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I'm curious to know how many folks began their dread journey from short hair, and what they learned/experienced throughout.

How short was your hair?

How long do you think it took for natural sectioning and early dreading to appear, and how long was your hair then?

Shrink-age?

Porcupine-age?

Thoughts/observations/regrets/advice?


I've set the intention and embarked on a dread journey with very short hair (one inch, above eyebrows) and these questions are more for the sake of curiosity and to serve as a future example for others. If I can, I will record my observations and timeline.


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i did  a couple inches the back maybe was 4 or so  the back i tossed some beads in it dreaded right up in no time

the top dreaded a lil later it was maybe 2 inches i guess it dreaded around 4  maybe 3 i dont remember

the top did stick up a bit  till it grew but i liked it that way :)

 

I'm now a little over two months into neglect and I started with about 3-4 inches of hair.  I now have about 5 or so inches of hair and it gets knotted, comes back out, gets knotted, comes back out.  The process is discouraging but fun to see nonetheless. I'm sure things will knot right up and stay there when I'm 6" or more.  Good Luck! -Marcus
I just started mine and I have shoulder length hair. I sectioned them myself and did the back comb/crochet method. It damages your hair I know this now, but it got the job done. The back ones though, I didn't crochet as much as the ones on the side, so they're still loose and out of control, but that's what they should be from what I hear and from what SE has told me. Al lhair is different and it most certainly has a mind of their own. It's kind of like Cartman on South Park: "Whateva! Whateva! I do wah I wan!" Haha.
my hair was about 3 inches when I started a few months ago,  now it gets tangled, not so much notted yet, throught out the week, I now wash about once a week with BS wash, and use seasalt spray every 3 days or so. some tangling goes away when it gets wet, but dosn't take long to get back to the tangled stage,   I may leave it for  whille longer before washing since the oiliness is gone

I started back in January at 3 inches, did some twist and rip. All fell out. Still no real sign of knotting.

My hair is thick and curly, its now between 4-5 inches in length, but simply rolls up in little nubs on my head. My hair doesnt really move at all. Only time it does is when its wet, so I try to wet it quite regularly.

Starting this short I guess we are in for a long journey, so good luck!

started 3-4 inches..tnr..and it keeps getting better everyday!

I started in early January of '11 with my head shaved to 1 inch.

I use no chemicals on my hair, ever.  No shampoo, even natural.  Nothing but the H2O solution coming from my shower or, as was the case earlier this year when we weren't in a drought, the river.

I've been chemical-free for about 2 years now.

I had long hair for a while, cut it short, and then realized that I could simply "grow" dreads.  I hadn't known about natty dreads, or else I would have done it with my longer hair.

When I got my hair cut short, the woman talked me into (for some reason) letting her wash my hair after the cut. Months went by and I learned about natty dreads, so I shaved my head in order to start from the newly grown chemical free hair.

My hair is really fine and straight, but thick.  

However, after 8 months of no combing, my hair is starting to look messy and semi-curly.

Still no knots, or even tangling, though. 

well 8 months is 4 inches if u start from shaved so u got a couple more inches to go

 

I would have assumed that I could have had some tangling by now, but thanks for the word.

Still being patient.
I think I shaved my head at the end of December for the last time and haven't done anything to it since. I have 5 or so formed dreads in the back and it started as small knots that joined together. The good thing about going this way is that the roots of the ones that have formed are already pretty tight and will continue to mature with length. It helps when you know it takes a little bit of length to start locking up and you are your dreads they aren't you. Hope you enjoy your journey and it only gets better as you go. My first set weren't healthy and my new dreads are much healthier (so am I).

What texture is your hair?

Mine is really fine, really straight, but thick.

I wash with water nearly every night.  Should I cut back?

Is there something I'm doing wrong? 

Your hair is like "Respect my authori-tah!"


Jessica Ann Hughes said:
I just started mine and I have shoulder length hair. I sectioned them myself and did the back comb/crochet method. It damages your hair I know this now, but it got the job done. The back ones though, I didn't crochet as much as the ones on the side, so they're still loose and out of control, but that's what they should be from what I hear and from what SE has told me. Al lhair is different and it most certainly has a mind of their own. It's kind of like Cartman on South Park: "Whateva! Whateva! I do wah I wan!" Haha.

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