My babies are dreading at the root!
Well that is true with everything but I am not going to not not talk about how awesome that cake I ate just was so someone doesn't go out and eat 5 of them and then get sick. It is up the individual on how they handle themselves. You can take any form of anything and someone can and willover do it or "do it wrong".
Crocheting is a completely different issue and someone IS without a doubt no matter how gentle hurting their dreads. If for some reason with this journey all of a sudden something different and bad happens then I guess I would have to take back what I have said. But clockwise rubbing gently helped my dreads have a smoother round form. I did it for 4 years and my dreads were as strong as the next persons.
I had dreadlocks just as long as you did Taye. If I had kept them they would be 9 years old now. Not having them now does not make me any less experienced.I agree with everything else said here about the things people do that damage their dreads BUT I do believe clockwise rubbing in moderation and gently is helpful for those that do care somewhat on what their dreads look like. Of course you don't NEED it and some peoples hair does great all on its own. It just depends on the person, their hairand what they feel.
Everyone has different wants and different feelings about dreads. While they are spiritual for me I am not as pure as some obviously by not going the natural route. And I am fine with that. I DID over 9 years agotry natural and it was not for me. My hair balls up too much and is impossible to seperate. I had to painfully brush it out and then went with the backcombing/TNR combo method.
I agree natural is a GREAT way to go and awesome for you if it works but I feel everyone here (for the most part) is exclusively pushing natural and that is going to leave some unhappy peopleif it doesn't work out for them.. It IS OK to still want to take care of your head when you have dreads.
I would honestly like to hear from some people that clockwise rubbing GENTLY and not obssessively damaged their dreads. I had nothing but great results with it for 4 years and everytime I stopped for awhile I had wished I had kept up because it kept a nice shape to the dreads without being harmful.
I mean there are videos and information everywhere about what happens with crocheting. And for good reason! Because it REALLY is harmful. But everyone saying clockwise rubbing is bad, have you experienced this? Have you actually done it? Because there is no overload of evidence suggestion it is bad besides everyone assuming it is. Again if it was done roughly and or too much I could see there being a problem. But I am not here to "moderate" what someomne does to their head. Clockwise rubbing was mentioned and I chimed in because I have 4 years good experience with it...
I have been keeping it to myself that I even do it as I figured it would be shot down immediately but I decided as I do with everything else that life is too short and I shouldn't need to hide from people on the internet what I do with my hair!