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Thanks Soaring Eagle! I used to wash about twice a week, but was having more trouble than I was triumph. I don't mind loose hair, but without washing them I've noticed that my dreads have tightened up a lot and seem to be rewarding me. Scalp might not agree at times...
soaring eagle said:
why would u not wash? washing helps dreads dread
washijng is the 1 maintenance you should do.. id recomend every 3 days not every 3 months
It's been 19 months! Here are some more recent pics. I've changed my routines only a little- I make sure to sleep with a wool tam when I can remember/keep it on my head, which really helps with the loosies. I also stopped washing almost entirely- usually just about once every couple of months. I do rinse my scalp with just water here and there, but only wash (with Dr. Bronners diluted) once in a blue moon.
See the "full" timeline here:http://www.dreadlockssite.com/forum/topics/5-months-backcombed-1?commentId=3754945%3AComment%3A802930#.UE6YX41lSSo
I am just about at 5 months with my dreads, and I love them. I had my best friend (hair stylist) backcomb 1x1" sections into my head, and ended up with 37 (now 36, there's one on my the nape of my neck that will not dread- tried and tried and tried and have now just let it go to do it's own thing--maybe get eaten by another one around it). In the beginning I used elastic bands and wax, and had ditched that within the month. I was never a fan of the wax for texture or smell, and thankfully got rid of it all pretty easily (didn't use much). Now I just let them do their thing. I have interlocked a few, and although I hear nightmares of what it CAN do, those that have been interlocked are doing just fine. As they've grown out they ended up growing together, I just don't really touch them. I wear a wool tam while I sleep, and it really helps with the loose hairs.
I'd like to have less loose hair, but I am just going to let them go and see if the other dreads eat them up. If not, maybe I'll end up with more dreads than I started with
In the beginning, day 1, before and after.
1 week, first wash
The first month
Two months, twice a week washing, occasionally a little less
Two and a half months, almost three
Third Month, getting long enough to pull back. More loose hair, still exploring ways to get it back into the dreads
Let me know what you guys think! I have definitely noticed drastic improvement over the last two and a half months with less touching, no products, and increased washing (at least once a week).
UPDATE: It's been 19 months! Here are some more recent pics. I've changed my routines only a little- I make sure to sleep with a wool tam when I can remember/keep it on my head, which really helps with the loosies. I also stopped washing almost entirely- usually just about once every couple of months. I do rinse my scalp with just water here and there, but only wash (with Dr. Bronners diluted) once in a blue moon.
I've been a fan of this site for some time now- but have just now gotten around to making a profile and posting. I appreciate all of the insightful conversation I've seen thus far.
The area that is of greatest concern with my two month old dreads is first the tips. While most of them are pretty solid all the way to the tip, there are others that seem to be of the same consistency that my hair was BEFORE I started dreading them- and I'm not quite sure how to repair this. I was considering backcombing the small area (sometimes up to an inch of hair), but I don't want to risk damaging the dread that has already started to lock up. Tips?
Also- I know I've read on here a bunch that the majority seems to believe that if you just leave your roots alone, they will dread themselves. I had my hair sectioned and backcombed when I started them, and over the last two months it has started to grow out (my hair grows pretty quick). I wash every three days or so with Dr. Bronners, and occasionally rub the roots- but am wondering about how long your new growth is before it starts to dread? I see some white dudes (like myself) with roots that somehow appear to be dreaded to just about a centimeter from their scalp, which I think is a good look. I also see others who have inches of new growth with no dreading going on- and this is what I'm trying to avoid.