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Please help... massive matting on the back of my head

Jenifer J
@jenifer-j
2 years ago
42 posts

Hi guys, thanks for reading/listening/watching. I'm not sure what to do about my hair! I have twist and rip dreads that are around 9 or 10 weeks old. I have separated my hair after washing every time. The last time was Friday... it's been getting more and more of a pain to separate each time, but it's always been doable. I was already worried about it, but then... I went kayaking on Saturday (in the water getting wet while wearing a helmet). Well, afterwards, it is now a huge mat and I'm not sure what the best way to proceed is.. it doesn't mat like that after a regular wash.

It feels pretty terrible and I'm nervous about ripping these apart now... will it severely damage my hair? do i need to consider taking them out and starting over? Is this normal? Please help! Thank you guys so much for your input. I have no friends with dreads so I'm turning to you guys...

I made a short video that I hope shows what's going on back there. My friend got a little distracted in the middle... sorry about that...

http://youtu.be/0YafOuQcRZE


updated by @jenifer-j: 01/13/15 10:04:44PM
Destiny Marcano
@destiny-marcano
2 years ago
3 posts

i had something like this happen to me on my first set of dreads..i couldn't take it so i combed everything out. and i separate my hair every morning and every night, it's so necessary so this doesn't happen in the first stages of dreads. i heard of a method where they cut everything apart, and use crochet hooks to pull all the fallen and loose hair into each dread, but i'd assume that it would cause weak spots in the dreads and that doesn't seem like it'll be good in the long run because weak spots mean eventually it'll break and fall out..good luck!

Jenifer J
@jenifer-j
2 years ago
42 posts

thanks for the input! yeah that method doesn't sound good at all and I'm definitely concerned for the long run.

what methods did you use on your first and second set?

Destiny Marcano
@destiny-marcano
2 years ago
3 posts

for my first set, i went completely natural. I began with a giant french braid on my hair and when i let it down it was sectioned on its own, but that's when i got the congo in the back from sleeping on it and stuff, i literally separated them like every 30 minutes no joke, still got a congo.

second set, which is where i am now, i started out with full twist and rip, i made sure they stayed a LITTLE loose that way they could do their thing, you know loop and bend and things like that. they're starting to crinkle up and form waves now!

i separate out of boredom if my hands aren't busy, i'm always touching them lol. but DEFINITELY i do my full head once every morning, once every night, and DEFINITELY after every shower or swim. although washing is necessary, it seems the fastest to me to form congos.

TattiNatti
@tattinatti
2 years ago
22 posts

Oh no.. Jen... :( Have you tried re getting it wet and pulling apart...?? Mine is starting to want to kinda fuzz into each other.. but I only get mine wet every 4th day sometimes 3rd so my problem is not so bad....

You could try wrapping some problem ones until the rest are in control?? Have you started over?? :(

Jenifer J
@jenifer-j
2 years ago
42 posts

i've successfully pulled apart some of it, but some of it is just really bad still....

i've been down about my hair for awhile and i'm not sure yet what I want to do.. I'm leaving for family vacation tomorrow so I think I will leave it for another week and I then I might start over. It just feels too thick to rip it apart. i'm worried if i do rip these bad ones, or cut them, and then still decide to start over, i'm going to lose more hair than i would like... or if i keep them, having heavy dreads on thinner roots.

i think if i do start over, i will first give them a few days to separate on their own ( i can tell i have some bad separating contributing to the problem, even though it was sectioned out with nothing crossing). I'd also do them a little bigger and backcomb them instead of twist and rip... the idea for doing them bigger would be to make separation easier so i can better stay on top of it... having 80 of them makes separating too time consuming..

a friend yesterday encouraged me to stick with it since they are just babies, but i didn't show her just how bad the matting is. i can pick up one and all of the hair on the back of my head moves. or i can pinch it in places and it's a thick rat's nest sticking up an inch or two from my scalp. eek.

i get so jealous seeing all the beautiful timelines on here... when I've tried to do all the research i can, ask questions, and leave them alone other than separation... it's just a big ole bummer right now. maybe dreads aren't right for my hair and activities, but I can't imagine going back to straight, flat hair either.

/rant.

TattiNatti
@tattinatti
2 years ago
22 posts

Sounds good.. for me personally my couple I'd say 4 that are still from original backcombing have not done ANYTHING... they are just like weighted things on my head.. where's the T&R have mostly all started to loop and stuff & they are lighter & feel more natural....

I was going to suggest as well maybe get your whole head braided & maybe just let those kinda loosen and dread over time if you're still up for it.. you can keep them small that way too.... Since you have the added issues with getting them wet constantly & kinda maybe rubbing with the helmet?

p.s We watched the movie 'River Wild' with Kevin Bacon & Meryl Streep last weekend & I told my little boy I had a dready friend that rafts.. ;)

((()))

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