Since posting this guide the general consensus has been that palm rolling is completely pointless and a waste of time and effort.
palm rolling is used to round out flattened dreads, it is best done when the dreads are damp.
however, palm rolling is damaging. hair when wet is more easily molded into shape but is more easily damaged as well.
palm rolling to be effective at all requires alot of effort, when you palm roll they usually go back to the original shape in hours to a week.
with excessive effort they can be made round permanently, however, normally dreads will flatten and round on theyre own by pressure from sleeping on them and movement (when flattened on 1 side 1 day then the other another day they tend to become round)
additional notes before continuing on to the instructions
completely symmetrical round dreadlocks are boring, you may think thats what you want when starting off, but when mature you will find the 1 dread that refused to conform becomes your favorite. the flattened one, the bumpy one, the one that stands out from the rest. palm rolling removes much of the personality of the dread making it less unique.
how to palm roll (and does direction matter?)
1: direction does not matter counterclockwise clockwise or in both directions is fine.
2: just roll the dreads between your palms from root to tip
3: be gentle dont over do it dont roll hard enough to create heat, and don;t do it obsessively.
4:most important, don't ever use wax or gels