ok i need help!! calling all veteran dreadies!!!
Help! Save My Dreads
Number 1: you won't have mature locks in 6 months. It just won't happen. No matter what you do. In 6 months you will have maturing lock, but they will still be messy. On average, locks take around a year to mature.
2: Wash the lock peppa and gel and all that product out of your hair. Product leaves residue which builds up and can cause mold and mildew.
3: If you don't have the cash for shampoo's, use the Baking Soda/Apple Cider Vinegar wash. You can get a gallon of ACV for a few bucks and it'll last you a year. And a box of BS only costs $1-$2.
4: Ditch the DHHQ shampoo. It's extremely toxic and was never intended to be used on locks. It was justre-marketedfor them.
5: NEVER palm roll. Check this video out: http://www.dreadlockssite.com/video/why-not-to-palm-roll
6: Don't use rubber bands. They are too tight and prevent locking. Because they hold you hair in place, they prevent movement. They need to be able to move freely in order to tangle. Tangling is what creates knots. If you stop this, you will never see knots form. Beads, on the other hand, help keep your locks separated, and they act like little imitation knots and help form new knots.
Dreadlocks take time and patience. I know you want them soon, but it is just not a possibility unless you are willing to ruin your hair and only have locks for a couple of years before they snap off or rot off from the inside out.
All you have to do is wash 2-3 times a week, and separate. I've got a separating tutorial on my page if you need help.
And do you see how your locks stick up like Sideshow Bob? That shouldn't be. That means they are too tight against your scalp. Hopefully when you wash it will flatten them out. if not, you may have to invest in some jojoba oil and massage it into your roots to loosen them up. Roots should be loose in the beginning. About 1/2 inch to 2 inches of loose/straight hair is healthy. When they mature, that will become 1/4 to 1/2 inch. But there will always be loose hair at the roots.
Check out the dreaducation page