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Dread King


Location: Detroit, MI
Zipcode: 48205
Country: US

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natural, neglect, freeform, organic dreading guide

natural, neglect, freeform, and organic dreadlocks are all terms for the same thing.

Dreads are a natural occurrence when hair is left uncombed and unconditioned over a period of time. Pure neglect, or Nazarene locks receive no maintenance except washing. typically they are allowed to form any way they form without any control.
This might not be the best way for all who choose to go natural. A more controlled form of natural dreadlocks still embraces the minimal maintenance philosophy, but adds separating (ripping) to prevent congos to the routine dreadlocks maintenance.


Timeline for natural dreadlocks

Natural dreadlocks can often form fairly quickly, within a few weeks, however can sometimes take much longer.
The estimates many sites state are used as a scare tactic to scare you into buying products and choosing quicker methods. for more info see the Dreading methods section of the dreadlock forums as well as the natural/neglect dreadlock group

Jonathan Williams
05/03/14 08:00:24PM @jonathan-williams:

I've lost about half the length of my "straight" hair

Jamie Rodriguez
11/13/13 03:04:40PM @jamie-rodriguez:

thanks. i figured i would lose at least half the length which will take more getting used to than the dreadsthemselves.and yes, i am just seperating. and washing every few days. very excited about the journey and end results although i have already had lots of negative feedback from people who loved my hair the way it was.

☮ soaring eagle ॐ
11/13/13 02:31:55PM @soaring-eagle:

we had 1 girl start with hair that long but didnt see the end results my best freinds was waist length it shrink to above shoulders and got real fat

its hard to predict u may lose 1/2 or 2/3 or even more but 1/2 is pretty much guaranteed

Jamie Rodriguez
11/13/13 02:05:29PM @jamie-rodriguez:

I am two weeks into naturally dreading my hair. I started withhair thatis almost to my knees, last measurement was4 feet long. Wondering if anyone on this site has started with hairthislong and if so how was the experience and how short did it end up?

☮ soaring eagle ॐ
08/06/13 02:03:52PM @soaring-eagle:

well its totaly normal to dread on the side u sleep on 1st and the roots will be loose up to 3 inches for many months the front will dread slowest your fine tho bronners might not be the best choice and leave em free as much or more then in the tam

Kaity Sapp
08/06/13 12:39:22PM @kaity-sapp:

good morning all. i have recently begun the natural method to dread my hair and i am off to a great start. im about 2 months along and i have great well formed dreads overall...however, they are exclusively on the back of my head and the first 1/3 of them, from the scalp remains un dreaded. also, the underside and front of my hair is hesitant to dread. i have uniform, shoulder length, curly hair. i wash every other day with bronners.unless at home, i wear my hair "up" in a tam. my questions are thus, "am i doing something wrong"? "is there something i could do to help the natural process along"? my wife has re dreaded her hair by braiding the individual dreads with great success (this process works for her) and she states that i may need to back comb the un dreaded portions of my hair. i am hesitant to do so as it goes against my chosen method. thank you all for any helpful response.

☮ soaring eagle ॐ
06/16/13 06:37:47PM @soaring-eagle:

seoperare seperare seperate and u wabt to wash a couple times a week

06/16/13 06:16:26PM @drewlac:

So I started dreading my hair about two months ago (just stopped brushing it...). Right now though I have a large section of hair in the back of my head that is all matted together (I think its from wearing a bandanna a lot recently) that my sort of "dreads" are coming from instead of from closer to my scalp... Is this ok or should I be concerned and try separating them out more? Also what would you recommend for shampoo (my hair is naturally somewhat oily and I've been having trouble with the whole not washing it as often thing)? Any input would be much appreciated :) Thanks!!

☮ soaring eagle ॐ
06/07/13 10:01:36PM @soaring-eagle:

ofcourse in fact u never had to tnr to begin with

misty lulu
06/07/13 09:44:48PM @misty-lulu:

I did the twist and rip method on my hair, using no products, only washing my scalp with a natural shampoo. If I just leave them they should start to dread on their own with no maintenance right?

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