Question? I posted in general talk. I guess I was just generally talking about the weight of thicker dreads, and welcome anyone else to generally talk about them.
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
They'll be fine. Just wash them as you are doing. You can leave the ACV in for a few minutes longer for a bit more conditioning, coconut oil is excellent for conditioning. Get good quality coconut oil, put it on with your hands, rubbing it all over, the day before you are going to wash. The more they loosen the better.
They look to be maintained to me, probably with a crochet hook. They dont look neglect to me. They could be, but I doubt it, they are straight, not many bumps, you can kind of see short broken hairs poking out.
hey Noodle-Doo. Yes It is. Minimal ingredients, only words that I know, no words I have to look up, is a good start.
The shampoo in your link says it moisturises as well as cleaning, and has Shea butter and coconut oil in it. So it might be kinda conditioning for dreads. But who knows? If you can get a good discount on an expensive shampoo it might be worth a try. You can always do a baking soda wash if it gets too soft, to roughen the hair up again :o)
Hey Tim It's really frustrating, isn't it, trying to find out genuine information about the safety of a product in its actual usage?
tetrasodium edta (one of the ingredients) is made byreacting ethylenediamine with formaldehyde. It is used in alot of "natural" products. It is said to be safe, but I avoid it. Taken orally it is said to cause alot of different developmental problems, but is apparently safe to use on the skin, apparently. Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen. if you use the shampoo, and it washes out quite easily that is a good sign, but if it takes ages for the water to run clean, then it is probably not ideal. I test this by cupping my hand under the hair and catching the water to see if it is clear.
peace and blessings
I don't think your hair is long enough to dread yet. So don't cut it (well, you can if you want to). Ya just have to wait longer, like Amanda said, if you really want dreads, don't cut it. Listen to your heart, if you really want dreads you will know.
I've got nuthin to say ta that! (I don't agree, by the way)
soaring eagle said:
actually your just smelling your finger wich probably was just scratching your butt..or who knows what fingers get into all sorts of stinky things and places
If I had an oily scalp, I would put my finger on the scalp and sniff the finger, ta-da, smelled the scalp!
soaring eagle said:
how do you smell your own scalp?
i know some people are contortionists and extremely flexible and can sniff thier own butts but how do you manage to sniff the top of yoir own head