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i seen alot of talk about twist and rip. im not pro or against but in my expieience i tried twist and rip and it just doesnt hold in my hair. maybe i have wierd hair or something but it just wouldnt knot for me. id agree with the person who said if u do backcomb do it gently but tightly. dont hack.. and if you go natural/ just be prepared it will take time and in this method you have to seperate the dreads by pulling them apart wich also rips the hair. so no matter which way you do it there will be damage i mean u could go natural and not seperate but then u may end up with unidread. so be prepared and learn all u can!!!!
hippie mama said:
1st yes salt water helps the dreading process immensly man. its help it knot up real well. just make sure if it gets to dried out put some aloe vera on em or something. a little dry is okay but if they get tooo dry you dont want breakage but im sure they prolly wont get that dry. its more of your skalp drying out that id be worried about. so id say its way more good then bad in my opinion. ive had my dreads for 4 yrs now and never did i have a dread that knotted at my scalp. i mean most ppl dont so if u decided to cut them i dont see why you would have a bald spot. the further to ur scal the less dreaded together it gets. ive cut all my dread off a few times in the past and even after having them for over a year or 2 they never left bald spots. aand ill tell u what when i cut them off i regretted it almost instantly so this set is permanant. i dont think backcombed looks crappy. i mean i backcomed mine and i get compliments all the time. and just cuz u backcomebd or whatever method once theyre dreaded i mean its pretty much gonna be let them go from there.. i mean i started out backcombing 4 yrs ago and now i havent done anything suck as backcomb or twist n ripp or have had the need to do anything for about 3 yrs. i think its just how u take care of them and in my opinion all dreads are diffrent and all are beautiful in diffrent and simular ways. no set of dreads are alike. and trust me no matter how beautiful your dreads are someone out there is gonna give you a hard time or just not understand it. so you have to really want them no matter what others think of them or perceive them. cuz if not soon as someone give you crap you may run to cut them off.so just be openminded and do what you believe is best for you and not what other ppl think are beautiful.