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As some of you have spoken to me before may know I made the stupid decision of taking some 5 inches of hair that I had, and crocheting it. Since (April 2010) I have let my hair do its thing naturally, just washing and separating. However months on apart from the obvious growth of my hair there has been in my opinion no real dreading going on. I've come to the opinion that making the mistake I made has been like shackling my hair, stopping it from moving and twisting and looping around it's self as my new growth which in some places is 3 inches long and there is no locking taking place.

When I sleep I wear just a wool tam on my head and that's it. My head of hair is thick and shows all the traits for what could be a wonderful set of dreads, but I feel as though my previous misinformed actions will in the present and the future prevent my hair from dreading to its full potential.

I spoke to my girlfriend about it she says to me to not be hasty. She knows the difficulties I have had with my hair and why I resorted to crocheting to section it. But I I feel as though I should cut those tips and set my hair free, even if I use twisting for the purposes of putting sectioning my hair, or a braid that I let develop into locks, as I don't think twist and rip would work on my hair they would be freer and have a better chance than they do right now.

My intention since reading the information on this site has been to allow my hair to dread naturally, and I would like to keep to that promise. I just know that I have a very difficult head of hair, before my dreads I would wash my hair and seperate by hand or by combing and it would be nice and loose whilst still being curly. However within 5 - 10 minutes it would pull its self back in to a tight short fro. I mean my 5 inches of hair that I had would without rubbing or anything tangle itself into a fro that appeared to be no thicker than an inch to a spectator. It's really hard for me to go back to that as it was very painful on my head and frustrating at times. So that is why I feel that I at the least need to put my hair into sections some how before I start to let it go natural the rest of the way.

I'm guessing some of y'alll will be able to offer your opinions on my situation, and hopefully some advice.

For this, I thank you in advance

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hmm well the crochet has made em look weird in a way they will recover
but crochet recovery takes a long long time
your hairs actualy very perfect for natural dreading as long as u keep it from becomming a dread helmet


i think either way u go they'll turn out fine
id recomend trying to loosen em up some so they can dread right instead of cutting and starting over
but in the end whatever u think u should do u shoulddo
THank You SE, but do you think after 8 months I'll be able to condition those knots out. I guess I won't know until I try, I mean if I'm get hair shaking free form the tips of these crocheted bits then maybe with some help and conditioner and some oils I free my hair from the shackles I put them in. I think if I told people how much I was charged for the crochet I might get several kicks up the backside. Such a dumb thing to do



☮soaringeagleॐ said:
hmm well the crochet has made em look weird in a way they will recover
but crochet recovery takes a long long time
your hairs actualy very perfect for natural dreading as long as u keep it from becomming a dread helmet


i think either way u go they'll turn out fine
id recomend trying to loosen em up some so they can dread right instead of cutting and starting over
but in the end whatever u think u should do u shoulddo
I think your dreads look unique, they're not necessarily bad or weird! Some conditioning should help them to move around and do their thing :) don't give up yet!
When I started my dreads 10 years ago, I twisted, untwisted and twisted again before I finally left them alone to just dread. Some might have been too thick so I untwisted and retwisted until I was satisfied with the thickness of each dread. You see, you will be living with however your dreads end up so if they are thick now, they are going to be thick, if not thicker, after they have dreaded. I'm glad I took the time back then since I wanted to be able to wear my dreads parted down the middle, parted on the side, or just pulled back. Also, I advise staying away from wax and oils. We need moisture, not grease on our hair. I use the same cream/moisturizer I use after my bath on my hair. I also brush my dreads daily with a super soft brush. Good luck!
I think that you should just leave your hair alone and give it time. Condition them and pick them out with a rat-tailed comb if you can... but don't resort to cutting. That will set you waaaaay back. I personally don't think your dreads look bad at all. Eventually, they will dread, you just need to be patient. If you feel that you must resort to cutting, I would only cut off a little bit, off of each dread, every two weeks... like... a gradual process. My hair was permed, (I'm a girl, btw, lol) and i gradually cut off my hair every two weeks as opposed to chopping it all off to grow my hair out naturally to dread it. So... do one of those options instead. My hair is super springy (I'm black Lol) just like yours and I can imagine how it would feel to have to cut off, what took so long to grow.... so weigh out all of your options before you go for the big chop. but trust me... if you leave your hair alone EVENTUALLY it WILL dread.
Im honestly suprised that your hair hasnt dreaded after eight damn months bruh cause it looks clean and locked up in the pics (at least to my noobish eyes). I cant say if u need to start over i would think even tho u did use that method hair will be like "Forget about it im hair, i do what i want"...Meaning in time i would think it would be just fine, though maybe the end result look a little different then if you had gone natural from the begining. I personalyl wouldnt cut mine just cause black hair seems to look and grow so slowly to begin with but thats just me.
hey brother.dont cut them, let em do their own thing...they look good
Thank you for the kind comments, in the end I cut them last night.

1) because of the fact that my hair just wasn't dreading it had grown plenty in the 8 months but wasn't coming together.

2) Whilst working through my hair I found what was either wax deposits from when I stupidly waxed (spent 7 months trying to get rid of that wax trying everything) or it was dread rot not sure which.

3) I realised I obviously can't handle the thick dreads I was growing as a result of the above discovery. I mean I had sections that were well over an inch and a half and whilst I want my dreads to be thick and healthy this was too far for me.

4) I can start again pretty fast. In August 09 I was bald, and my December 2010 my hair looked like that. I crocheted in April and lost 5 inches of length into crocheted stubbs 1 - 2 inches long. I've cut my hair now, but I have growth that I can pull from my hair line to underneath my chin, from the middle of my head to my eyebrows and from crown of my head to nearly my hair line at the back of my neck. The way I look at it I have a chance to start again and right. I am going to start by using a comb coil twist but that is purely to section it out. I am useless at separating and sectioning without having that little bit of help but after that it's hands out and off, bs and acv as has been standard procedure for me for a while now. Seperating and ONLY retwisting what comes completely loose to re-establish the section.

I shall continue to wear my tams as well. I'm not twisting for neatness so if the pull and rub on the hair a bit it is not a big deal.

Here is to round 2, and getting it right :)
Congrats on your decision. You got to do what makes you happy and gets you healthy dreads in the end.


Tracey Anderson said:
I use the same cream/moisturizer I use after my bath on my hair. I also brush my dreads daily with a super soft brush. Good luck!

What cream/moisturizer do you use? I'd also like to hear about brushing your locks. How does this affect them? Very interesting!

I woke up one day, a few years into having my dreads, and just wanted to brush my hair.  I missed the stimulation to my scalp.  At first I used a regular hair brush but noticed more hair than I wanted, ended up in the brush!  So I treated myself to a silver backed super soft brush (with matching silver back mirror, of course!) and began to brush my dreads.  I try not to brush toward the scalp if my scalp is dry because moisturizer keeps the hair close the scalp from breaking. I make my own moisturizer for hair and body and have eliminated both a dry scalp and dry skin (took a lot of experimenting to get it right).  If I moisturize my scalp, it last about two days, if I don't wash my hair (by the way, I don't wash my dreads every day). I've had a lot of people ask about the moisturizer and can send a sample if you like, just need postage.  Twice a year I cut my hair to even it out: in the Fall and Spring, never the dog days of August (old wives tale)!

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