By Jen, 2012-03-20
So it's officially been a week since i began dreading my hair. I think they are coming along well. The sides are matting up well and holding really good. The back of my head is almost all loose hair with some very loose dreads forming, probably because of how i sleep. I've been trying to sleep on the back of my head more. I have been considering doing some salt water spray onto my hair but i dont want to over dry my hair. Most of my friends like my hair. The other ones insist that i'm doing it wrong or that i should have used wax or KB shampoo or whatever. I tried explaining to them but it's like talking to a wall :/. oh well. I'm so excited for this years Rainbow Gathering. I could just die.
By meakia miakinkoff-murzynsky, 2012-03-20
My bigger dreads unravel every time I get them wet, the small ones don't the roots are becoming rectangular and unhappy...I am taking them out, and am just going to keep my hair clean and let it do it's thing. I hope it doesn't take forever.
By Kara Simpson, 2012-03-19
By jhialylman, 2012-03-19
i wld like to share my dread journey.
i have tried everything, almost and am here to say that none of the methods or products were good for my dreads.
a friend backcombed my hair. not having any experience with this she back combed way too tight (from about 14" to 4") so what looked like dreads did not match the regrowth of that particular dread. so when the hair grew i had a fat dread on skinny regrowth. more on dealing with the breakages later by crotchet method ===== aaarrrgghhh
i believed hype about wax and knotty boy has a good website when u r researching these things. and the only shop in canberra where i live was an african hair salon and they only had knotty boy shampoo bar, conditioning spray and some other african hair conditioner. so i waxed dreads....over 2 years later the wax still works its way out of the dread and u can see white fluffy muck.. quite revolting,. i usually have to dismantle dread and remove wax. i have ordered some of this new wax off product and am going to try that to see how it works....
now as the dreads grew, as i said, the roots were thin compared to original backcombed portion, so i rubbed roots and palm rolled like mad. used loc peppa etc... i didnt think this helped much at all. so stopped using it.
then read about crotchet method of threading dread back thru root. i thought this might help make the dread tighter so i switched methods for 6 months and dread crotcheted. this is a radically different texture and look from normal dreads. like braiding...and dread got weak at the points where i changed method. the roots are tight with this method but it is bad bad bad. so now i have a section of dreads, the ones that survived...that is totally different from the rest of the dread.
then the word crotchet got me, and i read all the posts about repairing dreads with crotchet hook. i had so many thinned spots to fix. well the crotchet method i used is like felting. in and out in and out. from above weak spot and pull up...it thickens up thin part but breaks hairs and ultimately weakens spot even more.
these days i try not to do anything much to them. i still repair breaking parts with crotchet hook only cos i dont want to lose dreads. i may cut them off short and let the natural growth rule. havent decided yet
By Lindsey3, 2012-03-19
today im really stuggaling with my dreads. i twist and ripped my bangs yesterday, and then i decided i didnt want them dreaded today.. so i combed them out. buut then i couldnt stop. so i took out a couple more. and now im thinking i want to comb them all out. i got in the shower and put conditioner on my hair.. and now im just stuck. idk what i want and the reason i did this was to actually stick with it and grow and change. and now im trying to quit?! idk whats going on.. it doesnt make it any better that i come from a small town. its pretty country lol.. and my boyfriend doesnt like my dreads.. so he saw me combing some out and got really excited.. so now im just really confused.. ugh. i knew id do this to my self : (
By Sam Savage, 2012-03-19
Hey Guys n Gals of the dreadlockssite.
I'm new here and am looking for help. I've been really thinking about getting dreads for many years and in the last month or so I've decided there is no better time than the present. I know a handful of people with dreads and all of them used wax to create theirs. They look great but after reading up on the whole wax thing im quite unsure if I should use it in tiny tiny amount's or none at all.
Also what is the best way to prepare my hair. I intend to use the backcombing method to create the locks.
Any help that you guys can give me would be very much appreciated.
By meakia miakinkoff-murzynsky, 2012-03-19
My dreads are almost a month old, and the search for the perfect way to wash them has been a little interesting. Baking soda, and bronners both leave my ends slippery and they unraveled half way up my hair. So I have been using trader joes tea tree bar soap, which I like. But I wonder if I could just rinse with hot water and scrub. I tried it this morning and my hair seems to be a lovely yet natural texture, and it dried super fast, when I was using shampoo and conditioner it could take all night to dry, and now, even with some small dready bits it only took an hour. I might try the same with my skin. I am definitely not down with stinking though, so that I'll update on that too.
By Summer Opal, 2012-03-19
Today, well the 19 of March, my dreads are 1 month old! Its exciting.
I do not notice how mine are progressing, but I have noticed a bit more loose hairs and loops, and I love the loops!
I will take some pictures after I go to sleep and wake up for the day I was just so excited that I had to post something now.
By Jessica Quick, 2012-03-19
Not really sure where to post this question, so here it is.
Currently, my hair is pretty fried--bleached a few times and dyed Lord knows how many. I've always had pretty oily hair, having to wash everyday. I was just wondering what things I could do to help prepare my hair and scalp for dreading.
Thanks so much! <3
By Jessica Quick, 2012-03-19
Been poking around the site for about a week now, and figured I'd join. I haven't started my dreads yet but I'm SO excited to start!
My name is Jessica and I'm from the middle of nowhere, Wyoming. <3