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10000lions
@10000lions
2 months ago
7 posts

Looking to start natural (or neglect as some people call them) soon! Out where I live at the moment (in asia) there's not a lot of this culture and the usual beach/tourist spots have booths where people get their hair braided or in corn rows. Dreadlocks now seem to be in fashion as I see a lot more extensions on display at these places. I took a look at they way they work and it really seems damaging to the hair/roots!

Oh I haven't actually started yet- I'm here for more information. So far from what I gather from youtube and the forum :

Natural :

  • Less time invested/maintenance. Possibly slower evolution but no need to keep visiting a specialist or getting work done
  • More organic evolution and personal style
  • General opinion is that it takes longer or the payoff is much later. i.e. it's a long term game not short term (does that make sense?)
  • Initial stages tend to appear more messy/more difficult to tame/control

My hair tends to section and form tight thick curls when I wash it within a couple of days. I've been using CANTU coconut curling cream to keep it presentable and not look like I got hit by a train. Obviously the use of product has to stop if I want to start locking.

Questions :

  • Is twice washing twice a week from the get go alright? (herbal natural hair wash or just ACV)
  • For the first few weeks, is it ok for me to wear a tam/beanie when I'm out? What about bed time?
  • I've seen many progress videos for natty dreads where people are using rubber bands - what is this about?
  • Is there any merit in letting the hair grow a few more months ? Right now is around 6-7" on the front and about 4-5" on the sides and back. 
  • How do you guys do scalp/oil treatment? I plan on using some natural herbal oils to keep scalp health and stop itching.

Growing up I always had my hair buzzed short as it is a combo of thick,wavy and curly in some areas. The awkward stages are many and often haha.  This journey of natural dreads is going to be some serious innerwork and ego death haha.

Peace!

10000lions
@10000lions
2 months ago
7 posts

Not a clear pic but you can see what I mean by hair sectioning off. This is about 2 days of no brushing.

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☮ soaring eagle ॐ
@soaring-eagle
2 months ago
28,993 posts

that will dread fast

do not use rubber bands or wash with acv both are bad ideas

a dread shampoo helps alot www,dreadlockshampoo.com is best liquid for young dreads then bars when matue (bars any stage for african textured hair)  dont need oils especially at 1st but if u do evetually argon or jojoba or coconuts good

hats will slow progress and don't need anything at night

did i miss anything?




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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
10000lions
@10000lions
2 months ago
7 posts

☮ soaring eagle ॐ:

that will dread fast

do not use rubber bands or wash with acv both are bad ideas

Understood. I saw on another thread how ACV was wrecking havoc on PH and causing hair to become brittle.

☮ soaring eagle ॐ:

a dread shampoo helps alot www,dreadlockshampoo.com is best liquid for young dreads then bars when matue (bars any stage for african textured hair)  dont need oils especially at 1st but if u do evetually argon or jojoba or coconuts good

I'd say my hair is inbetween African type hair. I will definitely need some oil/moisture for the scalp. I've got access to good quality fresh pressed coconut oil the others will be expensive. If one can't afford or access the dreadlock shampoo, do you know of any natural stuff? I know the real rastas are into herbalism so going to research that. Here in asia there's a lot of stuff like hibiscus brews etc to wash hair. 

☮ soaring eagle ॐ:hats will slow progress and don't need anything at night

Will need a hat a couple of hours a day when working outdoors as it's dust and muck. Won't keep one on at night

☮ soaring eagle ॐ:

did i miss anything?

nope! cheers

10000lions
@10000lions
2 months ago
7 posts

I'd say my hair is a mix of 3b and 4a based on this site :https://www.curls.biz/curly-hair-type-guide.html though it depicts women...

☮ soaring eagle ॐ
@soaring-eagle
2 months ago
28,993 posts

beard looks like it would dread like crazy too

maybe soap nuts are an option?




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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
10000lions
@10000lions
2 months ago
7 posts

Haha I just did a major trim off the beard this morning.

Soap nuts are easy and a plenty - thanks for the reminder :)

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