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I am new here, and new to dreads. I'm very concerned - Just got my head dreaded at a salon. Wax and Backcombing. Can I save them?

Hi everyone :) I am new here to this community, as well as new to having dreads. I have wanted them for a long time, and finally made an appointment at a local salon where a gal specializes in dreads among other things. She did use Knotty Boy wax and backcombed and twisted a bit. I have been palm-rolling and trying to do all of the maintenance afterward, but all of the talk of how bad wax is just is making me so upset I feel like crying. I had hair down to my waist, and I didn't lose a lot of length - maybe 1/3 of my hair or less. If I don't put any more wax in (and I haven't), can they be saved? Or will one session at a salon with wax and backcombing ruin my dreads forever?

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well u absolutely want to get the wax out twisting wasnt good and palm rolling is pointless completely

as long as u get the wax out they will be ok and the sooner u get it out the easier it will be to get out

Hi Sarah. You've come to the right place. No way are your dreads totally ruined. I've never used wax, but I know it can be melted or dissolved and your dreads will go on knotting up naturally. There are commercial wax removers, but you may be able to do it without spending any more money.

SE? Anyone with specific advice? 

shes gonna try the vinager then dawn if need be move on to the wax b gone but since its just been 2 days hopefully the vinager and dawn will do the trick

well, i just got done soaking my head with distilled white vinegar (just what i have at home), and then just generic dish soap. probably similar to dawn. thankfully the stylist used dark knotty boy wax cuz i have dark hair, so i could SEE it coming out in the shower. i showered twice, and i still feel the wax in it. man. this is ridiculous.

so i am going to shower again and try to get this wax out for the 3rd time. IF i do get it all out with my home methods should i then just let my hair dry naturally and then let it dread itself? it is basically a giant mess right now - i can see some of the original separations but it is very matted and wet and just a mess.

yea just seperarte into individual sections and let it dread tho if u cant fwt it all out u may bed the wax b gone

a mess is a good start to dreads

shower #3 - ran out of vinegar and used a half bottle of dish soap and wax residue is still in the top of my head. this is so upsetting. i'm trying

donty forget to call the salon demand a refund and tell them that wax never belongs in dreads!

i think i got *most* of it out. i don't know if i can get every last bit of wax out. but most is out. most dreads fell apart but i still have quite a mess of very very very thin little partial dreads. maybe i can just go with what i have - even if there is a small bit of wax left behind? i have now soaked in vinegar twice, then hot shower with dish soap 3 times. my hair is wet right now - and i think there is just a bit of wax. but it is way less. could i maybe just let it be from now and see if they dread up?

i sure hope they will give a refund. i can hear it now - some BS about how there are disclaimers etc... ugh. i feel so mad. i mean i'm sure the stylist means well - but she doesn't have dreads. she obviously has no clue (and i didn't until i spent all day the last 2 days reading this site) that wax is so bad.

Britany said:

they should if you removed close to all the wax. I only waxed for 3 or 4 days removed day 7 and i used lots of dish soap and HOT water. its no fun, but they will get tight again as mine are now 3mo and i did nothing to them after i removed the wax cept washing weekly. get a refund.

Sarah Weathers said:

i think i got *most* of it out. i don't know if i can get every last bit of wax out. but most is out. most dreads fell apart but i still have quite a mess of very very very thin little partial dreads. maybe i can just go with what i have - even if there is a small bit of wax left behind? i have now soaked in vinegar twice, then hot shower with dish soap 3 times. my hair is wet right now - and i think there is just a bit of wax. but it is way less. could i maybe just let it be from now and see if they dread up?

Don't worry, your clean wax-free hair will knot up naturally, and faster than you think. 

thank you so much for your kind replies and for helping me. i'm going to leave my hair alone. do nothing to it. it is a MESS ... a royal mess... but i will just leave it and see what happens. i just don't want one giant dread. i do want separation, but i assume that does happen naturally too?

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