Welcome to the community. Your WHOO HOOO!! put a smile on my face. How excited I bet almost each and everyone of us got when we too saw our first dread action. Enjoy the rest of your journey...Peace
Teisha, you should do an ACV rinse after using baking soda, otherwise the BS will slowly fry, dry out the hair and it is not noticeable at first. ACV balances the hairs PH and is also a safe conditioner for forming dreads. ACV is not necessary after every BS wash for people with naturally oily hair and scalp, once every week or two might be okay. Hope this helps....Peace
Teisha smith said:
I just do the bs rinse so far haven't done the acv rinse yet but I'm going to next wash coz my scalp is so itchy still, can I add the same oils to the acv rinse as I did the bs rinse ? (:
Do you know that instead of hiding under hats you will carry your mature dreads with pride. Strangers will stop you just to say how beautiful your dreads are. Your mindset has already changed for the better, you will forever after embrace your hair. Kind of like the glass is half full or half empty, all depends how you look at it...Peace
I used the baking soda and ACV rinse for a year until I bought dread shampoo. Regular shampoos will leave a residue in your hair, and many of them have built in conditioners which will undo knots. If you are purchasing in the near future from Dreadlock Shampoo, then I highly recommend the Himalayan Sea Salt Spray to help lock your hair. I have the Dragons Blood and love it......Peace
Hi Jackie, dreads will certainly suit you. Take the time to go through the dreaducation pages at the top of this site. Almost all your answers will be up there, plus more! I am writing a bit here, so if someone else posts before I finish & I repeat anything, forgive me.
Your sections are now the blueprints to your future dreads, you will now be on an awesome journey. Those sections you made will now need to loosen. To loosen they must be free to move, so take out the bands, they will damage the hair by their pressure points... if they are rubber, the warm water when you wash will start to turn them to glue and get stuck in your hair...use beads instead. It is recommended to wash every 2-3 days, clean hair dreads faster, oily hair causes knots to slip out. The size of your mature dread will be the same size as where that section meets the scalp. To get to that size, they will zig and zag, and loop, and shrink, and it becomes a dread. Oh yes, you will go through a frizzy stage, do not worry, we all go through that with twist & rip etc. You really do not want to re-twist, you will stop the progress every time if you do, and even set back time again.
Oh yes, your ends you say look matted not dreaded. Those ends will not be dreads for a long time. They are the drip lines for water after you wash, so never worry about them, they will do their own thing and each one will be different and on their own time.
Dreads really should not have a braided look, you may want to take those ones out, and twist & rip should never be done tight. Sorry sore arms.
So you do not fix roots, you just wash and separate any trying to join together. Any playing with them will set back time on your journey. Now just sit back and watch the fun begin.....Peace
Also look into the Baking Soda (BS), apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinse. This is a fantastic scalp exfoliating wash, you can scrub your scalp with your fingertips if you want, or just let it sit in and not scrub, it still works either ways.
Mix half a cup of BS to 5 cups water, pour on wet scalp and let it sit for 10-20 minutes, then rinse well.....next mix 1-2 capfuls of ACV into 5 cups of water, pour on scalp and rinse off right away or within one minute. The ACV serves as a safe conditioner and also balances the hair PH from using the BS wash. I did this wash for the entire first year and it works like a charm. You can add essential oils into the BS wash for added aroma and repair remedies, like dry scalp etc.
I now use the Dreadlock Shampoo after 1 year of forming my dreads, but still use the BS ACV once every two weeks. For myself, I preferred the shampoo over the dreadlock bar. Will use a bar when my locks are mature.
The kinks are just the beginning. You will get kinks, loops, zig zags and shrinkage all over. As they shrink they will become the thickness of the scalp area on that section. Some community members have dreads under a year, some take two years. So as Baba Fats said, it is a crapshoot. However long it takes for you, just enjoy the funky ride it will take you on. Peace
Except for neglect:free form dreads, all methods of making sections must loosen up in order to turn into a dread. You turned back the clock by using a hook on your sections to tighten them. Never tighten dreads or retighten or anything, just let them be. That is the dread journey. If you want dreads for life, please do not use a hook on them again.
Read this link on hooks: http://www.dreadlockssite.com/forum/topics/crochet-dreads-recovery-more
Part of growing dreads is the journey itself. Embrace the changes, the funkiness, the crazyness. All of this changes us within, we become a deeper person with inner growth. Sit back, enjoy the ride, and let them be. Peace
If I noticed just a few sticking out of my dreads and it is clearly the hair follicle, then, if I could safely snip that tip off with sharp scissors, then I would. If it sticks out further, then why not snip the white tip off. I am sure that other members will disagree with that, but anyways, yeah, that is what I would do with the ones that were bothering me, the rest I wouldn't give a shit about. No hair pulling out, which is a no no, but just a little snip. My hair is speckled with gray, so hair follicles are not noticeable to me, but I can understand how it would bother some of you,...But as others say "they will get sucked in". I find the entire journey a wonderfully huge fastening experience to see what Caucasian hair can do....Peace
You've been dreading and didn't even know it, what a pleasant surprise for you. In regards to separating, if you need to do it daily in the beginning, then go for it. Just keep the sections from joining onto others, eventually you will not need to do it as often. I had to do it daily in the beginning too. Peace