i found some oil and that has helped relieve a lot of discomfort on my scalp
i have yet try the warm towel... mainly because i've been so darn busy lately. soon enough, though, i'll try it. sounds like a treat! thanks for the advice
My hair type really loves to dread...so much so that once in awhile my roots get too tight. I know the feeling you describe, and agree with the others - if you love your fatty then keep it
I have a possible solution for you: get your hands on some dread-friendly oil (jojoba is best but in a pinch you can use coconut or even olive). Massage it into the scalp around the root of the offending dread, and into the first inch or so of the hair. If possible try to get the oil under the dread too. Wrap your head in a warm wet towel (not super hot or the oil will burn your skin!), and keep it on for at least 15 minutes. You can reheat the towel if you feel it needs more time. Now wash your hair like you normally do. If you used a lot of oil you may need to wash twice, but your roots should be looser and WAY more comfy after this. You will obviously end up with more loose hairs, but personally I don't mind and it's way better than being in pain.
Hope this helps! <3