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the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
08/12/13 01:29:00AM
1,302 posts

New to dreads and I need guidance.


General Questions

Hey Jessica. I also started mine with the twist & rip method. My natural hair was almost waist length when I began my journey and by 11 1/2 months it was up to my shoulders. They looped, zig zagged and shrunk to the thickness of where my section of hair meets the scalp. They look nothing like they did when I T&R'd them. People who have really thin hair won't get as many dreads as people with thicker hair (I have over 60). When you made yours, what is the size of the area where the section of hair meets the scalp? You should keep those sections 1 inch maximum. As SE said, do different thicknesses as it fills in the areas and looks natural. A tip for making them so they don't look like braids...don't go twist rip twist rip twist rip...instead do the method of twist rip rip rip, twist rip rip rip rip, twist rip rip rip and so on.....

Be prepared for changes...some will loosen, some will even fall out....let them, that is part of the journey they take to mature. If you retighten any it will set back the time again, so once done just let them do their thing....Did I ever send you my post on T&R, if not, here you go: http://www.dreadlockssite.com/forum/topics/just-starting-out-what-to-expect Peace

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
08/11/13 10:37:58PM
1,302 posts

I gave in to the comb . . . HELP!


Help! Save My Dreads

I am 50 years old and want to give my wisdom. Live your life for you... look how you want... dress how you want... be who you want to be. Who the fuck cares who looks down on you, people who do that do not count in my books, I don't care what they think. Your life, your choices. If you want to have a happy life, then be yourself always. Hey, beat to a different drum if you want, if you have fun doing it then do it....

I know that you restarted your journey, but just wanted to pass on my wisdom for anything you do. Do good things and do it in your own style, beat that drum and have a blast......peace

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
08/12/13 12:44:21AM
1,302 posts

Dreadlock myths debunked


General Questions

All true dreadies have not done acid, but Hippies is another story.....am I a Hippie?......well.......

EtherealMaterials said:

I was told by someone who never had dreads I wasn't a "real dreadie" because " true dreadies have all done acid!!"

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
08/12/13 12:41:46AM
1,302 posts

Dreadlock myths debunked


General Questions

The myth I hate the most is that dreadlocks are filthy and we never or rarely wash our hair. Plain stupidity and ignorance......I don't take it personal though, we are all ignorant about something until we learn about it!

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
08/06/13 10:38:54PM
1,302 posts

baby dreads, questions :)


Dread Maintenance

You will love the Himalayan Sea Salt from her site. My only regret was not buying two of them when I ordered, as I got hooked on the stuff. Great for problem areas that don't want to dread. Yes, you can keep it in due to the added natural ingredients used...peace

WC~baby~dreads said:

thanks :)...I noticed on www.dreadlocksoap.com they have a salt accelerator, is that a leave in product or should you still wash out?


updated by @the Barrellady: 07/23/15 03:54:39AM
the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
08/06/13 10:36:58PM
1,302 posts

baby dreads, questions :)


Dread Maintenance

Twist & rip dreads are a method to future dreads. They will not stay looking as they do, they will not stay as long as they are right now, they will not stay as thin as they are now. Many of mine did stay in, but they did also loosen. They are a starter method. When you see a few months down the road all the action they go through, you will be amazed how different they are. Once mature, then they look like actual dreads. Check out this link to see the crazy shapes that happen during the journey: http://www.dreadlockssite.com/forum/topics/weirdest-shaped-dread-competition?page=6&commentId=3754945%3AComment%3A1684846&x=1#3754945Comment1684846

These shapes are all from members journeys to mature dreads, whether it be neglect method, T&R or back, combing....peace

WC~baby~dreads said:

thank you!! I will wash my hair tonight! I only waited this first week so hopefully that didn't mess it up too much...so when you say that twist n rip isn't actual dreads....how does this work then? will each one come undone and redread sort of? but they kinda stick to the original sectioning?...I guess it is confusing to me to hear that they are not real dreadlocks when it is called the twist n rip dreadlock method LOL...now im confused!

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
08/06/13 05:43:18PM
1,302 posts

baby dreads, questions :)


Dread Maintenance

This is the best site on the web for all the truth you need to grow healthy dreadlocks. I will answer your questions for you:

  1. Don't touch the ends at all, they need to loosen up in order to dread. Twist & Rip are not dreads at all, they are only a starter method to your future dreadlocks. If you retwist, you will set back the maturing stage each and every time, always taking a step back. You did the roadmap, now let them be.
  2. The best dread shampoos out there are from www.dreadlockshampoo.com. They were created by a member on this site. You will find many testimonials on her shampoos and bars, made with natural ingredients. There is also a baking soda wash / apple cider vinegar rinse you can use, I used it for my entire first year: http://www.dreadlockssite.com/forum/topics/ratios-baking-soda-wash-apple-cider-vinegar-rinse-sea-salt-mix You will find that with dreadlocks, you oil production will slow down. I had oily hair also and now I do not, only around my hairline. In the beginning months you do wash 2-3 times a week. Why? Hair dreads quicker when getting wet, dreads love clean hair. Any oils in the hair will cause knots to slip out, so you don't want oily hair. The more you wash the faster you dread. It is only when dreads are mature that you should wash once a week as they can take 24 hours to dry. But not so when starting out, they dry so much quicker.
  3. Yes, this method: XXXXXXX allows the hair to still loop and shrink to become mature dreads. If wrapped completely tight, the hairs in the sections are restricted and can't turn into dreadlocks. That is the best way to wrap them XXXXXXX You can use embroidery thread or hemp. You can't avoid the frizzies, just part of the process we all go through. It will only last about a month.
  4. Aloe only lasts a few hours, so great for a special occasion. The best Aloe is right from the plant, next best can be found in health food stores in the refrigerated section. But dreads don't need this daily. If you want to use a conditioner, use the ACV rinse as listed on the link I gave you.
  5. Sea Salt sprays work fantastic, it is an accelerator to dreads. Again, the ratio is on the link. You live in BC, the ocean water is the best to use, so go for a swim! If you do, just remember to rinse out the salt water within 2 hours......

Hope this helped you out...peace

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
08/06/13 05:15:41PM
1,302 posts

Yay for baby dreads!


Introduce Yourself

go up to where it says home at the top, hover over that and underneath it will say Dreadlocksite 3.0. That is the new one still getting the kinks worked out of it. Soaring Eagle created it to work better with mobile phones etc. Once it is all completed, the two sites will merge into one. Go ahead and join up there now if you want, or just wait for the two to merge....peace

WC~baby~dreads said:

thanks! I just read that post actually a few minutes ago :)...what is the new beta site

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
08/06/13 05:04:27PM
1,302 posts

Yay for baby dreads!


Introduce Yourself

That is wonderful that you took the journey using a healthy method. So many hairdressers encourage the crochet hook to start dreadlocks. Many changes will happen within the next year or two. Don't worry when your sections loosen and even if some T&R fall out, that should happen. Did I ever send you this post: http://www.dreadlockssite.com/forum/topics/just-starting-out-what-to-expect It lets you know what to expect with twist & rip dreads. This may answer many of your questions.....peace

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
08/06/13 03:51:49PM
1,302 posts

Time to the Line. 4.5 Month Update. :p


Member Journals and Timelines

I did a few thin ones too tight, not knowing what I have learned since starting them. They are the only ones that are not close to mature dreads. Those will dread in time, but will take much longer because they are unable to loosen and knot differently. ...peace

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