long dreads getting thin at the roots?
haha definitely not pregnant,
I'll look into biotin thanks!
hey sexies, my dreads are pretty long and very heavy.. I'm noticing the weight of them is making my hair grow really fast- but it doesn't seem as thick as it used to be around the roots.. anyone had this issue? should i trim? is there any way to thicken my hair up (that isn;t on a shampoo commercial :P)?
the protein treatment will really help your hair feel like hair again in the best case scenario, much love from a fellow perm victim! XD
(i hope you find some comfort in the fact that mine now look and feel healthy, after the protein treatment twice over a few months, and being very gentle to them. i find a scalp massage and intermittently running your hands down the length of your dreads can also help, as as far as I know, the oils from your scalp that help protect your hair don;t get to the ends when you have dreads as it's like a hair maze for the oil to pass through. so giving it a hand in that sense too can help keep the hair fed with nourishment from your scalps natural oils (plus it feels niiiiice). hopefully shouldn;t be too long and you can relax a bit xx
Ari Rudenko said:
I know it was really uninformed... i just wanted a little help really with loose hairs, and had no time to think once i got there. One of those things that happens in a moment and your regretting it every day since then. Ya hopefully this stuff will ship to indonesia
ok, It's called "ION reconstructor"
this is what the bottle looks like not sure if this sire is the best price, just adding it to show you what it looks like
OK! so I have my lovely natural dreads, which added some permed extensions to cause i'm such a girl and wanted some uber long dreads for a while. I was well aware that they would probably become brittle and break (as permed dreads do) but they were only extensions, so no fuss for me.
However- I feel the heartbreak everytime someone was silly enough to believe a salon dresser and got their whole head permed into dreads, and are told to cut them off and start again when they ask for a solution-
Natural dreads are the way to go, You've all seen soaring eagle's locs, perfect example of why natural is the best best best! but if you're facing losing your whole head of hair and can't handle it, I have a possible save for you.
I tried a salon protein treatment on one of the permed extensions I had lying around, i was expecting it to not really work BUT: it has helped immensely. it might help save someones head of hair someday, i know a lot of people come here after they've made their big mistake so i felt it could help someone rescue their permed dreads so they can grow them out and continue in the natural way.
these extensions had textbook perm damage (once again, perms = evil). the hair was stretchy when wet, and when dry was brittle as shit, and had white dots all over it where the perm had fried hairs at every bend. if this was your whole head, you'd be crying at the thought of losing all your hair you took years to grow over an uninformed decision you made to get salon locs. I applied the treatment, and was sure to get it right into the 'dread'. i followed the instructions, and now those white dots are gone and it's 50% or so stronger when wet- enough for someone to be able to keep their hair and grow it out as natural dreads (you'd want to trim the ends as it grows to get rid of the damaged hair of course!)
I don;t want to name drop and mention the brand, but if you're reading this in tears because you made the silly decision to cook your hair (lets face it, there is so much info online and when you search, the commercial sites come up before any of the natural proper ones so i don;t blame anyone for taking a salons advice, after all, you don;t think at first that anyone would ruin your hair to make a buck (but god, they will!), leave a comment or message me and I'll tell you, just cause i'm not sure if all salon brands are going to work this well (though, everyone's hair is different, why not get some sample packets and test half a dread at a time to see how it goes).
Now I am all about natural dreads, and yes, honestly if your hair is fried from a dread perm, most people will say cut it off- as they're going to eventually snap in most cases, but i'm hoping this will help save someones head of hair one day, i first did my locs when i was 16 and thanks to knottyboy, was sure that dreads were started by wax (took me a week to comb them out because i realized something was wrong), luckily i found out real dreads needed no products etc and now know better- but i don;t think anyone deserves to lose all their hair thanks to bad info. we are all attached to our hair (literally and emotionally) and just because you fried it doesn't mean it's easy to lose it all, especially for girls. So, hopefully this info is enough to help someone keep their hair so they can continue their dread journey instead of cutting it all off and being to afraid to start again.
just remember the salon protein stuff is full of chemicals and residues so you don't want to use it regularly.
SO: in closing, had to share this for you out there who is a wreck because a hairdresser fried your head and you're facing baldness. it's no guarantee, and for gods sake, be sure to share your horror story with everyone you know so we can hep prevent more people doing the same. but hopefully this can help as a last resort.
be sure to trim as your locs grow, you don't want that damaged hair in forever.
make sure you subscribe and donate to this site, because this is where you'll find answers to any questions you have in future.
Oh- and get a bottle of protein teatment and do it yourself, DON;T go to a salon! everything they use there is loaded with conditioners and they won;t know what the hell to do with your dreads. your dreads are YOURS, you need to cre for them yourself, don;t go to salons (though you're probably terrified of salons if you just burnt your hair to a crisp)
Much love, dread natural, learn your lesson, and don;t give up.
hey my lovely lovelies,
Anyone remember me, i posted often a few months ago. I re attached my dreads, after cutting them off and regretting it- I thought- hey, I've been feeling ugly without them, so I'll go all out- and added in some dread extensions. they looked awesome and i felt great about them, still love having super long hair, but there were a few of those extensions in there that didn't take to the perm well (asian hair extensions from ebay, conditioned to all hell and dyed before i got them), and came out almost gelatinous after the perm- it's known as 'mushy hair' in the salon world, they seem fine but when wet the hair is just stretchy and not healthy! I have read about conditioning and protein treatments for normal hair, but does anyone know of a protein treatment for dreads? I'd like to give it a go to see if it'll help those few extensions before I just take them out.
(it's only like 3 of the extensions that didn't like the perm so no biggie, that's just mean 3 slightly shorter locs if i took the extensions out of them)
ps- please don't give me shit over the perm. I am all for natural dreads, and hate the idea of perms but thought i'd give it a go with extensions as there's not alot to loose cause i can always cut them out. my own dreads are natural and healthy.
thanks, my sexy dreaded people!
haha I did put them on my face like a beard and imagined how cool it would be if i could grow a beard XD
the Barrellady said:
make a mustache make a weird piece of art on a canvass
i suppose to each their own.
soaring eagle said:
mine are a fot past my toes when wet i pile em in my lap
i woiuld never trim them
when the wnds broke off i used to save rthem not anu]=ymote
i could never imagine trimming mine
they are twice your length
and super thick
but theres no way id ever intentionaly lose even an inch
my dreads go down to my butt and are gorgeous- but today i decided i'd trim some layers in, and take some of the weight off the top. they look awesome, and the bottom ones still go to my butt- anyone else however, find their hert breaks after a trim? my dreads are so heavy when wet, that I can;t hold my head up and have to fold them up and sit them on my shoulder- so they needed a trim- but still I feel awful about it- what do I do with the off cuts? join them together into a dread chain and keep into a memory box? lol. idk i feel so upset about it. would love to hear your thoughts and feelings on trimming xx