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Panterra Caraway
@Panterra Caraway
02/03/12 09:06:53PM
665 posts

retwisting dreads locs dangers


Help! Save My Dreads

Nice video! And thank you SE for the credit...you rock too! :) You know I love this communityand I hope I contribute in a positive way. I have spent my life learning and trying to educate everyone about their hair. I feel strongly that although there are "hair experts" who possess alot of knowledge and skill...no one should be held captive by any so called professional. Everyone should know the truth and be clear on how to best care for their hair or locks. Much love<3

soaring eagle said:

prertty much what i expected

you rock

by the way

i threw this together late last night i credited you ..and jay in the credits

as far as washing i assume you want him washing much more? possibly try the www.dreadlockshampoo.com bar

heres the vid i threw together i think it will help deter others already had a few stop interlocking and twisting the very 1st day!



Panterra Caraway said:

At this point, I suggested peppermint to stimulate the scalp. The peppermint would serve two functions...1. to keep the scalp blood flow up and 2. to help with sebum production in a gentle way. He related to me that he is only shampooing about once a month. So, I know that the scalp will most likely have some build up, even if the actual hair itself is dry. Cayenne is being used in more ways all the time, especially with beauty products...but, in his delicate state, I don't want to go the cayenne route. I also do not want him using any BS until his hair and scalp are stronger. I am working on a reply to his PM...I also suggested some hair, skin, and nail supplements...these wouldn't hurt. He told me he got some biotin...these are all hair building blocks and can be highly effective :)

soaring eagle said:

thank you panterra i learn more from you all the time

i dont know why i didnt think of massage

question

and this may not be a great idea for a couple reasons but

if the goal is to increase bloodflow to the scalp

cayan

cayan in water op][ooiured on or massagesd in will get thr blood flowing to the scalp

but

its cayan rinsing near eyes..ouch

if its left on and in contact with skin too long can cause boils

if its hard to rinse oi=ut for any reason it might be annoying at least

but

as an option in tye areas where theres wide gaps and very lil haitr a touch up job just on those areas..would that be a good or bad idea

im not suggesting it..yet without panteeras approval just thinking alowed since cayan does bringthe bloodflow closer to the skins surface very effectively

Panterra Caraway
@Panterra Caraway
02/03/12 08:57:49PM
665 posts

retwisting dreads locs dangers


Help! Save My Dreads

Absolutely! SE is correct! When the new growth comes in you need to rejoice that time is healing this unfortunate situation! Woo! As for washing...yes, atleast 2-3 times a week. Take your washings as another oppurtunity to massage. But, be extra careful while hair is wet, it is very fragile! The shampoo bars SE is suggesting are a great choice. As for oils, as I said privately, SE is more knowledgeable with those in my opinion...but, you should include peppermint for sure, and maybe also lavender (since it is relaxing, it will help keep you mellow and that effects your scalp too!). You can make a little cocktail of a few oils that smell nice together and act as medicine to your scalp. Please be sure that these are essential olis and not perfumey synthetic oils. You could use peppermint and lavender oil, do your massage...blot out any excess oil...and then, apply some pure aloe. That would be really great! I would also purchase a sham-wow or micro-fiber towel. You can get them for not too much cash...they work great and it will cut your dryer time. I would really watch that dryer...short bursts as stated :)

soaring eagle said:

cayan is a very hot pepper its overkill in this case i was thinking allowed not suggesting

peppermint would be fgreat

possibly jojoba or alow=e but ask panterra 1st

or almond

but let her suggest those

now

wash weekly at the least! 2 times a week 3 times a week

these www.dreadlockshampoo.com

the bars

when u wash if u can air or drip druy i would or if u must blow use a blow dryer nit 1 or-=f the 1;s you suit under and move it quickly around and dont try to get it all dry real fast

do quick bursts just to get it lil dryer then wait to do aqnother

dont get it totaly dry by blowing either let it be slightly damp and let air do the rsest

just while damp or wet dont tie it up or put in a hat till it is real drty then do so

and finaly

when new growth griows in do 1 thing

celebrw==ate! rejoice! yiou survives! (if u wanna donarte a few bucks to the site u can hehe but not nesacary)

then let it dread all by itself as it grows in

it will get lik scruffy cover up the bald spots then u shoukld see baby dreads form as they get lil longer and thicker

the day u find the 1st baby you will know we pulled off a miricle practicly

Panterra Caraway
@Panterra Caraway
02/03/12 02:28:55AM
665 posts

retwisting dreads locs dangers


Help! Save My Dreads

At this point, I suggested peppermint to stimulate the scalp. The peppermint would serve two functions...1. to keep the scalp blood flow up and 2. to help with sebum production in a gentle way. He related to me that he is only shampooing about once a month. So, I know that the scalp will most likely have some build up, even if the actual hair itself is dry. Cayenne is being used in more ways all the time, especially with beauty products...but, in his delicate state, I don't want to go the cayenne route. I also do not want him using any BS until his hair and scalp are stronger. I am working on a reply to his PM...I also suggested some hair, skin, and nail supplements...these wouldn't hurt. He told me he got some biotin...these are all hair building blocks and can be highly effective :)

soaring eagle said:

thank you panterra i learn more from you all the time

i dont know why i didnt think of massage

question

and this may not be a great idea for a couple reasons but

if the goal is to increase bloodflow to the scalp

cayan

cayan in water op][ooiured on or massagesd in will get thr blood flowing to the scalp

but

its cayan rinsing near eyes..ouch

if its left on and in contact with skin too long can cause boils

if its hard to rinse oi=ut for any reason it might be annoying at least

but

as an option in tye areas where theres wide gaps and very lil haitr a touch up job just on those areas..would that be a good or bad idea

im not suggesting it..yet without panteeras approval just thinking alowed since cayan does bringthe bloodflow closer to the skins surface very effectively


updated by @Panterra Caraway: 07/23/15 12:11:57AM
Panterra Caraway
@Panterra Caraway
02/03/12 02:21:22AM
665 posts

retwisting dreads locs dangers


Help! Save My Dreads

elke, traction alopecia is different than regular alopecia. It is hair loss caused by friction. It is spotty, like regular alopecia...but, not because of a "condition" or disorder as in regular alopecia. The spottiness occurs because the tension or friction is greater in certain over manipulated areas or in areas where the hair is of a more delicate texture...like around the face or nape :)

elke.in.alaska said:

Maybe I don't have a good picture. But this to me doesn't look like alopecia, it looks like severe breakage. And if that's the case, they will regrow, the only question is will the regrowth happen fast enough to save the existing dreads.
Panterra Caraway
@Panterra Caraway
02/02/12 10:46:24AM
665 posts

retwisting dreads locs dangers


Help! Save My Dreads

This poor fellow needs some serious tender, loving, care! With alot of help, these dreads can be rehabilitated. There should be as little tension or stress on the scalp as possible. I highly recommmend scalp massage. This should be done with firm pressure, in a very , slow and deliberate way. Using all ten fingers, use firm pressure throughout the pad of the finger to massage the scalp. What you are aiming for is a pliablity of the scalp. Some scalps are very tight to the head and do not move freely or shift around when manipulated. A tight scalp is one indicator of eventual hair loss...it shows that the blood flow may be less than optimal. So, if this is the case, massage everyday. Don't force the scalp, and if it feels uncomfortable, use less pressure initially until you see progress. I would also take this time to apply healthy oils to the scalp area. This will also aid less pull while massaging. I also suggest use of a product by Nexxus called Keriphix. If used faithfully with massage, this product can work miracles to aid strength and keratin protein (the building block of hair structure) to the hair. Just be sure to rinse thoroughly and only apply to the scalp once or twice a week. Because this contains protein, it can build up....but in this extreme case, serious help is essential :)

Panterra Caraway
@Panterra Caraway
01/05/12 09:03:08PM
665 posts

Greasy scalp, dry, scratchy dreads, lint... feeling self-conscious and anxious HELP PLEASE!!!!


General Questions

I also wonder if you are not having so much lint as you are white, skin tags from the follicle. Usually, you will get alot of those and you can't pick those out because they are a part of the dread. If your "lint" is tiny and white and when you really look...it is on the end of a piece of hair, that is from the follicle and it is just the way it is.That white bit was what was sticking in your scalp :)

Panterra Caraway
@Panterra Caraway
01/03/12 06:33:10PM
665 posts

lose hair and the use of wood ash to pull them in


Dreading Methods

If it ain't broke....XD

sam wright said:

i really don't mind the lose hair if i'm honest i like the look of it! and it like they say all hair knots in the end i think i will just let nature take its corse. I'm just really interested in finding out wether any one has any fist hand knowledge about this method. i cant even remember who told me about it, it was so long ago!

Panterra Caraway
@Panterra Caraway
01/03/12 01:01:36AM
665 posts

Nappy & Happy (:


Introduce Yourself

You are very welcome. I gained so much along the way...from everyone here. I didn't get "wise" or find all the answers in an epiphany. It took time, 18 mos. of learning, listening, trusting, daring, hoping, crying...all of it. I too hope we talk alot more as we walk down this road. Just know that you are not alone <3

Soulsurvivor said:

its too bad this site doesnt have a like button for comments... thank you both so very much! Panterra I just love the way you covered everything Ive felt or thought! Last year I shaved my head after 5 mo or so of dreading, but I was fussing with it too... bad!, even started with wax before I found this amazing site. Thank God for this site. My brother has had dreads most of his life, and all he would say to me is just let them grow natural, and use Dr. Bronners to wash. I didnt listen to him about the natural part, but something with this New Year has got me thinking about where I am in life and how I view myself, so he called me a poser. I dooo need that self acceptance, and just to ease back and filter out the negative, in all areas of life. From the people I surround myself with to my own thought process. My girlfriend is my main support. I dont know what Id do without her. Again thank you both, and I hope to chat with you more along our journey (:

Panterra Caraway
@Panterra Caraway
01/02/12 10:53:33PM
665 posts

Nappy & Happy (:


Introduce Yourself

Thank you Sweetheart hippiegal! (((HUGS)))

hippiegal said:

Hi Kim - Panterra's already answered your question superbly. I just want say I understand because I too had to learn to leave my hair alone. It's like any habit.When you catch yourself fiddling with your hair, don't get annoyed with yourself, just stop. With the messy phase, I do my best to embrace it. Laugh about it. If anyone says something like, 'Your hair's a mess,' smile widely and say, 'I know! Great, isn't it?' Guaranteed, that will silence them. Looking forward to seeing your progress. Please keep us posted. Love :D

Panterra Caraway
@Panterra Caraway
01/02/12 08:28:48PM
665 posts

Nappy & Happy (:


Introduce Yourself

Well, I will offer this....there are things that you can do to encourage dreading. But, please keep in mind that the point is not to let even the good things become obsessive and chore-like. You want to strive for simplicity and just "being". You can cover your pillow in an old wool sweater, this is very helpful. You can use a spray of either ocean water (if you are close to a water source) or make a sea salt spray. You want to use real sea salt, which you can buy at most markets. There are several recipes for the ratios here. I use ocean water for the specific purpose of dreading so that it is not too strong. Spray your hair with the salt spray as often as you like, just keep in mind that some people find it can irritate their scalp as well. You can wear a tam....I also make those by the way!...wool ones work best, but don't over-do it. Wear it no more than 50% of the time max. Make sure you are washing more,rather than less. Some people neglect shampoooing and become itchy and irritated. You will find you dread the most when shampooing and sleeping. Your hair will go through LOTS of stages...there will be times that you want to shave your head and you feel like this process was a huge mistake. You may and probably will get nasty comments from some people, who try to tell you that you are doing it all wrong and don't wash and your hair won't dread and you look gross....whatever....DON'T LISTEN! These people are simply cousins to the voices in your own head that try to tear you down and defeat you and keep you a prisoner. It is no mistake that you began this journey...you were called to it. Just focus on everything besides your hair. If someone in your life can't wrap their mind around where you are at...maybe they are someone you don't really need. SE talked about dreads being a filter, and they definitely are. You will find that your mind will begin to change, at first subtlely, then in more significant ways. You will soon embrace who you were truly meant to be...not who others want you to be or think that you are. I am now at 18 mos. and there were so many times I almost gave up. I now see the beauty in what happened. I made peace with myself by realizing that is okay to not be in control...it can be scary and exhilarating...like falling off a cliff, but in this case...you soon fly <3

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