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New to dreads, read alot mine look hopeless (To me) and feel down about it.

Yuzanaki
@yuzanaki
6 months ago
3 posts

Hi, I'm new to dreads and just had my done at a salon (Which I'm starting to regret) they did the back comb and twist method it's been two weeks and they feel like they're falling apart, not knotting well and generally feel like they're just twisted hair held with wax, they felt like thin candles until I took a hair dryer and some paper towels to get some of it out. I've been palm rolling every morning after waking up and wearing a dread cap (Loose hat I might add) to keep them clean, but I feel like my early journey has already begun and doomed to fail, I'm just wondering if anyone can shed some light on these, should I continue and ride it out and continue going to the salon, or pull them out? They initially used beeswax but I swapped to knottyboy, I haven't washed them yet when I ask for advise all they tell me is patience and lots of wax, I'm more than happy to be patient but don't want my potential dreads to be ruined so early on. I've attached some pictures, I also have some dreadlock shampoo bar but havent yet used it. I haven't palm rolled them today yet.

I don't know much about dreads and put my faith in the salon which from what I've read seems to of been a bad decision, is my hair expected to be this way after 2 weeks or am I wasting my time? If they're bad are they salvageable? I feel like I should wash them, get some of the wash out leave the roots cause they're kinda knottty and twist and rip the rest of the hair.

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updated by @yuzanaki: 06/28/16 06:48:44AM
☮ soaring eagle ॐ
@soaring-eagle
6 months ago
27,427 posts

well, everything that salons doing and telling you is wrong, the sections are huge.. wax is a scam

the salon did a horrible job even for waxy salon dreads dreads they look bad

there are like hundreds or thousands of pages on here to read through on how bad wax is..tens of thousands? npt sure




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Yuzanaki
@yuzanaki
6 months ago
3 posts

Does this mean there is no hope left for my hair? I've been doing everything I can for 2 weeks to help the process but judging by what these look like I'm extremely displeased with them to me they don't even resemble dreadlocks in anyway shape or form. I don't fancy shaving and started the entire process again I've got knottyboy dreadlock shampoo residue free at hand.

☮ soaring eagle ॐ
@soaring-eagle
6 months ago
27,427 posts

well the shampoos not going to harm you though we recommend boycotting them till they stop pushing wax

you will need wax b gone to get the wax out

their shampoo is way more recommended too ( www.dreadlockshampoo.com )

btw dreads looking like dreads in 2 weeks isn't the way to think...

if left alone to dread naturally you could have dreads .. a dread or 2 starting to form in a couple weeks, if you got instant dreads at a salon, the actual dreading takes much much longer




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Yuzanaki
@yuzanaki
6 months ago
3 posts

No of course I'm not expecting instant dreads, just that I know they're going in the right direction and will eventually lock, which I pretty much knew these ones weren't. What steps should I take in order to get back on track, get the wax out and then what do I do?

☮ soaring eagle ॐ
@soaring-eagle
6 months ago
27,427 posts

your choice, the 1 i took and recommend (many do here) let it section and dread itself

now being that your hairs barely 6 inches right? and pretty straight, it might not be too quick to see 1st dreads

if its 6 or more you might see dreads sooner then expected

or.. you can section smaller (you got what 15?) try for 30+

only under 30 if u want thick..

or let it section itself but, none over 1 inch square (well size not shape) then tnr

you can twist and rip at any time

or 1 at a time

or wait and see what they do

i don't think those would even need to be combed out, just remove the wax wash the sections i don't think will hold together if they do somewhat try to gently if u can pull each apart into 4 or  so

or brush out resection and twist n rip

just no wax and crap




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☮ soaring eagle ॐ
@soaring-eagle
6 months ago
27,427 posts

dreadlocks dont need dread wax to look amazingthis was the end result of going camping in the wilderness for a couple weeks (same place I'm going next week 26 years later (18 in the photo))

just let it happen




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aetherfaither
@aetherfaither
6 months ago
48 posts


hey dude check out my first few pictures versus my newest ones - think about washing out all wax and letting your hair naturally section!  I didn't mess with wax but I made some huge crappy dreads myself and thankfully SE talked me out of it- and the comparison of my two week photos are enough said lol

aetherfaither
@aetherfaither
6 months ago
48 posts

looks like they literally just twisted your hair with wax - maybe with more textured hair this could work, but it looks like you went to a salon that does not specialise in dreadlocks - ESPECIALLY dreadlocks for people with thin, silky hair. I'm afraid to ask what you paid for that, as I know that salon's charge a hefty price for making dreads. The sectioning doesn't even look professional, tbh. You would have been better off having a friend do it for you lol but I highly recommend Wax B Gone - ing that shit out , combing your hair and washing it with a dread shampoo (bar soap is for more mature dreads) and then allowing your hair to naturally section - which gives a much fuller, more even and organic look, and then use whatever method at that point- for some, complete sectioning can take weeks, but for me, it was pretty much instantaneous after I got out of the shower and let my hair dry. Just don't finger comb your hair or scrub your hands through your hair, just scratch and soap up your scalp and let it rinse through, squeezing your hair like a sponge repeatedly til it's all rinsed, and then separate regularly while wet to keep sectioning from congoing. Very simple, very cheap.

aetherfaither
@aetherfaither
6 months ago
48 posts

Trust me, I had to start over at two weeks , as well. It was pretty emotional - but my confidence about my hair's process was vastly different. Your dread envy will depress you if you don't fix them now and get it out of the way so you can get REAL time under your belt, making dreads that you will love. And the natural process is SO rewarding 

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