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Hi! Anybody else with less than 20 dreads?

aetherfaither
@aetherfaither
7 months ago
48 posts
I just started my dread journey with coarse Caucasian/Native American hair using a mixture of Twist and Rip and backcombing loose bits, with rubber bands at roots and tips. I did grab'n'go sections with a thickness that I liked and ended up with only 13 dreads! I am almost two weeks in and I love them too much too restart them, though I do occasionally have dread envy for those with tons of dreads. I haven't seen any pictures of anyone with as little dreads as I have :/ It is slightly discouraging and I would love to hear any stories from anyone else who also kept their less than 20 sections?
aetherfaither
@aetherfaither
7 months ago
48 posts

Please drop some pictures of your babies, too! Here are mine

Frankster
@frankster
6 months ago
25 posts

Hey! Rubber bands are very bad, so you should take them out first. After that i would wait if your hair is sectioning itself, then you might have more than

20 locs by natural sectioning... With only 13 dreads getting them dry after washing will be hard and take forever, think about that. Take the rubbers out and let your hair go, then you will get way more sections then you have right now. Cheers!

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

those are going to be really really huge we have 1 woman with 13 dreads they are huge

the rubber bands must come out but i would very strongly recomend starting over with 40 or more

20 is really the minimum youd want and they will be pretty thick

yours already look real real thick and they are only going to thicken up alot more as they dread

rubber bands can cause over a dozen serious issues in a very short time..and do absolutely nothing good




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aetherfaither
@aetherfaither
6 months ago
48 posts

I really love my dreads already though? I don't want to start over, I like the way they are because it felt really natural when I was doing it. I will take your advice on the rubber bands though, because they are tiresome to keep from getting tangled, but I feel like they did help knot up my tips and keep my roots separated well. But yeah, I know the breakage is a probem and not worth it. But what about before showers only? 

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

i wouldn't bother with the bands at all.

but guesstimate the sizes of the sections at the scalp

that's how thick the dreads will get eventually wich means they can take 4-6 days to fully dry inside wich is a high mildew risk

over 1 inch thick is risky yes some people have massive dreads 6 or more inches but often they are not very sanitary or healthy (google polish plait)

if you want really fat dreads and don't mind that they are extra hard to care for then by all means carry on... 

but if you want to minimize the risk and make them more manageable and easy to care for then it would be best to start over now instead of later

just be aware of what thick dreads that size require

baba fats wrote a post or made a video i forget which about the special care fat dreads require




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aetherfaither
@aetherfaither
6 months ago
48 posts

I thought they were supposed to condense and tighten too, though? My hair is very fluffy and my sections are about two inches *average which isn't that outlandish, right? And right now, even though they are already pretty knotted, they are babies so they still dry pretty easily, but if they one day got to be too much, couldn't I just split a few very carefully? I am really attached to them and don't see myself doing it unless it was absolutely a dread emergency :( I really like the section placement and my part, and my number of dreads, even though it was all spur-of-the-moment and non-uniform. I know you are just informing me of the extra work down the line to save myself the trouble and thank you for that, but these are somewhat spiritual tendrils for me already, and it feels like it would be the wrong thing to do to go back and rework them. Sorry if that is a little hippie-dippy sounding, but I'm definitely willing to commit to an arduous process for these babies, and I really hope to find some other dreadheads who also chose to do abnormally few dreads. 

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

look at hummingbird love gorilla on here

hes got massive dreads and no they thicken as they mature

2 inches is roughly the size of your wrist..so that's how thick each dread would be

btw

you never had to tnr or backcomb you could just let it section and dread itself

theres no reworking involved nature does it all for you




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aetherfaither
@aetherfaither
6 months ago
48 posts

But really, thank you very much for responding and if or when the day comes that I change my mind I will definitely allow you to tell me, "I told you so!" haha I really appreciate the welcome and the advice

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

always happy to help

i started out with like 75 later i think i had close to 200

i let them congo at will (except those that are already 1 inch) and now have maybe 50-60

the few that are 6 combined into 1 that are an inch take very long to dry..and if i wash them too late in the day they risk getting funky

and those are just 1 inch.. i would at least recommend keeping the tips loose so they don't hold ikn water




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