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the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
02/06/13 09:25:14PM
1,302 posts

Dreads!


Introduce Yourself

Hi Jonathan, welcome to this wonderful site. I am constantly looking at photos on this site and reading about their journey. People who started with curly hair and let it free form all by itself get the quickest awesome looking dreads. Curly hair already has spiral forms, so let it lock up by itself. You are luck, you have a head start on many of us.

Just remember to keep it clean, read the dreaducation tab for great tips. Enjoy

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
02/06/13 09:18:12PM
1,302 posts

Took my dreads out, and hair is super thin, want my dreads back


General Questions

Hi Jecca, Sorry, what do you mean by bring impatient on trying to combine your dreads? Were they too thin that your wanted to join two or more together? If this is the case, and it happens in the future again, try wrapping two together with embroidery thread, eventually they will join. I guess your hair thinned out by taking out the dreads? When starting again, just make sure on the width of the section where it begins at the scalp. They say no larger than a quarter coin in size for easy to manage dreads. Your thinned out hair will fill back in, so the quarter size section will get more hairs inside of it when they start to grow. No need to wait, start all over again now if it is what you want. Different lengths is okay, it will not be as noticeable as you think because the forming dread feeds up higher, shrinking as it goes. Good luck on your restart

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
02/06/13 08:42:37PM
1,302 posts

My Trials and Errors.


Introduce Yourself

Clean dreads are happy dreads, glad you found out about the taboos of wax and Knotty boy. Take advantage of this wonderful site, ask any questions and use the dreaducation and search tabs at the top of the page. Welcome and enjoy your journey.

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
02/06/13 08:34:17PM
1,302 posts

Life in Color (super awesome giant paint party)


General Questions

It does sound freaking awesome, you are going to have such a blast. When it is time to wash it all off, shower first and rinse your dreads until the water seems to be clear, then soak in the tub for a long time, head under water.... If the water needs changing, do so...at the end, shower off once more. Just to be sure, do the same thing for your next hair wash. Let us know how the fun was

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
02/06/13 08:28:34PM
1,302 posts

dreads...


Introduce Yourself

Crunchy Mummy, glad you found this site like I did, it does a world of help. The width of your dreads, no matter on how they are started, when mature will be the width of the section where it meets the scalp. They will slowly loop and shrink, becoming thicker. Dreads formed by T&R or backcombing will need to loosen on their own first in order to dread, that is the process, so they will not look how they do right now. Formed dreads will also go through a frizz stage in the beginning. I would leave the rest of your hair to free form dreads, all hair will do it naturally, just use patience. No comb, no conditioners or gels....read the dreaducation page at the top for fantastic tips. Whatever your decision, they will look great, enjoy

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
02/05/13 08:25:02PM
1,302 posts

Promoting/accelerating dread process


General Questions

Well hi there. Natural dreads = patience, lots of it. You are already worried at only 9 days in...to little time...too much worries. The hair is going through a separating process right now, not dreading yet. Around the face and hairline and ears, we tend to be more oily, so the hair there does not dread as fast as the rest, sometimes it may not even dread there. Do the baking soda wash as others suggested, washing 2-3 times a week in the beginning. At the end of your shower, rinse your hair in as cold water as you can take, this process closes the pores on the scalp, slowing down the time hair gets oily. You are just starting out, so when your hair sections, make sure that they are no larger than a quarter/25 cent coin at the scalp- your scalp section is the width your mature dread will be. If they are larger, divide into smaller sections. Anything larger than this size will eventually cause long term problems being: weight, long drying time, higher chance of mold if they do not dry properly due to the thickness. If you want fat dreads, that's cool, just be aware of problems. This will be a long journey that I hope you enjoy along the way. Remember, no worries, just let them be. Welcome

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
02/05/13 06:22:36PM
1,302 posts

Introduction and newbie questions


Introduce Yourself

Greetings to Australia from Canada. Your journey process will teach you that you can no longer be a control freak about your hair. It will do its' own thing. Like Taye, I also started with hair your length, 11 months later, most are above my shoulders. Your hair will NOT look anything like the micro braids you would like to try out. Have a 5 year vision for what you want your dreads to look like, they will not look like that for at least the first year, probably two, especially with super long hair. Mature dreads will become the thickness of the section by the scalp, the hair slowly feeds itself up and forms the dread. Be prepared for loops, bumps and shrinkage. Straight hair usually takes longer to dread, so photos you see on here of people who started with curly hair and have dreads within a year is unrealistic for our type. Being as controlling as you are about your hair, if you don't like the look, you can still take them out even when they are two years old. Have the vision though and you will love them.

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
02/02/13 07:31:12PM
1,302 posts

baby dreads remove wax


Dread Maintenance

Sorry to hear they used wax, nothing should ever be added. Words of wisdom, wax, gels, lotions etc., even when used once, will attract dirt, lint and stuff into the center of the dread. They will also trap water droplets and cause mold and smells. Please never cover your hair in the shower, scalp gunk, dandruff and dirt need to be washed out of your dreads. Let them be free, wiggle them around in the shower and watch the droplets fall off. Wash hair every 2-3 times a week in the beginning, read the dreaducation page at the top of the site for cool tips on hair care.Lucky you found this site and can start ya new beginning of healthy dreads that will last a lifetime. Lesson: $50 Dreads: $ priceless

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
02/02/13 07:21:03PM
1,302 posts

Pomade in the early days.


Dread Maintenance

Unfortunately even once is too much when using products in dreads, but at least you are only 4 1/2 months in, easier to get it out. If pomade, gels, wax or anything else like those are used, even once, it causes problems down the road. Things like lint, dust, etc will attach to the dread & work its way in, can't wash it out because it is glued in. These products also trap water droplets inside the dread, causing smells, mold and just plain funk. Glad you asked here for help. The DAWN dish soap will take you a few times probably, but you will notice the difference right away. Please don't stop at one time, you want to make sure that it is all out from the center. Give yourself a treat after the second attempt and after rinsing it out in the shower, fill the tub & let yourself & dreads soak underwater for about 20 minutes. They will enjoy floating around and more of the soap & pomade will work its way out during the hair dance. Enjoy the changes along the way

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
02/02/13 03:52:17AM
1,302 posts

Free Dread Kit


Dreading Methods

New to dreads? Want to dread? Don't quite know how to start? Visit the dread shop tab at the top of this site for your free dread kit. Everything you will need ! Worked for me.


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