Welcome to the community for healthy dreads Kerry. The dreaducation section near the top has a page for wax removal how to. You will find that dreads are lightweight and flow with the breeze when there is no wax in them....You are a crazy cat lady part-time, are you sure your crazy only part- time? Enjoy the site...Peace
welcome but wax is a dread killer and since your barely a month in u should start over wax is pi=ure evil
Welcome. But I have to warn you about wax. It is one of the single most destructive things that you can do to locks. Hands down, no hair type needs it. And it's terrible for all hair types.
A best case scenario: Wax completely prevents locking. No matter how old your locks are, they never progress past the first day you put wax in them. This s because wax essentially glues your hair together. It holds down loops, tangles, and knots. Without all 3, locks can't form. Dreadlocks are a massive accumulation of knots and tangles. If no knots can accumulate, no locks form.
Worst case scenario (don't get me wrong, this happens more often than not): Wax causes mold and mildew to form, leading to your hair rotting off. Again, this is because wax is a hydrocarbon. That means that no amount of hot water and normal soap/shampoo will get it out. Your hair is essentially water-proofed. When you wash, or go out in the rain, water and moisture seep into your locks, and can't get out. This water becomes stagnant and starts to allow mildew and mold to grow in your hair. If it sits there for even a few months, your hair begins to rot. You end up walking around with a swamp glued to your head. Trust me from experience, it's no fun.
Because wax is a hydrocarbon, you need a detergent to clean it out. Dawn dish soap is good, but takes a good number of washes to get your hair completely clean. Also, the wax-b-gone that dreadlockshampoo.com sells is better, but still takes a number of sessions. I know that wax removal can be a hassle, but as long as it stay in your hair, your locks won't last more than a few years.
Welcome to the community Lola. Dreads do take 1-2 years to mature. While they are on the journey to maturity, they will look crazy, loopy, zig zaggy and not like the dreads you envision at all, that takes time. No need to take yours out, they are well on their way. Just have patience and you will have beautiful dreads that will last you a lifetime...Peace
Welcome. The normal shampoo won't make your locks look any certain way. What normal shampoos do is leave residue and conditions your hair.
Since they are only a few months old, they should look goofy. They'll look strange for about a year. There's no way to stop that. Once they mature, they start to look like what you have in your mind.