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Charles Turner
04/17/13 02:36:49PM
5 posts

Dreads seem to be thinning, HALP

Dreads Hair and Scalp Health

As you can see in the pics, theres a gradual tapering as you get closer to the root. I've never done anything to my roots so I'm not sure whats happening. Any help with how to stop or reverse this would be brilliant, thanks.

updated by @charles-turner: 02/05/15 10:12:49AM
Charles Turner
03/14/13 03:54:55PM
5 posts

You are not blacker than me!!!! black on black dread disrespect

General Talk

I tend to get criticism from black people for 'stealing' their hairstyle, I think is what they feel. White people just seem confused and interested as to how dreads form.

Charles Turner
02/17/13 03:46:11PM
5 posts

dreadlocks and how they change you

Member Journals and Timelines

How are you gonna readjust? I don't ever want to be able to run my hands through monotonous hair ever again.

Charles Turner
01/29/13 04:43:25PM
5 posts

Hey I'm new!

Introduce Yourself

New here, not to dreads. Started locking my hair in June, wool hat rubbing. After my hair started to separate slightly, I began to rip and twist. Anyway, it's been a slow process over the last 6 months, and most of it is dreaded now. Unfortunately for me, I've got really silky hair that doesnt like to knot, and I like my dreads to look fairly neat, not perfect but vaguely tubular. Anyway, I crochet very carefully every now and again, and basically, I'm looking for ways to keep my dreads fairly neat without damaging them.


Here's a few pics of my 'journey'.


Starting... One drunken bet and it begins


Around this time I became interested in tip blunting, and fell for the DHHQ advice on clockwise rubbing, not a good idea.You can see some locks with strange balls on the end in the picture above.

By now, some of my earlier locks had begun to feel fairly mature.

I bought a crochet hook, unaware of the dangers, and blunted my tips.

That was a few months ago, and they're still improving. The lower section of my hair is now dreading. My whole head is a mix of mature-ish, non mature dreads and loose hair. Probably gonna dread a bit more of the loose hair.

updated by @charles-turner: 01/13/15 09:45:10PM
Charles Turner
02/16/13 08:18:54AM
5 posts

official johnny clean dreadlocks and dread wax debate may 7th 8pm est

Dread Products

This is probably done to death, but I stumbled across this and it seems to me that Johnny Clean has no real understanding of the proper way to conduct an experiment. I'll start with the first idea for one that he talks of.

I would take 2 samples of backcombed human hair.Problem 1: 2 samples isn't enough. Any variation in results could be completely down to chance. I'm no statistician, but you would need in excess of at least 7 to get a significant result.I would weigh and wash them in dread soap to be sure they are free of residues.Problem 2: Effectiveness of dread soap isn't proven. You would need to wash to constant mass, once having proven the effectiveness of the soap, which is another matter.I would weigh and then apply a specific amount of DreadHead Dread Wax to one of the dreads. I would use an initial serving of dread wax (either 1 or 2 grams depending on the size of the dread) since this is the largest amount of wax that one every puts in a dread. The second dread would receive an equal amount of Elmersglue. Problem 3: Firstly, there is no control condition, and secondly a variety of different glues would need to be measured.I would then leave the dreads exposed to open air for 7 days (or longer depeding on what is agreed)to give the dread wax and glue time to "dry" if it could, or harden if it was going to. Then I'd measure the dreads width in several areas and record it. Next I'd palm roll the dread for 1 minute.Problem 4: Effectiveness of palm rolling is not documented.Last I would measure the dreads width again as before and record the measurements.

If the second set of measurements were smaller I would conclude that the hair in the dread moved when pressure was applied.Problem 5: This is a surrogate outcome. To suggest that this has shown whether wax glues hair together is completely ridiculous. It's like measuring a drug to treat heart disease, and finding that it lowers cholesterol; and then assuming it's effective in treating heart disease. No.The measurements of the dread with glue and dread with wax could be compared to determine their correlation. A 90% (agreed on ahead of time) correlation would be enough to say that dreadhead dread wax and glue had the same effect.Problem 6: This is stupid. You would do the statistical test, and if s>0.05 then you can assume they both have a gluing effect.Less than 90% would indicate that they effected the hair differently. Individual hairs on the dread could also be lightly pulled on to see if they pull apart or if they are in fact glued together.
This part of the experiment should be sufficient to prove whether or not dread wax sticks the hair together like glue and prevents movement. It does not however, prove that dread wax doesn't prevent the hair from dreading. To do that you would need another experiment with a control dread. All maintenance would need to be recorded and you would need to continue the experiment until the waxed dread had locked (or until it hadn't locked for a number of months which would be agreed upon ahead of time).
I can't be bothered to pick this apart. But I think it's clear that Johnny doesn't understand scientific methodology.
Assuming the experiment we agreed on was carried out and it was concluded that dreadhead dread wax does not prevent dreading or act as glue, preventing hair movement, you would have the opportunity to repeat the experiment yourself or accept the conclusion.

Here's a far better experiment. You take samples of hair, undreaded, all having been washed to constant mass, then cut straight from a human head. You then split them into 3 conditions: a control, one with glue of whichever type suits you, and one with dread wax. You palm roll or whatever you feel like to allow them to stick together. Then you pull the samples into two, using a newton meter to measure the force exerted to do so. You would then do the maths as necessary to make your conclusions.

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