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Baba Fats
@baba-fats
08/01/12 06:36:36PM
2,730 posts

New dreadies


Introduce Yourself

That's awesome. But Eagle said it. Backcombed locks, like other locks, come undone before they mature. So when yours untangle, like they will, don't worry. And definitely DON'T reback-comb them. Every time you redo it, your are setting your progress back to day 1. They will never mature past their infant stage.

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
07/31/12 08:53:22PM
2,730 posts

Before i start dreading, i need some advice ! (Which Method)


Dreading Methods

With any method, natural, TnR, Back combing, there's no difference in how often you should wash. You wash however often you want. Just be sure that your hair is COMPLETELY dry between washes. when they are babies and not very tangled, you could wash every day. But it's not recommended. Every 2-3 days is fine. As your scalp gets used to the new regiment, you stop producing so much oil and your scalp adjusts. There are certain essential oils you can use for an irritated scalp though. You can use a little jojoba oil, Teatree, and rosemary oil are great. I add a little peppermint because it sooths my scalp and prevents itching

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
07/31/12 08:48:35PM
2,730 posts

Before i start dreading, i need some advice ! (Which Method)


Dreading Methods

If your hair naturally knots up when you don't brush it then it's become locks. All locks are are unbrushed, tangled, knotted hair. If they happen on their own, then let them happen. TnR is a good starter method. The best, actually. But if you see knots forming in a week, why not let it go a month? All you need to do is separate them and keep them from congoing with other locks.

There's nothing you should do if they come untangled. That's part of the process. Locks don't form overnight. And they won't be mature for about a year. Even then, they still change constantly. Every time you ReTnR them, they start over at day 1. Untangling is a step forward.

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
07/31/12 06:01:56PM
2,730 posts

unblunted tips


Dread Maintenance

lol. Nah. I'm just avoiding vigorous studying for my calc placement exams. So I'm on a bit more often. I do have to get back to that, though.

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
07/31/12 04:42:22PM
2,730 posts

unblunted tips


Dread Maintenance

Ha. I get what you mean. So get yourself some jojoba oil. Or another moisturizing oil. But Jojoba is best. Don't use essential oils. They will make your hair too dry and brittle. Then get a soft bristled brush. A tooth brush might even work better. They very slowly and gently brush out the tips. Try not to rip as much as possible.

Add a little jojoba at a time. Brush gently. Stop when about 1/2 inch is free. When you wash your hair it might loosen up some more.

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
07/31/12 12:22:08PM
2,730 posts

loc newbie


Dread Maintenance

You just have to close your eyes, relax, and wake up the next morning. Nothing more to it. Locks don't have to be babied. They just have to be allowed to form. All this includes is washing with a non residue soap, and not brushing.

There's no secret that people with locks have about how they form. Some sleep with wool pillow cases. Some don't. Some wear tams constantly. Others leave them hanging free 100% of the time. In either case, locks form just about the same. Using wool or wearing tams doesn't make enough of a difference in the process to be that noticeable.

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
07/31/12 11:35:15AM
2,730 posts

loc newbie


Dread Maintenance

A durag is too tight. For any stage of the locking process, you want something loose on your head, if anything at all. It's best to just leave your locks hanging free. That said. You never want to wear something on your head when your hair still wet. That causes mold. covering your head or tying them up (if they were long enough), restricts air flow. They wont dry out as quickly as they need to. Wet locks end up getting that wet dog smell which is a first sign of mold or mildew.

The towel method, I assume, is rubbing your head with a towel? That, unfortunately is a myth. It just creates a general knottyness. You will then have to spend a long time separating the sections and untangling them. It also only works once. The next time you do it, you end up rubbing out the tangles you made the first time. Locks happen all on their own. There's no need to rub your head with a towel, or sleep with a wool pillow case. Or wear a tam. People brush their hair to get rid of knots. If you just didn't brush, those same knots would form dreadlocks.

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
07/31/12 09:40:21AM
2,730 posts

itching scalp


Dreads Hair and Scalp Health

Them coming loose is expected. Don't worry about them. They'll get pulled back together soon enough. While you're out, get the Teartree. But also pick up peppermint if you don't have it. peppermint has an amazing cooling and soothing effect. Don't over use it, though. Peppermint is strong and is more caustic to your skin that other essential oils. But diluted in water or jojoba oil, it s your best friend for fighting the itchies

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
07/31/12 09:25:19AM
2,730 posts

what does shrinkage in dreads look like


General Questions

almost 13 months

(Thanks Heather for letting me use your pic)

This is Heather. She's on this site. Her lock have done some amazing things as they changed and shrunk. This is a good example of what locks look like as they get loopy and tangle in on themselves


updated by @baba-fats: 02/05/15 10:12:49AM
Baba Fats
@baba-fats
07/31/12 09:17:24AM
2,730 posts

itching scalp


Dreads Hair and Scalp Health

Have your washed them yet? If not, wash them. As your head gets used to locks, it does itch. You need to get used to a new type of washing regiment. You'd know if you had lice. It's wouldn't just be itching. It would be kind of painful. Lice bite. Try washing with the BS/ACV wash. If you had lice, the ACV would burn a little bit. If not, it'll feel so soothing. Washing in general is soothing.

Why do you think you might have lice? Have you done anything or been anywhere that you may have caught them from?

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