Sorry- I'm such a noob, but is it possible to combine twist and rip and backcombing when starting dreads? I'm not sure which way to go, or which would form better dreads. opinions?
updated by @masha-johanson: 01/13/15 09:21:35PM
natural forms the best dreads ..healthiest too
twist abd rips not a bad option shouldn't do any damage if your not too aggressive
backcomb tears uop the cuticles so they no longer function
some do backcomb the roots to get the base knot started since twist and rip takes a bunch of tnr's to get the 1st knottiness started at the roots then it goes faster
so they use backcomb to get a lil knottiness at the roots then tnr the rest
just so u know
a fair number that do start with either method end up starting over wanting natural dreads so i would consider trying natural 1st
This is my second time dreading. I had dreadlocks for 4 years the first time and I am a little over 2 weeks in this time. I did use a combo of backcombing and TNR both times.
I backcomb the roots a little then I twist and rip a little. Then I stick the comb in the TNR'd part and pull up towards the roots. Then I do backcombing and more TNR. Then I stick the comb in the TNR section and pull up again. Etc, etc.
I hope that made sense! I LOVE how my dreads came out the first time. And I am hoping for a similar outcome this time. The only difference is I used wax last time and will not be at all this time. I am hoping that will accelerate the dreading process as wax actually slows it down! Check out my pics if you want an example of combo made dreads! Everyones will be different do to different hair and other things but I think it worked great for me and hope it does again!!
i agree with emily. the first set i had were TNR and after a year of having them, i hated how they turned out. they looked like they were braided in areas. i still have a few dreads from that set that mostly fell out and were natural & one of them has a braided look at the end after nearly TWO YEARS of being dreaded. I had to comb out most of my hair and start over again, natural.