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shtwinds
@shtwinds
05/22/15 05:39:31PM
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Intro / Dreadlock newbie Question


Introduce Yourself

@soaring-eagle thanks for the reply!  A couple more questions I have thought of...

1. Is there are particular brand shampoo I should be looking for?

2. Is seasalt spray useful at this point?

Some pictures to reference when reading questions...


updated by @shtwinds: 05/22/15 05:41:33PM
shtwinds
@shtwinds
05/22/15 03:46:17PM
2 posts

Intro / Dreadlock newbie Question


Introduce Yourself

Hello,

 I am a 29 year old caucasian female/soon to be mother, finally fulfilling my dreams of having dreadlocks :)

 

I do however have a few questions in regards to how I should move forward with my dreadlocks in the least damaging/best manner.  I dreaded my hair 5 days ago using the Twist and Rip method, and have naturally very curly/frizzy hair.  The twist and rip seemed to work great for the dread formation, but I am having a hard time getting them to stay knotted right at the roots on a small number of the dreads.  I have used no waxes or added anything onto my hair and right now it is crazy frizzy (I am assuming this is pretty normal from what I have been reading, and I have frizzy hair on a good day so it makes sense...however some reassurance is always nice).  In order to try and tame some of the frizz I had my husband do some crocheting 3 times since forming the dreadlocks, after doing more reading on here I have decided I will never crochet again and plan on going home and getting rid of the little beast. 

I guess at this point my questions are as follows:

1. Is there anything I should be doing to my dreads to help with the locking/upkeeping process now that I have them started?

2. How often should I be washing them currently?  I read that every 3 days is typical for deadlocks however I am wondering if this is different at all when the dreads are brand new.  Also is there something special I should be using on my dreadlocks in the shower in terms of products?  Apple Cider Vinegar etc?  How often can they get wet...ex: can I stand in the shower but not wash them?

3. How long should I expect to wait until they look somewhat decent?  I am going to be taking maternity photos in the next few weeks and would like to know if there is something I can do for the photoshoot to make them look more presentable at this early stage.  I know I am in for a long process and am prepared for that, but I would also love for my photos to turn out as decent as possible :)

4. Some days after sleeping or pinning them back for work they seem more on the flatter side rather than the rounder side...is there something I can do to encourage the rounder shape?

 

Thank you for any advice you can provide, I am excited to finally be joining such an awesome group!

PS: I can post photos if anyone would find that helpful when I get home from work