interlocking dreads is concidered 1 of the worse dread methods by all except unscrupulous "loctitions" who are just interested in taking your money.
what is interlocking?
its taking a dread, splitting the roots in 1/2 and forcing the dread through that gap in the roots. yes i know it already sounds like a dumb thing to do dont it? but wait, lets examine what this does
why is it not recomended?
when you push a dread through the gap in the roots your doing 2 things, creatting as gap and keeping it open and twisting the roots on either side 360 degrees from the otherwise straight roots.
this causes a tension with a tendency for the dread to want to untwist the roots and pop back through the gap..if there was room too, instead it may want to stick out at an angle to the gap.
typicaly interlockings not done once but over and over, in a pattern around the dread from different angles causing a chainlike or braidlike pattern of crooked dreads tucked through twisted gaps
this causes extreme weakness and causes more dread loss then most other damaging methods.
what are the benifits of interlocking?
none only psychological
they interlocker thinks it helps dreads to lock them up as tight as possible to the scalp. this is false. dreads require room to dread at the scalp, room to move and knot. interlocking removes that room and replaces it with a weakened gap so zero dreading occurs at the roots until A: its grown out enough to dread, or B: you interlock again
the interlocked sections ofcourse will dread even if weak, but not the way they should. often still having a braided look.
Update: the long term affects of interlocking
traction alopecia and balding!
why do they do it?
vanity..pure and simple they feel they must have perfect dreads and dreads that are locked up far too tightly to the roots
its missinformation that leads them to think dreads should dread right to the scalp
whats wrong with dreading to the scalp?
lots as i said before it wont really dread at the scalp without that room so to maintain it your constantly forcing the roots to lock, that causes weak roots
also c'mon think a momment.. how do you get your fingers under a dread to clean the scalp or for that matter scratch an itch if theres no room?
you can also cause uneven pulling even pain .
whats a better solution for root maintenance?
well thats just it, the thing many new dreads dont get is that the roots need no work at all!! when your dreads are formed and mature your roots are where all dreading occurs.. every bit of effort put into them is counter productive and damaging.
think for a momment dreads are natural they happen on theyre own, all dreading once formed happens at the roots dreads can grow manyt many years and that dreading at the roots remains constant without any help from you.
so why interlock and hurt your dreads?/
self concousness over that 1/2 inch of undreaded hair at the roots that nobody even notices.
basicly your screwing yourself cause you just cant see your not screwed..you look at the roots as a problem.. not as what they are the foundation of the dread
27 years growing dreadlocks the natural way
My dreads are over 10 feet long
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updated by @soaring-eagle: 02/14/15 03:49:53AM