Need help just starting
Hey just to add, if you haven't gone through the Dreaducation page, I suggest you read through it. You'll get a lot of great ideas from there which I do too. Aside from it, browse the pages of thread which you'll see others journey and could get tips the way they enjoy the journey.
You're doing well I wash maybe two times a week. Seems to be good. I use a shampoo from Trader Joes and/or Doctor Bronner's both w/added tea tree oil; so far less itching, flakes and just in case someone's kid gets lice.
Reading the Dreaducation page is an awesome start!! Is also how I started.
Welcome and enjoy your journey
Hi, I have been growing my locks for about 3 months the natural way, I haven't done anything to my hair, just left it uncombed to do it's thing. I have only just started trying to separate my locks, after developing really big matts of hair. My hair is looking pretty crazy, and I want to try and separate the locks out and split the big matts into smaller ones, but I'm not sure what the best method of separating is. I have been ripping my hair, and using a knife to split the especially tough ones, but I am worried this is really damaging my hair! I'm not sure how I would be able to separate my locks though without being quite brutal. Any advice? If I just left them and didn't even do any separating, would they eventually develop naturally into dreads?
they will but potentially huge dreads
rip while wet its much easier and less painful
if they wont rip with water try putting olive oil only on the connected parts that wont rip let it soften it up then try to rip
if nothing will get them to separate don't use a knife but a razorblade or exacto blade or if needed those tiny lil scissors you want very precise control
get help with it
pull the dreads away from eachother putting tension on the connected hairs now use surgical precision like your doing brain surgery slice carefully straight down but only like a millimeter or 2 like no more then 1/8th inch at a time then pull try to rip
repeat as needed try to keep the cutting to a bare minimum just to release enough to rip some more
once you have em all separtated out into reasonable sized sections ..separate after each wash..if needed
alternately (and perhaps better)
comb out the absolute worse areas ..if the sections are like 3 inches ..comb them out let them reform but this time keep them separated into no larger then 1 inch
any sections 1 inch or smaller just let them go and make sure they stay separated from neighbors
27 years growing dreadlocks the natural way
My dreads are over 9 feet long
Hi, I am in Australia and am having trouble sourcing the preferred shampoo for starting and maintaining dreads so can someone help me out and direct me to somewhere they know of that produces the right sort of shampoo?. I don't have dreads yet and need to grow my hair a lot before I can start as now it's only about an inch long. I am definitely going to go the natural way and am very grateful for this site that tells the truth and got me away from those other maniacs selling wax and all that other crap. I am looking forward to it and wish I had the length to start now. Thanks for any help or motivation