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Jackal
@jackal
05/09/11 09:04:57PM
132 posts

ripping issues


Help! Save My Dreads

yah i would listen to SE and stop unless its nessicary. i ripped most of mine in half and i was very fortunate to still have intact dreads, but during my ripping i saw just how bad it can be for them. though i only had like 13 dreads to start off with, it was nessicary for me to avoid mold issues and such with drying
Jackal
@jackal
05/09/11 08:54:35PM
132 posts

You know what really grinds my gears?


Dreading Methods

i had the same problem when mine were starting out. i figured out what the problem was though. the water pressure was too high and it was undoing progress by blasting the new knots out.

i was not able to change the shower head, and my shower only had a control for hot or cold, pure hot or pure cold was the lowest pressure, and the mid ranges were like a firehose.

I resolved this by putting a pair of pantyhose over my head. it still lets a ton of water through, but the fabric acts as a pressure dispersant, and it didnt undo my knots. SE says it doesnt work though, but in my experience it was a miracle. i did it again when i was dealing with big chunks of loose hair that wouldnt dread, and the loose hair dreaded up really fast when i did that.

i'd pour my baking soda mixture all over my head and soak it, then put the dry panty hose over my head, wash the rest of my body and do whatever i could to take up approx 10 mins, then rinse my hair out really good with the panty hoes on until i felt it was sufficently clean. id massage it with my nails and fingertips slightly (not hard) to help the scalp and stuff without having to have my fingers pull out knots.

also, try mixing water and sea salt in a spray bottle and spray it all over your hair after you pat (not rub or squeeze) your hair with a towel and dry it off a little. then just let it air dry. the mixture should be strong enough to leave salt on whatever it sprays on. it will form knots really fast. if you use ACV, cut out the acv for a little bit as it conditions and relaxes hair.

Just some stuff to try that worked like a charm for me and some other people i suggested it to.

edit: max, i just noticed you said you use bronners. try cutting out the bronners and going to 1/2 cup of baking soda in a gallon jug of water, mix well, and pour over your head. it leaves your hair squeaky clean and readily grabbing on to each other. combined with the sea salt spray, you should see an explosion of knotting.

Jackal
@jackal
05/06/11 08:16:47PM
132 posts

Dread Newbie! Freaking the f**k out!


Help! Save My Dreads

mine looked a lot like that when we got them backcombed. thick, puffy, ugly, etc. what i noticed is i could palm roll and while palm rolling, pull the dread outwords with my palm as i roll and it would slowly get longer and a little thinner. backcomb always looks ugly and thick at first but they relax and get thinner and longer over a week or 2. with that method though you can speed it up a little bit.
Jackal
@jackal
05/06/11 07:49:10PM
132 posts

8 Months In


Dread Maintenance

theyre starting to look really good. check out my timeline and you can see that mine looked very similar, now theyre looking like the standard picture of dreadlocks and are almost mature. im about to post some 1 year pics in a couple of days.but yah, just keep hangin in there, they'll mature really good. its true that the congo will make it look a lot messier and less uniform but it probably wont matter once everything is mature, all dreads look good when mature no matter how messy they are in the formation.I agree with what amanda said, in a few months they'll look like an entirely different set of dreads
Jackal
@jackal
04/04/11 05:28:19AM
132 posts

lemme know how...


Dreads and Diets

yah pretty much SE gave you most of the tips. ive also noticed if you use shampoo or conditioner, you can mistake the residues and micro-oils they leave behind to make the shine/strength/smell as natural oils from your hair. try washing with baking soda a time or two and we'll see if its your head's oils or what youve been using in it for your entire life without thinking. you might just find youre not as oily as you may think :P and no, water only doesnt count, you need an agent like BS to dissolve and break up whats there before you can make an accurate product-free judgement.

Jackal
@jackal
04/04/11 05:01:55AM
132 posts

Headbands, hoods, beanies and bandanas.


Dreadlock Styles and Dread Styling

ive tried hairbands, scrunchies, tying with dreads, they all seemed to leave weird spots where the tying took place. my best advice if you dont want any temporary things like loops, skinny spots, etc where it tyes, use a bandanna or a headband. i use bandannas and a DHHQ dread band i got like 7 years ago when i got my first dread kit that i never used. i honestly have to say, the dreadband is amazing but im not sure you can get one without the dhhq patch anymore. i guess you could rip it off lol. ive heard good things about tshirts being turned into dread bands, you might look into that. i know the cotton/wool helps a lot in helping them form knots and helping the dread process strain-free.
Jackal
@jackal
04/04/11 04:06:28AM
132 posts

OMG what is wrong with my head!


General Talk

yah i have the same problem too. i sleep on my left side and the left side of my head is fine and looks great, all of the dreads look good and evenly distributed, on the right side i have less dreads, and it became so messy and different than the left. eventually i had a bundle of loose hair on that side and i kept rolling and teasing it and was finally able to get most of the loose hair to make 4 new dreads. so on the top layer of my right side i have 4 dreads that are pretty short and roughly 1/10th of the length of the rest of the dreads on my head, it looks pretty weird but i know they'll grow.
Jackal
@jackal
03/25/11 02:06:48AM
132 posts

At my 14 month with dreadlocks


Member Journals and Timelines

start using sea salt only and try to cut out the acv from your washing routine for a good while. ive only used acv once and mine tightened up really nice. 10 mo and most of mine are completely mature and ropelike. i wash with only baking soda every time (homemade soap now that ive henna'ed) and every now and then when theyre still wet after a shower (after i dry them as much as i can with a towel), ill spray them down with a strong sea salt/water mix in a spray bottle. until you wake up the next day the texture will be weird but trust me try that and you'll see great results fast. try the sea salt every 2/3 showers for the next few weeks then lay off of it a bit as it will dry it out quite a bit if youre not careful. it wont dry it enough to cause breakage though, but youll need to watch out for congos.
Jackal
@jackal
03/25/11 02:03:02AM
132 posts

Jobs and dreads.


Life Issues Facing Dreads

i say continue to dread, and if they have a problem offer to wear a plain black (or white) head covering of their choice or one you choose and approve of. it can be as simple as a hairband or headband, flat black bandanna. i use a dreadhead hq dread band i got in a dread kit i ordered from his site like 7 years ago and it looks great and professional. im sure you could come up with something. if its not explicitly written in the rules no dreads allowed then you can argue a point with them. though a lot of jobs ive seen say "well groomed" as a blanket term, im sure theres ways you can get around it. i would just not say anything about it and wait for them to say something, then bring up the head covering.
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