Lumps and mold
Dreads Hair and Scalp Health
Rain Bow and I've been discussing mold risks lately and would like to hear your thoughts on this. We were rather shocked when my personal experience with mold showed us there might not be any odour at all, until the dread is cut off. This means that one could have mold and not even be aware of it. So what are the chances of getting problems with mold?
Obvious risks are of course:
Washing too frequently
Not letting hair dry completely between washing
Wearing tams when hair is wet
Washing before bedtime because hair dries too slowly (unless using a fan)
Product build-up (wax and residue)
But then there are others - dreads with big lumps and naturally rounded tips, to name one we have encountered Now, it's rather simple to avoid the risk factors above if you plan washings and
perhaps use a blow dryer. But what if your dreads naturally form massive lumpy parts that take forever to dry and are perhaps extremely difficult to rinse properly after washing?
Our experience with TnR has been that the dreads may develop massive loops that aren't necessarily sucked evenly into the dread as it matures, but rather overlap and knot to some extent. The result may be
hard, lumpy parts that drain poorly, leading to mold. This means that the lumps are not "just" aesthetically displeasing but also potentially a health hazard and increase the risk of giving up on dreads altogether.
What we'd like to know is whether the risk of having lumps is related to washing, dreading method or something else. We've worked on some theories:
Tight TnR - perhaps this hinders movement of the hair in the dread causing giant loops to just cling to the surface of the rest of the dread, rather than being sucked in.
Frequent washing on the early months - perhaps this draws out loops too fast and does not allow time between washing for them to be sucked into the dread.
Washing with shampoo - there is more rubbing when washing with shampoo than with bs/vinegar rinses, and perhaps this draws out more loops.
Is natural/neglect perhaps less likely to lead to lumps?
We should stress that we know that loops are a natural part of the dreading process We're not talking about normal looping. We refer to the loops that just sort of glue together in layers forming big
lumps that aren't really knotted dreads at all.
We'd like to know what you think, from your personal experience, if you've had problems with either mold or lumps, and what your dreading method was.
Also, we'd like to hear if anyone has had any luck stopping the formation of lumps using wraps, beads or something similar.
updated by @Sissemor: 02/14/15 03:49:07AM