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Marc Gravel
@Marc Gravel
04/27/13 04:40:32AM
123 posts

My roots are getting thinner.... Is it at the point of no return?


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Both my parents and grandparents have a full head of hair. No one in my family is balding. I dont think its genetics at all... I think ive just caused damage by the excessive palm rolling a year ago. Im just wondering if it will grow back if ive pulled the hair out at the roots like that.

Thanks for the response, it may very well be genetics (even if my family does not have that problem).

JavaLizard said:

One sad thing your hair could just be thinning. It does happen as we get older. One of my friends had a thick head of hair at 23 and at 27 was almost bald. Genetics, what can you do?

Marc Gravel
@Marc Gravel
04/27/13 04:38:50AM
123 posts

My roots are getting thinner.... Is it at the point of no return?


Dread Maintenance

Ive switched my mix for the bs/acv wash. Ive added coconut oil and jojoba oil to it and ive cut down on the baking soda. I really hope it improves, because its a really sad feeling to think that I may be loosing my dreads :(

soaring eagle said:

the palm rolling was excesive so may have cayused some but really looks like just thick secrtions causing it so really they re ok;;watch it tho

switch to the dreadlckshampoo see if they dont get healthier and happer over the next 3 months

Marc Gravel
@Marc Gravel
04/26/13 04:13:53AM
123 posts

My roots are getting thinner.... Is it at the point of no return?


Dread Maintenance

Hey all, (ive got some pics at the end to show you what I mean)

So I started my dreads about 2 years ago with the backcomb method. I probably palm rolled them and such about 2 or 3 times a week for the first 4 or 5 months then palm rolled about once a week for another couple months (I know, its not necessary but at the time it felt right).

Ive let them go COMPLETELY natural for the past year now and It seems they are slloooowwwlly getting thinner at the roots. Now im at the point where if my hair is down my scalp is visible in multiple places (it wasnt visible before.. this is why im worried). I have to tie my hair back at work every day, but I keep it VERY loose and the dreads are just held back..not pulled back.

Ive been washing my hair about 2 times a week with the bs/acv wash with essential oils. Ive recently toned down the amount I use baking soda to about once every few weeks. My hair is kept clean and I havent messed with it in about a year.... but it still seems to be getting thinner. Im only 21 and my hair was incredibly thick before the dreads... so Im gonna say we can rule out genetics and natural balding.
I may have lots of dreads... but the amount thats missing on the scalp seems very unusual compared to normal dread heads.

Is this too far gone? Can I reverse this? Or am I doomed to loose these babies in the near future?

(My camera/the lighting arent the best quality, so its actually a little worse then you can see in the pics)


updated by @Marc Gravel: 02/05/15 10:12:49AM
Marc Gravel
@Marc Gravel
11/30/12 03:46:35PM
123 posts

question about bed head


Dread Maintenance

Combing dreads? Im confused.
By bed head i assume you mean the loose hairs flying everywhere? If you gotta tie your dreads back then tie em back, look in the mirror and tuck the loose hairs under the dreads.

Marc Gravel
@Marc Gravel
11/30/12 01:07:01PM
123 posts

How to Maintain Small Dreads


Dreading Methods

I wouldnt latch them thats for sure. But just keep them separated to the sizes youd like and let them grow out. If you have that type of hair there will be no problems with locking, they will do it on their own. Just keep them sectioned to what youd like. If you want 500 locks, by all means go for it. Later on in your journey you may realize that 500 makes the locks way to thin and fragile. At that point you can always let them congo and get fatter. Go with whatever size of dreads you want, but dont latch.. very bad for your head =)

Marc Gravel
@Marc Gravel
11/30/12 12:55:51PM
123 posts

Congo O NO!!


Dread Maintenance

Just go through em after your showers and ppull apart any that are starting to congo. The under layer on the back of my head is the same. I have 4 that joined into one. and a couple others that have joined.. Now I just check after every shower to avoid them getting any bigger.

Marc Gravel
@Marc Gravel
11/27/12 04:15:39PM
123 posts

essential oils for dreads and scalp health


Dread Products

I just looked that up. Seems like its quite possible that It may cause gynaecomastia in boys.. As long as its only in prepubecent kids then i will keep using it... if not.. I should stop lol

Dias said:

Chamomile and peppermint are two others that can be used.

Chamomile has antimicrobial properties and could lighten the hair slightly.

Peppermint doesn't do much for the hair, but does give a tingly, invigorating feeling to the scalp

One thing that hasn't been mentioned is that all essential oils could produce allergic reactions in certain individuals. I'm allergic to two of the oils SE mentioned.Always do a spot test on your skin first, or better yet, get a doctor to run a full allergy test.

Also, this is more debatable, but there is some evidence that it's a bad idea to use lavender oil when pregnant, or if you are a prepubescent boy. There's not enough evidence to say for sure, but the oil has been implicated in developing gynaecomastia (man boobs) in boys.

Marc Gravel
@Marc Gravel
11/27/12 02:11:49PM
123 posts

Getting really frustrated with dreading (Dandruff)


Dread Maintenance

Im not sure then.. Maybe increase the amount of ACV. Even if you arent using baking soda anymore. Try a rinse with ACV after using whatever shampoo you use. Leave it to sit for 5 to 10 minutes?

Im not sure if you already tried ACV rinses after shampooing with something other then baking soda, but It may help?

Joseph said:

Every few days. Whenever I notice dandruff.

Marc Gravel said:

How often do you wash?

Marc Gravel
@Marc Gravel
11/27/12 11:11:07AM
123 posts

Lumpy things?


Dread Maintenance

Completely normal! Thats actually a sign your hair is dreading! I went through a phase when I got lumps and bumps and zig-zags on nearly every single dread (some of them had a few bumps per lock). Now my hair seems to have gotten rid of a good portion of them and its all straightening out. But I still have a few that will always be there I think. But for the most part they have disappeared into the locks. Bumps make them unique. Embrace the loops! =)

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