I feel like my natural dreads are at such a blah stage. A few questions.
Thank you guys! I am feeling better about them already. = ]
I don't know if this is just part of the process of having natural dreads, but I am about 4.5 months in an my dreads just seem very.....blah. I can't seem to find a word to describe it. There are a bunch of loops and stuff (and the loops look very cool individually), and my hair has gotten about 6 inches shorter. I feel like I still have a lot of loose hairs also. I also feel like when I separate them it caused more loose hairs. I have started separating them only once a week or so. How can I make sure them separating them isn't causing more loose hairs? I posted some pictures also to show everyone how short they are (there are pictures on my profile of my hair before it was dreaded to show you how long it was)
Is it normal to go through this bleh period? And is separating my dreads increasing my loose hairs like I feel it is?
Also, your other friend is right when she said "to make sure the dreads dont cross section and separate any awkwardly combined roots"
Her sectioning is just crap. Hopefully, this helps with the confusion and doesn't add to it. Basically, backcombing, tnr, whatever other methods are just ways to section hair. Whatever you do, some work will undo, but will eventually lock.
Since you have issues with your curls and the natural method, I highly recommend just twist and ripping rather than re-backcombing. You hair has had enough damage.
Maybe take Emily to moogfest in exchange for dread help? She seems to know what she's doing.
darkstar said:yea doood i live here now but im from maryland
im going to try and get her to undo some of the root flips and make the sections smaller
ill continue to wear my beanie and separate what i can before i go to bed, but im a lazy mofo and wanna do minimal work
the only reason i wanted her to kinda initiate the dreading process was that my hair only knotting up in the back and nothing else. ... i'd shower and then my hair is so curly it would just condense to little j curls
by sectioning them and backcoming just once, i feel like it set the process in motion, but maybe im wrong =/
so many different opinions from people ive talked to... it can be a confusing venture !
nice to meet a fellow ashevillian
you goin to moogfest?
Emily Smith said:You are from asheville? That is where I live! You don't have to spend a whole bunch of money on some non-residue organic stuff at greenlife (that place is expensive, at least to someone on a budget like me!). Try Bronners (its like 10 dollars for a 16 oz bottle, but you dilute it so it lasts a LONG time) or a baking soda wash or something. You really should have tried natural dude. Thats how I am doing mine. They all look crazy and twisted and loopy and ridiculous right now (I am 2 months in.) but that is just part of the process because you hair is pulling up and in to knots. Just let your dreads go, maybe try to separate some of those huge sections into smaller sections, then just keep those sections pulled apart and you should be fine! Just remember to be patient with it. = ]