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Stephani
@stephani
05/31/12 10:22:07PM
70 posts

Messy roots....


Dread Maintenance

I have the exact same thing going. Mine started almost 2 weeks into dreading I'm now in my 6th week and I literally have to separate twice a day. At one point a couple of the sections got painful so I combed them out and separated them better, now they don't give me problems anymore. I was so frustrated with my sections matting that I seriously contemplated combing my whole head and starting over. I finally decided against it and I'm glad I didn't because now I've got them to the point where I can keep them separated better. Here's what I do, in the shower I pull each section apart (I go through every single dread). I don't scratch with my fingers anymore because I noticed that wasn't helping the situation, so now I use a plastic pick to scratch. Once my hair is dry I separate again. I wash every 3 days. On days I don't wash, I separate once in the morning, and once before bed. They are still attached kind of but not nearly as bad. It will get better I promise, just have to keep up with it. :)

Stephani
@stephani
05/26/12 12:29:08AM
70 posts

Damage caused from salon methods such as crocheting, twisting, and wax.....PLEASE HELP!


salon and loctician dreads recovery

I'm not positive on the amount of weight a full head of dreads can handle, but dreads can support a great amount of weight you're right. The hair is all locked together making it stronger then an individual strand of hair. If the hair is locked decently then they dreads will still be strong even if damaged. But, if all those broken piece's of hair aren't locked in then they could possibly fall out which would for sure weaken the dread somewhat.

Stephani
@stephani
05/25/12 11:45:38PM
70 posts

Damage caused from salon methods such as crocheting, twisting, and wax.....PLEASE HELP!


salon and loctician dreads recovery

We can't know for sure, but my guess is that the hair they added that wasn't yours may come out, unless it's dreaded into yours already. They may also feel kind of loose to you because the wax is making them feel packed and tight. Loose hair is okay so don't be upset if some hair comes loose, it will eventually find a place to be. Also, don't put the rubber bands on please. No matter how loose the bands are they only will cause further damage. You can keep the sections separated by gently pulling each dread away from the rest during washing. That is all you will need to do with them. If you absolutely have to you could put beads on, but honestly I would just let them be for awhile. Then you can see what they will do once everything is removed.


updated by @stephani: 07/23/15 12:18:22AM
Stephani
@stephani
05/25/12 10:45:37PM
70 posts

Damage caused from salon methods such as crocheting, twisting, and wax.....PLEASE HELP!


salon and loctician dreads recovery

SO SORRY I have been busy all day.

Also I am SO SORRY to hear that those salon's put you through all of that. What SE has told your thus far sounds great to me. We wont be able to see the damage caused until all, or at least a good majority of the wax and build-up is removed. For now that should be your main concern, because you can't begin to repair the damage until the build-up is gone. Once you get it removed then we can actually see what kind of damage has been done. It will be easier to figure out the right way to go about healing your dreads.There are several different things that can be done as far on conditioning, but you really need to get some protein back in those dreads and really baby them.

I would put some of that waxy brown water in a container and take it to those salons and tell them where they can put it. BUT, I have a temper and that's surely not the way to handle the situation. I would call and tell them they go about their way of dreading all wrong and try to get the salon's name out there as much as possible. Just so that others don't go, or continue to go there.

Stephani
@stephani
05/24/12 10:22:56PM
70 posts

Hello All; Glad I Found This Place


Introduce Yourself

I just a notification about this lol .. sorry I didn't see it until now

soaring eagle said:

we'll give you a job educating ppl on whats best for their hair :)

Stephani
@stephani
05/20/12 09:51:58AM
70 posts

a probably common tnr question.


Dread Maintenance

As the others have said, it's completely normal. It's even more likely to happen if your hair was in a healthy condition when you started your tnr journey. Most of mine have about 3 inches at the bottom that are undone, most people don't even notice it when they look at it. If it bothers you though, you can always throw a bead on it.

Stephani
@stephani
05/19/12 08:54:23PM
70 posts

BONNAROO 2012!!


General Talk

okay sorry let me figure that out LOL

soaring eagle said:

plz post in events or traveling dreadies

Stephani
@stephani
05/19/12 08:34:58PM
70 posts

BONNAROO 2012!!


General Talk

So I am just curious if anyone here is going to Bonnaroo this year??


updated by @stephani: 01/13/15 09:26:29PM
Stephani
@stephani
05/17/12 09:34:08PM
70 posts

My Journey From Waxy Salon Dreads to My NOW Wax-Free Natural Dreads!


salon and loctician dreads recovery

My dreads are a month old and I used no wax so of course they are loose and "stringly" looking. Dreads are free dude, you shouldn't have spent $1.00 on them. BUT, that's cool like I said good luck 5 years down the road. :)

It kind of annoys me when I'm respectful and try to help someone to the best of my ability. I am a very nice person but you sir are bull headed. You really shouldn't step on the toes of those who are trying to help you out. Most of the people here know what they are talking about, you'd be wise to listen if you would like "thick" dreads some day.

Dusty Ray Jaco said:

I bought the supa dupa ultra plus kit which was like around 100 plus i have two bars of knotty boy bar shampoo and some vegan knotty boy shampoo with rosemeary peppermint and tea trea lots of knotty boy sprays to relive itch and knotty boy tea bags for several things

i prob won't use wax now but i'm not spending money on wax removal, in fact i'm not spending any more money for my dreads soon, i've spent 150 on them, i think that's enough for now

thanks and no offense to you but when ppl tell me go natural you'll be fine, i go to their profile to look at their dreads and i see stringly thin loose looking dreads, the way mine look I want someone with tight thick dreads to give me advice

but i must say soaring eagle, your dreads are pretty trill for rill

Stephani
@stephani
05/17/12 08:44:18PM
70 posts

My Journey From Waxy Salon Dreads to My NOW Wax-Free Natural Dreads!


salon and loctician dreads recovery

You have unfortunately been fooled by the illusion that is jonny clean. I read in the comments that you feel overwhelmed by all the conflicting information you are getting. That is perfectly easy to understand. A lot of people have opposing opinions on the subject, but honestly the fact of the matter here is, you don't need any products to help you achieve dreadlocks. They will form naturally. Believe me when I tell you that I am in no way against using hair products, nor do I do everything all naturally. I am a hairstylist so I use products everyday, not on my own hair anymore though. I have seen so many different people that have started their locks so many different ways. I can tell you from my experience in the business that the people who start their locks naturally using no wax are always the happiest. I'm not telling you this because I think everyone should go all natural in everything they do, because honestly I love hair care products.

Wax is a hydrophobic substance, meaning it repels water. Just like oil repels water, only worse. No matter how small the amount was that you used it needs to be removed. What happens is the wax will eventually find it's way to the center of your dreads and stay there. It will NEVER come out unless it is properly removed. Once it's in the center of the dread it will not only prevent your hair from locking, it will mold. Yes, mold. Like a mildewed towel. Your dreads will smell awful and soon you wont be able to stand the smell, or how hard and heavy they are. That is why most who used wax will cut there dreads.

If you want nicely locked mature dreads you really should remove the wax completely, and keep removing it beyond the point that you think it is removed. Once the wax is gone, leave them alone. You honestly need NO products, all the extra products are just going to hinder the process. I hope you decide to remove it, but if not I wish you all the best anyway.

Dusty Ray Jaco said:

well maybe i'll go wax free i just talked to a girl who used wax she said some mixed thing about it

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