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dread_stpauli
@dread-stpauli
04/06/18 05:53:32AM
92 posts

Size


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alter:

@dreadstpauli how many locs did you start out with and how many did you end up with? Did you go full natural, tnr, backcomb

sorry i have never counted them, but it is normal that it starts somewhere while other parts seem to do nothing! I have started full natural and my hair has started where i have slept most on (back first and a little the sides later) I would not wash every day, try every 2nd and at the end of your wash rinse with really cold water. The water will close your pores and after some period of adjusting it should get way less oily. If you want, you can only rinse with cold water every 2nd day, without shampooing. That helped me a lot in the early stages. I have washed every 2 or 3 days.

The gunk could also be residue from the shampoo you use. It is best to use special shampoo for dreadlocks, or at least some natural, residue free soaps or shampoos.

dread_stpauli
@dread-stpauli
04/06/18 05:35:51AM
92 posts

The difference of 2 years


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just a quick impression about the progression of 2 years natural dreading. While i did start in january 2016 with pretty short hair, it took a while... The first picture is around 3 month with my hair just sectioning itself. It seemed for months that my hair wasn't growing at all, but they did, they just did'nt shrink Wink. I guess between month 9 and 12 it was growing a lot more noticeable. After the first year a had a couple of mature dreads at the lower back of my had, but even the hair in front had sectiond completely and started dreading well. Just a few small lose strands in between forming dreads.

Most of my dreads, never counted how many i have, have started to combine somewhere around the tips and dreaded down towards the roots, only a few on the sides and back where i mostly sleep on have started to combine at the roots.

After 2 years nearly all of my dreads at my back have blunted tips, i guess its normal with curly hair and i will not comb anything blunted out The tips at the front take a lot longer to form, but i guess they will blunt too one day.

I will edit this post after a while with new pictures, feel free to post a response or ask any questions you want to know.

3rd-month.jpg27 month.jpg

3rd month                                 27th months

 


updated by @dread-stpauli: 04/06/18 03:52:10PM
dread_stpauli
@dread-stpauli
04/05/18 03:09:48AM
92 posts

Size


General Questions

alter:

Unfortunately my hair doesn't have any clear sections. They're more than likely going to fall out.

Do you have any tips on showering/sleeping etc. I already use dreadlockssite shampoo and not blow dry my hair and such.

If you wash your hair at least once a week you are fine! Nothing special about sleeping, no wool pillow or anything else is needed. I wrap my hair after a wash with a microfibre towel, because with a normal towel you might catch some lint in your dreads. No rubbing with the towel, just wrapping and after a while air drying.

I had a lot of hair falling out in the early stages too, that is normal. If i remember correctly it was almost the whole first year. After the sections got firmer the hair will not fall out any more and stays as a part of the dread. That is why dreads can get so long, because you don't lose hair at a certain point of the journey.

Like S.E. said, just continue washing and don't worry too much, everybodys hair can and will dread!

dread_stpauli
@dread-stpauli
04/04/18 01:12:28PM
92 posts

Size


General Questions

Yeah, this chaos you describe sounds very familiar to me! I had some soft balls at the tips, too and most of my hair starts to combine at the tips and slowly dreads down towards the roots. The balls will disappear after a while, some will probably fall out, some will get flatter after some time and combine with the rest of the sectioned hair. Also every dread has almost its own length. You will have some really short ones (the skinnier sections) and some really long ones (the thicker sections). At least in my case...

dread_stpauli
@dread-stpauli
04/02/18 05:46:47AM
92 posts

Size


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Hi! My hair started dreading when it was 12-15cm long, so yours shout be right to start soon. I guess if someone goes the natural route there

will be a mixture of different sizes of dreads and also different forms like round or mostly flat. That is that special natural look, every dread is unique in size an look. So it is very normal to get thick and thin sections, mostly first there where you sleep on a lot.

You can leave the section alone till the hair starts to knot together, then you have to think about if the section is ok in size or if you want to separate it into 2 or more smaller sections. The less you (have to) separate the bigger the dreads should get, at least after time.

Don't separate too often and only when really needed, then you should get pretty close to the result you are looking for.

Best wishes!

dread_stpauli
@dread-stpauli
03/27/18 03:21:38PM
92 posts

New dreads


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☮ soaring eagle ॐ:

only method i ever used...or will ever use

Thank you Soaring Eagle, you are a big inspiration!

dread_stpauli
@dread-stpauli
03/27/18 01:16:18PM
92 posts

New dreads


Introduce Yourself

Hello!

I'm on my third try, too and going natural for a little over 2 years now. My first set was almost 20 years ago with backcombing and then

maybe 7 years ago with the twist and rip method. Going all natural works pretty good for me, because i get used to it step by step, as well as others like friends, work, family etc.  Personally i would never try any other starter method again, natural is the key for me.

Best wishes,

Frank

dread_stpauli
@dread-stpauli
03/24/18 12:39:54PM
92 posts

My locks so far


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greetings from northern Germany! You have found the best site on the planet, congrats! Soaring Eagle and other members are very helpful and gentle so feel free to ask everything. Have a nice weekend!

dread_stpauli
@dread-stpauli
03/04/18 04:27:55AM
92 posts

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☮ soaring eagle ॐ:

well now your in the right place to spread your knowledge from your experience

thats what i takes.. everyone telling their story.. 

with wax.. it took hundreds of victims of wax challenging the lead wax pushers to a debate making them face the harm that was done (was quite the spectacle) 

with crochet dunno who would be te 1 person to debate, maybe that guy skillteacher since like close to a million watched his vids despite his wifes dread simply falling off in his hand which he dared to say it wasn't crocheted enough 

as long as we keep spreading good info here and every 1 of you sharing your stories  the word will get out just like it did with wax.. it took time  but this community made a big diference and will continue to

In the city i live in, i see a lot of people with dreads every day, but most of them i guess are crocheted, some are backcombed or twisted and ripped, almost none are completely natural. In two years i have only met one women with natural dreads. The younger people are, the more they tend to crochet there hair, to get the "dread" look as soon as possible, no matter what it means to the health of their hair and scalp. That is a bit sad.

So i guess there is a lot of work to do for all of us!

dread_stpauli
@dread-stpauli
03/04/18 04:17:56AM
92 posts

Female's Timeline


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FemalePheromones: Yeah that's true. I've been wearing a hat a lot at the moment because it's been so cold so I'm hoping when it warms up and I don't need to wear it my hair will benefit.

Yes It is cold over here too, but my dreads are isolating pretty good so no need for a hat for me. I have bought a tam for weathers like this, but have'nt worn it a lot at all.

But in your case with the shaved sides i can imagine that it is getting cold imidiately!


updated by @dread-stpauli: 03/04/18 04:19:06AM
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