along by setting "blue print sections" that's cool. I had my hair initially T&R and what I didn't know at the time is that you should not force sections of hair to be T&R'd together that would not lock naturally. I've had to separate a couple of mine due to it. It formed weird gaps between the root and pulled the "dread' in a odd direction. I could tell something wasn't right. If you wash with residue shampoo for even a week, you'll see your hair start to section off naturally. The sections will probably vary in size, but those are the natural sections for your hair - from what I've read if you are going to T&R it is best to T&R those sections. I hope that made sense. Again, hopefully someone more experienced can give you better advice than me.

Good luck, I can't wait to see your progress regardless of what method you choose. :)

Tiffany White
@tiffany-white
3 years ago
8 posts

Thank you Hannah,

3c/4a means I have a great deal of natural curl and kink. I am going natural!!! Thank you.

-tiff

Hannah Moore said:

I have no idea what type 3c/4a hair is but whatever your hair it will eventually lock up naturally and seeing as youre african american Im guessing you have the type of hair that will lock up pretty fast.

I would definately recommend going natural. You said yourself you dont want them even or neat or anything like that so why bother tnr? I initially done tnr but felt like I was cheating and missing out on part of the journey so I decided to take them out and start over. My hair is probably the complete opposite to yours (its very straight, fine and now about 5 inches), it used to never get brushed yet I never got knots. After changing a few little things like the way I washed and dried my hair and sleeping on a wool pillow Im getting knots already and Im only like just over a week in from going natural. If my hairtype can do that imagine what yours will do.

Its totally your decision though but I personally would say go natural. Hope you have an amazing journey.

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