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the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
03/19/13 05:51:12AM
1,302 posts

DRYING QUERY


General Questions

Good day, I don't know if that will cause a problem with your roots when you shake, but I think that the head banging to shake off water may be to forceful and that is why you feel some of the hairs pulling at your roots. I hang my head upside down and sway it side to side, and stay that way for a few minutes. My best tip is to purchase a micro fiber towel, like a Shamwow, to absorb the extra water out right after washing. It reduces hours from my drying time. Dripping and drying in the sun is perfect for you.

Peace

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
03/19/13 12:53:26AM
1,302 posts

OUCH! (help!)


General Questions

I think that the crochet hook was the reason your dreads broke off, not the separating that you did. Glad you threw the hook away, but it already broke hundreds of pieces in your dreads, so they were weak from that, they do get stronger with time though. You only waxed once and brushed it out, but did you get the wax out with anything like Dawn dish soap or Wax B Gone? The thickness of your dread is what is causing tension on your scalp. Hard to tell by the picture, but I think you can divide that one into a few, unless you want fat dreads, but they do cause tension when they are that big. Anything over a 1inch section at the scalp will take longer to dry and cause the tension you are feeling now. I kept mine around the temples thinner so that I would not feel any pressure of weight there, especially years down the road.

Baba Fats has a video on his page on how to separate dreads, a good one to watch. Due to your crochet, even once, you may still loose some of it, but lets hope not.

Did you start in August 2012?

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
03/19/13 12:39:55AM
1,302 posts

Thickness, Curly Tips, Receding Hairline?


Dread Maintenance

You have healthy looking dreads. Thicker dreads take sooo long to dry.

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
03/18/13 08:20:54PM
1,302 posts

1 year T&R dreads


Member Journals and Timelines

Thanks, my hair was almost to my waist when I started my journey, That one just stayed behind in class:)

melanie rose said:

I really love that loc that's longer than the rest! They sure have lots of character:] congrats on the dreadiversary, and many more to come..
the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
03/18/13 08:15:02PM
1,302 posts

1 year T&R dreads


Member Journals and Timelines

My hair lightens with the sun, so it looks darker up top. I think my daughter had the camera setting on vivid color, because it is actually brown with a tad of grey mixed in.

KnotLady said:

is the lightening on the ends natural?

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
03/18/13 07:35:42PM
1,302 posts

1 year T&R dreads


Member Journals and Timelines

For those of you who are worried that your journey is going slow, don't fret. Who knows how long your journey will take. My picture here is my 1 year 7 day progress using the twist & rip method after letting my hair separate naturally. Some people can have mature dreads in 1 year, some take 2 years. We are all different in our own special ways. Peace


updated by @the Barrellady: 02/14/15 06:16:57AM
the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
03/18/13 07:09:24PM
1,302 posts

Oh. My. God. It REALLY works!!


Dread Maintenance

Your dreads never were "mature" because wax would not allow them to go through the proper journey, it just holds them together. Removing wax lets the hair be free again so that they can dread, that is why you have loose hair at the bottom now, and that's good, it means the wax is coming out. Just imagine how free your hair will be after you use Wax B Gone. In my opinion, waxed 'dreads' are just formed hair and wax, not dreads at all.

Your head must feel so much cleaner, that water is nasty.

Very happy for you, Peace

Kurt K said:

it seems my dreads arent as mature now that ive done the soak though. The bottom 1/4 of each dread is now just silky smooth hair after this soak....looks like ive got a lot more waiting to do. Im hoping that doing this will help me see some progress though. Any thoughts?

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
03/18/13 05:12:27PM
1,302 posts

Need advice for totaly new dreadlocks dude!


crochet and dread tools recovery

Lucky you did find us. First off, please read the dreaducation pages, most of your answers are all there. It is recommended to wash 2-3 times a weeks as hair needs to be kept clean.

You did the crochet method, so you have hundreds of broken hairs in the dreads, that is the roughness that you feel.

You did not comb for 2 years, but what were you washing with? Almost all shampoos bought from stores do not allow hair to dread, also if you used conditioners it would have caused knots to slip out during every wash. What you wash with plays a huge roll in the dreading process.

There are two ways to wash your hair. Dreadlock Shampoo on this site is made specifically for dreads, they sell shampoos and soaps for them. The other way is to wash using baking soda and an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse.

How this works is you mix 1/2 cup (.24 liters) of baking soda into to 5 cups (1.18 liter) of water and pour on head. Leave it on for 10-20 minutes without scrubbing, it will exfoliate the scalp all on its own. Rinse well and then add 1-2 capfuls of Apple Cider Vinegar into 5 cups (1.18 liter) of water, pour on hair and leave on for no more than a minute. The ACV conditions the hair and balances the hairs PH from using the baking soda. It will feel softer to the touch.

You will be on a road to recovery by crocheting, but be patient, never use it again, and you will get the healthy locks you always wanted.

you will get there, Peace

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
03/18/13 04:48:30PM
1,302 posts

no loops


General Questions

Hi Cecobask, no worries on your journey, ones hair & process can be so different from someone elses. I am past a year now, and my dreads are not mature, you can check out my 11mth picture process on my page. Usually free form (neglect) dreading is a faster journey. Doing T&R, you are making the blueprint to your dreads, where you want them to be, but those sections need to loosen in order to dread, whereas free form is already loose hairs, so with T&R you take a step back when they loosen. So you see, yours have come almost completely undone, now they are starting their journey. (I also T&R'd)

Peace

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
03/18/13 03:50:10PM
1,302 posts

slow maturing... hair type?


General Questions

Hi Heaven, please have no worries on your process. Everyone dreads so differently in regards to time. Please look at my page to see photos of my process @11months 4days. Mine do not looks like dreads yet. The bottom tips are all crazy, many have 5 fingery wisps coming off the ends, so they are bushy, crazy, and still all loopy. I do have a few that are tight and look like dreads should, they are all hiding underneath, but the rest are still a mess. I do wish they were more mature by now, but hey, that is my journey and one day I will be rewarded with the dreads I envision. I am now over my year mark & there is really no changes, or maybe there is very little, from my 11 month photos. Dreads do take about 2 years to mature.

So yes, please don't worry, nothing is wrong, your journey, as with mine, is just taking longer. Hang in there and this time next year we will both be blessed with the dreads we wanted.

Just for the record, yours look like dreads, they do not have all the bush that I still have, your journey is beautiful!

Peace sister

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