that could work
you can use product to get a neater look, but you can still style without retwisting, if that's what you meant by I'm a girl. This is just my personal opinion, but I actually don't think that the "I can see your entire scalp" look that twisting gives you even looks good. If my hair looked like that I'd wear a hat everywhere I went lol
Yeah, twisting is soo bad, because it causes stress which thins your dreads, and then they break off. A lot of black, mixed, whatever people over twist their hair and it gets so so thin and breaks off. And then they'll be like 'well so and so twists their hair every month and they've had their dreads forever.' some people can twist and twist and twist and not lose dreads because of their hair type, but I wouldn't risk it.
Instead of twisting, just separate. Once a week, twice a month, whatever just pull your dreads apart when you get out of the showere so you don't get congos. It's actually a lot easier and faster than twisting. Learn to love your roots, they are beautiful.
ok, i kinda feel like I'm doggin you now cause I already replied to you lol
anyway, long hair does lock a lot faster, but short hair shrinks less. This is important for you because you want that uniform look, and shrinkage will cause curls and loops and zigzags all over the place. I rocked the fro for a long time, and now I'm dreading so the loops and stuff don't bother me, but if you want that uniform perfectionist look you were talkin about, you'll want to start short.
how long is your hair?
I ask because the shorter your hair is when you start the more uniform your dreads end up being. At least, that is what i've noticed. my hair is the craziest, wildest, loopiest afro-textured hair i've seen so far (when it comes to new dreads anyway, still don't know how they'll turn out :D) but I started at around 10 inches. If your hair is 3 or shorter and the sections are all the same size you want have to do much at all to get that uniform look you want.
If they're longer I suggest putting in some two strand twists and calling it a day
lol funny pic
Be careful with dr bronners. I bought some about a month ago and the ph balance is really off with that stuff, so now its kinda just sitting there, unused :s But it seems to work well for some people. Still haven't found a shampoo I like though, so I guess I'm not much help haha
Anyway welcome, and enjoy the journey.
I didn't read through the entire thread because some comments I read were just too much, so this conversation may have ended already, and for that I apologize, but this is something I've been noticing a lot lately on this site so I'm just gonna add my two cents and then run away quickly before everyone flings hate at me.
First and foremost, I love this site and all the advice that people are willing to share about growing natural healthy dreads. But god DAMN sometimes the people on this site can be judgmental. And not just judgmental, but really rude and unfair about how they express their judgment. I'm obviously not going to call anyone out but a lot of people on this forum are guilty of it. Just like everyone's hair is different, everyone has different reasons for starting dreads and while I don't think dreads should be considered a fad hairstyle because of the time it takes for them to form and the fact that they are pretty permanent, but for some people they ARE just a hairstyle. People like me.
I don't put the context of spirtuality into my dreads because I'm not a spirtual person. I don't believe in God or an afterlife, or any of that kind of stuff, so how could I possibly place that kind of connotation on my hair. Am I letting them form naturally? yes. Do I plan on keeping them for years and years to come? yes. Do I fuck with them with things like crocheting and wax and shit? no. But not because my dreads are my connection to my soul or a representation of my lifestyle or something like that, but because I like them. That's it, I like them. I like the way they look. I like the fact that I don't have to put effort into my hair, because I am the laziest person you will ever meet. I like them as a HAIRSTYLE.
To me, it's just hair, and if I get sick of them one day, many many years from now I will chop them off and I won't cry about it because, once again, to me, it's just hair.
If someone wants to do extra stuff to their dreads to keep them neat or whatever, who are you to judge them? How unfair of you to impose your opinions on someone else. I don't do it because I actually like how crazy and out of control my hair looks. But before I had dreads I had a crazy and out of control afro, so I don't see big messy hair as a bad thing. Some people do. On the other hand I also recognize the advantages to looking neat and put together for school, work and social occasions. If someone wants to maintain their flyaways, why do you care? It's just hair and it's not even your hair.Now I'm gonna go hide before someone calls me a heathen or something
i heard someone mention taking a soft bristle brush and brushing it out
i have loads of it in mine so was concidering dying it to match but too lazy even for the lazy way out
lemon juice is great for dandruff, but you have to wash it out. maybe try putting a bit of conditioning oil on your scalp whereever you can get at it (around sections) which might help until you're ready to wash.
My suggestion though is lemon juice. Just put it into a spray bottle diluted with water and spritz directly onto your scalp (try not to get it directly on your dreads because it will close your hair cuticles and may cause your dreads to unravel if they are delicate) leave it on for 20 min to an hour, and then gently wash it out.