Good Morning, You left a comment on my page telling me that I shouldn't start my dreads via sectioning and braiding because you said they will join, unravel, etc. About 10 years ago I met a chick with beautiful, mature dreads and I asked her how she did them. She said she braided her hair and let it go. I loved her beautiful dreads. In fact, I love everybody's dreads, but that beautiful mama and her dreadies really spoke to me. She is the only person I ever met that started their dreads that way. I do not want to start my dreads by backcombing and I do not want to use any products. However, for myself I do want to have somewhat "neat" dreads and I feel that if I braid in a fan patterned sectioning style(sections are set up in a fish scale pattern basically and are rounded, rather than square in a brick laying pattern) I will hopefully end up with a full head of locks some day. I just dont think that letting it all go to entirely do its thing will give me the dreads i want but I am open to suggestions, advice and persuasion! I have not started yet because Im still learning and researching. I want my hair to be somewhat orderly(i must be weird, haha) as it is locking up at my roots and I do think it will be beautiful having matted braids at the bottom of my growing out dreads. Please, If you know that specifically this will not work and "natural" is the only way to have healthy, happy, amazing dreads, I want to know! Hope you don't mind the novel I just wrote to you. Thanks! p.s. I don't wish to have my dreads look like absolutely perfectly round and uniform ropes of hair without any wild and crazy, beautiful naturallness to them...
Well i do not do it anymore. ive couple questions if you can help :) im suffering dandruff lately , you recommend baking soda ? and i live in a community thats not too cool with being natural or spiritual and things like that. long hair and long beards are not acceptable so sometimes i tie my hair back or i cover it with a bandana or a hat; does it damage thehair or the scalp or anything ? :)
yea i kinda have a pic but dnt kno how to send it n a msg on here. i dnt realy kno how to use this site a whole lot maybe bcuz im on a android phone idk but i can put it on my facebook if u wanna look on there
ok his are nuts haha love it! so tell me if im wronge but if i go natural n dnt sepperate as much, i can achieve the look i want? also what are the drawbacks i may not want them brute if i kno the outcome
well its been over a month i cant wait untill the new year to see my natural progress at work. o but i did want to kno if my hair will dread up all crazy n stickin up everywhere bcuz thats the look i wanted but ive talked to alot of people n they say the natural ones lay down more n the crazy all over ones are put n manualy. if that is the case couldnt i jus let
wow! thanks soaring eagle. I appreciate the advice. I actually got some of that wax removal. I have been washing the wax out more and more over the last week or so, and i think it is close. there are a few dense clumps of hair that i think ill try to take apart so i can get the wax out, but i dont think ill completely start over cause some areas dont need it. is there any other advice/tips you've got for gettin beyond the poor start?
Hey, yeah they definitely used some sort of tool, and they "shuujjed' the hair, as in micro back combing. There was definitely no twist n ripping, but the whole process was done with this crochet hook type thing. I could hear my hair ripping when it would get stuck on the way in or out of the dread.it didn't sound good. And to attach the extensions they had to undo some of the prior dread work done to my natural hair by ripping it out with a comb, which is what I've just spent the last weekend doing to the entire amount together it out. Also, not pleasant.
On a whole for my first dread experience I was happy initially, however i wanted something that looks more natural and organic and that is definitely not their style. You can see from my profile picture how uniform and generic they look.
I have heard around the traps that there is a bit of drama amongst the community they are involved in, however I'm not one to judge on people's strong opinions. I think there is a style and a method for everyone, but to me their style is very fake looking dreads. I was not impressed when I was asked if my hair came from Thailand. Eeeek.
I will be happy to look at doing a comparison between a locktician and natural/neglect method down the track, as I will have more experience on my current journey. I look forward to keeping in touch on the topic. Xx
Yes it was weird sistas. They did them with a crochet hook type thing and attached synthetic extensions as per my request, I only had half a head done but they looked so unnatural and fake, I had people asking me if they were from Thailand. Everybody who goes there has dreads that look the same and remain the same, they don't mature much as the hair is so forcibly locked. I have just brushed them out, after which I could visibly see the damage to my hair.
I think I will much prefer the natural journey and result. I will be documenting the process on here as a reminder to myself. I am looking forward to this journey on both a physical and spiritual level.
I feel blessed to be a part of a community of people who get it ya know!
Thanks for the welcome, going the natural method. Broke my ankle in two places and accidentally ended up with a single dread round the back from lying in a hospital bed too long! Figured its time to give it a go properly, always wanted to and now I've got 2 months of ankle healing, should keep me entertained...
Thank you Soaring Eagle. They separate most of the way, but toward the roots they are together so when I lift it, other dreads come up. Its not really bad at this point, they do seem to separate to a point. From the root about two inches out they intertwine.Most of them separate from the root tho. Although I do have to rip them apart every day. The ones that completely dreaded dont try to get married anymore much.
the profile pic i had was just basically a "trial" one.don't cringe but i used strong hold wax to see the effect. Personally, having dreads is a commitment. you have to keep it clean. both the locks and the scalp. they have to be healthy. I wanted to see how it looked and if I could commit. My locks have a personal meaning and i didn't want to commit then turn around half way and say " i don't like it".
I started my dreads a year ago in march. I had my sisters friend do it. they used the crochet method and sadly i was ignorant on the damage that it could do. now, i just leave it to grow and lock on it's own. I tie it back when I'm at the office. in terms of care, just regular shampoo only when needed. Not much places sell dread care products in the philippines. so i try not to bother my locks as much as I can. I go to the beach so that takes care of the salt (rinse) part but at home,i have rosemary wash.