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Valérie
@valrie
12/10/12 12:12:53AM
548 posts

Do not make the same mistake I did. Go natural.


Saved Dreads Success Stories

I work with the beauty industry and I'm pretty sure that a lot of the misconceptions are based on trust. Cosmetologists pay an exorbitant amount of money for their educations and I know that natural hairstyles were not apart of my cost but there are some schools that will teach it to some extent or another. With that said, what a student pays for with regard to education they trust that they are getting the most current and best information available. This transfers to customers because when you pay someone to do your hair you trust that they are going to do the best and most up to date techniques. Through trust the industry has trumped you out of your money and honestly I don't believe it is always the locticians fault because they were trained a certain way that happens to be based in a popular misconception.

On the plus side, there are sites out there now that help to trump that misconception because when I went to beauty school and waxed my first set of dreads, this information was never found.

Valérie
@valrie
10/17/12 08:57:41PM
548 posts

Interlocking advice and maintainance


Help! Save My Dreads

What products are you using (ie. Shampoo's) and how are you washing/drying your hair?

Mons said:

I'm wondering how washing my dreads then leaving them alone is making me go bald?

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. In this community we try to promote and encourage the healthiest dreads possible. Ways to grow dreads with minimal interference, no methods that will break hair, damage the hair shaft or cause pain. If you look the the pics there are many many many people with mature dreads that look maintained but are in fact not. They're natural and they look good. Yes there is a very messy period, but that is outgrown. We feel that dreads should be grown, not made.

That's us. People come here looking for guidance and ideas, love and respect.
Valérie
@valrie
10/17/12 08:48:27PM
548 posts

recommended dreadlocksshampoo timeline?


General Questions

I've used the liquid. It is fairly moisturizing and it does lather up well for me. The smell is AMAZING too.

My dreads are at just over 6 months and I have not had any dandruff issues.

I'm sure if you get 1 of each to try out, the other will not be wasted. You can use it as a body wash/soap. :)

Valérie
@valrie
10/17/12 08:36:40PM
548 posts

Help! Loose hair problem!


Dreading Methods

Definitely leave it be. I did TnR and mostly it came out. I left it mostly alone and now, after 6 months, there is still loose hair but there is definite progress.

Valérie
@valrie
10/17/12 08:34:12PM
548 posts

~HELP PLEASE.....~ I have no dreads just yet but really need some loving input/advice....please...


dread wax and dread kits recovery

From what I hear, fine hair dreads just great. In fact, because the shed hair has nowhere to go, it will eventually thicken up.

I have personal experience with dreadlock extensions as well as installing them on people of various hair types. If you do put in dread extensions you will have head and neck pain as well as hair breakage. Fine hair breaks pretty easily also your head and neck (and in some cases, your back) will hurt because it's not used to carrying so much extra weight all of a sudden. I'm not trying to scare you off of extensions however, I wanted to warn you of what to expect. This will be very different from having your own dreads because the extra hair weight will be gradual.

Regardless of what you choose, time to tune out that negative nancy who is poo-pooing you every step of the way. Do what makes you feel good and happy and just don't hang out with them :P

Valérie
@valrie
08/23/12 12:42:24AM
548 posts

18 Years old, Had Dreads for 2 years and 3 months now, Bald spot forming from retwisting


salon and loctician dreads recovery

Try to lay off of products that have SLS (Sodium Laurel Sulfate) and Alcohol because those will dry you out.

Massage the scalp with your fingertips in a circular motion and that will stimulate blood flow to the scalp. You aren't going to see results over night but over time your gaps will fill in, your locks will lock up naturally and your tight dreads will probably loosen up a little bit more becoming thicker looking. :)

Valérie
@valrie
08/23/12 12:34:32AM
548 posts

Lockin' up shampoo fade/strip hair color?


Dreads Hair and Scalp Health

Brighter colors tend to fade faster. For instance, greens are the smallest color molecule therefore it slips from the hair cuticle easier and will fade faster than reds. Reds fade pretty fast but are really hard to remove all of the way. Also, in order to get true to tone bright colors, a lot of people with darker hair have to pre-lighten with bleach and bleach will sometimes blow out the hair cuticles making it harder for dyes to stay in place. If this is the case then it's good to get a nice porosity filler on the hair prior to coloring to help fill in the gaps in the hair's cuticle.

Valérie
@valrie
08/23/12 12:29:58AM
548 posts

just starting out


Introduce Yourself

Some of those TnR will probably loosen up a LOT or completely over the next month. Try not to re-do any of them though because it will just repeat the process from the beginning.

I used TnR and at 4 months a lot of my tips have blunted and locked up on their own while some are still loose. It will just take time and patience to get the results you are looking for.

Valérie
@valrie
08/23/12 12:26:51AM
548 posts

Hello New Friends :)


Introduce Yourself

Hey Pip, welcome to the site!

Your dreads look great and hopefully you got some good information on "maintenance" when you came here. :)

Valérie
@valrie
08/23/12 12:24:05AM
548 posts

1st month problems


Help! Save My Dreads

3 weeks is really too young to see much progress actually. I have naturally curly hair and it's honestly a blessing in the end. The first month was mostly loosening up and at the second month I started to see some tightening and loops started to happen. Now that I am at 4 months my curly hair makes my dreads look more like curly hair and less like the mess that some people complain about. :)

Be assured, the curls will eventually create awesome dreads. I have some that are already rounded-out locks.

An another note, you say you are at 3 weeks and have only washed your hair twice? Try washing your hair at least 2 - 3 times each week because natural oils from the scalp can inhibit locking. Also, if you make a water bottle of sea salt spray you can spray them a couple hours before each washing and that will help lock them up too.

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