Completely new to this forum/site and I absolutely love what I am seeing, in fact this is my first official thread apart from my introduction. Let me start with summarizing my dreadlock history.
OK so...I first got dreads in January 2013 and it is now November 2013 so I've had my dreads for roughly 11 months, at the time my hair was fairly short and my dreads were made by a retail business that specializes only in dreadlocks using the crochet hook and no wax or chemicals etc and because my hair was quite short I got synthetic extensions, the thought behind this was that extensions reduced the need for maintenance and the additional cost of extensions wasn't that significant in the overall cost. All this cost me a small fortune on the day and took about 6 or 7 hours and any further maintenance is $100 per hour. Luckily for me I met a woman who lives just around the corner from me who does dreads for a living and she only charges me $90 for a 3 hour session.
Anyway, recently (about 2 months ago) I decided to remove the synthetic extensions as my hair had grown and I really didn't like having them, although they looked real they felt fake, I'm sure you know what I mean. I had 65 extensions and 23 non extended dreads for a grand total of 88 dreads. Now I'm not sure how to explain my hair type exactly but it's kind of fine and I have a lot of hair, if my shoulder length hair wasn't dreaded then I would look like I just got back from 1975 if you know what I mean.
One of the problems seems to be that I get my dreads all neatened up with 3 hours of maintenance and then within a couple of weeks I get lots of flyaway hair and all my ends un-dread (no longer blunted) and I think I get more flyaway hair than normal, this may be because of my hair type - whatever that is - but it really starts to look like I've got dreads mixed in with normal hair and I'd really like to know how to improve this situation as it looks more and more messy as time goes on. ... Any Advice is Appreciated
I'm sad to say that I got that desperate that in the last 8 or 9 weeks I've WAXED my dreads twice, now I've been very reluctant to use wax at all and now I hate the shit!. The first time was and extremely light application didn't really faze me too much but it was a bit weird and of little benefit. The second time was about 5 days ago and was applied it a bit more liberally than the first time and I absolutely hated it, in fact within about 3 hours I was in the shower trying to wash it out...it was horrible and I really regret it. Anyway the next day I goggled anything and everything I could find about removing wax from dreads and so I went the ACV, basically run myself a hot bath, got a bottle of ACV and my wife pored half the bottle on my dreads undiluted which I let soak for 15 minutes and then massaged it out under the water and then applied the other half of the bottle waited another 15 minutes then I jumped straight out of the bath into the shower and washed my dreads twice with my dread soap. Initially I thought this was a bit of a wives tail but it seems to have been reasonably effective given how fresh the application of wax was.
So now that that's all over with I'm going to jump on dreadlockshampoo.com and order some "Wax B Gone" and since I have to pay postage to Australia I'll probably grab a few extra products and give them a go.
Even though my dreads are fairly formed I still experience this ridiculous amount of flyaway hair and I don't mean just a few bits and pieces or the usual fuzz I end up with full length un-dreaded hair which again gives me that half dreads half normal hair look...any advice is much appreciated as I would like to get away from having to get maintenance every 7 or 8 weeks but if I was to just leave it I think I would end up with no dreads, or at least that's how it seems.
Here is a pic from today somewhere below ...
Not the most flattering mug shot but a good indication of how my dreads are looking at this very moment and at this time I just want to let'em ride but I don't want to go backwards ...
updated by @rustdust: 02/14/15 04:46:11AM