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dreading methods

there are many ways to make dreadlocks and one way to grow dreads. natural dreads form on over time without much effort. there are newer methods to create dreads, these all have advantages and disadvantages.

dreading methods include:

natural/neglect - just stop combing

twist and rip-twist hair separate pull repeat

backcomb-comb the hair backwards towards the scalp

twist and neglect-great for african hair just twist then let it do its thing

crochet-use a crochet hook to weave hairs together

dread perm-use harsh chemicals to change the hair texture

salon dreads-pay someone else to mess up your head

johnny clean methodinstant dreads premature dread death

felting dreads complete and utter destruction of every hair in order to create instant dreads this method is being recommended by dreadheadhq to "fix dreads" using the "dread docta" which is just a felting needle.
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Comment by ☮ soaring eagle ॐ on June 26, 2014 at 12:23am

the absolute best way to dread is just let it dread its that easy but tnr is an option thats gentle too

Comment by Mariah Tyner on June 26, 2014 at 12:18am

Hi. I've wanted dreads for years but kept dying my hair and cutting it off. Now I finally have about 6in - 8in of growth and I want to start but I want them done without harsh chemicals and waxes. I was wondering if anyone had any tips and pointers and also which method would be best for my hair. I'm mixed so I have thin/fine, soft, curly hair.

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Comment by ☮ soaring eagle ॐ on May 5, 2014 at 8:14pm

no it wont some have said wool even hurt the process but m,ost say it helps but the softness of the pillowcase shouldnt matter

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Comment by ☮MamaKittyLove on May 5, 2014 at 7:54pm

Someone told me that a wool pillowcase may help baby dreads. My pillowcase now is really soft, would it possibly slow down my progress?

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Comment by ☮ soaring eagle ॐ on October 5, 2013 at 6:09pm

elipsen just leave em

britany may if u crochet every day they will be completely destroyed in a month

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Comment by Ellipsen on September 10, 2013 at 9:52am

Just joined, I've got mostly backcombed and a couple of t n r after the dread fell out.  They are very new and massively fuzzy atm, wondering best method of neatening them up and getting them to lock nicely without ruining them

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Comment by Brad B. on July 27, 2013 at 2:35pm

Just starting out......what methode should I do with super curly and freezy hair with it's 3 inches long?

Comment by Brittany May on April 3, 2013 at 7:34am

I just started dreading. I'm doing the twist a rip method. I heard that crocheting them almost everyday for about 3 months will help them form.. Should I twist and rip and do nothing and let them form on their own or crochet as well?

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Comment by Gary Stephen Ruark on March 6, 2013 at 1:00pm

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Comment by Gary Stephen Ruark on March 6, 2013 at 12:59pm

I tried backcombing and wax reluctantly, then I tried t'n'r, but I crocheted them because they looked way too wild for me. After realizing none of that works for me, I'm now trying natural. I'm about 2 months in (I haven't really kept count) My hair is really curly and thick so I figure my dreads would rock if they ever come together. I have a question though: does it look like it's at least beginning to dread?

Comment by Katelyn Lyons on January 24, 2013 at 3:04pm
I've wanted dreads for a while and I've finally decided that I'm going to get them. I was thinking about going to a saloon but now that I've done some research I see that's not the best idea...I've tried the neglect method but only one layer of my hair seems to do anything. I do have somewhat thin hair and I'd like to have smaller sized dreads. Any recommendations? Also another factor I am doing this completely by myself..any advice would be great so I can get started!
Comment by LyleitoJ on January 24, 2013 at 1:58pm
Twist and neglect is Coo long as I don't over twist them right.
Comment by LyleitoJ on January 7, 2013 at 4:05pm
I'm try a get dreads but I wanna do it for the long term so I want a strong beginning to have healthy dreads

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Comment by ☮ soaring eagle ॐ on January 5, 2013 at 2:38pm

crochets an ecxteemely bad method  naturals best bey far tnr next best then backcomb   crochets at the bottom of the do not ever do list

Comment by larissa de souza on January 5, 2013 at 2:07pm

I'm actually considering getting dreadlocks but i'm not sure which method is the best. i was thinking of getting it with the crochet method. what method would be a good idea? 

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Comment by ☮ soaring eagle ॐ on November 23, 2012 at 7:50pm

no not at all you need the right habbits no finger combing no conditioning a dread shampoo or the nbaking soda acv soak

no towel drying etc

theres many ways to prevent dreads if u stop everything that prevents them they happen

Comment by Dolly Cheer on November 23, 2012 at 7:35pm

When I had waist-length hair, dreads never formed, and I don't remember ever combing them. I don't use any hair products whatsoever, for dying, straightening, or curling, and I never have, even once. My hair's just has a slight, natural shagginess to it. It's not straight, but not wavy by any means. Do you need a certain hair type to grow dreads naturally?

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Comment by ☮ soaring eagle ॐ on November 9, 2012 at 2:08am

jarrel wash with a non residie soap like www.dreadlockshampoo and..let them if they unravel let them unravel they have to to dread right ..just leave em alone to do what they do  joe  dont seperate they thucken up emma no no salon nowhere is worth going to

Comment by Jarrell tharealness Murphy on November 9, 2012 at 12:55am

I have just started my dreadlock journey and i'm a little over two months in.  My original plan was to use comb-twists for a few years then start freeforming. I have had the urge to go straight to freeforming as soon as possible.  Im looking for advice to make the transition like what I should use to wash my hair and how often I should use it. I havent gotten my hair twisted in almost a month and the new growth is showing under the locs which i like but how do I deal with some of the locs unraveling due to intitally using the twisting method. 

Comment by Joe Hunt on October 12, 2012 at 4:05pm

Is there anything that can help thicken locks. I have naturally soft and and moderately thin hair. Not balding but you could always see my scalp. Well I have always grown much more hair on my face than my head so I have a set of goatlocks on my chin but never bothered with my head. If I did do my head is there anything I can do to end up with fatter locks instead of a whispy little things? Help is much appreciated


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