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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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it will section itself but u will have to seperate as sections will try to combine

and if they refuse a refund give me the salons num,bner ill call em for u

soaring eagle, you have made my day, and have also made me realize some very important things. thank you so, much. i was exerting too much control over nature. i got most of the wax out. there is some residue, but i believe i have gotten a huge amount out. i'm not wrapping my dreads anymore - just gonna sleep and do whatever. it is very freeing, sitting here with this crazy matted hair and chapped skin from all of the dish soap, and realizing how i can just stop all this madness and worry now. i just am going to let go and see what happens.

☮ soaring eagle ॐ said:

it will section itself but u will have to seperate as sections will try to combine

and if they refuse a refund give me the salons num,bner ill call em for u

cant wait to see the progress :)

well here is my new DAY 1 photo. after getting *most* of the wax out. this is with my hair just towel dried, and natural. this is where i am starting <3

Happy natural knotting, Sarah! That's a really good start. There are still bunched strands where the new dreads will form. All your hard work washing has paid off. 

yea thats a great start just  i would savoid towel drying for a bit shake em and air/drip or sun dry

thank you so much! my heart feels so much lighter. this is a spiritual journey for me, and i got lost in all this crap that people told me about wax and getting it done professionally. this is a lesson. my cherokee spirituality tells me to be natural and patient, and i somehow i let myself be dragged away into this terrible place of thinking i can't do it naturally. when i know that i can. THANK YOU <3

hippiegal said:

Happy natural knotting, Sarah! That's a really good start. There are still bunched strands where the new dreads will form. All your hard work washing has paid off. 

You're welcome. Please post some pics of your progress now and again.

Sarah Weathers said:

thank you so much! my heart feels so much lighter. this is a spiritual journey for me, and i got lost in all this crap that people told me about wax and getting it done professionally. this is a lesson. my cherokee spirituality tells me to be natural and patient, and i somehow i let myself be dragged away into this terrible place of thinking i can't do it naturally. when i know that i can. THANK YOU <3

hippiegal said:

Happy natural knotting, Sarah! That's a really good start. There are still bunched strands where the new dreads will form. All your hard work washing has paid off. 

thank you again for your advice. the salon won't give me a refund, but i guess i'll chalk it up to me being too trusting. it's really awful - i saved up $500 to get them done (and i'm poor), so i feel really stupid for falling for it. i feel bad putting the stylist on blast because she is a nice person as far as i could see - just very committed to the wrong way of dreading hair, and i haven't seen any really great looking dreads that are mature in her portfolio. anyway - i slept on my new clean hair last night with now wrap, and it felt so good. my hair is quite a mess but i am just going to leave it for about a week and see where it is then. THANK YOU for convincing me to get this wax out. i can't thank you enough. i also read knotty johnny clean's posts on this site, and it really made me angry... for him have such an awful attitude is just terrible and the opposite of what dreads are supposed to be about. if he wants happy peaceful people pursuing dreads for spiritual and personal-happiness reasons there is no reason for him to be so insulting and awful. really i'm appalled by him. sorry for the rant. THANK you for helping me wake up and get the wax out. you saved my dream of pursuing dreads. thank you.

☮ soaring eagle ॐ said:

it will section itself but u will have to seperate as sections will try to combine

and if they refuse a refund give me the salons num,bner ill call em for u

thank you again for the advice :) i am going to do the natural/neglect method from here on out. now that the wax is out (well most of it), my hair still has dreaded areas near the bottom half of my hair. there are 27 small sections now, amongst a lot of loose hair. i had my girl friend backcomb gently very very gently some of the painful parts where dreads were pulling and really all loose straight hair and then suddenly a dreaded bottom. it helped - we just did that on maybe 4 dreads - and backcombing that basically just messed the hair up slightly to give it some head start. i hope that isn't bad. it didn't hurt or feel aggressive at all. we did it super gently. now i am leaving it alone to naturally just do what it pleases. thank you for your replies and for listening. getting the wax out is the best thing i've done.

Britany said:

Also you don't have to do neglect, It is the best way but if your dreads are salvageable just wash and keep them they will tighten over time. Twist and Rip is less damaging method than backcombing. 

your off to a great start now

now all u need is patience and time

thank you. patience and time are fortunately currencies we all have in abundance, unlike money which i stupidly spent on wax and salon. i feel calm and patient and happy now. thank you. i will keep posted :)

☮ soaring eagle ॐ said:

your off to a great start now

now all u need is patience and time

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