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the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
04/02/13 03:30:16PM
1,302 posts

Just Starting Out & What To Expect


Dread Maintenance

BLUNTED TIPS: Huh, after all that rambling I forgot this one. I was worried when some of my tips started to blunt and wanted to take them out. Soaring Eagle said to let them be, let those dreads form how they want to form. Nature shall take its course. Unblunted ends are ideal and dry much quicker, as they have a drip line for the water to come off. Blunted/rounded tips take much longer to dry, they hold in the water. However your ends naturally go, just let them be.

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
04/02/13 03:09:41PM
1,302 posts

Just Starting Out & What To Expect


Dread Maintenance

Hi everyone. I thought that I would post some random tips that I have learned over the past year. I started my journey with the twist & rip method, so my tips will be on what I know from my journey. My mind jumps back and forth, so I am sure that my writings will too, so here goes and enjoy my tips etc...

DRYING TIPS:

Use a towel the same color as your hair, dreads love to eat lint, this way the lint will not be as noticeable. Gently pat dry only, don't rub or wrap up hair.

Using a micro fiber towel, like a ShamWow, will drastically reduce the drying time for dreads. It will suck the excess water right out of them, again just pat hair..Micro fiber towels can be found in the Auto Section of stores.

For drying purposes only, it is recommended that the section where it meets the scalp should be no larger than 1 inch or 2.5 cm. Larger sizes, fatties, congos can take days to dry once they are mature and need special care to get them dry or mold can set in. So it is much easier with 1 inch or smaller sections/dreads.

WHAT TO EXPECT WITH T&R SECTIONS:

Twist & rip sections should not be done tightly nor look like braids. The sections you make are not dreads at all, but only the blueprints to where you want your dreads to be. They will go through many changes on their journey. Many of you are worried when they loosen or fall out. They will do that and need to do that in order to mature. When making them, use the method of Twist Rip Rip Rip Twist Rip Rip Rip Twist......

CRAZY SHAPES: To become a mature dread, they will zig zag, loop, knot and do many crazy shapes, It is truly amazing to see this part of the journey. This process slowly feeds the section up and shrinking the hair to become the thickness of where the section meets the scalp. Your scalp section will be the size of your mature dread.

SHRINKAGE: The longer the hair, the more the shrinkage. I started with almost waist length hair and it is now up to my shoulders. Why does this happen? Well, to mature they feed their way up to that scalp section, feeding the hair up as it goes. Loosing hair length is unavoidable, but the reward is beautiful dreads. There is a product called Biotin 6000mcg strength,which can be found in the Vitamin section of your local drug store for under $10. This promotes hair and nail growth. This is especially good for people to take if their hair is under 6" as dreads like 6" hair or longer.

THE DREADED FRIZZIES:There WILL be a time of the frizzies which can not be avoided. This will pass in about a month and varies from person to person. This was the part I did not enjoy. If you need to go out to somewhere special during this time, you can calm down the frizzies with Aloe Vera, it will last for a few hours only.

DREAD SIZE: Your dreads will become the size/thickness of where the hair meets the scalp. This area determines the mature dread. They look much skinner in the beginning, but by the time their journey is finished, they will be that thick.

PALM ROLLING, ROOT ROLLING/RUBBING: Don't do it, don't do it, don't do it. These only damage the hair, there is nothing good about doing it at all.

ROOT AREA: Again, do not do anything to the roots, no rubber bands, no strings, no rubbing, no nothing. This area needs to be loose so that there is no stress on the scalp. Stress=hair loss and thinning dreads. A mature dread can have a loose root area of 1 inch or more. Baby dreads can have a loose root area of 3-4 inches. So never worry that they are loose, that is a good thing.

RUBBER BANDS; Take them out or never use them. Rubber bands can dissolve over time and be fed into the dread. They will be sticky and attract all sorts of lint etc and you don't want that. Bands will also put pressure points on the area that they are and this can damage or weaken the hair in that area. You don't want any breakage of your dread down the road from having weak points.

WRAPPING DREADS; While in the forming stages, it is best to use the criss cross method to wrap. This method still allows the section to go through its journey to become mature, the cross cross does not inhibit the journey as it is not tight. Embroidery thread comes in a hundred or more colours , so have fun if you do this. They will only last for up to a couple of months.

KEEPING EM TIDY: The process of growing mature dreads is messy. Allow it to be. There is no such thing as tidy in the first year.

SEPARATING SECTIONS: As the sections are dreading, they will try to grab onto each other. If you don't keep up on separating them, they will join together and make congos/or really fat dreads. Have a seat, put on the telly, and start to pick up each section to make sure it is not joined by another, if it is, just pull them apart. At the back of your head, due to sleeping, you may have to do this often, but otherwise, try to do it only weekly or every two weeks during the first few months so as not to disturb the knotting process. If your hair mats together easily, then just do this more often.

DREADS FORMING ON ONE SIDE FASTER: Your sleeping patterns may cause your hair to knot faster on one side, or one area. If you only sleep on your back, then the back section will knot up form the tossing and turning and will dread faster there. It may even need more separating there too. If you only sleep on one side, you will notice the difference too. Try using a pillow behind your back and flip to the other side. I ended up having to sleep on the couch for a couple of weeks so I would not roll over to my normal side, and it worked! Don't worry, they will all catch up in time.

WATER TYPE: There is hard water & soft water. Soaring Eagle has a map on the site to help you find out what kind you have in your area. Soaps and shampoos work well with soft water, and they rinse out well. Many products can be used with the soft water, like Dr.Bronners. Now if you have hard water, that is another story. Dr. Bronners does not rinse out well and will leave a residue buildup, many soaps will also. Vickie from Dreadlockshampoo.com has made wonderful products with hard water in mind. There is no build up in the hair and they work fantastic. NOT ALL DREAD SHAMPOO or DREAD SOAP BRANDS ARE CREATED EQUAL, NOT ALL WILL RINSE OUT PROPERLY WITH HARD WATER. So be aware, even though it is advertized as a dread shampoo, it might still leave a residue.

WASHING HAIR: Dreads are clean and should never be dirty, Many people out there have a misconception that dreads are dirty. Well shut my mouth and call me Sally, where did they come up with this nonsense! In the beginning try washing your hair every 2-3 days, they will dread quicker this way. There is a fantastic home remedy you can use, I used this for most of my first year: Mix 1/2 cup (.24 liters) of baking soda (BS) to 5 cups (1.18 liter) of water.... Shake and pour on wet scalp...shake the bottle mixture, not your body...Leave it to sit on scalp for 10-20 minutes, then rinse out well...This will exfoliate the scalp and dead skin without scrubbing, but if you want to scrub with your fingertips, then go ahead....So now that you rinsed out the BS, you are going to safely condition the hair and restore the PH...Mix 1-2 capfuls of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) to 5 cups of water...pour on head and rinse out right away or within one minute. If left on longer, it can over condition the hair and cause knotting to slip out. If your hair is very oily, you might only need to use the ACV every couple of weeks, as your natural scalp oil is restoring the hairs PH. Use trial and error to find out how often your oily hair will need the ACV rinse. For people with non oily hair, the ACV is important after using BS, as the BS can dry out and fry out your hair over time, you will not notice it right away. I did the mistake of not always using it and my hair was getting very dry. Hair should be soft. *If you have hard water, purchase a large water bottle from the grocery store or water place, I purchase cooler size, and use that for your 5 cups water for mixing your BS into, it does not dissolve properly with hard water, then rinse with your regular shower water*

RESIDUE BUILDUP: How to tell if you have this, well, if your newly forming sections feel hard in the first year, you probably have buildup. Use a anti-residue shampoo to remove the residues. I have used Neutrogena and have had much success. *These should only be used 3 or 4 times a year due to the harshness"

SEA SALT SPRAYS: Using a sea salt spray helps to lock up the hair faster. If you live by the ocean, all the better, go for a dip and then rinse out hair. For those of us who can't do this, bring the sea salt to you. Mix sea salt (not table salt) with water in a spray bottle, the salt should be about 3.5% of the ratio of water. Spay it on your hair, not scalp, and leave it on for no more than two hours, as it can dry out the hair. Now just go wash your hair however you do. Vickie also sells Himalayan Sea Salt Spray for $15. For your own home made mixture, you can purchase sea salt form grocery stores, health food stores, bulk food stores and even from Fish stores that sell live fish, they use it for their sea salt aquariums.

ESSENTIAL OILS: These will be your best friend. When you purchase them, make sure they are 100% essential oils. These can be used to combat dry scalp, dry hair, bugs, mold...the list goes on. Here is a link to Soaring Eagles list of essential oils and their uses. http://www.dreadlockssite.com/forum/topics/essential-oils-for-dreads-and-scalp-health

LICE: Don't feel bad if you get those little buggers. Easy to happen if you have school age kids. Lice does NOT mean you are dirty. You do not have to cut off you locks. S. E. has a fantastic remedy for this, so keep smiling, he will help you out.

CAN YOU TAKE OUT DREADS: Should you ever decide down the road that dreads are not for you anymore, YES, you can take them out. It will take time, and plenty of hair conditioner or oils, but slowly your can unknot the hair. Give yourself a few days to get them all done. Now, if you used the crochet method, then you will not have much hair left, when you undo the sections, all the broken hairs will fall to the ground and you will have not much hair left. You can't reverse what the hook method does.

PATIENCE: Ahh....the best friend we need through the journey of growing dreads. The journey can't be rushed, it is not the same time frame for all. My hair has some mature locks underneath, the rest is still messy looking, some sections still have many 'fingers' coming off the ends of them. Some other members on this site have locked and mature dreads on their entire heads at one year. Some members hair is still going through the journey at 2 years. ...What I am trying to point out is don't sweat it...your dreads will be finished when they are finished.

HOW TO GROW DREADS..WHAT SHOULD I DO...: Okay, so you will keep your dreads clean, you will separate the sections when need...and guess what?...that's it...you will now sit back and go for one of the most awesome rides of your life. Embrace the journey, awaken your inner soul and allow all the feelings to swallow you up. You will be a changed person by the time your locks are mature.

I rambled on long enough, I hope that this helps some of you new members out...Peace to all of you & enjoy your journey, The Barrel Lady


updated by @the-barrellady: 02/14/15 12:26:06PM
the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
04/02/13 01:21:46PM
1,302 posts

I need some help and advice please!


General Questions

You did not slow down your process at all. Did you know that doing the twist & rip slows it down, the quickest way is free form/ neglect/ natural. So you are fine, you are okie dokie.

I am not sure if you can miss the ACV altogether, maybe only use it once every two weeks? Baking Soda dries out the hair over time, not right away, so you may not notice that your PH balance is off.

Here is a good drying tip for you, actually I have two: use a towel the same colour as your hair, dreads love to eat towel lint, so it will not be so noticeable if it is the same as your hair colour. As your sections start becoming dreads, the drying process takes longer. I use a micro fiber towel, like a ShamWow, to absorb the excess water out of my hair. This cuts down on the drying time :)

Peace

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
04/02/13 01:04:36PM
1,302 posts

I need some help and advice please!


General Questions

The ACV should only be in for no more than 1 minute, you can even rinse it out right away after pouring on your head. ACV is a conditioner, so I think you may be overconditioning which caused them to slip out so quickly. If you have pretty oily hair, then you really only have to use ACV once a week, or once every couple of weeks, see what works best for you. Try using one capful instead of two capfuls on you silky oily hair.

Your natural scalp oil will balance the PH in your hair, so after using the BS, you don't need to always use ACV.

You may want to adjust your ratios also:

mix 1/2 cup of baking soda to 5 cups water (doing this weaker will not exfoliate the scalp)

Mix 1 capful of ACV to 5 cups water

Peace

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
04/02/13 12:46:14PM
1,302 posts

I need some help and advice please!


General Questions

Welcome again. Yes it is normal, I actually just left you a comment to expect that to happen. The T&R sections are your blueprints to your sections only, they are not dreads. They will loosen or fall out in the beginning and then start their journey of dreading.

You are just fine....Peace

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
04/02/13 12:31:13PM
1,302 posts

Thickening Process


General Questions

Hi Mike. Did you mean you are wondering how long to expect to wait for your dreads to fatten up? If so, well, I can tell you it is different for everyone. Within 1-2 years your dreads will shrink and form to the size of the root section.

The journey certainly teaches us all about patience...Peace

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
04/02/13 12:05:31PM
1,302 posts

I LOVE MY HAIR.. NO MATTER WHAT !


General Talk

Some peoples hair is meant to have dreads, it certainly sounds like you are one of them.. Rock on with your journey...Peace

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
04/01/13 05:41:31PM
1,302 posts

Heavy Heart :(


Life Issues Facing Dreads

Boy do I know what you mean. My husband, who is completely bald, loved to caress my long silky hair when it was undreaded. He hates my decision to have dreadlocks for the rest of my life. Has he gotten use to them yet, not sure, but as much as I love him, I don't care. My body, my decision. After 21 years of marriage, he knows I won't budge, and more importantly, he knows not to ask me to. Husbands and wives don't have to agree on everything, that is life, Ying & Yang. I know that when my dreads are finally mature, he will see the beauty of them. (He is not a visionary kind of guy)...When his co-workers see my dreads and tell him I AM SEXY, that will be his turning point..you know, that guy thing with the hot chick in the room.

If he wants to be an asshole for awhile, so what...sometimes we are bitches for awhile. The Macho in him is coming out, so what again...in time he will get use to them....maybe a short time...maybe a long time.

I am sure there are many on this site who have experienced your same remarks, just hang in there and be true to yourself. You are You, He is Him. Just be YOURSELF....Peace

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
04/01/13 05:08:03PM
1,302 posts

Henna Color??


Introduce Yourself

Hi Meagan, I don't dye my dreads, but here is a link to a group for dyed dreads. You will find tips and help from others who love to dye....Peace

http://www.dreadlockssite.com/group/dyeddreadheads?xg_source=activity

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
04/01/13 04:54:12PM
1,302 posts

David Hinds


General Questions

Thanks for sharing Tim.

Tim said:

Its hard to remember exactly, but I did not wash often in winter is all I can remember. It would have taken days to really dry properly. I had eight dreads in total at that stage, so washing regime is much different to the usual every three days or so, the drying time of large dreads is the main factor to consider.

peace

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