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Just leave them alone. Unless you do not want congos. Congos are when your locks join together to form a thicker lock. You can seperate them if you want so that you don't have huge locks. I chose not to but I have locks of many different sizes which is just find with me. It is a personal preference. There is a lot of information addressing specific needs. So I would also recommend just perusing this site for whatever specific information you need.
Just remember dreadlocks are nothing like a high maintenance average hairdo that takes several minutes or hours to take care of. Exercising patience helps.
Looks like how my son's hair was before he decided he wanted to let them lock. He has had his dreadlocks for about 6yrs and likes them alot. He decided when He was about 7 that he didn't want his hair combed anymore and that is when I asked him if he just wanted to just let his hair lock. I told all of the many methods out there and of the method that I see as being the most healthiest choice in my opinion and he opted for let his hair freeform like me. Now he has long healthy dreadies and couldn't imagine his life without them.
Feel free to ask me any question that you like. I have a few pictures of my son and his dreadlocks on my page.
You just need patience! It is a process. You are going to experience more loose hair in the beginning. Just embrace it. All I would do is jut keep your dreads clean and seperate them if you don't want them to join together. It is natural.
You can get yourself a wool tam put it on your dreads during the day and just leave them alone. I wouldn't worry about it at all.
When I first went vegetarian I was way back in 93'. I was living with my sister and she decided to go vegan. So I was interested and saw all of the fun vegan foods at health food stores and the hundreds of vegetarian recipe books out there is so awesome. I kept it up until I got married in 1999. My husband isn't vegetarian. I was cooking all of our meals when one day I got really sick and decided to try going back to eating veggie. I had to cut out all dairy,eggs,wheat,oats.Then I started working at Whole Foods Market and became a raw vegan. These days I eat primarily fruit,some greens, and some rice or quinoa I suffer from acid reflux,and have scar tissue in my throat from having such a severe case of heart burn that my whole body one night felt like it was on fire. So since going vegan I have healed myself in so many ways. I use have very painful burning sensitive skin and now I don't my skin is much smoother. My digestion is much more effecient. And I no longer eat out of boredom like back in the day. Not to mention all of the animals that are still free because of me.
I think you just have to listen to your heart,soul,and your body to know whether you want to commit to it for life.
I am vegan and most of my calories come from fruit. If you want to incorporate more veggies in your diet you can try making green smoothies. Just add greens like collards,spinach,or kale to some oranges,bananas,and some berries and blend them up . It taste really sweet and yummy and much cheaper than buying those smoothies at the juice bars or the juices I like are Naked juice Green Machine, and Berry Blast. Smoothies are a great way to get lots of greens in your body. You can also try juicing too if you have a juicer.
I let them freeform.I just didn't comb my hair and let them be. I just let form on their own. I washed them often in the beginning and that help to make them knot up more. I don't do any twisting,rubbing,etc.... I don't even really style them anymore because the less tension on my scalp the better. I just love having them hang down.