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btw990
@btw990
01/28/17 05:32:37PM
12 posts

Congoing two dreads


Dreading Methods

I figured that would be the case. How about undoing both dreads and starting them over by TnR? Or even just undoing the skinny one and beading it to the other? Would that work? I'm just sick of this one that's getting more and more flaccid and want to finally take care of it, but I'd rather it be one dread completely than have that split. If I do undo it, what's the safest way, and is it even possible to get past the part where it was once interlocked?

btw990
@btw990
01/28/17 02:25:08PM
12 posts

Congoing two dreads


Dreading Methods

I forgot to mention that I would like to make them congo down the full length instead of just with new growth. I'm not sure if I'll need to take the two apart and let them redread or if eventually they'll fully combine. I'll post pictures later if that helps.

btw990
@btw990
01/28/17 05:10:53AM
12 posts

Congoing two dreads


Dreading Methods

So I've gotten back in a better washing routine and my roots are now nice and in order again (thank you soaring eagle). This goes for all of them except for one particular dread next to my right ear that is my thinnest one, almost half as thick as the rest. Over time it has gotten even thinner and it's pretty obnoxious, so I decided I want to congo it to the one next to it to be more comparable to the rest. What is the best way to go about this? I'm at a year and a half now so they are fairly tight; I think I just have trouble conceptualizing how they will become one by just not separating since they are they are as tight as they are, how long it will take, how they will look, etc.
updated by @btw990: 01/28/17 05:12:42AM
btw990
@btw990
01/09/17 11:55:54PM
12 posts

Loose hairs


Dread Maintenance

That makes sense to me. I think I have it pretty clear now, I just need to get myself a Bronner's bar so I can se how that works as far as residue, and with tax refund get some dread shampoo from dreadlockshampoo.com. What kind of charcoal do I need for the deep cleanse? I assume it's something I'll need to order?

btw990
@btw990
01/09/17 11:45:07PM
12 posts

Loose hairs


Dread Maintenance



So washing my hair entirely with cold water would be best then? I figured washing with hot would be better for getting the shampoo out, then at the end of the shower I do a cold only rinse of my head for a minute but if washing with cold is better I'll just do that. I only mention using a nightcap during the work season so that I don'tget a dirty pillow :P But as long as it's ok to get simply wet between washes then that won't be an issue.

btw990
@btw990
01/09/17 04:08:33PM
12 posts

Loose hairs


Dread Maintenance

What I think I will do then is reduce my washes back down to once per week since I'm not getting filth in it constantly for now. On days I don't wash, should I be wearing a shower cap? Or does that not matter if I'm or actually washing it? I ask because I used to use one in between washes earlier on, but I think the steam or the heat in general would make my scalp sweat a lot, which made it oily, itchy and stinky as all hell. Night caps, too. Should I be wearing them? If not then when I go back to work I'll use one so that I can keep the washing down.

btw990
@btw990
01/09/17 03:39:32PM
12 posts

Loose hairs


Dread Maintenance

I think I got better results with Bronner's tea tree oil shampoo than with peppermint, as far as residue was concerned. I just wasn't sure if my hair was getting as dried out after washing as with the peppermint, but I really want to try out the bar now.

btw990
@btw990
01/09/17 01:48:55PM
12 posts

Loose hairs


Dread Maintenance

How do the charcoal deep cleans work?

btw990
@btw990
01/09/17 07:38:13AM
12 posts

Loose hairs


Dread Maintenance

Lol yeah I got you on all that. Perhaps I need to change how frequently I clean my hair, or how much I use during a wash? Landscaping's out of season so I haven't been getting filthy hair every day. If it was in season, it would probably take me about 3 weeks to go through a 32 oz bottle, don't know if that sounds normal or not. I will definitely try out the Bronner'a bar though. It's only been a little rough because in the last few months we had a baby, gotten our own apartment finally, and I went on unemployment cause my job's out of season now. It's been a bit of a change as far as income and budgeting between bills, baby and food.

btw990
@btw990
01/09/17 02:02:19AM
12 posts

Loose hairs


Dread Maintenance

So I know that with loose hairs I am supposed to juse leave them and allow them to find their way, but I suppose I'm just a little paranoid. I've been doing nothing at all to my dreads since I first posted months ago, besides washing and separating, and I think things have been going pretty good. But I have also accumulated a decent amount of loose hair at the roots. Sometimes after washing, some of the loose ones will find their way into a dread, but not the one they seemingly should go into, which I'll notice when I separate and a strand is then in a dread but further away than the one it is closest too. It only bothers me because when doing the separating, the hair will sometimes break at the root, rather than pop out of the dread it is in; I just don't want this to happen if it means those loose hairs are always going to do this and never be anything more than loose hairs. I saw one thread where soaring eagle said that the loose hairs will find their way into whatever dread they are meant to be in, but will that result in congoing? And how can I be careful then when I separate? Another question I have is about washing. I wash my dreads normally, every one to three day. For a little while I was using Tresemme Purify and Replenish all the time because of its anti-residue, but I was starting to think it was keeping new growth from dreading as quick, so I started using Dawn dish soap a little bit for the dryness, which also dried/clogged parts of my scalp and irritated it. Over the weekend I found Dr. Bronner's at Marshall's for a very cheap price, which I stopped using a while back because of the residue it left behind, but I bought it because my dreads had the best results aside from that. So I guess now I am between using these three products as shampoo, particularly because using dread-specific shampoo is out of my budget, but I don't know what really would be best for me to do as far as product and routine. Also, I'm not sure if I'm too rough about washing either. I squirt a bit on top, back, and the sides, rub it in with my palms and then squeeze it in like a sponge, then rinse it essentially the same way, squeezing out the product from each individual dread to get every thing out. Not sure if I should keep doing it that way but I figured I would mention it. Really I just want to clarify if what I am doing is alright or if I should change anything.
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