Brittle and breakage
Dreads Hair and Scalp Health
I think he meant he washes 2-3 times a week. I thought about that too
Absolutely use ACV every time. it doesn't have to be much. But baking soda is a base. That means it is raising the pH of your scalp and hair above what it's normal range is. In organic material, a change in pH of anything over .05 is HUGE. BS changes your pH by around 2-3. This makes your hair much drier and more brittle. It'll also make your scalp itch like crazy in between washes. The ACV is used to reset your pH back to normal. if you don't use it, then you are leaving your hair dry and brittle for long periods. This will effect it, making it brittle and break.
Oils are not 100% needed, but they do help with keeping you from itching in between washes. Some of them, like teatree and rosemary, have properties that are good for the health of your scalp. I'd recommend you add these to your wash every time
They have to come unravled in order to lock. If you constantly tighten them all the time, they never actually lock themselves. In order to turn into dreadlocks, your hair needs to tangle. So don't try to redo them when they do comeunraveled. While it may seem like it's a step backwards, it's forward progress
So far, the only gel I have come across that is good for your locks is the locking gel from dreadlockshampoo.com. Just about everything that Knotty Boy sells was never originally designed for locks. It was just repackaged for them. So I'd stay away from their locking gel too.
As for the bands. TAKE THEM OUT. Rubber bands do only harm to your locks. They are elastic. That means that no matter how loosely you put them on, they constrict. This causes weak spots on your locks and can pinch them until they snap off. Bands also restrict all movement. You hair needs to move in order to knot and tangle. If you tie them down and hold them there, no hair gets out and move around creating knots. So they actually prevent locking. When you do finally decide to take them out, they tend to get so tangled with loose hairs that that they just rip them out with the band. This makes your roots weaker, locks thinner, and untangles knots. If you leave them in for extended periods of time, they can get lost in your lock and start to rot there. This causes mold and mildew to grow inside of your hair.
If you feel like you can not live without bands, ONLY put them in when you wash. Then, even before they dry, take the bands out. And even then, only put them on the very tips of your locks. Don't worry about the roots. The roots should always be in a constant state of tangle with each other. This protects your scalp from damage. When your roots and the body of your lock tangle together, just rip them apart.
If you really want to keep your locks separated, beads are a much better call
Personally, I hate swimming. I don't like the feeling of being weightless and floating. I don't like boats, or flying on planes either. But this has nothing to do with me or my personal issues. It has to do with anyone who does like swimming and hops in pools as soon as the weather turns nice.
Obviously, chlorine is not good for your hair. It dries it out and makes it brittle. So whenever you are tempted to jump in a pool, get your hair wet first in the shower or hose it down.
I just learned that if you get your hair wet first, the shaft fills up with water, and therefore, does not absorb much of the chlorinated water.
Just thought I'd share
What everyone already said is completely true.
Unwashed hair gets dirty, not knotted. Dirty hair gets oily and greasy. This prevents knotting and slows down and process.
Dreadlocks are an ever-changing process. Even when mature, they still change. I have one that I could get a bead on for years. Then one day, after I washed, I could no longer get the bead on. It got wider. And mine are 6 years old.
Dreadlocks do not form over night, no matter what starter method is used. Back combing and TnR only help your hair and scalp get used to where you want the sections to be. It is not a means to "create" locks.
So them unraveling is completely natural, and should happen. If you are very lucky, they won't untangle all the way. But if they do, don't stress about it. This needs to happen so that your hairs can actually start knotting. Just pushing them all backwards does not create knots. it just creates kinky hair. This kinky hair is easier to knot, but are not dreadlocks unto themselves.
So wash them, separate them when they start to snag hold of other locks nearby, and go enjoy life. You don't want to have to feel afraid to go outside if it's raining, or cross the street if a sprinkler is on someones lawn. Living in fear of all water is not a way to live.
Starting on your dreadlock journey is always exciting. Just about everyone who decides to lock their hair is enthusiastic and can't wait for the finished product.
The only thing is, there's a waiting period. Dreadlocks do not form overnight. And for those who use a starter method like back combing and TnR, there may be a sense ofdisappointmentwhen their new locks fall apart after the first wash.
It can feel like a brand new toy, that you want to play with right away, but has that all-too-familiar "some assembly required" sticker on the side of the box.
Don'tdespair. The process of "assembling" you locks (letting them get loopy and bumpy and messy) is actually more fun than having the finished product.
When you are in the early stages of having locks, you see so much change in your hair and in yourself. As time passes and you get confronted by all sorts of people eithercomplimentingyou orcriticizingyou, you go through a personality shift where the things and people who are important in your life begin to stand out and take on a bigger role. This is the most important an the most fun part of beginning he journey.
Once you have had locks for many years, the changes on your head become less and less obvious, and occur less and less often. So, eventually, you are no longer that guy/girl with locks. You just become you. This is a very important realization to have. For once you don't equate yourself as being someone-with-locks, you are free to do whatever you want and not be subjected to ridicule from the ignorant populous.
lol. Whenever you get something new, the expectation is always to be able to enjoy it in it's fullest right away. But that's the beauty of locks. Even though, they come in the "some assembly required" state, the journey of assembling them and watching them change is part of the fun.
Yup. The natural way is really to just neglect your hair. Wash it, separate it when it start to congo. But any time in between, try to forget you have hair.
It doesn't work for everyone, but when I was starting out, I just covered up or took own every mirror in my house. So for months on end I never saw my hair except in window reflections or my shadow