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twisting dreads as a way of maintain dreadlocks
Twisting dreads should only be used to start and define sections never as maintenance! heres why watch this and understand it before twisting as maintenance
update: the person in the above video has stopped retwisting for over a year now. he has seen significant improvement, yet is far from fully recovered after a year without twisting and multiple other treatments
he is still struggling to recover but has come a long way.
we urge you to never retwist dreads after day 1
how to twist dreadlocks just grab a dread and twist..but not too aggressively or tight
do not pay attention to the "products" you should only use pure aloe vera gel, no waxes or other gels
when to twist dreads
this is where overuse comes in. in the beginning twist when they fall apart, once they begin to dread and hold shape, stop!
over twisting can cause dreads to be twisted right off. however, a very gentle twist can be done when applying conditioners when mature if you wish. twisting already formed dreads does not really help them at all. Severely over twisted dreadlocks can cause traction alopecia permenant scalp damage and balding.
what to use to twist dreads
this is often very misunderstood. african hair may require more conditioning then other hair types, but the constant applying of gels and waxes and gunk builds up in dreads making them heavy and dirty.
a better solution is only use pure aloe gel, or shea butter/cocoa butter, and only when the dreads are dry and brittle.