Congrats! I too am a newbie, but have always loved dreads. I'm 43 and about a week into my journey. Good Luck!
I'm new to this journey. I tried to backcomb last week, and most of it fell out, so now I'm just letting it work naturally. I have very thick, coarse, VERY straight, tangle resistant hair, and right now my head looks like I just haven't bothered to comb it (which is true!), and it's probably going to take forever for it to start locking, but I'm willing to put up with it. I just toss on a tam when I go out for now. Keep your chin up!
thanks to everyone for the advice. I'm totally discouraged, however. After THREE days of backcombing, this is what I have (see pics). A few matted pieces, but most of them have already loosened up and all it looks like is a fluffy mess. I don't expect them to look like perfect dreads right away, but I thought the backcombing would at least keep the sections together. Any advice?
Hiya. New to the site. New to my own hair being dreaded, matter of fact, I'm still in the first week and still backcombing sections. I'm caucasian, with coarse, very VERY straight hair, and it's taking quite a bit of work to get the hair to tangle up. Once I get them going, I'm planning on letting the dreads lock up naturally.
I've dreaded my son's hair, he's caucasian but has very curly hair. His took fairly easily, but I was new to the whole thing and used wax, so things got pretty nasty pretty quickly and after 6 months he finally gave up and shaved them. I then researched different methods and discovered how bad most products are, so the next time I dreaded someone (a bi-racial friend), I let the dreads hang naturally and today her hair is beautiful.
Anyone out there have really straight, almost tangle resistant hair? How did you get your locks going and keep them going? Any advice appreciated!