how to make my dreads fuffy/thicker
I totally agree with Soaring Eagle. I have skinny ones that I let congo into one. It really is that simple.
I wouldn't suggest using vaseline on any kind of hair. It leaves a build up, it is really thick and unfortunately a lot of hair care products geared towards African American are petroleum based. You would bebetter off going the natural route when it comes to the health of your dreads.
I agree with SE! It is so much easier to do it yourself if that is the choice that you make. Ever since I was 12 I have been going to hair salons feeling dissappointed and I lost a lot of hair in the process. Not until the mid 90's did I realize that I was spending money on something I could do on my own.
Have you ever thought of lettting them freeform? Just wash and seperate them. Or don't seperate them if you want them to join together. Look at Bob Marley's dreads. He never did anything."I just wash it and then leave it." Someone posted a video of him saying these exact words here.
That sucks that this happened to you Heather! There are a lot of mean people in the world because they have no love for themselves so that treat other nastily. I am a African American and other African American say nasty things about my hair too. Especially the ones with bone straight chemically relaxed hair. Even the black women and men with manicured locks give me some nasty looks as well. While you can see all of their scalp exposed and their poor hair being pulled so tightly and hanging on for dear life.
I usually just smile knowing that they are not at my level evolvement.
From you photos at your profile your locks look beautiful to me! Ugly just cannot stand the light of beauty!
Welcome Tara C. I hope you feel like you can ask whatever question comes to mind about your dread journey and health. There are some groups here regarding health as well that you can take a look at too. There are a lot of helpful discussions and plenty of helpful like-minded souls here that can help with just about anything dreads related and remember that it is most beneficial to just keep things simple and your dreads will be healthy and strong for as long as you want them to be! Feel free to stop by my page and ask me whatever question you like! :0)
I thought even before having dreads that I would have a problem with finding a job with just having my natural afro textured hair. But I was so determined to be me not matter what and ended getting jobs regardless. When I decided to stopping combing my hair and let it dread on its own I had no problem with getting a job. I think if you present yourself in a neat and clean way then you have nothing to worry about.
There are actors,lawyers,doctors,computer programmers,scientist etc. that wear dreads. There are many examples of hairstyles to wear here and there an online for dreadlocks just have fun with it. Remember too that you will project whatever you are thinking and as long as you know what you are,who you are you will present this type of person to the world.
Check out the book DREADS and it shows all types of people with dreads of different nationalities and from all over the world in different profession wearing dreads. It is a very inspirational book that I purchased that in the beginning of my dread journey encouraged me to follow my heart and to be my own natural self.
You have lots of support and help here so don't be shy to ask any question you may have regarding dreads.
Blessings to you and yours,
You gotta move to the beat of your own drum. :0)
I got my shea butter and jojoba oil on ebay. They were both at a reasonable price and believe me you I am on a tight budget. For me the shea butter seems to seal in the moisture. Just using it after a cleanse my locks to wear they are still a bit wet seem to help condition them well and make them feel soft. The jojoba oil I use every now and then. I would definitely suggest sticking with natural oils. Before I had dreads I had an afro and I was using the hair oil Soaring Eagle suggested. The Africa's Best oil and that works fine as well. If you read the back of the bottle you will see that they're aren't a bunch of ingredients just simple. My rule with products whether I ingest it of put it on my hair is that if you can't pronounce it forget it. A lot of the stuff that is sold put colorings, perfumes and all sorts of preservatives that are just unnecessary. It cheapens the product. And the eye catching words on the fancy bottles that would catch your eye would be say "Natural", "Olive Oil", "Shea Butter" etc... They want you to just see those key words and not even think of reading the contents. So it was awesome of you as a consumer to really read the product contents before you buy anything.
A long time ago when I use to have my afro I came across a product called African Pride. I failed to read that it contained petroleum and mineral oil before I bought the product. I opened the container before I bought it though and found that it had all kinds of herbs in it so I was sold. When I would apply it to my hair it was way too thick. So I stopped using and realized that was a hard lesson learned.
And that was about18yrs ago. Geesh! Long time. But yeah just try and keep it simple.
When picking out an all natural product for dreadlocks you want to be able to know what the ingredients are. Although this product may say that it petroleum and mineral oil free there are other ingredients that sound very questionable. Keep it simple I say. Have you tried just buying like shea butter, almond oil,or jojoba oil?
I have coarse african american hair as well and either of these oils work fine for me.