No problem. I'm not often in the chat, but I'm on the site most of every day, even if I'm not at the window. PM me if you have any other questions, or post a discussion. Or you could pop into the chat at the bottom. Everyone's friendly and many drop their conversations to answer questions. If you want to, you could have your son join the site as well. He might have questions that he didn't think to tell you to ask.
I'm sorry to say you got ripped off. Hopefully it didn't cost much.
First off, I must say that I amecstatic that you are will to join us and ask questions. Many parents just say "no" without doing research. So props to you.
Now, braids can eventually turn into locks. But it takes MUCH longer, because them being tied up like that makes it harder for them to tangle with themselves. They first have to untangle from the braid. Then retangle by themselves.
If you took the braids out, his hair would be kinky enough to strat tangling on it's on. But if you want to give it a push, there are 2 acceptable starter method. Back combing, and Twist and Rip. TnR is much gentler on the scalp and doesn't do much damage to the hair. There are many videos on youtube that show how to do this as well, I believe, in the dreaducation link at the top of this page. It's basically a dirty braid done with 2 sections of hair not evenly split. You take 2 section and twist and pull them towards the scalp. Split it up into 2 different section and do the same. Do this until you are at the tip. YOu do not want to pull them tight against the scalp though. This can pull out hairfolliclesand start what is called traction alopecia. It is the beginning of baldness from roots being pulled to tight. Doing the whole head this way can take as long as 12 hours give or take.
Back combing is another method. It is much more damaging to the scalp, but still acceptable. You take a section of hair and push it back with a fine bristled comb. This method can be painful and if done too tight will make his hair stick out in all directions. Making him look like Sideshow Bob. It can also take a long time.
With either starter method, the sections size is up to you/him. But over 1 inch sections will lead to issues washing and drying later on. Under 1 inch is most common. The average number of locks people end up with is around 35.
The natural/neglect method is the most natural andhealthiestway to grow locks. But not everyone is ready to just let their hair go.
You do not need to go anywhere to get his hair washed. In fact, the more often he washes, the better. 2-3 times a week with a non-residue soap, such as Dr. Bronners (if you have soft water), Any soap from Dreadlockshampoo.com, or the Baking soda/apple cider vinegar wash. Let them air dry as much as possible. Do not rub your head with a towel to dry. towel rubbing takes out knots and slows down the progress.
I'm sure there's more. If you have any more questions, post a discussion, or ask anyone here directly. We love to help make sure locks grow as healthy as they can.
Just never use wax, and never crochet locks. Both of these method destroys locks and will ruin them
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welcome salons wioll screw u evrrytime did they use wax too or anything read the dreaducation pasge dreads will happen by not combing the hair braids will have to unbraid 1st then dread they woont dread if they are waxy braids to dreads is slower then just natural dreading byt might help slightly to define sections u absoluteoy do not have to go back to f=get them washed ..the only thing dreads need is to be washed genrly and regukarky washing helps drads dread now u can start with twist n rip or backf9mb (tnr is way better) and they will dread
you dont 'get dreads" in a day it takes time and the more u rush it the more harn =m u do u ciuld crochet them in and have nice looking dreads in a day but they will be very damaged and will actualy take 6 months longer to dread
i would recomend only natural (just stop combing let it dread) or twist n rip
raes dreads are all natural unmaintained (except seperated and washed) this is the best way and the recomeded ay the more natural the better