good or bad idea?
updated by @paignkilla: 02/14/15 07:34:29AM
I vote for letting them do what they do. You already know what twisting does.
Let the new healthy growth come in. Are your dreads for life? Then 4 years isn't much in the grand scheme of things really. Much better to let the rest of your dread journey be healthy and strong rather than continue harming your hair and facing the same problem over and over.
Yes indeed. That's the best you could possibly do for them. Just listen to your hair. It will tell you what it needs.
Check out the dreaducation sections for more info on cleaning and keeping dreads happy. There are various different ways to keep them clean, you just have to find what works for you and your dreads.
I personally use the Baking Soda and Apple Cider Vinegar rinses. When I feel the need I add various oils to the rinses to keep my hair and scalp healthy. My most common are tea tree and rosemary. I use coconut oil very sparingly on the odd occasion my hair gets very dried out.
yea man im with Tied up. I twisted mine for 6 months and thank God i found this site. I've let them be since, and they've been locking way better without the twisting. Im assuming that with the twisting you used wax, since they go hand in hand. What you gotta do first before using the wash is remove the wax if you indeed used it. From that point you can start your washes. I use baking soda solution with teatree oil, jojoba oil, and jasmine rose oil for scent, i also throw a lil bit of sea salt in there. I also use the apple cider vinegar soak every 3rd baking soda wash. I also bought the dreadlockshampoo.com liquid shampoo, it smells grea, speeds up the locking, and is 100% natural and vegan. I find it convenient to bring the shampoo on trips and stuff instead of lugging all the other shit around. Hope this helps brotha. One.
SE is right, any twisting is too much twisting. I know you/re saying that wax was hard to get out, but its imperative that you get it out, cuz it sho as hell aint getting out on its own. Get the wax be gone from that same site i mentioned, apply to each dread, wait 5 minutes or so and rinse out, you'll see all the brown wax shit that comes out. Id hate for you to realize you still have wax in there years down the road, so get it out now while you can. Good luck, one.
Retwisting is stupid. It really just hurts your dreads and causes thinning. I've witnessed it myself. I've seen quite a few people with dreads who obviously retwist,and I could see how it was thinning at the roots, but to some it just looks "neat" and "maintained". I personally hate that scalpy look, but I would say this is an excellent idea especially if you want healthy dreads for a lifetime. Natural dreads are the best anyway,and it would look awesome if you let them become real dreads rather than retwisting them causing more damage to your scalp.