I recently decided to take the plunge into dreadlocks and started them a little over a month ago. From the age of 16 I've done everything imaginable to my hair, from chelseas, to mohawks, to relaxers, to texturizers, to blue, red and purple. And then for two years straight I rocked the same look: a 'fro. Natural hair became really important to me but the fro was so difficult to maintain. So I looked into dreadlocks and this site was probably one of the most helpful I found. On January 27th I started my dreads with the rip and twist (or tear) method using only a comb and no product. While my hair is african textured, it is very soft and curly rather than "kinky" (no I'm not mixed, that's just my hair) so when I tried the twist and 2-strand twist methods, they just didn't hold.
The biggest problem I've had is keeping my roots separated as they haven't locked up yet (there is about 1 to 2 inches of unlocked hair at the root) I don't want to twist them as the twists come out as soon as they get wet even with a nylon (I rinse almost daily as I am trying not to shampoo very often) and I don't want to twist them that often. i tried rubber bands but most of them came out after a couple weeks and I noticed my hair locked up a lot quicker when they were out of my hair rather than in. So any tips or things I could try would be immensely helpful.
The second biggest problem is my family. The last thing I want to do is come on a public forum and complain about my mom, but I'm not sure how much longer I can ignore her comments without giving in and combing out my hair. Tips on that front would be helpful as well lol.
BTW, super stoked to be a part of the forum. I love hearing about other people's journeys and am always amazed with the solidarity I see amongst "dreaders"
updated by @lu-a: 01/13/15 08:56:51PM