9 month old neglect dreads
Looking great! forming a lot like mine did. completely "normal" no worries brother.
Yeah I think that's the problem as of now I've spent these months trying to leave them down as much as possible so they can form and haven't been doing much with them I put them in two buns on the each side of my head the other day and it looked so great! could have never done that with my thin hair before, guess I kinda jst miss curling it a bit though, but once I did see something about curling hair with rags overnight, might work with dreads!
I beennaturallydreading for around 9 months and I wake up some days and don't feel so great about my hair, sometimes I miss being able to do cute shit to my hair. I continue to struggle with it from time to time but I know I would regret so bad if I combed them, they are wonderful.
I know baking soda does I really want to dye but I hate to stop using baking soda I love it sa good! But I was wondering if anyone knew if the lockin up shampoo effected hair dye? If so, are there any on this site that doesn't effect dye?
thank you for your reply, very helpful!
It sounds like you have veryresilienthair which is lucky Colour stripper doesn't reliably work on Directions or other stains because they are very different chemically, I've used it once and although it did noticably fade the colour it didn't completely shift it. You could try using a few packs of colour stripper spaced over a few days, or do a bleach bath (bleach mixed with shampoo) which although it would be damaging it would cause much less trauma to your hair than pure bleach and will take it up a couple of shades. I've heard good things about fading with vitamin C but no idea how good that is, or if it's damaging at all to hair. Most colours are strong enough they'll cover over a very faded colour, unless you're aiming to go from a bright to a pastel or using something like a yellow or orange that will show through any dark stains in the hair.
i bleached my hair once a month for about a year and it actually gave me a nice texture and more body but i did keep it shoulder length and get the ends trimmed pretty often. i don't use any matnience at all so i have nothing working against me except the bleach, bleach the roots sounds good to me but what about when i wanna change the color and need it all bleach would it be better to use a color stripper? i plan on using directions
Yeah hair really shouldn't be bleached more than once, though I think a lot of dye addicts have been guilty of bleaching it again to get rid of a colour fast! A single bleaching shouldn't do your hair much harm as long as you're very gentle with it for a couple of weeks afterwards (for brushed hair that means a ton of conditioner, not great for dreads but if you feel the condition is really poor a quick condition might be worth doing). If you're doing any dreadlock maintenance at all (re-backcombing, re-twist and ripping, crotchet, root rubbing, tip rubbing, even palm rolling) then stop until the condition has totally recovered. I mean, I know most people on this site are anti-maintenance in the first place but anything even slightly destructive is many times more so if your hair is already weakened and things you could get away with normally will cause serious breakage. After that just do the roots and try to avoid any overlap, then no part of your hair has been bleached more than once.
Natural dyes like henna, and natural based semi-permanent dyes like Directions/Manic Panic/Stargazer/Adore brands, are totally harmless to use, although the conditioning effect may make your dreads a little loose and fuzzy for a short time afterwards.
If you bleach your hair all over once a month, dreads or no dreads, it's going to fall out. Or rather, it'll turn to spongey plasticy stuff, shrivel up and crumble off. Trust me I've been there, I made it around 8 months (was trying to strip it down to white blonde) and then was left with less than an inch of hair. Unless you're wearing your hair short and constantly cutting off the damage you can't bleach it that often without completely trashing it. If you do bleach at all make sure you get all of it out of your dreads because even a tiny trace left in the core will keep processing and weaken their structure, which can cause breakage long term even if it seems ok at the time.
what method were you using though backcombed naturl etc? and had you used wax or crochet etc?
Delerious indigo said:
Yep its bad for them, my last set were black and i decided i wanted them purple, beached them and they got damaged pretty bad, one of them fell off and i sewed them back together again, if you do decide to bleach them, only dfo the roots as maintenace not the whole dread every time.
I recently wrapped on of my very thick loopy ones just to add a dash of color it ended up staying in for a month or 2 and wasn't falling out so I took it out to discover that it had been sucked ofcharacterand was now straight never again will i wrap so tight and leave in so long