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Baba Fats
@baba-fats
02/24/12 08:39:11AM
2,730 posts

need assistance


Introduce Yourself

If you try to tighten the roots, you can end up pulling them too tight and that will cause baldness around the locks. Sometimes this is irreversible. You don't want a nice head of hair and then a bunch of bald spots pock marking your scalp. We've all got loose hair at the roots. As the mature, they will mat and knot up on their own.

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
02/24/12 08:35:53AM
2,730 posts

my mom has jus hated on my hair!kinda discouraging lol


Introduce Yourself

And just explain it to her that locks are a process. They do not happen overnight. It's the process that makes them look good at the beginning and then unravel a bit before they start to knot up again

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
02/24/12 08:34:07AM
2,730 posts

my mom has jus hated on my hair!kinda discouraging lol


Introduce Yourself

you should never use a salt spray a lot. It will give you some wicked itchies. It should really only be used before you shower. Sea salt dries out your locks, but it will also dry out your scalp. When you use it, you want to wash it out pretty quickly. I only use it an hour or 2 before I was once a week. More often than that isunnecessary. Eagles right, just throw a few beads on some sections. Any beads will do. You can get some wood ones a a craft store for super cheap. No reason to spend tons of money on glass unless it means something personal to you.

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
02/24/12 06:34:09AM
2,730 posts

CROCHET DREADS!


Dread Maintenance

but separately. 3 cups water and 3-6 tbls BS then rinse. Then 3 more cups water to 2-6 tbls ACV. then rinse again

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
02/23/12 11:25:31PM
2,730 posts

CROCHET DREADS!


Dread Maintenance

She's got it backwards. When you start, you should wash it every 2-3 days. Just be sure that it drys completely between washes. After 6 months or so you can if it works for you to wash 1-2 times a week. As they mature they trap water more like sponges. Why would she want you was get them wet more often if they are going to hold the water longer? It makes no sense.

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
02/23/12 10:19:35PM
2,730 posts

CROCHET DREADS!


Dread Maintenance

When I say no maintenance, I mean no crocheting, felting, wax, interlocking, root flipping, etc... There's a whole list of "Don'ts" under the dreaducation link at the top.

As for the DHHQ soap, from personal experience and from others here, I found that it leave my hair feeling oily and greasy. There are other soaps that are much better and cheaper. Dr. Bronners is around $16 for a 1/2 gallon bottle that should be cut with water to anywhere from 12-40 times. So for that $16 you are really getting 12-40 times what you see. There are bottles of dreadlock shampoo from DreadlockShampoo.com that are actually made for locks with ingredients that are not harmful you your hair like those in DHHQ. If you really want to go the cheap way, and the way that most people here swear by, get a box of Baking soda and a gallon of Apple Cider Vinegar. The BS costs around 2-4, and the ACV at that quantity is around $6. Mix 1 cup BS with a gallon of water and pour over your locks. Let it sit for about 10 minutes. Rinse well. Then do the same with the ACV but only sit for 3-5 minutes.

That's really all you should be doing. Every 2-3 washes, depending on your hair type, you should separate the locks that have hairs trying to grab onto another lock.

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
02/23/12 10:01:07PM
2,730 posts

CROCHET DREADS!


Dread Maintenance

Well, you should never have to maintain locks. The point of them is that you don't have to keep working on them, no matter how infrequently. Crocheting does so much damage to your hair that it will take months or years to recover from even 1 or 2 sessions. All a crochet needle does is break hairs and make them look worse in the long run.

It is true that it can take around 6 months for them to mature and look like the locks you are imagining they will look like. If you feel like you have to have them look more "groomed", you can put beads on them to keep them separated from each other. But just so you know, locks are messy matted hair. It takes time for them and patience for them to become mature.

All you should be doing is washing them often and keep separating them so they don't congo together. That's all.

You could wear a tam or abandanna to keep them back and out of your face, but remember that if you wear a tam, you'll have to separate more often, and if you tie them back, you will be hindering the process. It's best to do nothing and just let them hang free. If you wash enough, they will grow faster and be healthy

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
02/23/12 07:34:02PM
2,730 posts

Happy First Birthday, Dreadies!


General Talk

Yay. Happy birthday

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
02/23/12 07:33:00PM
2,730 posts

dreadlocks changing more than your hair


General Talk

Good for you. It is empowering to stop care what others think about you. They not only help with this in the physical sense, but locks can also help you stop caring about how people see your actions

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
02/23/12 12:17:35PM
2,730 posts

dreadlocks changing more than your hair


General Talk

Not that it will get harder to overcome, but that It will pop up again that I will see myself as the guy, not only with lock, but with SUPER long ones. It only took a few months to get over being the guy with locks the first time, so it shouldn't be hard to do again. But I see it happening as they gt long. Right now they are down to about the middle of my chest. In a few years they'll be at my waist. Hopefully by then I'll grew even more as person to not have to worry, but as I am right now, I can see that it might become who I am for a while

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