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root rubbing myths and realities
root rubbing is used to tighten dread roots
many sites recommend root rubbing to tighten roots. but roots donot need extra help. dreads form towards the roots, but a littleundreaded hair at the roots is totally normal, even necessary.
root maintenance facts
loose roots -roots should have between 1 inch (typical) up to3 inches (rare) of undreaded hair at the roots, this gives movementroom. movement is needed to dread. this is normal, and without thatspace it would be ver4y hard to clean the scalp, and knots forcedright up against the scalp will cause uneven pulling, pain, andpossibly cause dreads to stick up.
loose hair around scalp -again, this is normal and healthy.the loose hair provides sun screen to prevent sun burn, as it growsit will do one of 2 things. either it will join a dread, or becomea new dread. you cannot get rid of it without harm. better to justaccept it. new fuzz is always being creatted by seperatingdreads.
roots dread on without help - any rubbing of dreads or rootscause friction, friction causes damage, damage can never berepaired, the more you do, the worse it gets and can lead toweakening of the roots, even breakage.
so you still want to rub your roots? heres how