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the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
03/12/13 01:51:17AM
1,302 posts

1 month old dreads


General Questions

Wow, you sure had curly hair to start with. They are doing well for 1 month dreads. I am always amazed how fast the journey is for curly hair. The photo is dark, so it is hard to tell the size of the sections where they meets the scalp, they should be no larger than 1 inch.

Sections need to be clean to start their journey, so you should be washing 2-3 times a week with a dread shampoo or dread soap bar or baking soda wash/ACV rinse.

You must be excited with all the changes happening so quickly. Have fun & Peace

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
03/11/13 10:42:55PM
1,302 posts

New here!


Member Journals and Timelines

Going natural is not only the healthiest way, but it is a great journey to experience every stage of the process. It is truly amazing what our hair does to turn into dreads. Long hair loves natural locks.

Be prepared for shrinkage, it happens the most with long hair, but the reward will be beautiful full locks. When they are long, you can use sections of your dreads to tie it into a pony tail, you will love that even more!

Peace

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
03/11/13 02:30:34PM
1,302 posts

Found my first 2 dreads!


Member Journals and Timelines

See how excited you are! Just proves that dreads are not a hairstyle but a huge part of us. You go girl.

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
03/11/13 01:50:27PM
1,302 posts

Thin natural dreads!


Help! Save My Dreads

Hi Patience. The mature dread will be as thick as where that section meets the scalp. The size of the scalp section will be the size the dread.

Patience said:

Lots of my natural sections are very thin too - like yours but much longer! I agree that to start with thinner is better as later on it will be much easier to get some to congo than it would be split mature dreads. I'm just going to see how thick mine get as they mature and then decide how I feel about the size.

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
03/11/13 02:44:24AM
1,302 posts

researching on essential oils


Dread Products

Purchase 100% essential oils. Check your local drug store for their selections. Here we have a store called Bulk Barn which sells bulk snacks, nuts, baking supplies etc. and they also sell soaps and essential oils. No matter where you buy them from, read the labels first.

The oils in a small spray bottle make for a wonderful scent on the head. Peppermint spray misted on a dry scalp feels great.

Peace

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
03/11/13 02:37:08AM
1,302 posts

Separating sucks...


Dread Maintenance

Separating does suck at times, but absolutely necessary to keep up on it. Some of us need to separate more than others, and that sucks too. I find the easiest way is when I am watching the t.v. Sit back and close your eyes, then feel around the sections and slowly start separating. By closing my eyes, my fingers are able to see, if that makes sense.

There is nothing that can prevent them from joining everyday... just time...down the road you will not be doing it as much.

Peace

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
03/11/13 02:30:49AM
1,302 posts

Maintenance etc.


crochet and dread tools recovery

I am at one year and still have loose hairs. The journey to mature dreads can take up to 2 years, so lots happens in between that time. No, never palm roll dreads, doesn't really work and is not necessary to do. You know what your can do? Sit back and enjoy the ride. Peace.

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
03/10/13 03:44:49AM
1,302 posts

natural/tnr timeline!! :)


Member Journals and Timelines

Great timeline. The changes are so cool to see.

Are you looking for some thicker dreads on yourself? It is recommended that the section where it meets the scalp should be no larger than 1 inch or a 25 cent coin. Anything larger increases the drying time, when mature can be more than 24 hours, and also is heavier on the scalp when long and mature. If you have any fatter than this and do want to separate them, Baba Fats has a video on how to go about that.

Looking forward to more pics along your journey. Peace

the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
03/10/13 01:28:19AM
1,302 posts

Congo problems


Help! Save My Dreads

By the looks of it, you always sleep on your back, so that is why it nested back there without separating, so you will need to pay attention to that area more once you do get them separated. I know it's hard once asleep, but try to sleep on your side sometimes. Maybe a pillow tucked behind your back would help keep you that way?


updated by @the-barrellady: 07/18/15 06:22:19PM
the Barrellady
@the-barrellady
03/10/13 01:06:54AM
1,302 posts

Congo problems


Help! Save My Dreads

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