Hi Claire. most people on this site have grown their dreads naturally and can answer many questions for you, also tips can be found on the dreaducation page. Some members have horror stories of the damage done by a place/salon/or person. If you want dreads for years or for life, then go the natural way, they are the healthiest and can last all your life.
If you still go to a salon to get them done, NEVER...EVER...let them add any type of wax or lotion into your dreads. All the wax does is hold the shape and does not allow the hair to dread. Wax holds in water, smells, lint and dirt. Also you will be told not to wash your hair for a month or even wash just once a month. This site recommends 2-3 times a week when going natural. Wax will stain your pillows. Wax will stain your clothing on very hot days.
Salons will also hook/'crochet your dreads for instant gratification, but the hair will be all broken inside the dread, only the wax holds it together. With natural dreads, you can always brush them out years down the road, if wanted, Crocheted dreads will break all apart if this is tried.
The dreaducation page will talk about every type of dread and the methods to get them. Just remember once you start, separate the dreads daily when they are first starting out, they join together easily. Save you money and do them all on your own. Good Luck & welcome Claire
never ever go to any place to fget them grow them dreads happen if u stop preventimg them if u go to a [place they rip u off do extreme harm and cause a disaster
Such a good tip! thank you! I am going to do this asap..I used to just spread aloe on my scalp with my fingers but i like this idea better with the spray bottle...tame the frizzies plus take care of my dry scalp....thank u!!!
what kind of teacher are you? We sound similar..I am a teacher/hippy too...
also i was doing the crochet thing for a while as well...i've stopped though!
hopefully talk to u soon! kayki
welcome but all that crochet is gonna do is weaken and destri=oy them they dont need to be tighter then nature makes them (crochet makes them way too tight so they are stiff and cant dread) it breaks a ton of hairs so they po[ p out everywhere...creating the need to recrochet
your only fixing the damage your causing and causing more everytime u fix them
its a hi]orribly abusive thing to do
6 hours every 2 weeks is extrwme extreme destruction
doing crochet once wull delay progress 6 months
now u wont see an\y actual dreading for a minumum of a year prov]blu]y more
u gotto sti]op poking holes in your dreads and leave em akone to heal
Welcome. I've got too budgies too. They are better than TV. I don't even own a TV.
Crocheting only does damage to your locks, though. In fact, it's the most damaging thing that can be done. Every time you pass the hook through your locks, it rips and shreds your hairs to pieces. This makes them weak, and frizzy. Every time you redo it, it creates more broken hairs that end up sticking out, making it look like you need to fix them again. If you leave them be, those loose hairs pull themselves in.
Crocheting, also, delays locking by up to 6 months every time you do it. It makes your locks hard, which they shouldn't be. The most mature locks should always be spongy and soft.
If you're rubbing your head while using the BS, stop. BS is an abrasive. It's like massaging your scalp with sand. All you need to do is mix 1/2 cup of BS in 5 cups of water. Pour it on your head and let it sit there for 10 minutes. Then rinse it off. Then mix 1 capful of ACV in 5 cups of water and rinse it off right away.
Breaks hair, I mean
Every time you crochet you are damaging your dreads. The hook breads hair and weakens them. They will tighten by themselves over time. Do yourself a favour and throw away the hook.