Is this normal?
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Same thing here, feels like a network of connected hair just above the scalp. I figure I'll always be able to separate down to that point at least. I hope!
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This is an old but good thread! I recently used essential oil for the first time, and I liked how it looked and felt on my hair, but I am wondering how much it might slow down the dreading process? Is it kind of a no-no while trying to get dreads to begin with? I have lots of baby dreads and lots of loose hair still, so I am wondering if it's better to wait until I have mostly mature dreads? My hair tends to stay nice and dry in general.
Also, I have seen some people adding essential oil to their sea salt lock accelerator.... is this defeating the purpose of using an accelerator, or is it good for preventing itch and over-drying? Thanks in advance for any advice!
I've been wanting to post some update photos, but it's really hard to get good selfie shots of dreads! I'm single and am a bit of a loner in a way, so I don't have a lot of chances to have people take photos for me. Anyway, I hope you can see this but I've got a bunch of baby dreads all along the back that are kind of looping at the end. I guess it's normal, maybe because they are hanging in the perfect spot to hit my shoulders but not be able to fall past, so they are curling back up?
Yeah, I recently ditched towel drying and feel like I made lots of progress overnight! My experience is just as S.E. described, the water causes hair to section and bind, and maybe even to curl and wave in interesting ways. Definitely the way to go I think!
Interesting note tho, from reading online, there seems to be research indicating that air drying can actually cause internal damage to hair, as opposed to the external damage from blow drying too closely. But even if that's true, air drying seems to be better for dreading. I'm not worried about it at all, we've been doing it for millenia, just mentioning what I've seen online. It could even be propaganda from the big blow dryer companies :D
Thanks for the response. My hair is pretty much dreaded or starting baby dreadlets over the rest of my head. I have some photos on my profile that can show it better. It seems like only this triangle section is not starting yet. It was difficult when I had a perm or styled it before dreadlocks. So it just must be my only section.
Relaxing my expectations is necessary for sure I'm just a worrier. I guess positive note is I can layer my hair that has dread over it so it's not as noticeable while it's working itself out. It seems the day after I feel like nothing is happenning I will find a loose tip that has swished together into a dread tangle. I have a few dreads like that...2 inches of dread at bottom and then loose to root but it seems to go quickly after that.
I use the locking up shampoo from dreadlocks Hampton site and I also go swimming in the ocean once or twice a week. No wax, gel, or other products. I also do not do dread balling or Palmolive as I e heard things about that being bad.
I'm just gonna have to buckle up and enjoy the ride. However long it takes.
wow, it looks great in your pic gallery, looks like you're doing fine! i guess here we are doing the natural method, and there will be peculiarities on all our heads i have certain areas where my hair seems different than the rest, like just straight and unaffected by the locking of the rest. i don't mind as long as it overall looks good. plus i cut some of that hair off my previous cut really wasn't geared for growing real long. anyway, cheers!
yeah, i think embracing the journey is the way to go. we have guidelines for letting hair dread naturally, but within that, each person's hair will do what it will.
your hair looks very nice in that pic! is there anything going on in the back of the head, underneath the top layer of hair? that's where i'm seeing most of my natural locking. how often do you wash? i feel like washing(with proper cleansers of course), and water in general, helps the locking process. some people use a sea salt/water spray to facilitate locking also.
anyway, try not to worry! i feel once we change our hair-care habits to natural, healthy methods, good things happen, even if they aren't exactly how we envisioned them, or as quickly.