So I am a month in having dreadlocks and its been a learning process, let me tell you. I wanted to share what I went through to get these loverly locks and how thankful I am to have stumbled upon this site.After reading about dreads I knew they were for me and after a small amount of research, I went shopping. I picked up a set of crochet hooks, rubber bands, bees wax, a fine metal toothed comb, and some sulfate free shampoo. Uhhh huu. I sectioned off my hair with the rubberbands, back combed the sections, and then went through and stabed the hell out of them with the crochet hook. After I felt they were good and knoted I rubbed bees wax on them. After about eight hours they started loosing up. So, I went back through and crochet them agian. And then agian the next morning. And agian that night. I had blooly fingers from the crochet hook, my scalp was really pissed off at me, and I looked like something from a sifi film.That day, I ran into this site. I laughed out loud at my supidity. I was doing it all wrong. So, I washed my hair in boiling water and a bottle of Dawn dish soap oh, about four times. I was able to comb out the dreads I had tried so hard to "create" and then I soaked my hair in baking soda and hot water for about thrity minuets. The damage done to my hair was minimal. I was able to get most of the wax out. Pheeww.With my nice clean and mostly wax free hair I started over. No tools, no products, no pain. I used the twist and rip method which worked beautifuly. I am currently rinsing my hair with baking soad and tea tree oil and then a peppermint tea rinse with apple cider vinager, once a week. That is all. I do not have to worry about my hair. I started it from a natural point and am not trying to "create" dreads. I love my hair.
updated by @audrey-bowdan: 02/14/15 08:12:54AM