Be patient with it! You'll have days where you hate your hair and think you look like a mess, and others where you love it. But its going to take around two years at least if you have straight hair and are going natural. good luck! im sure you'll look great!
Welcome. But never use rubber bands on your locks. All you need to do to keep them from growing too big is pull them apart when they start to mat together.
Welcome and Happy Dreading.
Always, Hippie Love
Welcome Skye. The next best dreads to going completely natural is the twist & rip method. The technique is posted on the site, and if you use this method, do not do them tightly, nor ever retwist them. There are also videos showing how to do them. Ask a friend to help, or do it yourself over a few days.
This will give you sections which will look better for your employer. After reading this site, you will make the best decision for you. Any questions, just ask and many people here to help.
However you choose, all you need to do after that is wash them 2-3 times a week and separate the sections so that they do not join together. That's it!!! Peace
That's perfect advice, especially considering it's how I genuinely feel about it. I haven't brushed my hair today, so I figure today is as good of a day as any to start!
Thank you for the much needed guidance, and giving me the little push I needed to choose such a natural option.
seperate any that start to form too big
as for work
you can simply state that you are drwading for spiritual/religios reasons and therefore cannot artificialy control how they form
or u can pull em back put em in a bun or pony or war a tam or wrap..but
any of those options will slow progress a lil and will encourage them to become 1 huge dread so u will need to seperate alot more often
I absolutely plan on switching to a dread shampoo, so that link will definitely come in handy! my only concern with not sectioning is I work at a financial company, and while they are open to my new hairstyle choice, I think going 100% natural and not sectioning might get me pulled aside for not maintaining my appearance while they're forming. any suggestions on how to make sure I get the size dreads I'm looking for, which is fairly thin, while still staying with the natural method and keeping my work happy?
welcome dont use rubber bands! and no need to section they section themselves just fine
www.dreadlockshampoo.com makes the best soaps/products
clarifying shampoos are a good "prep" they strip conditioners and residues but arent great for daily use at least most are very toxic..if thats all natural it might be ok
Welcome. I guess Eagle Made the point about not retwisting. I'll just emphasize that with a video:
we'll get u on the right track now
cant have u goin around bald