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twisting dreads as a way of maintain dreadlocks

twisting dreads is common among African, or black style dreadlocks. however it is often overused severely.

Twisting dreads should only be used to start and define sections never as maintenance! heres why watch this and understand it before twisting as maintenance

update: the person in the above video has stopped retwisting for over a year now. he has seen significant improvement, yet is far from fully recovered after a year without twisting and multiple other treatments

he is still struggling to recover but has come a long way.

we urge you to never retwist dreads after day 1

how to twist dreadlocks just grab a dread and twist..but not too aggressively or tight

do not pay attention to the "products" you should only use pure aloe vera gel, no waxes or other gels

when to twist dreads

this is where overuse comes in. in the beginning twist when they fall apart, once they begin to dread and hold shape, stop!
over twisting can cause dreads to be twisted right off. however, a very gentle twist can be done when applying conditioners when mature if you wish. twisting already formed dreads does not really help them at all. Severely over twisted dreadlocks can cause traction alopecia permenant scalp damage and balding.

what to use to twist dreads

this is often very misunderstood. african hair may require more conditioning then other hair types, but the constant applying of gels and waxes and gunk builds up in dreads making them heavy and dirty.
a better solution is only use pure aloe gel, or shea butter/cocoa butter, and only when the dreads are dry and brittle.

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Comment by Alexandre Boily on May 24, 2014 at 3:11pm

I am trying this technique; about  one month ago (april 20th 2014 :P), I've twisted all my hair into vanilles (2 strands braids), without separating my hair into those 1 inch square at the root (I want my dreads to very very natural and organic), and now, I let them lock on their own. Some of them now start to have some truly consistent knots, but I don't believe that I will have true dreadlocks before april 20th 2015. I'll  keep posting pictures to let you know about the results!

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Comment by ☮ soaring eagle ॐ on August 1, 2013 at 5:32pm

it probly would..but why bother its uneesacary  all u gotta do is let it dread you dont need any mothods at all

Comment by Noel Allen on August 1, 2013 at 5:02pm

Does anyone know if this method will work well for "mixed" hair? I'm 1/2 AA and 1/2 white so my hair is very curly (spirals for the most part) and thick. My individual strands aren't super thick, I just have A LOT of them haha.

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Comment by elma on June 14, 2013 at 9:41am

I have a dream of having dreadlocks saloon in Tanzania but I do not have capital to start the venture. Any one to volunteer on capital as am well experienced in that area

Comment by Chloe on May 23, 2013 at 9:04am

Is there any advice on the best conditioner/oil/lotion/gel etc etc to use on the actual hair in the very early stages of twisting and neglecting? I have some Pure Aloe but it seems to go quite flaky which I don't like - I need something to stop the hair drying out too much?

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Comment by ☮ soaring eagle ॐ on February 26, 2013 at 11:27pm

moorz this is twists for african hair not twist n ru]=ip and u never wabt to crochet any dreads ever
once u tnr or twist or use any starter method..leave em alone to dread

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Comment by MoorZ on January 24, 2013 at 3:32pm

So all I do using this method is twist, pull, form the whole dread then leave it completely alone? No need to crochet it or anything for the frizziez? I started one dread on my side but it got really thin and frizzy. What do I do about ends getting thin? I read alot of things on here but would like an answer for myself

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Comment by ☮ soaring eagle ॐ on August 25, 2012 at 2:45pm

dont retwist and u used wax wich is a dread killer so start removing wax right away  once the wax is out leave em alone ..seoperare as needed  thats all

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Comment by Antonio Llamar on August 25, 2012 at 2:35pm



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Comment by ☮ soaring eagle ॐ on June 9, 2012 at 1:49pm

yea exactly the best thing you can do i s leave em alone seperate as needed thats all

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Comment by Elle Gee on June 9, 2012 at 1:36pm

Good to know! I've been feeling like I've been twisting out some dreads a bit. The more I leave them alone, the faster they seem to form.

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Comment by sugaplum on May 22, 2012 at 9:39pm

Very helpful information

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Comment by bridget otoole on April 30, 2012 at 8:58am

nice to know ! i'm starting my dreads by twisting, (i don't have european hair by any means... i'm slightly mixed, &our curlycoily hair genes have been dominant)

But yeah , glad to know this info =]

Comment by Angela Fowler on April 7, 2012 at 12:48am
Very goid advice

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Comment by ☮ soaring eagle ॐ on March 12, 2012 at 7:16pm

yes just stop rolling stop twisting

thety will recover

3 mionths about

if any are really in danger let them congo

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Comment by Rhia Marie on March 12, 2012 at 6:45pm

So, my boyfriend's had dreads for about 8 months (ethnic hair & twisted). The other day he had me palm roll them a little & I noticed that his hair was thinning out at the roots. I told him to chill out and stop being so high maintenance, but is there anything he can do to relax his hair more and help save his locks before they start breaking off?

Comment by Alex Pohl on January 26, 2012 at 6:57pm

gotta love that woman's stupidity it's a natural product there's nothing natural  about that gel she's using on his dreads

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Comment by Sweet, on December 20, 2011 at 3:57pm

Would twisting not only work on African hair, I could emagine that straight would just fall out, if it could only be so easy. I realy think the beauty of dreads is how they came about over time.


Comment by Daniel Carry on June 8, 2011 at 4:47pm
this is great, but im a black lockeer and i dont know anyone who twists then "neglects". If people do the twist method they usually do it every 2-3 weeks, which isnt bad. if you only twist 2-3 weeks it wont fall off. I PROMISE you the guys dreads in the video wasn't EVER neglected. and a light gel is ok and 99% of the time needed to re-twist. just make sure that when you wash your hair you use as hot of water as you can stand to melt out the old gel. but i do agree to NEVER LAY A HAND ON WAX. and its hard to find a light enough gel, so i usually water it down a bit so it doesnt mess up my hair
Comment by Rydah on June 3, 2011 at 9:23pm
I have so called black or coily hair, and all i use is sea salt and pure water to keep the dreads tight and i put it in a stocking to sleep and they have stayed together very well, first dont comb the hair for at least a month and the hair will stay together when you twist them in their respective sizes

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