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crocheting almost destroyed my dreads

headownsouth
@headownsouth
7 years ago
3 posts
I am so depressed about the condition of my hair right now. Im black, so I have pretty thick curly hair and never had a problem with my dreads until i let this woman crochet them. Ive had dreads for almost two years. A couple months ago, I got this crochet. I used to rub my fingers through my scalp and it was like a jungle, now my scalp is exposed way too much, I have almost no loose hair under the dread, and my roots are flat now, they used to be a fat square puff. Ive spent all day rubbing my roots trying to loosen them, but its like the crochet has put my dreads in a chokehold. Its like theyre all split in half and tied together now. Ive got a couple palm rolls since, which is what ive done since the start, but they are still thinner at the root then the rest of the dread. I used to be able to comfortably yank my dreads, now it hurts. I am very saddened by this, and now understand dreads a lot more, but will they ever fully recover?!!!!
updated by @headownsouth: 01/13/15 08:49:15PM
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@soaring-eagle
7 years ago
28,058 posts
what u want to do is condition alot wash alot and get them to loosen up and recover palm rolling is pointless and wont help anything theres never a point to palm rolling or working on dreads at allid tell the chick off tell her crochet is extremely bad for dreads and she has no right to ruin ppl's dreads that waynow just use oils and treat them almost like your trying to undread them to loosen up the crochet enough to begin dreading normally againin a few months they will recover but u will go through a frizz out recovery period from all the broken hairs it caused although with black hair that might not be noticed at allanyone whod dare take a crochet hook to black ppl hair dont desserve to have dreads that makes no sense at alli edited it to clean up the post since u copied it from a message


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headownsouth
@headownsouth
7 years ago
3 posts
I must disagree with you about palm rolling though. Palm rolling may be ineffective for most types of hair, but for negroids hair, and other certain types of hair it is simply the best method. My hair is very thick, but soft and strong so it holds a lot of water, and is perfectly straight submerged, but when it dries it curls up completely. So my locks are really nothing but my fro separated. But without a Monthly twist, they would merge at my scalp. It takes 45 minutes to twist, 45 minutes to dry(preferably), and because I easily have over 150 locks, I can the most creative style the stylist can think of. So with the palm roll, all that is needed is the tip of a rattail comb to rip and twirl, aloe gel, and maybe some locking creme or w@% at the beginning. My locks are pretty mature, but if I never got twisted again, 150 locks would probably turn to 50 in a year. They would eat each other. But now that I have a crochet, I dont have to worry about that anymore.
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@soaring-eagle
7 years ago
28,058 posts
what?dude palm rolling does nothing at all except very temporarily make them more roundand u never need to twist them or do all that crazzsy crap just seperate themif u seperate them they dont grow togetherthat is the only maintenance u need to do everwhen u palm roll the effort u put in only lasts an hour or 2 ..ots pointless a total waste of timetwisting can dammage the roots and weaken the dread and also is pointlessseperate by ripping or "poping" as salons call it and that is itafter u wash just seperate each dread from the neighbourand u dont need all the gels and crap either except as a moisturizer when they get overly dry


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@soaring-eagle
7 years ago
28,058 posts
oh dont tell me u go to a stylist monthly..what a wastedude u can seperate your own dreads u do not need or want to ever go to a stylist for dreads they wull screw u like they just did with the crochetfire the salons seperate your own dreads on your ownand if they became 50? why is t6hat bad? when they get waist length u will hate having 150 dreads they get tangled in everything and are impossible to keep track ofi had over 200 i thinki stopped seperating entirely 3 years ago now have about 50 but still with over 80 ends..its crazy tryimng to keep track of em all50 is way more managable


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headownsouth
@headownsouth
7 years ago
3 posts
Youre right. Going to a stylist is a waste of money. And yes my hair is shoulder length and can get irritating. I almost always have a headband on, or braids. Imma keep that in mind, but I will also be posting photos pretty soon.
☮ soaring eagle ॐ
@soaring-eagle
7 years ago
28,058 posts
dreads should be extremely easy to care for and almost entirely care for themselvesif u dont need to do anything but wash em why would u ever go to a stylist again?total times i ever went to a stylist in my life was under 5 i thinkevery time i walk by 1 on the streets i look in the window and just laugh..its just so nice to never have to deal with that ever


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