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Valérie
@valrie
08/14/12 10:35:04AM
548 posts

Starting with dread beads


Dread Products

I know plenty of people on here that do wraps and beads, even on their baby dreads. I honestly feel that beads are better because they move around and in turn don't really hinder the hair from dreading up. Wraps however, are tight and don't move. Your hair could end up being straight underneath them the day you cut them out whereas if it had been free moving it may have dreaded up.

Valérie
@valrie
08/14/12 10:30:15AM
548 posts

My Dreadlock Timeline {UPDATED}


Member Journals and Timelines

Wow, they are going to come along really, really well. :) Your hair was meant to dread.

Valérie
@valrie
08/14/12 10:28:44AM
548 posts

Beady beads.


Dread Accessories

Yup, they should move around otherwise they may get stuck, as Rainbow mentioned. Sometimes it helps that, once the hair starts making loops, you can use them to keep a bead from falling out.

I've shed a lot of beads and my son comes across them and calls them "treasure" so I let him collect them for me. :)

Valérie
@valrie
08/14/12 10:26:14AM
548 posts

Hello


Introduce Yourself

Welcome and I'm excited to see your progress once you get started.

Since you aren't going to be doing the TnR for a couple of weeks, you could start your cleaning regimen now and by the time you are ready your hair will have probably sectioned itself out for you. :)

Valérie
@valrie
08/12/12 10:19:36PM
548 posts

Having problems with lint in your dreads? Do you have dark color hair and dont like the way the lint shows up on them?


Help! Save My Dreads

Very cool and very informative post!

SE: Let us know how well the color fastness of this method is up against the dreadlock bars, will you?

Valérie
@valrie
08/12/12 10:14:55PM
548 posts

shrinkage! calling all curlys!


General Questions

I just hit my 4 month and I have about 6" of shrinkage so far. I'm pretty sure it all has to do with how long your hair is to start with though. My hair was mid-chest and now it's shoulder length. a lot of my dreads are tight almost all the way to the scalp now.

Valérie
@valrie
08/12/12 10:12:16PM
548 posts

For those swimmers out there


Dread Maintenance

That is true. The pores of the hair shaft will fill with water or, mostly fill with water, deflecting some of the effects of the chlorine. It's also good to give it AT LEAST a good rinse after the pool too though. If for some reason you are at someone's house and can't just jump into your cleaning regimen right then or later that day, rinsing the hair off with clean water will help. :)

I'm not a fan of swimming or being under water at all... yet I am completely fascinated by the aquatic ape theory and under sea life. :P

Valérie
@valrie
08/12/12 04:08:32PM
548 posts

my new dreadlock journey


Introduce Yourself

Just to reiterate what everyone here is already telling you, check out the dreaducation link at the top of the page for a fuller understanding and good luck!

Valérie
@valrie
08/12/12 03:54:53PM
548 posts

Tying back too tight?


Dread Maintenance

It could be from the tension of pulling them back (regardless of how tight) for extended periods of time or it could be your hairs growth patter being conflicted. Not everyone's hair comes out of the head at the same direction/angle with respect to the rest of the hair otherwise people wouldn't have cowlicks to contend with. No matter how subtle the difference it could be affecting the direction your dreads are going. Just wait a while and, as the hair actually starts to grow out at the roots, if it's from pulling them back, they will eventually grow and re-knot in the direction of the natural growth pattern. If you hair grows out this way then, you may have to just wait for them to get longer and heavier to lay straighter.

Valérie
@valrie
08/12/12 03:50:24PM
548 posts

Wet dreads


Help! Save My Dreads

What everyone is saying here is true about the washing and what to expect. I beseech you, take a look at the dreaducation page (link at top) and read up on the method you used (backcombing), washing, and maintenance, AT LEAST! This is great information for any dread head to know from day 1 of their journey.

After that, feel free to ask us more questions because we are here for help and support.

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