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the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
02/26/13 03:57:16PM
1,302 posts

Newly Backcombed and Waxed Dreads opinions.


Dreading Methods

I do not recommend using wax and then cutting off the semi hard sections down the road. Cutting a dread will cause it to blunt at the end instead of having loose wisps. Those wisps are the drip lines to our locks which allow the water to drip off & out of the dread. Blunted tips are round, flat, fat, etc and have no drip lines, they take so many more hours to dry when mature can take over 24 hours. This can cause mold inside the dread if it is wet when sleeping or wearing a hat/tam. Drip lines help.....

StarseedSpacedread said:

Unlike most people on this website, I'm going to tell you that wax is OK, just only use a little and only one or two applications ever. If you use to much and/or apply more than a few times, you will see slow progress in maturing as well as nasty dry wax residue in your hair. Wax is fine when starting just to keep them together. Just by washing regularly it will mostly get out, but they will still be semi hard on the inside of the dread, that wont go away until you trim those parts off. Now when it comes to backcombing, your fine, it was a good method just like twist and rip or neglect. Bad news, I see your sectioning is a grid pattern which is bad, it needs to be an offset grid pattern so the dreads fall into the right place next to each other, not on each other. The bad sectioning is reason to comb them out and start over, everything else is all good.

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
02/26/13 03:49:36PM
1,302 posts

Newly Backcombed and Waxed Dreads opinions.


Dreading Methods

Starseed is right about the placement of your sections. The scalp lines you see are rows, you may want to stagger them, like brickwork.

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
02/26/13 03:46:51PM
1,302 posts

Newly Backcombed and Waxed Dreads opinions.


Dreading Methods

How can dreads that are semi hard on the inside ever mature, they can't shrink & do their own thing? A person has their own choice to use or not to use wax, but they should be aware of the future problems, not told that it is okay, because really it is not, sorry Starseed. If you want dreads for a year or two, then what the shit, go for it if you want, but if you want dreads for life, YOU CAN NOT USE WAX.

Dip your finger in melted candle wax, now dip in water...does it get wet?...NO...so having this inside your semi hard dread will not allow your locks to wash properly. Lint will stick to it...If a bead of water gets stuck in the wax, it will stay there, turn to mold and smell like funk. Have you ever smelled waxed dreads, I have and some of them STINK, that is why some people think dreads are nasty...from that smell. It will not mostly come out with regular washing, it is wax!!!

Nothing is cleaner and fresher than natural dreads.

StarseedSpacedread said:

Unlike most people on this website, I'm going to tell you that wax is OK, just only use a little and only one or two applications ever. If you use to much and/or apply more than a few times, you will see slow progress in maturing as well as nasty dry wax residue in your hair. Wax is fine when starting just to keep them together. Just by washing regularly it will mostly get out, but they will still be semi hard on the inside of the dread, that wont go away until you trim those parts off. Now when it comes to backcombing, your fine, it was a good method just like twist and rip or neglect. Bad news, I see your sectioning is a grid pattern which is bad, it needs to be an offset grid pattern so the dreads fall into the right place next to each other, not on each other. The bad sectioning is reason to comb them out and start over, everything else is all good.

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
02/26/13 03:34:51PM
1,302 posts

Well water, hot water tanks


Dread Maintenance

I should have stated that aluminum anode rods are recommended in hot water tanks which use well water. The aluminum does not react to the minerals in the water.

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
02/26/13 03:32:22PM
1,302 posts

Well water, hot water tanks


Dread Maintenance

I just learned something today which may have been affecting the speed of my dreading process & success of washes/rinses. I have well water which is softened before it reaches my hot water tank. Hot water tanks have a magnesium anode rod inside of it, and if you are on well water the magnesium counter reacts with the minerals in the well water. I get a faint rotten egg smell when hot water is used, and sometimes faint grey water which runs out of the taps. This tank less than 1 1/2 years old and I only noticed the problem since this one was installed, but I thought it was our well water only. Turns out the well water is just a part of the puzzle. I am getting the rod replaced with an aluminum anode rod which should correct the problem.

I wonder if my dreads will calm down now, they still look wild, really wild at just about 1 year old. Will the soap/shampoo/or baking soda rinse out better? Will the dreads weight differently without the added minerals from the rod? Will they feel different? This will be interesting to see what happens. Give me a couple of weeks after the rod has been changed & I will post the results.

Namaste' my fellow dreadies


updated by @the-barrellady: 07/31/15 09:26:04AM
the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
02/26/13 01:51:03PM
1,302 posts

Baking soda vs. dreads shampoo...


Dread Maintenance

For the apple cider vinegar, mix 1 capful to 5 cups/1.18 liters of water & leave on for only 1-2 minutes. You said you diluted the ACV, but you may have still used too much, so your hair was getting too conditioned. :)

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
02/26/13 01:37:03PM
1,302 posts

% 1/2 MONTH UPDATE!!!!!! Coles Patient Journey In the comments!!!


Member Journals and Timelines

Wow, you look like you are having the time of your life on your beautiful journey.

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
02/26/13 01:30:13PM
1,302 posts

Loops?


General Questions

Wondering why hair does not dread when not trying: A few reasons why hair does not dread if you have not combed it in years is the care that you took to them. Our fingers have natural body oil, so when we touch our hair, we leave behind some oils, so any knots that may try to form would fall out. Most, if not almost all, shampoos have oils & chemicals & such in them that make hair silky. This coats the hairs, preventing knotting to happen. When normal hair gets washed, the head is scrubbed all over, & sometimes conditioner is used. For forming dreads, they should be washed with little or no touching to prevent removing any knotting process, that is why the baking soda wash is recommended when first starting.

So there you are, just a few reasons why.... I am sure there are more.

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
02/26/13 01:21:27PM
1,302 posts

Semi-mature dreads feeling softer


Dread Maintenance

Heather on this site recommends the bar Seanik from LUSH if you want their products. It is for mature & dry hair/dreads. I am going at the end of this week for that one, and for another she recommended for baby & oily locs called Jumping Juniper. Send Heather a message and ask her how your bar is for dreads, she has probably tried them all.

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
02/26/13 01:16:39PM
1,302 posts

Semi-mature dreads feeling softer


Dread Maintenance

Probably the palm rolling is breaking the hairs all over, so now all those little hairs are popping/sticking out and gives it the fuzzy look.

What is tonic? Is it tonic water as in a gin & tonic?

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