Hey everyone. I have fairly thick dreads (18months old so still short, just short of shoulder length), and the dreads I cut off were big too (ten years, so pretty long, half way down my back), and quite often the question of weight comes up. To my understanding, thick dreads should not weigh any more than thin dreads, because thick or thin dreads is the same amount of hair, just configured differently. Dreads retain all the hair that usually would fall off the head. The surface area of the hair on the scalp distributes the weight evenly and the same as if they were separate dreads or thick dreads. I don't see how there could be any real difference in weight or strain on the scalp. I have seen a guy where I once lived, he had three dreads about five feet long, and that was his whole head of hair. I have no concerns about weight whatsoever or drying time. Thick dreads are not hard to care for, just a little bit different to thin dreads, wash less in the cooler months is about all, if you think you have any issue with mold or whatever, you can use oils or vinegar or special dread products to deal with it.
Grow thick dreads and grow them today.
peace and blessings
updated by @tim5: 01/13/15 10:01:21PM