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natural, neglect, freeform, organic dreading guide

natural, neglect, freeform, and organic dreadlocks are all terms for the same thing.

Dreads are a natural occurrence when hair is left uncombed and unconditioned over a period of time. Pure neglect, or Nazarene locks receive no maintenance except washing. typically they are allowed to form any way they form without any control.
This might not be the best way for all who choose to go natural. A more controlled form of natural dreadlocks still embraces the minimal maintenance philosophy, but adds separating (ripping) to prevent congos to the routine dreadlocks maintenance.


Timeline for natural dreadlocks

Natural dreadlocks can often form fairly quickly, within a few weeks, however can sometimes take much longer.
The estimates many sites state are used as a scare tactic to scare you into buying products and choosing quicker methods. for more info see the Dreading methods section of the dreadlock forums as well as the natural/neglect dreadlock group


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Comment by Gabbie Lepchenske on May 3, 2014 at 8:00pm

I've lost about half the length of my "straight" hair 

Comment by ambermarie on November 13, 2013 at 3:04pm

thanks. i figured i would lose at least half the length which will take more getting used to than the dreads themselves. and yes, i am just seperating. and washing every few days. very excited about the journey and end results although i have already had lots of negative feedback from people who loved my hair the way it was.

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Comment by ☮ soaring eagle ॐ on November 13, 2013 at 2:31pm

we had 1 girl start with hair that long but didnt see the end results my best freinds was waist length  it shrink to above shoulders and got real fat

 its hard to predict u may lose 1/2  or 2/3 or even more but 1/2 is pretty much guaranteed

Comment by ambermarie on November 13, 2013 at 2:05pm

I am two weeks into naturally dreading my hair. I started with hair that is almost to my knees, last measurement was 4 feet long. Wondering if anyone on this site has started with hair this long and if so how was the experience and how short did it end up? 

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Comment by ☮ soaring eagle ॐ on August 6, 2013 at 2:03pm

well its totaly normal to dread on the side u sleep on 1st and the roots will be loose up to 3 inches for many months the front will dread slowest your fine tho bronners might not be the best choice and leave em free as much or more then in the tam

Comment by GENE FAULKINBURY on August 6, 2013 at 12:39pm

good morning all. i have recently begun the natural method to dread my hair and i am off to a great start. im about 2 months along and i have great well formed dreads overall...however, they are exclusively on the back of my head and the first 1/3 of them, from the scalp remains un dreaded. also, the underside and front of my hair is hesitant to dread. i have uniform, shoulder length, curly hair. i wash every other day with bronners.unless at home, i wear my hair "up" in a tam. my questions are thus, "am i doing something wrong"? "is there something i could do to help the natural process along"? my wife has re dreaded her hair by braiding the individual dreads with great success (this process works for her) and she states that i may need to back comb the un dreaded portions of my hair. i am hesitant to do so as it goes against my chosen method. thank you all for any helpful response.

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Comment by ☮ soaring eagle ॐ on June 16, 2013 at 6:37pm

seoperare seperare seperate and u wabt to wash a couple times a week

Comment by Kim Mance on June 16, 2013 at 6:16pm

So I started dreading my hair about two months ago (just stopped brushing it...).  Right now though I have a large section of hair in the back of my head that is all matted together (I think its from wearing a bandanna a lot recently) that my sort of "dreads" are coming from instead of from closer to my scalp... Is this ok or should I be concerned and try separating them out more?  Also what would you recommend for shampoo (my hair is naturally somewhat oily and I've been having trouble with the whole not washing it as often thing)?  Any input would be much appreciated :)  Thanks!!

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Comment by ☮ soaring eagle ॐ on June 7, 2013 at 10:01pm

ofcourse in fact u never had to tnr to begin with

Comment by Mia on June 7, 2013 at 9:44pm

I did the twist and rip method on my hair, using no products, only washing my scalp with a natural shampoo. If I just leave them they should start to dread on their own with no maintenance right? 

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Comment by ☮ soaring eagle ॐ on May 30, 2013 at 4:50pm

yikes another dreadheadhq victim!

well the best thing u can do is start over but its not essential now that we have wax b gone that=y can be saved however starting over natura;ly is the bestoption

Comment by Breanne Montgomery on May 30, 2013 at 3:30pm
Help! So about 3 weeks ago I decided to dread my hair. Upon research I stumbled across dreadheadhq and thats where I got all my info. A friend did it for me (shes a hairstylist and said she studied how to do it) and she sectioned it, backcomed and then waxed. My hair was FULL of wax. She told me to reapply it so I did. Then I started reading about wax and had this HUGE battle of getting it out. I am really disappointed that I didnt let my hair naturally dread. The roots are starting to dread together, not where the sections are. I feel my hair is unnaturally sectioned. How can I fix this? Or is it too late? I truly am so upset I didnt know anythig about natural dreading before I did this, i am regretting my decision to have had someone do them:( Any advice will be greatly appreciated!!

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Comment by ScribbleScrapS on May 14, 2013 at 11:57pm

Hello!  I am starting my dreads out and I am coming up to day 3.

I have been conditioning my hair for months without shampoo and coat it with moroccan argan oil after each shower.  Now I am figuring that I should shampoo my scalp with what type of shampoo?  Could I use another oil instead?  Can I even get my hair wet at all?

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Comment by kenan thomas on April 29, 2013 at 11:48am

On day 3. My hair is now getting curly and matted. Its also naturally sectioning into twist. Really excited!!

Comment by Nolan Plank on February 17, 2013 at 12:38am
I don't want to do the "extreme neglect" method; I plan on washing with rosemary rinses.

I plan on doing the Pure neglect or Nazarene Method. I like the way that people who do it this way hair looks.
Comment by michell loera on January 25, 2013 at 8:06pm

is there anything I should do to prep my hair when starting the neglect method of dreading? Do I need to use a clarifying shampoo first to get all the residue from styling products out first? then after i wash my hair when i am starting, do I comb out the tangles one last time after getting out the shower? Sorry for all the questions

Comment by Nick Goforth on January 8, 2013 at 8:08pm
How long should my hair be when I start to dread?
Comment by curlyrose on November 28, 2012 at 2:56pm

(oh and I don't have dreads yet. I stopped combing my hair only like 2 days ago. just wondering how to go into this process)

Comment by curlyrose on November 28, 2012 at 2:55pm

oh also my hair length is about half down my back and I have some short chin length pieces throughout as well. thanks again for the answers

Comment by curlyrose on November 28, 2012 at 2:54pm

Hi! I have very curly hair and therefore it is weird. I want to naturally dread it, I just hate how it is after I wake up. it just isn't right. after I run water through it and it dries its curls are shaped better than after I sleep on them. if I get natural dreads I want them to form with my wavy curls, and not have them flattened!!

this morning when I woke up I hopped into a lukewarm shower for about 30 seconds, wrapped my hair for about a minute to soak up some water, and then just left it. no brush or anything. if I were to do this every day would it hinder the dreading?

I would wash my hair with bar soap probably only one or twice a week. my hair doesn't get oily.

if I just rinse my hair real quick in the morning would that be alright? what will happen? thanks guys!!!

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