I started my dread journey in the wee hours of February 12th 2018. After about 5.5 hours of TnR 50 dread babies were born . I stupidly backcombed 2 days later thinking it would help, didn't really seem to do much. Throughout the first week I re-did a couple so I now have 56. I'm a rather impulsive person (which I'm hoping to learn much patience on my journey, along with self-acceptance/love) and so I started dreads after only wanting them for a day (though the idea has fleetingly crossed my mind a couple times). I love the way they look though, I have ALWAYS hated brushing my 'normal' hair, and just love the whole natural/being free aspect of them as well, so I'm determined for this decision even if it was made on impulse lol.
I did the dreads myself. I tried my best to section them, but none of them are perfect shapes/squares, I think prefer it that way though. It does make me a tad nervous that I may have set myself up for merging at the roots. Because the roots aren't so even I feel like I may not be separating them properly though. I think my biggest fear right now is merging/mats that are impossible to separate, though I am aware that would most likely take a while. Every 1-3 days I'll sit on the couch with my head hanging over the front and I'll gather all the dreads and clip them in the front. I then grab them one by one starting at the back/bottom of my neck and kind of go in a circular motion (probably holding the dread 3-4 inches away from scalp) while trying to hold down the other hair. I'll also just randomly separate them while bored by pulling 2 side-by-side dreads in opposite directions, it's always random ones though so I get nervous there's some I've missed. Does that seem like proper/adequate separating? I always overthink things and get nervous of doing them wrong.
I have a lot of lose hairs and they also make me a bit nervous (I have mild ocd), but I'm trying to keep the faith they will sort themselves out in due time. Slowly over this past week I've actually started to like some of the fuzzy/messy/loose hairs on the top of my head . Was going to wash every week but decided last week that I will do it every 5 days for a couple weeks at least. I've always been one to wash my hair every 7-14 days, so every 5 days seems a lot to me LOL . So far I've washed them on days 6, 13, and 18 and plan on washing tomorrow (day 23). I found my first loop today, I was sooooo excited I had my boyfriend take a picture of it for me. ... Washing does seem to make them messier so I've palm rolled them after washing/drying, I'm aware it doesn't really do much though... It's not directly bad is it?
I am so amazed at how excited/happy I've been feeling lately. I think my dreads play a big role in that. I'm still recovering from moderate/severe social anxiety from my teens (about a decade), and would have been mortified to walk around with my hair looking the way it does. Now I'm obsessing over it, and just want to go show it off
Oh also, is it bad to tie up baby dreads/when can you start tying them up with themselves? I have already, quite a few times, but try not to as I'm unsure if it's bad. I'd imagine it slows down the locking process too?
Not sure if I've missed anything, but I think it's time for pictures. I don't have many from the first 2 weeks because I didn't have access to the better camera.
updated by @abrune892: 03/06/18 07:58:03PM