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the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
02/15/13 01:55:22AM
1,302 posts

My new dreads


Introduce Yourself

Hi Mat, welcome to this wonderful site. As a new one here, I recommend reading the dreaducation page, tab found at the top, to find all shorts of wonderful tips on how to care for your dreads. It is good to see that you did not twist tightly, as they need to be loose in order to start the dreading process. Sections where they meet the scalp should be no larger than 1 inch or a 25 cent coin, this is because they take longer to dry:up to 24 hours, and also get heavy as they grow. That is why S.E. is asking how big the section is.

With long hair, you will have plenty of shrinkage, so be prepared for that. A guide to healthy life long dreads: no crochet hooks or felting, no wax, no wax and no wax. don't retwist or rebackcomb and careful what you wash with, as regular shampoos leave behind a residue which will build up inside your locks.

Enjoy your journey & all the crazy things your hair will do in the first year. Happy Dreading & Cheers,

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
02/15/13 12:12:45AM
1,302 posts

Covering up for work,,,


General Questions

You have nice long hair. Try cutting off a long sleeve from a shirt and slip it over your head. I use this while wood working. No holes to worry about

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
02/15/13 12:08:17AM
1,302 posts

About a foot of loose ends


Dread Maintenance

If your dreads are on the early stages of their journey, then it is the twist & rip doing it's thing. They loosen, sometimes fall out, and then start the magic of dreading.

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
02/14/13 11:14:32PM
1,302 posts

About a foot of loose ends


Dread Maintenance

How long have you had your dreads for?

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
02/14/13 11:05:37PM
1,302 posts

Matted dreads at the back


Help! Save My Dreads

Hi Alanah. The back of the head does get really messy during the dreading process. The back rubs on pillows, car seat rests, backs of couches and scarves & tams rub on that section. When this constant friction happens, a knotted mess is made. Mine was also messy back there, but was the first area to start to really show true dreads, not the original formed twist & rip. I would recommend separating any joined hairs or dreads on a daily basis in this area.

I see that you sometimes use a crochet hook to keep it tidy. Did you know that twist & rip dreads need to loosen, loop and knot to turn into mature dreads. Those loops are necessary, so if you are using the hook, you are reversing the process. Hooks break hairs in the dreads, if you are still using it, you may find that one day dreads will start breaking off into your hand due to the broken hairs. A chain is strong, but have a weak link in it and it becomes weak, same with dreads.

Palm rolling is useless and damaging, you won't see the damage right away, but it happens every time you roll the dreads. You do maintenance and still don't like the look, the only maintenance you need to do is regular washing and separating the dreads, that's it, easy huh! Get use to the messy look for the next few months or stay away from a mirror. Be easy on your dreads and you will have healthy hair for a lifetime.

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
02/13/13 06:25:35PM
1,302 posts

Beautiful Wild Uncontrolled Freeform Natural Organic Dreadlocks!


Dreadlock Styles and Dread Styling

Thanks for sharing. I love the look of organic dreads, they each have their own original beauty and years of stories.

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
02/13/13 06:19:02PM
1,302 posts

No Longer A DreadHead


Introduce Yourself

Hi again Mego. We will all be here for you when you decide to restart the journey, wax free of course. You'll be off to a great start from all the dreadie knowledge your learned from here. All the best

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
02/13/13 03:32:48PM
1,302 posts

dreadlocks and how they change you


Member Journals and Timelines

Hi Tyler. Very touching that you hugged each and every lock after they left your body. When at any other time would we ever hug our cut off hairs? They are a part of us with the history. May you keep your spiritual peace in the next chapter of your young life.

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
02/13/13 01:10:21AM
1,302 posts

So sick of people bashing the natural method. I have begun to voice my opinion.


Dreading Methods

Very dignified and well said. Your future will hold long & healthy dreads that sway with the summer breeze.

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
02/12/13 11:42:38PM
1,302 posts

help with dreadlock accelerators?


General Questions

I should add that when doing the twist & rip method, they need to loosen before they start their journey, so your sections take one step back before dreading. On the other hand, free form/neglect method section on their own and then start to dread/shrink etc., no step back. So T&R take longer. You are only at 3 months and are doing just fine. I found that on mine (I also did T&R), the skinner sections were just made a little tighter than the larger sizes, so that is why they are taking longer to dread...perhaps that is how yours are too. But remember, no worries, they will loosen in time.

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