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Cryotech
@cryotech
11 months ago
7 posts

Ey, i had my dreadlocks dyed red ombre for the past 2 years and now i wanted a change, i asked my friends if my color looks better than before and they said yes but i'm kinda unsure about my '' color '', maybe that's only because it's a change for me and i'm not used to. 



☮ soaring eagle ॐ
@soaring-eagle
11 months ago
29,273 posts

well your natural colors best

but its the crochet you gotta stop!

thats why they are stiff and damaged




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27 years growing dreadlocks the natural way
My dreads are over 10 feet long

also on the board of, and a student glider pilot with freedoms wings international - soaring for people with disabilities
☮ soaring eagle ॐ
@soaring-eagle
11 months ago
29,273 posts

read up on the site on crochet

it breaks thousands of hairs everytime you use it this makes them weaker and weaker

it makes them really stiff and tight. too stiff and tight (an scratchy from all the broken hairs)

when you start with crochet it prevents any dreading for 6 months

it takes 3 years to lose the stiffness from 1 use

it then makes you a slave to the hook as all the hairs you broke pop back out so you crochet again..braking more more pop out

you never let them dread at all you replace dreading with crochetting ..weaving.. and brutally breaking hairs

if you look at naturakl dreads they flow they hang soft and natural like bair should

crochet dreads either are supernaturally straight ..or curl forward around the face

depended on who maintains them. since your rochetting them yourself you pull them forward where  you can see them so the stiffnes results in a forward curl

what to expect when you toss the hook

1 slow kloosening an d reovey light conditioning can help speed this up

2 frizz and i mean way more frizz then if you neverr crochetted..it will get better but 1st will get worse

3 a delayed teen stage once they are loosened even though they are 2 years old you'll start to get loops..this is an essential stage that was skipped ..or prevente it will come eventually..thats when they are starting to dread so stoop the conditioning and leave em alone

from then on your ok.. but the damage is permenant..broken hairs sta y brokn.. .. lets put it this way  your dreads shouuld support the weight of 3 elephants (whole hed0) 1 dread over 1000 pounds

after years of crochet it could be 1/4 that.. still 250 pounds .. but eventualy a hard rain is all thats needd to wash away a dred.. when they are so damaged  an ounce of pressure breamks them simply diving into a pool can cause 4 dreads to float away (we've seen it happen)




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27 years growing dreadlocks the natural way
My dreads are over 10 feet long

also on the board of, and a student glider pilot with freedoms wings international - soaring for people with disabilities
Cryotech
@cryotech
11 months ago
7 posts

I used the crochet method only to make my dreadlocks and  from there i used the croched just for maintenance to get in the loose hairs. 
And yes they're kinda stiff but only the older parts like 20-30% of the dreadlock length. 
About frizz yeah isn't too much i usually trim only the long hairs that are poppin' out from my locks ( yea i know i can get them back in just from palm rolling but i'm lazy sometimes ) 
Anyways my dreadlocks from my perspective are alright.
I do maintenance only once two months only on roots (to get back  in the loose hairs ), i like a ''clean'' lookin' style. 

☮ soaring eagle ॐ
@soaring-eagle
11 months ago
29,273 posts

oh if the color was lightened

besides the crochet damage but also  this is what lightening does to the hair (if done a lot) thats why I say your natural colors best

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27 years growing dreadlocks the natural way
My dreads are over 10 feet long

also on the board of, and a student glider pilot with freedoms wings international - soaring for people with disabilities
☮ soaring eagle ॐ
@soaring-eagle
11 months ago
29,273 posts

you should leave them alone the loose hairs take care of themselves theres no need to cut them

palm rolling does absolutely nothing but the crochet is really horrible  its dread abuse 

is a cleaner look worth really harming them so severely so they get weak and don't last?

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this is at 18 years in now they are 27 (almost double the length) you see how they hang like hair should?

theres nothing "unclean" about healthy dreads (often washed a lot more) its all a marketing gimmick to convince you to spend money  .. shaming healthy dreads so you can have a damaged alternative 

why is stiff with broken hairs more clean?

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if you were African American this would be called a clean look

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this would be healthy

and this.. would be the worse case of "clean look" ever

notice they are tightening the roots in the photo

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really worth the clean look huh?

healthy will last

clean will only get worse and worse every time you clean them up




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27 years growing dreadlocks the natural way
My dreads are over 10 feet long

also on the board of, and a student glider pilot with freedoms wings international - soaring for people with disabilities
Cryotech
@cryotech
11 months ago
7 posts

Good thing that i dye only the exterior. 
On the interior everything is good and healthy 

☮ soaring eagle ॐ
@soaring-eagle
11 months ago
29,273 posts

Cryotech:

Good thing that i dye only the exterior. 
On the interior everything is good and healthy 

always thought that was best too

but our best expert says they should be dyed clean through

I would just let them return to your natural color from here on

if anything...henna is fairly good for your hair




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27 years growing dreadlocks the natural way
My dreads are over 10 feet long

also on the board of, and a student glider pilot with freedoms wings international - soaring for people with disabilities
Cryotech
@cryotech
11 months ago
7 posts

Oh, i saw that topic. 
Well i think that happens only if you overdo those things which i don't (going bald). 
And yeah on that part with the tight roots, mine are as loose as can be. 
I keep mine with a clean look, with a limit. 
I don't usually overdo things my dreadlocks. 

☮ soaring eagle ॐ
@soaring-eagle
11 months ago
29,273 posts

uniformity.jpg

uniformity in dreads is also way overrated




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27 years growing dreadlocks the natural way
My dreads are over 10 feet long

also on the board of, and a student glider pilot with freedoms wings international - soaring for people with disabilities
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