So whats up with the strange two threads that have nothing to do with dreads... that were originally posted 2 and 3 years ago on other sites.
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Also I didnt touch on the breakage because I havnt had that problem yet, nor do I have any real experience with it.
What I do know is if you started with crochet or backcombing that could be the main reason for a LOT of that breakage.
Would be best to wait for soaring or another moderator to answer that.
First things first I have to tell you to never use wax again.
It is afaik one of the top 2 WORST things you can do to your dreads only next to crochet hooks.
Our main mentor is at The Rainbow Gathering currently so he hasnt been on as much as normal he will be the best source of information
Your dreads will be with you a long time so you should give them the love they deserve. I really implore you to go read this first, at least skim through or read a section now and one later if you really dont have that much extra time.
Just going to quote the wax section for you but you can use ctrl+F to search for keywords on that page.
Waxes: Waxes are marketed for use on dreadlocks claiming to help keep the dreads together tightly and neatly while they lock up (especially promoted for use with backcombed locks and by locticions.) Now, in order for dreads to dread they require movement, and to a lesser extent, compression. Wax prevents movement and instead acts like a glue, caking the hairs together. This slows down the dreading process considerably while giving the illusion of nice tight knottiness. Over time it can cause very severe issues and is next to impossible to get out. Dirt and grime become just as trapped by wax as the hair does and this is the main reason why people think dreads are so dirty. They also say its conditioning but it isn't; they add vitamin e, which is. Aloe can be used for every purpose wax can, and rinses clear away, and easily, which wax doesn't (2 weeks of wax use, as directed, has proven to leave a wax core years later, regardless of washing.) Here is a small list of testimonials from members who have had their dreads ruined by wax (along with pictures of wax damage!) Aside from having sticky, dirty dreadlocks that come apart, wax has also been known to promote mold production as well as skin issues (such as acne and hives.) Here is another testimonial from someone who had medical skin issues that wax contributed to!The intention of pointing out these testimonials isn't necessarily to scare you however, the promotion of wax usage is so prolific that just informing upon it's evils isn't enough to convince people of the truth. If you have fallen victim to wax usage, cutting your dreads off isn't the only way to remove it. You can do some serious wax removal with a grease cutting dish soap, such as Dawn dish liquid, or use the wax remover from Bucks County Soap. Both products, used multiple times, with the hottest water you can stand, can help get the wax out but it's a horrendous process.
(the links to the testimonials are on the actual thread, i cant copy hyperlinks)
Now that you are armed with that information this is your best solution:
http://shop.dreadlockshampoo.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=4&products_id=14The charcoal detox is not listed on the website, however if you order another type of shampoo ( I think liquid?) and just add in the notes of the order you wan her charcoal detox instead of X bottle.
Read read read, knowledge is power and Soaring will be back sooner than later I hope but I dont want to leave anyone hanging until then. If you have any other questions ask and we will all try to pitch in till he returns.
Old dog, new tricks
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11 month update. I am really pleased with my dread progress. I deal with hundreds of members of the public each day and always receive favourable comments and plenty of smiles. Even my 80 year old mother likes them. Thanks Soaring Eagle for your support and advice
Ah those feel good feels, made me tear up a little lol.
Those locks are looking amazing man, glad you didnt get discourage along the way!
Looking forward to seeing more pictures.
10 month progression?
Haha flat earthers :P
I cant help but chuckle at them saying nasa is just stealing billions of dollars so they can be rich and look smart.
I live right by Nasa's JPL in Los Angeles. The poor scientists that work at that place I see almost daily drive the most fk'd up beater cars that look like they almost dont work.
Those scientists are not rich, blows their whole theory out of the water lol.
Hello! I'm Anthony! Give me tips!
Hey Anthony, I noticed our hair is very similar!
I started my dreads about July of last year and my hair was about the exact same length/texture/and even density as yours is now.
The one thing I want to tell you from personal experience (and personal regret i have currently) is do not skimp on your separation.
Its going to be very important to find someone to help you (I had no one, still dont) to keep an eye on the back of your head.
Several of mine got too large and even when I felt with my hand I thought "thats not TOO big" but in reality once it started to mature it was far too big.
I have 3 specific dreads currently on the back of my head that I can tell should actually be about 9 or 10. Im going to struggle so hard to fix it because I didnt pay enough attention. Dont make my mistake :]
Just my 2 cents because im suffering now because of it.
updated by @irie: 05/09/17 05:42:39PM
I may be mistaken but didn't I read a few articles (even on this site?) that said dreadlocks are not actually protected under that law?
There was several court rulings that determined dreadlocks were not protected under Title VII. It made me upset when I learned that but I think its important to mention.
Free form dread section too big.
Should I expect a lot of breakage to be falling out?
The place on my head where these dreads are I cant see well enough to cut (with precision) that small of a section. I tried once and a large part was actually cut off when i brushed right after.
i have a very small comb and I have been grabbing a few hairs at a time from the tip and pulling down. Once there is a loop I can put a finger through i stop pulling down and split it with my hand.
I do see a LOT of hair falling onto my sink roughly 3-5 inches long. is it because I am breaking it? Or is this unavoidable.
Free form dread section too big.
Also Ive noticed it seems like a lot of the smaller dreads that are forming have more of a rectangular shape as opposed to a square. I realized none of them were going to be perfectly uniform and thats what I liked. Im just concerned that they are going to look flat. ill try to snap some pics tomorrow but the best explanation I could give is they are like 3x longer ---- direction than they are | direction