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Baba Fats
@baba-fats
08/20/12 08:40:09PM
2,710 posts

some new dread questions


Dread Maintenance

Bumps and loops mean that your sections are knotting. As knots and tangles form different hairs grab hold of other hairs further down or further up the shaft. That's where the loops come from. It's a good sign. They do eventually flatten out, but in the end, they are still there, to a point, but look more like texture than loops. You'll never end up with perfectlysymmetrical locks.

As for combing out the tips I'd recommend jojoba oil, before olive oil. While olive oil will work, jojoba is closer to the natural oils that your scalp and hair produce. So it's a safer bet. Just dab a little bit on the tips and use a soft bristled brush (toothbrush is better), and gently brush them out

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
08/20/12 05:34:33PM
2,710 posts

To Congo?


Dread Maintenance

And only rip them apart when the body of the lock starts connecting. If they are tangled within 1/2" of the root, let it be. They should always be in a state of semi tangle by your scalp. I posted a video a few days ago about how to separate

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
08/20/12 05:32:46PM
2,710 posts

To Congo?


Dread Maintenance

As long as the roots are strong, there's no reason to congo them. That is, if you want them to be roughly the same size. Different sizes look really cool, though. I love the look of super fat locks. That why all but 2 of mine are congoed.

And you will always have loose hairs around your hair line. Mine are 6 years old and I still have fuzzies there. It's just natural. Those are the hardest for locks to eat up, because they are only surrounded by locks on 1 side. So they only spend 1/2 the time rubbing against other locks. You could bead them or wrap them to a lock, but I'd just leave them be. If they want to tangle, they will. If not, they will add an extra layer of protection to your scalp against sun rays

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
08/20/12 02:46:53PM
2,710 posts

Hi there :)


Introduce Yourself

I am a big fan of the Baking soda/Apple Cider Vinegar wash. It's a no-touch wash, so you just pour it on your head and let it soak for 10 minutes then rinse it off, then pour on the ACV and rinse it off right away. You can add whatever oils you want. But it doesn't work so well it hard water.

Dr. Bronners is nice, but again, doesn't work well in hard water.

I did use the soaps from dreadlockshampoo.com a few times. They smell great, and you always walk away feeling super clean. They sell liquid and bar soaps, and it works in hard or soft water. I'd keep using it, but I like being able to add different oils to the BS wash

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
08/20/12 02:29:41PM
2,710 posts

Hi there :)


Introduce Yourself

Don't use lemon in your hair. Lemon juice is citric acid. It's very strong. Much stronger than acetic acid, which is what vinegar is. Citric acid penetrates the hair shaft and degrades it from the inside out. When you see hair lighten from using lemon/lime juice, that is due to the hair being dissolved.

I can't attest to lush, but ask Heather or Eagle about it. Some of their ingredients might be more damaging than your think. And just because a soap is natural, doesn't mean it's dreadlock friendly.

I just cruise around right now, and try to carve. My trucks aren't tight enough to bomb hills yet. But when I get more comfortable on it, I may get better suited trucks for that

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
08/20/12 02:10:47PM
2,710 posts

Hi there :)


Introduce Yourself

Just wash and separate. Wash every 2-4 days. Don't rub your head with a towel to dry. Just let them air dry as much as you can. Short bursts with a blow drier are ok if you need them dry fast, but move it around a lot to avoid heat damage.

What soap/wash are you planning on using?

I just got into longboarding last week. Glad to meet another boarder. My old guitarist skates, but on normal boards. I could never get comfortable on one.

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
08/20/12 11:42:29AM
2,710 posts

Separation and beads


Dreading Methods

cool. But make sure to wash your hair after you get out of the ocean. The salt water is good for your locks, but leaving it in too long will dry out your hair too much and your scalp. It'll make you itch like crazy

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
08/20/12 11:06:37AM
2,710 posts

Separation and beads


Dreading Methods

Beads act like little knots sometimes and can help the process along, as well as keep them separated. They also look super cool and cute. But they aren't needed. If you want to add some colour, go for it. But even with beads, you'll have to separate once in a while. So really, it's personalpreference

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
08/19/12 10:27:00PM
2,710 posts

dread newb, not enough dreads? help please


Help! Save My Dreads

Curly hair actually locks up even better with neglect. You just have to separate them to make sure they don't become one big mat. I posted a video on separating, if you're interested.

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
08/19/12 10:24:19PM
2,710 posts

Facing fears and a spiritual journey


Introduce Yourself

Beads pretty much act like imitation knots. If you can get them to stay on when they are just sectioning themselves, go for it. Some people have problems getting them to stick. But be careful, if they are too tight, and you don't move them around a lot, you can make a little weak spot where it compresses too much. And also, hair can knot up above and below it locking it in place. So move them around periodicaly

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