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the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
03/24/13 02:47:53PM
1,302 posts

How do I fix this dread?


Dread Maintenance

Wish you posted a pic to see exactly how it is joined. I would say to first off, do it when they are wet...use a little force to rip them apart...use a little conditioner in the joining area and work it in, then try to rip...if all else fails, then use a blade or scissors and slowly, gently cut the joining hairs away one at a time. After each little hair snip, try ripping them apart, just do little hairs at a time...it will eventually rip. Peace

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
03/24/13 02:33:59PM
1,302 posts

Fat Little Dridlock!


Help! Save My Dreads

twist & rip, crochet, neglect...these were the methods you used. Has it been a year since you did them? Did you know that the hair is suppose to shrink. I have lost over a 12" of mine and just over a year. Some dreads do not mature until the two year mark, and I think my T&R will fall into this category. I too have the nobs at ends and no worries with it. Your hair was still on its journey, those ends would have changed over time, dreads equals patience.

Maybe, being hard as a rock, you had residue build up in your hair that could have been fixed by using an anti-residue shampoo.

You only ever formed natty dreads you say, well, your journey was not finished yet. Different journeys for different people, different speeds, different loops and nobs, just all different.

By doing crochet, you did change the dynamics of the dreading journey, but doing it once only takes about 6 months for the hair to correct itself, the hook puts you back 6 months. So if you were at the one year mark, you were really at the 6 month mark. No where close to maturity. Gee Meg, wish you posted before you took them out, many members here could have helped you get through it.

If you are thinking of starting over, please, please stay away from the crochet hook. And if your dreads feel tight or just not right, try the anti-residue shampoo, such a quick fix if that is the problem.

Peace to you Meg

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
03/24/13 02:09:36PM
1,302 posts

Prayers


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Martha, we are all thinking of you. Ash, our thoughts are for you also to help you through these difficult times ahead. Reach out and use us to help you through anything. Peace be with you and Gramma Martha

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
03/24/13 02:35:58AM
1,302 posts

I need a hug!


General Talk

Had to come back and give you one more HUG

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
03/24/13 02:35:08AM
1,302 posts

Starting a mess im thinking??


Dread Maintenance

Hi again Ash. First off, don't backcomb the loose ends, everytime you do you will damage the hair, backcombing really isn't that good to do in the first place, and you will also set back your journey everytime you re-do them. Remember...they need to loosen in order to dread.....those loose ends also serve as a drip line for the water to run off. Let the ends do what they want to do. Just WASH & SEPARATE. That is all you gotta do...easy huh.


updated by @the-barrellady: 07/28/15 01:33:38PM
the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
03/24/13 02:20:24AM
1,302 posts

I need a hug!


General Talk

Hugs from Canada also. There are good people out there, please never loose trust in humanity. Be strong for yourself and for your family. It may take time, but you will all be okay. Hugs Hugs Hugs

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
03/23/13 11:42:26PM
1,302 posts

Starting a mess im thinking??


Dread Maintenance

Wash, separate and wear a tam when you go out in public right now if you hate the "sideshow Bob" look. (sorry, your words). . The backcoming must be tight to stand up like that, but with the loosening, and new growth, they will settle down as Soaring Eagle said. You are not having problems with the roots coming undone, newly made sections are suppose to loosen in order to go on their dread journey. Twit & Rip, and backcombing are not dreads, but the blueprints to our future dreads. They still need to go on a journey of looping, zig zagging, loosening, shrinking and maturing into dreads. So please feel no sweat over the changes that will happen to those sections. As long as your scalp is good, then all is well. Just enjoy the ride and the crazy beginning you are having.

Stop twisting, you should never do anything but separate them now. You may cause future damage to your scalp, including hair loss. Peace

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
03/23/13 11:20:25PM
1,302 posts

How did this guy start his locs?


Introduce Yourself

Read his interview:http://guestofaguest.com/new-york/interview/interview-with-john-for...

He uses Aveda shampoo to wash 2 times a week, pricy but the best for him. 18 years of growing natural dreads (7 1/2 of those years in jail)

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
03/23/13 08:57:23PM
1,302 posts

tight dreads


Dread Maintenance

At about 2 months in my twist & rip dreads felt firm, and I thought wow, that's happening fast. But I found out that I had a residue build up by using a shampoo bar that did not like my hard water. When I realized what it might be, I used an anti residue shampoo for a wash and all the build up came out, my sections were no longer firm/tight feeling. Hard water causes many shampoos and soaps to leave behind a residue in locks.

The more you wash, the looser the T&R will get, usually. Peace

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