Different Dread Methods Clarified
i Cultivated my locks by neglecting them completely for nine months ( Neglect meaning, i kept them clean...i used normal shampoo, but did not condition - however, sometimes I used a leave in conditioner spritz, like Infusium 23 - this did not adversly affect the lock up process. I never brushed, or seperated..i just slept on em.) after i ended up with one huge massive beaver tail in the back, and a bloody scalp...i combed it out and started over with moderate neglect - and a twist and rip method, to form the sections i wanted and an attempt to keep things seperated. i did the twist an rip to establish coherant SECTIONS and hopefully train my hair to leave itself the frigg alone and not end up with a bloody massive singleton dread that my scalp cannot handle at this juncture.i then had ten seperate ropes, which i will call maturing dreads.then, in the Philippines, a local tattoo artist crocheted the rest of my head. this was done on impulse, and in a hurry, as i was to spend the next two weeks in salt water non-stop SCUBA diving....after day one, my hair was already matting and knotting in to one huge dread...and since i did not comb or brush, i was having a hell of a time keeping things right for my scalp.So.I have...Natural...but Certainly Cultivated Ropes. They are not Mature Dreads as of yet...but they are gettin real rooty...real knotty, real kinky, and are growin!!!Praise God and Seven Other Things!!!