New to dreads, read alot mine look hopeless (To me) and feel down about it.
Help! Save My Dreads
yeah , my bad - if you have done your research beforehand, you should know the least damaging way to do it besides natural, is twist and rip, and then back-comb - in that order, I'm pretty sure. But honestly , I find that I personally worried and fretted a lot less with natural vs forced dreads. With the forced sections, I worried so much that they would fall apart of I took out my rubber bands or washed them, but with natural , I just trusted that whatever fell apart, would 32nd up back where it was supposed to be anyway - but finally enough,my natural sections never have fallen apart - they already decided where they want to be. Even though they aren't locked, I can run water through them and wash them lightly and they stay the way they were before. Also, rather than straight out , awkward looking baby dreads sticking out everywhere you look more like you have messy hair until they actually form themselves, so the transition phase is 21st nicer for me, anyway
Trust me, I had to start over at two weeks , as well. It was pretty emotional - but my confidence about my hair's process was vastly different. Your dread envy will depress you if you don't fix them now and get it out of the way so you can get REAL time under your belt, making dreads that you will love. And the natural process is SO rewarding
looks like they literally just twisted your hair with wax - maybe with more textured hair this could work, but it looks like you went to a salon that does not specialise in dreadlocks - ESPECIALLY dreadlocks for people with thin, silky hair. I'm afraid to ask what you paid for that, as I know that salon's charge a hefty price for making dreads. The sectioning doesn't even look professional, tbh. You would have been better off having a friend do it for you but I highly recommend Wax B Gone - ing that shit out , combing your hair and washing it with a dread shampoo (bar soap is for more mature dreads) and then allowing your hair to naturally section - which gives a much fuller, more even and organic look, and then use whatever method at that point- for some, complete sectioning can take weeks, but for me, it was pretty much instantaneous after I got out of the shower and let my hair dry. Just don't finger comb your hair or scrub your hands through your hair, just scratch and soap up your scalp and let it rinse through, squeezing your hair like a sponge repeatedly til it's all rinsed, and then separate regularly while wet to keep sectioning from congoing. Very simple, very cheap.
hey dude check out my first few pictures versus my newest ones - think about washing out all wax and letting your hair naturally section! I didn't mess with wax but I made some huge crappy dreads myself and thankfully SE talked me out of it- and the comparison of my two week photos are enough said lol
My hair was relatively straight but slightly wavy before going neglect/freeform and my baby dreads are VERY WAVY/curly which I love! I don't want them to straighten out and become regular boring dreads one day! Will they stay wavy like this or slowly become cylindrical and straight no matter what over time?:(
hey dude I think I can answer this. I am about two weeks into freeform and if your hair had already naturally sectioned itself, it is fine to run your fingers between the sections to help keep them separated, just don't stuck your fingers through them and unknot the sections themselves, JUST the hairs connecting them to other sections. It is a little confusing at first when they aren't fully naturally sectioned. I have to stop my mom on the daily from running her fingers THROUGH my baby dreads.