Let me start by saying crochet hooks arent good for the hair, at least not your typical crochet hook. They arent meant for hair, theyre meant for crocheting. HOWEVER, i did order the lock sculpta from Dreadhead HQ, which is specifically built for dreads. I have yet to think of any complaints whatsoever for this tool, and it has truly helped me immensely. I know of other people as well who have had their dreads for years, used the lock sculpta all the while, and their dreads look fantastic. Some people seem to havnt had as good of experiences with their dreads when it comes to this tool, and i can only respond with "it must not be for everyone"
Alright, my second point to get to on this is ive been on this site many times, and seen quite a bit of usable info. However, there is a flood of No-wax people on here as well, and i must say i disagree.
Granted, if you use candle wax or something with petroleum in it, your going to have problems, and probably destroy your dreads.
I had however done my homework thoroughly before starting my dreads, and decided to go with the wax (simply because i have a job, its faster, and i require a neat and clean look)
In all honesty, ive yet to find actual research or true, properly tested study on the harm of quality wax (without petroleum and such) And it seemed to me that it contained a good amount of minerals and other things that kept it healthy and moisturizing.
I got the DreadheadHQ wax and used it thoroughly the first night, and i did use too much wax. I was inexperienced, so this is expected. i washed it out the next week and it seemed to come out perfectly (as long as i followed the directions given by Johnny Clean for washing them out)
If done properly, it melts right out in the shower without problem.
I later re-waxed them along with my maintenance the next week, using the proper amount, and towards the 3rd week my dreads were tight enough to discontinue wax usage. It helped me hugely and to this day i constantly get complements from dreadheads and hair stylists alike who are shocked at the level of tightness i have achieved in just 2 months of having dreads.
My conclusion is that, if used properly, dreadwax can be extremely beneficial for holding in the knots white your hair is getting used to being locked up.
MY ONE HONEST COMPLAINT
I did have one single dread that i had to start over, because (and this was my own fault) i had used too much wax in the beginning on the dread, and was much too aggressive with the crochet hook (a regular crochet hook, not the lock sculpta)
I combed it out, removed the slightly damaged hair (damaged due to my own mistake and incorrect usage of the product), and redreaded it with the lock sculpta. I have been using much aloe and its already starting to get good and tight.
And so i finish with this.
I never came here to have an argument, because some people will simply never be convinced, and thats okay. We all have our own preferences, and theres nothing wrong with that!
I am simply sharing my own experience with dreadhead HQ wax and their locking tool, and have had a very successful time with it.
(i may also add i have no traceable amounts of wax left in my hair that i know of. Even after combing out that one dread, it was just as clean and smooth as before i dreaded)
I hope this was helpful for anyone interested in getting dreadlocks, or if you decide to go no-wax, and have the time and patience to wait a few extra months, thats perfectly alright! Thanks for reading and peace to all dread heads out there
updated by @stephen-wagner: 03/14/15 06:16:06PM