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Sissemor
@sissemor
05/29/11 04:48:49AM
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Thanks, taye :-) I LOVE them :-)

So your lumps are not inflexible now? They dry as quickly as the rest?

My hair didn't even dry in 4 hours before I had dreads :-) And now it takes about 8-10 hours, I should think. The lumps, however, were a different story. They weren't even dry when I went to bed, if I washed in the morning. They formed super fast and then did not really change for 5 months. I could have waited for them to change, had they not been moldy :-)

Sissemor
@sissemor
05/28/11 12:55:11PM
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Lumps and mold


Dreads Hair and Scalp Health

I'm not an expert (well, don't really believe in experts, to be honest ;-)), but it doesn't sound concerning to me :-)

Sarah Hagan-Stuff said:

i started my dreads with backcoming, but i have several dreads that have tigher and looser spots, like super dreaded, then super loose just below it, then super dreaded below the loose stuff...could this cause me to get these giant lumps you're talking about and is there anything i can do to tighten up the loose stuff? i've noticed here in the last month or so alot of my undreaded loose stuff in the middle of my dreads is gettin the natural, good loops. i figured even though there's a lot of loose hair in the middle of my dreads, that eventually they would do the natural, good looping and form themselves. am i wayoff with that assumptions?

Sissemor
@sissemor
05/28/11 12:51:41PM
54 posts

Lumps and mold


Dreads Hair and Scalp Health

Well, if I told you I had those giant ones on most of my dreads, perhaps you would not be quick to judge me ;-) I don't want uniform dreads - what I want is mold-free dreads that I can sleep on comfortably, and I didn't have that. I do now, after I cut the moldy lumps, though ;-) So now I have short, zigzaggy, bumpy dreads. Just what I always wanted :-) Well, apart from the short part, anyway LOL

I knew this would be a difficult topic on this forum but I hope there is room for those of us who do not feel that whatever happens during the dreading process is "all good". I just thought that there might be others like me who have had problems with giant lumps they weren't crazy about, and perhaps also mold.

Good idea to be particularly thorough about drying that part!

Crystal O. said:

I have one of those I think. On one of my straight dreads, right in the middle two loops popped out and are starting to fold over, I can't fit a bead over. He he it kind of looks like my dread has wings! (I should post a picture). I'm ok with it though, the spot does hold water, but I think since I am conscious of it and hold the dryer to it or squish it a lot after washing, it'll be fine :)

Sissemor
@sissemor
05/28/11 12:33:32PM
54 posts

Lumps and mold


Dreads Hair and Scalp Health

I know you do :-) And I also know that not everyone does.

Perhaps a definition of "lumps" is missing from my first post. I'm not talking about bumps and zigzags, which should be obvious. I'm talking about real lumps - areas on the dreads that are at least 3 or 4 times the width of the rest of the dreads.These are indeed huge lumps, to me at least. And they're not really dreads at all - at least mine weren't, they were just hard and made up of overlapping loops with minimal knotting, extremely different from the rest of the dread.

Yes, tighter and looser spots on TnR is exactly what I thought might be able to cause the types of lumps I mention.

Sissemor
@sissemor
05/28/11 11:31:12AM
54 posts

Lumps and mold


Dreads Hair and Scalp Health

Rain Bow and I've been discussing mold risks lately and would like to hear your thoughts on this. We were rather shocked when my personal experience with mold showed us there might not be any odour at all, until the dread is cut off. This means that one could have mold and not even be aware of it. So what are the chances of getting problems with mold?

Obvious risks are of course:

Washing too frequently
Not letting hair dry completely between washing
Wearing tams when hair is wet
Washing before bedtime because hair dries too slowly (unless using a fan)
Product build-up (wax and residue)

But then there are others - dreads with big lumps and naturally rounded tips, to name one we have encountered :-( Now, it's rather simple to avoid the risk factors above if you plan washings and
perhaps use a blow dryer. But what if your dreads naturally form massive lumpy parts that take forever to dry and are perhaps extremely difficult to rinse properly after washing?

Our experience with TnR has been that the dreads may develop massive loops that aren't necessarily sucked evenly into the dread as it matures, but rather overlap and knot to some extent. The result may be
hard, lumpy parts that drain poorly, leading to mold. This means that the lumps are not "just" aesthetically displeasing but also potentially a health hazard and increase the risk of giving up on dreads altogether.

What we'd like to know is whether the risk of having lumps is related to washing, dreading method or something else. We've worked on some theories:

Tight TnR - perhaps this hinders movement of the hair in the dread causing giant loops to just cling to the surface of the rest of the dread, rather than being sucked in.

Frequent washing on the early months - perhaps this draws out loops too fast and does not allow time between washing for them to be sucked into the dread.

Washing with shampoo - there is more rubbing when washing with shampoo than with bs/vinegar rinses, and perhaps this draws out more loops.

Is natural/neglect perhaps less likely to lead to lumps?

We should stress that we know that loops are a natural part of the dreading process :-) We're not talking about normal looping. We refer to the loops that just sort of glue together in layers forming big
lumps that aren't really knotted dreads at all.

We'd like to know what you think, from your personal experience, if you've had problems with either mold or lumps, and what your dreading method was.

Also, we'd like to hear if anyone has had any luck stopping the formation of lumps using wraps, beads or something similar.


updated by @sissemor: 02/14/15 03:49:07AM
Sissemor
@sissemor
05/24/11 05:22:07AM
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My TnR timeline - update at 25 months


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Well, if you could use a cap to avoid getting it wet every day, that would probably be a good idea :-) I used to wash mine every day but stopped as soon as it started forming lumps. I think there are lots of things one can do to prevent mold, even if one does have lumpy dreads ;-)

Sissemor
@sissemor
05/24/11 03:14:51AM
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Do you live in a warm climate? Do you feel your hair dries properly during the day? I know my lumps were always still wet when I went to bed, even if I washed in the morning. Would it be possible for you to avoid getting it wet every day?

Sissemor
@sissemor
05/23/11 02:27:07AM
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Thank you, Heather :-)

It could very well be baking soda that wasn't rinsed out. The green thing definitely mold, though, the smell was unmistakeable, and well, it was green! :-/ Yup, hard water here too.

Sometimes some cutting is a very good solution, as you have experienced also :-) I'm glad you don't have discomfort anymore - 3" is a lot of hair to be pulled on and hurt :-( None of mine were particularly painful at any point, and they're all rather small at the roots (all 68 or so).


updated by @sissemor: 07/22/15 06:33:17AM
Sissemor
@sissemor
05/22/11 03:44:46PM
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I think they're not as bad as mine, then. They were pretty inflexible, I think.

A little warmer than here, but not much. I think blow dryers could be a really good idea, especially if the alternative is being outside with wet dreads in a tam all day :-/

Sissemor
@sissemor
05/22/11 12:07:22PM
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Yeah, mine take all day to dry, even now, so with the lumps it must have been more than a day.

And the lumps are pretty inflexible? That's how mine were. I can't remember - do you live in a warmer climate than me?

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