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Baba Fats
@Baba Fats
09/05/12 08:12:47PM
2,730 posts

ok i need help!! calling all veteran dreadies!!!


Help! Save My Dreads

Nope. If you TnR them again, they will just get set back to day one. You need to tips to be loose, anyway. Blunted or tight tips hold water longer and take as much as 5 times longer to dry. This can also cause mold because water sits for longer.

If your hair is really African textured, you could use aloe, but aloe tends to condition, and will cause them to unravel when you wash. Jojoba oil is a better bet

Baba Fats
@Baba Fats
09/05/12 07:59:10PM
2,730 posts

ok i need help!! calling all veteran dreadies!!!


Help! Save My Dreads

No reason to wear one at all. Unless you need to for work. And in that case, wear a tam. You don't want to wear caps, or beanies. They are too tight and prevent knotting, they also cause locks to grow in flat.
If you want to wear a hat at all, a tam is the best bet. They are loose fitting and allow for your locks to move around in them. You can find a bunch on etsy, and the shops on this site offer some cool ones

Baba Fats
@Baba Fats
09/05/12 07:16:45PM
2,730 posts

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

Baba Fats
@Baba Fats
09/05/12 05:11:46PM
2,730 posts

Do you ever rinse your hair instead of washing


Dread Maintenance

In the heat of August, I may rinse my hair with cold and go outside just to cool down sometimes, but it's not necessary. You may as well just wash. But if you don't have time to wash, a rinse will cool you down.

Just make sure you don't get them wet every day

Baba Fats
@Baba Fats
09/05/12 01:38:55PM
2,730 posts

Hello


Introduce Yourself

If you are growing for any spiritual reason, you don't have to keep them neat. By law they can't make you do anything with them. They might ask you to tie them back or wear a tam. That's not an outrageous request. Just get a plain black tam. It's professional, and looks nice

Baba Fats
@Baba Fats
09/05/12 01:36:45PM
2,730 posts

Short hair - natural dreads or wait til longer


Dreading Methods

It's probably not knotting because of the shampoo you're using and that it's just not long enough to see progress yet. What are you washing with?

You should start natural for now. Let it begin to section itself off. It may not knot for a little while, but it will begin to show signs if you use the right soap and just don't touch it for a while.

In a few months, if you don't like how the natural method is going, you can TnR them. But TnR usually needs about 6 inches to hold at all. So go natural until it's that long and see how you like it

Baba Fats
@Baba Fats
09/05/12 01:23:29AM
2,730 posts

I will be combing out my dreads


General Talk

I can't wait to see the new process of your next set. I'm sure it'll be just as much fun and just as beautiful as this set

Baba Fats
@Baba Fats
09/05/12 01:07:16AM
2,730 posts

Ooops.....


General Questions

Just get a bead that is tight enough that it won't fall off, but loose enough that you can move it around periodically.

If you leave it in one place long term, you can end up having fat knots form above and below it locking it in place. If you move it around once a week or so, you won't have any problem

Baba Fats
@Baba Fats
09/05/12 12:49:38AM
2,730 posts

Ooops.....


General Questions

No problem. It's ok for it to become straight like that again. You could always through a bead over 1 or 2 of the parts you want to be sections. That'll help keep the separate. And beads act like little imitation knots that help other knots form around them

Baba Fats
@Baba Fats
09/05/12 12:19:09AM
2,730 posts

Ooops.....


General Questions

You could TnR again, but it will just start them over, Even if they are back to straight hair, that's what happens to just about everyone. TnR is just a blueprint for your sections. They almost always unravel and untangle before they start to lock up.

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