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Baba Fats
@baba-fats
08/14/12 11:10:29AM
2,730 posts

I NEED HELP starting my natty dreads!


Dreading Methods

I would always recommend the BS/ACV wash. One way to tell if you have hard water is to wash your hands with the bronners. If they dry and feel bone dry, you are probably ok. if you feel soft and silky, then you probably have hard water. Hard water doesn't rinse off all the soap, so it leave a silky residue. Again, sorry, I didn't check where you lived, If you let me know, I can check maps and see what kind of water you've got

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
08/14/12 08:48:18AM
2,730 posts

dread newb, not enough dreads? help please


Help! Save My Dreads

I'm right with you. I have pretty thin hair. And I have 17 locks. The thing is, Many of my sections aren't under 1 inch. I have at least 3 locks with 2 inch sections. If I were to have split them into smaller locks, I could have 50 instead of 17.

If you TnR or even back comb, your locks will start off looking MUCH thinner than they will end up. So the thinness that you are seeing is probably due to that. Like Eagle said, they will thicken up over time. And if you don't want monster locks, you probably want to take them out and start over. It's easier to combine 2 locks later than it is to split a big one into 2.

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
08/14/12 08:20:48AM
2,730 posts

Is my hair long enough for dreadlocks?


Introduce Yourself

His do look natural.

But, like Rainbow said, yours will probably not look just like his. It all depends on thousands of factors. How your hair naturally sections, How you wash, what with, how your sleep, and so on and so on.

Plus, looking at his locks, they are not done maturing yet. I'd say they are around 10 months. If he keeps separating them, thy will stay that skinny. But in a few months, they will thicken up and may start to congo together.

It's about how you separate them too. If you want skinny locks like that, just separate them more. But try to let them do their own thing first. If you mess with them to much, to get a certain look, you can mess them up and slow down the progress

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
08/14/12 08:12:10AM
2,730 posts

I NEED HELP starting my natty dreads!


Dreading Methods

Ok, the idea that white peoples hair locks up slower is only partly a myth. African American hair is kinky, so it tends to tangle easier, but your hair will knot up just fine. Eagle, the moderator, had his start forming in a matter of days, just camping out in the woods. While mine took over a year. Anywhere in between is completely normal. It's a fun journey.

Ok. Definitely check out that link that Rainbow so wonderfully provided. But as for what you may be interested in, being that you expressed your Rasta beliefs, the neglect method is probably for you. It does not take as long as you may think. And you will only see forward progress. If you used a starter method, you will have nice locks for a day or so, and then when you wash them, they will fall apart, then come back together, then fall apart, and so on until they finally start staying put.

As for washing.... Sorry, I didn't check to see where you're from yet. If you're in the US, dreadlockshampoo.com offers amazing soaps that work well in whatever water type you have. There is also Dr. Bronners. But that only works well in soft water. It leaves a residue in hard water because it does not rinse out well. There is also the Baking soda/Apple Cider Vinegar wash. I love this wash. It, too, does not work well in hard water. But I find that it makes my hair feel the cleanest.

You want to wash every 2-3 days. When they are young, liquid soaps are better. The BS wash is best, because you don't have to touch your scalp at all.

No matter how old your locks are, do not wash your hair directly. All you have to do is scrub your scalp and let the water rinse the soap through your hair. Don't lather your hair.

You do not want to wear anything on your head if you don't HAVE to. Tams are great for keeping your locks out of your face, but they tend to create a general knottyness that needs to be separated more often. But it doesn't help them lock any faster. You don't need wool anything. Don't use rubber bands to hold your locks in place. Don't touch a crochet needle, and NEVER use wax.

It's a bit old, but check out the post "Top Secret". There's a search bar at the top of the page. Just type it in, and it should be at the top, or close to it.

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
08/13/12 07:12:19PM
2,730 posts

Are they supposed to look like/do this?


Dreads in the Family

If you can prevent them from blunting but not cut or mess with them too much, do it. But most will not really blunt at this stage. Thy are still changing. I'd wait and see how they progress before you mess around with it.

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
08/13/12 07:09:11PM
2,730 posts

Are they supposed to look like/do this?


Dreads in the Family

It's completely normal. if they don't look like that at some point, it's not locking. Those lops and bumpsand weird angles means that the hair is catching onto other hairs and knotting them in place. In time, it'll get sucked down, and they'll look rounder and flatter. But this is the normal process

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
08/13/12 06:32:58PM
2,730 posts

If you have short hair...


Dread Maintenance

Freedom is change. And change is scary. Run with it. if you want to be free, you'll have to face your fear

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
08/13/12 05:33:35PM
2,730 posts

If you have short hair...


Dread Maintenance

My best advice is to completely forget the day you started. As much fun as it can be toannounceto others that your locks are a year old, it's just a day. I have no idea at all when I started. I know that I started them a little before I met my wife. That was over 5 years ago. So mine are somewhere between 5 and 6 years old. probably closer to 6, now. But your start date is nothing special.

Also, if you worry too much about the progress, your body reacts. Many people find that worrying actually makes their hair thin and fall out more often than when they are calm. So worrying can actually adversely affect your progress.

A few months to me is different than a few months to you. For me, it took about a year to see any real change. For Eagle, a few months may have only been 2-3. For you, it might be 4-5. Everyone'shair and process are slightly different. If you forget how old they are and just look at yourself as having locks now, instead of seeing yourself as "will have locks someday", The messy stage won't bother you as much.

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
08/13/12 01:33:09PM
2,730 posts

Cinnamon?


Dreads Hair and Scalp Health

Glycerin is a fat. Apparently, I didn't know this until now, It is used to make Glyerol, which is and alcohol. This is probably what is actually in products. It will break down, but like all alcohols, it'll dry out and damage your skin, and should probably be avoided.

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
08/13/12 12:31:46PM
2,730 posts

Brittle and breakage


Dreads Hair and Scalp Health

Ok. Yeah, you've got to wash more often than that. 2-3 times a week is best for younger locks. When they are mature, you can go down to 1-2 times a week. But if you can help it, never wash less than once a week. Dirty hair does not lock. It gets oily and grease which makes it slick and prevents knotting.

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