Hello! I too started my dreads by latch hook or crocete method basically. Planning on going completely natural though. You should let me know how it goes for you, if they fall out or what not. I'm really curious as to how this is going to play out in the long run. I literally just did mine 2 weeks ago!
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Welcome to the community Sophie and to the best site on the web for healthy dreadlocks....the guys will get you on the right path for your dreads to last for life...peace
well nothing more then throw the hook in the trash an leave em alone is needed oh wash 1-3 times a week with a good dread soap (what are u using now?)
welcome you already got plenty of oinfo on crocheting so ill just say welcome
The first worst thing for locks is felting. Felting turns your hair into powder.
Crocheting is second. Because with each pass of the hook, you are actually ripping your hairs into smaller and smaller pieces. Normally locks are made of single strand of hair that attach to the scalp, but are interwoven, tangled and knotted up. Crocheted locks are made of hundreds-thousands of smaller pieces of hair that can only fold and knot so much, because there just isn't enough length to them to be strong. these small pieces can't support the same amount of weight that healthy locks can. Not that you'll be trying to pick up an elephant with your hair any time soon. but the point is that over time, they can get so weak that if they get stuck in a car door, they'll easily be able to snap off at that point. Healthy locks wouldn't do that.
The reason for washing more is that dirty hair doesn't lock up well. it gets oily, greasy, and coated with dirt/debris. All of these things make your hair slicker and harder to hold locks. Washing more often keeps your hair clean and the oils stripped off.
In the early stages, yes your hair will untangle some during the first few months of locking. But as they mature and form, this stops happening. I wash 2-3 times a week, and I don't see so much as an extra frizzy sticking out after washing.
When you stop crocheting, you will see they untangle and get frizzier, though. This is the damage starting to fix itself and become realigned. It's natural and normal. Check out the recovery forums to see pics of others who started to heal from crochet damage, and you'll see what I mean
Welcome. Hopefully you only crocheted once to start. That's because crocheting is actually one of the top 2 worst things that can be done to locks. Once will do a lot of damage, and delay progress, but it won't kill your locks. Doing it over and over will eventually cause locks to become so weak that they can snap under just their own weight.
And your should try washing more than once every 1-2 weeks. It's healthier for your locks to wash no less than once a week. 2-3 times a week is best
Welcome to the community Selleanor and greetings to South Africa. Hope you share a pic with us soon of your year old dreads. Do you follow the bicarb wash with an apple cider vinegar rinse? That helps balance back the hair and scalps PH levels and keeps dreads nice and soft. Here are the ratios: http://www.dreadlockssite.com/forum/topics/ratios-baking-soda-wash-apple-cider-vinegar-rinse-sea-salt-mix?commentId=3754945%3AComment%3A1706638&xg_source=activity
Glad you joined us all here, friendly members and plenty of info and groups to join....peace