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Kyle Van Zandbergen
@Kyle Van Zandbergen
05/26/14 02:34:26AM
4 posts

Twist and Rip looks like braids?


dread wax and dread kits recovery

So I originally did my dreads about eight months ago using the back combing method with wax. I recently noticed the wax oozing out when I was washing my dreads. After posting on here, I bought a container of wax b-gone which has worked wonders on getting the wax out. Unfortunately I came to realize that the wax was what was holding my dreads together and they were not very formed at all. So I have been taking them out one by one and putting them back in using the twist and rip method. I feel like it is working well and they feel much nicer without the wax, but some of them look like odd braids and some of them are very plump at the base and get very skinny at the tips. How much will these issues sort themselves out? I've attached a picture to show what the new ones and old ones look like. In the back ones, you can still see some of the wax (the dark spots in the blonde).


updated by @Kyle Van Zandbergen: 01/13/15 10:04:07PM
Kyle Van Zandbergen
@Kyle Van Zandbergen
05/16/14 05:00:12AM
4 posts

Not Locking Well?


Dread Maintenance

So I worked really hard at getting the wax out of one of the dreads and it just kinda fell apart. It was tangled but not really knotted, certainly not where it should be after eight months. I carefully combed out all of the knots and redid the dread with the rip and twist method. I hope when I get the wax be gonoe the rest don't just fall out, but I have a feeling they might. If it does, I will just rip and twist them back in I guess!

Kyle Van Zandbergen
@Kyle Van Zandbergen
05/16/14 12:21:06AM
4 posts

Not Locking Well?


Dread Maintenance

They definitely don't seem to be moldy. They dry pretty fast and the ends seems pretty unwary. I think that the roots probably had more in them because thats where it all converged. The ends seem like most of the wax is out. After I get the wax b gone and I get all the wax out, just keep on doing the normal care for them and hope that they lock up? Did the wax essentially just make the locking process stagnate and this will be like they are newly done?

Kyle Van Zandbergen
@Kyle Van Zandbergen
05/15/14 02:23:50PM
4 posts

Not Locking Well?


Dread Maintenance

I have had my dreads for about eight months now. I did them with the backcombing method. For the first month or so I used wax two times. I probably overtaxed (almost definitely actually) and then decided after all the reading I was doing that it was a terrible idea. For the first two months I used a residue free all natural shampoo but I didn't feel like it was strong enough. Then I switched to Dr. Brommers. Now I am using baking soda and an apple cider vinegar rinse. I took a shower last night and did a really thorough deep clean before it did. Now I feel REALLY spongy, sticky sections close to the root that I am assuming are wax. I spent the morning palm rolling and squishing the wax out. Tonight I plan on soaking them again in baking soda and really, really hot water. My concern is that my dreads aren't locking up very well (I think). There are some spots that is barely dreaded (I can pull it apart and see through it). I know the flat spots and loops are normal, and they shift every so often so I know they are getting better. I'm just wondering if the wax is making it so they aren't maturing as fast. They all seem like they were just done a month ago and aren't locking up tight. Also, at the roots, there are some MAJOR loops that I think are from wearing a bandana at work all day long and training them to go back. I used to wear the bandana all the time but now I usually let them hang down so they aren't trained to lay back. Anyone who has any thoughts, I'd greatly appreciate them :)


updated by @Kyle Van Zandbergen: 01/13/15 10:03:57PM