What can I do with this guy
Pausing on the crystals for a minute and back to dreads.
Brother, I need some more of your counseling. So I finally decided to comb out and try to separate the bigger dreads. I've always wanted to thinner ones (no bigger than a #2 pencil for instance). Well, in the process, I combed out some and THOUGHT I could separate others. I now have noticed I've broken/damaged some hair. Dread mistake #2.
Life will go on. However, after one night's sleep, a lot of them have tried to join back up. I mean ALOT. I guess its just what my hair naturally wants to do. I can separate some of the top and sides, but I can't reach and separate all the back.
I feel like the neglect method is too much maintenance for me (if that sounds right). I've even had to separate after a walk outside with the dogs.
I did loosely twist and rip a couple side sections I could reach and they have actually stayed pretty intact. I'm starting to think that with what my hair is wanting to do (big thick dreads) and what I'm wanting for it (smaller thin dreads), that a TnR with sectioning method is for me. I know I'm only 3+ months in, but progress is progress. Combing them out seems like I'm regressing (not to mention, I've already done that before with the terrible wax demons!). I would do it all myself, but there is no way I can reach the back.
Also, from my dumbass breaking my hair, I have thick, knotted balls at the end of some of my sections now. I'm guessing I should comb those out so I don't have big lumps in my dreads.
I always envisioned the neglect method and letting my hair dread to be maintenance free. Which I guess it is if you don't care if you end up with 10 dreadlocks total.
So with that being said, what would you do if you were in this situation? I feel like everything is pointing towards combing them out and doing a sectioning/TnR session to get them started to the style I'm after.
I just switched to bars about a week ago, good to know. I think for now I'm going to continue to separate and buy some beads and sleeves. It is really the only one that is pretty big (noticably bigger than the rest), but I can still easily fit my wedding band around it (size 8-8.5 I think) and its not very tight. As always friend, thanks for the help/counseling/tips.
Also, I'm just now looking into crystals. I haven't even begun to search yet, but I remember you mentioning them in another thread. Do you happen to have any links or good starting locations? Thanks SE.
Yeah, I'm cutting out the sea salt for a bit. Wow, that's crazy that hair can dread in one night. I thought my hair would have taken the longest to even start dreading. I've always had straight, smooth and fairly thick hair.
I don't want to quit, but I'll admit, this is making me consider combing them out. Just concerned I'll eventually not like the thickness and combing them out down the road may not be an option.
Do the beads/sleeves go on hair that is just starting to knot?
Can't complain about fast! But I don't really want super thick dreads. I'll continue to try and separate. I've recruited the wife into helping separate the back ones after my showers.
Will beads help slim them down, so to speak? And how would I strategically place them? Is there a dread bead FAQ or beginners guide?
Man, I don't want to sound like a whiner, but I'm kinda bummed they are going to be thick. Its crazy though, I don't even have time to separate them. I go to bed with loose hair and wake up with clumps. I had three start in the back after one nights sleeping the other day.
Ahhh, gotcha. I tried to do that using Google Chrome, but didn't see the 'upload' button. I went over to IE and its there. Ok, here they are. (2 weeks) (1 month) (2 months) and the bottom ones are current at 3 1/2 months.
Hey SE, so I'm a little concerned now about the size of the sections/dreads. I separate them daily, however, there have been several that start to heavily knot overnight before I can get to them. I figured I would post some pics of different angles. I know its hard to see, but could use some input. I was hesitant about free-form dreading because I was afraid I wouldn't separate them correctly.
That brings up another question I have been thinking about (saying that it should probably be 2 or 3 dreads). I have noticed that a lot of the dreads that have started already are really big. Big as far as the amount hair in each section at the root. I know there really isn't a 'normal' as far as letting your hair dread free-form, but is there something I should be doing to prevent that? I do maintenance and pull apart sections that are starting to dread together to prevent congos. But right now it seems like I will have 15 dreads by the time everything is done, lol.