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the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
02/12/13 11:34:09PM
1,302 posts

help with dreadlock accelerators?


General Questions

Hi Olivia. Don't worry, don't worry, don't worry. I am at my 11 month mark and a few of my dreads are still mid way down my back and most are above my shoulders. Some sections have barely dreaded at all, but they will.....so will yours. I also found that the larger sections did form faster, and that's okay, I can wait. Smaller dreads add dimension and variation, it gives more of a natural look. Don't combine because of time, just wait. If you do combine, please keep in mind that the section where it meets the scalp should not be any larger than a 25 cent coin. The larger sizes take longer to dry and are heavier as they mature.

As for an accelerator, make sure you are washing 2-3 times a week, it speeds up the dread process

Cheers, & happy dreading

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
02/12/13 12:06:34AM
1,302 posts

The Demon Drink


General Questions

Turn your thoughts around and volunteer to be the designated driver when out with friends. It may be easier not to have the first drink if you know that you have the responsibility of your friends.

Being aware is a huge step, it makes you take notice more. Peace


updated by @the-barrellady: 07/23/15 05:20:40AM
the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
02/11/13 11:55:09PM
1,302 posts

To Comb or Not to Comb? Opinions?


Introduce Yourself

Hi Mego. Being only 4 months in, restarting is a great idea, that way you know all the wax is out. This site is great isn't it, so much to learn. Now you know the only thing you need to do is wash and separate the sections to keep them from joining together. If you don't like the size of the natural sections forming, make them into skinnier ones. That's it!

You will enjoy and appreciate the next set, happy dreading

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
02/11/13 11:43:29PM
1,302 posts

South Jersey


General Questions

If you choose to go to a salon, be aware they will probably use wax and perhaps a hook to crochet.

Wax WlLL hold in smells, cause staining on pillow cases and cloths (shoulders), and hold in pockets of water, causing mold to set in.

Crochet method by salons breaks hundreds of hairs pulling the hook through the hair several times. In the long run it will amount to dreads breaking off due to all the broken hairs. Like the weakest link in a chain.

Whatever way you do go, look up all the pros and cons. The pros to natural or twist & rip is that they are free, clean, won't stain clothes and will last a life time if wanted. The only con is that they take time.

Dreads in the first few months should be washed every 2-3 days, if a salon tells you not to wash for weeks(and ask before they start), just remember that unwashed dreads are nasty and stinky.

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
02/11/13 11:34:42PM
1,302 posts

Hi :)


Introduce Yourself

Oh yes, and wash every 2-3 days the first few months. This speeds up the dreading process. Make sure to rinse well, let the water flow right off those dreads. :)

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
02/11/13 11:05:16PM
1,302 posts

Hi :)


Introduce Yourself

Hi Rachel, glad you found this great site for growing healthy dreads. There are many sites out there that want you to spend money on their products, It is not necessary to do this. Free form dreads are the most beautiful, free flowing and characteristic.

Tips that I know for beginners: Watch the video on this site to learn how to do twist & rip. Your arm will be tired, so do it over a few days if you don't have a friend to help. Don't do them tight, as this is only a starter method for separating the hair. The T&R need to loosen up in order to dread. Your dread will be the section size where it meets the scalp. The T&R will be skinnier, but fatten up as the dread shrinks into maturity. I do not know how long your hair is to start, but the longer the hair, the more shrinkage. Mine started at waist length and after 11 months, most are above my shoulder. Didn't see that coming!

It is recommended to first wash with the baking soda recipe found on this site. The reason for this is that it is a no rubbing wash system, so you will not be disturbing the beginning of the dreading process. 1/2 cup baking soda to 5 cups water works for just about all. For drying, I learned that using a micro fiber towel/Shamwow towel takes hours off my drying time, as I do not like to use blow dryers. (Use cool setting on blow dryer only if using)

Let your hair naturally separate for a couple of weeks before you twist & rip. Divide any sections thinner if wanted. Never larger than a 25cent coin, as they take longer to dry and will be heavier in the long run.

Dreads should not get stiff during the first few months, if they do, then you probably have a washing residue in the dreads. Use an anti residue shampoo on the dreads if this happens, but it should not be used more than 3 times a year, as it is strong, but works great. Dreads are a learning process.

Invest or make yourself a tam. The hair goes through very messy stages during the first year of the dreading process. Sometimes you will have the need to cover up the mess when you get groceries etc. Some days I did not care, other days I had the witch look, so I just covered them up.

Above all else, give yourself a 5 year view on what you want your dreads to look like. Have expectations that to get that look will take time. Don't give in to wax or anything else to falsely give the look of dreads sooner. With patience, patience and patience you will have beautiful dreads that will last a lifetime. Family and friends may give looks or comments during the first few months, brush it off with the knowledge that you will soon have amazing locks.

All the best to you, welcome

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
02/11/13 10:44:25PM
1,302 posts

HELP, removing dreadlocks :(


Dreads Hair and Scalp Health

Hi Taylor, sorry dreads did not work out for you. The stuff in your hair if definitely residue from your hair care products you were using. Those of us that have hard water need to watch which products we use. To remove your dreads you need lots of conditioner or oils, a comb and time. Be good to your arms and take a few days if needed to work out the dreads. Start from the bottom of dread and work your way up in slow layers, eventually you will get them all out. If you need to use a lot of oil during the process, when they are all out treat yourself to a dawn dish soap wash after to remove the excess oils or conditioner. All the best to you

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
02/11/13 12:00:56AM
1,302 posts

McAllister's Twist and Rip timeline!!


Member Journals and Timelines

Hey there Alex. I have learned from this site that dreads should not be any larger than a 25 cent coin/ or 1 inch thick at the base of the scalp. Anything larger will be heavier when mature and take many hours longer to dry, heavy dreads can also cause headaches. There is a video on this site by Baba Fats that shows how to separate dreads into smaller ones, or at 4 months along, take em out and start again. It looks like your hair wants to separate into smaller pieces. Other than the size, they are forming & shrinking quickly.

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
02/10/13 09:39:44PM
1,302 posts

Out of the shadows...


Introduce Yourself

Yep, you should be washing every 2-3 days. At least your hair is sectioned so let them be. All you need to do is keep them clean and separate any that join together. What you have now will loosen first and then start dreading. So if you want natural dreads, you get to save your money. Happy times

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
02/10/13 04:29:31PM
1,302 posts

would wraps help?


Dread Maintenance

Adding beads seems to encourage knotting also. You can join two smaller dreads together this way too.

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