Natural Loc journey
you know all of you have such beautiful hair i hope you all post lots more in the gallery so i can feature the best as they progress
yes all hair is so if you must use use sparingly
if you have hard water don't use bronners!
you can get teatree bronners
or lavanders anti mildew
www.dreadlockshampoo.com teatree rosemary is awesome
given your length id switch back and forth between liquid and bar..after using the liquid you'll have to separate lots more (it will dread faster or over dread... so switching to the bar will keep it manageable then you can balance speed with controllability
1 inch is generally the thickest..because they can congo by accident and end up 2 x 1 then 3 x 2 etc
yes when your at 3 inches that's like an arm...
we have a few members with 2 inch thick dreads but they take special care
we have 1 who has huuuuge dreads some like 1/3 of his head almost..but kinda shortish still (though haven't seen an update in awhile)
i can imagine they dry extremely slow and by now do pull painfully
f its like an inch connected..and not completely solid then by all means separate
once its solid its best to leave alone
again if its a few inches, and rather solid ..and way too thick ..its a judgement call you can separate with as little harm possible if done with extreme care and surgical precision .. but i don't recommend that ever for entire dreads, and always recommend that as a last resort and starting over by gently combing out and allowing smaller sections to dread is ofcourse preferable
i understand people years in not wanting to start over ..even 1 or 2 dreads
but you have to look at the total damage and the length of the section being damaged'
a couple inches compared to the entire dread length...
i really hesitate to recommend separation of anything that's solidly locked together.. even if its just an inch or 2 i say starting overs best but if you cant ..heres how to minimize the harm...
but if its an entire lock.. i don't think theres any justification for that level of harm... 10 years dreading might come close.. but cutting off 8 years growth at the same time eliminates that justification altogether
cutting 8 years growth and splitting many into 3 or more..she should have just started over a whole new set and keot them a lil more controlled if that was her desire
think about how the hairs lie inside the dreadlock, chaotiicly criss crossing in every direction twisting around eachother every which way, you split a dread like that and literally every single hair in it is shreaded into pieces of an average length of 1 inch
at that point..instead of splitting i would say comb it out let it resection and redread
id prefer to not let it get that thick so it causes issues, but once the issue exist the best thing to do is start it over...
ripping a dozen hairs that are between..not inside a dread is 1 thing.. tearing straight down through the entire structure of a dread breaking every single hair .. quite possibly several hundred times per every inch of dread length.. just isn't worth it
after a point ..surgically cutting is the only option but l;octicians don't exercise surgical precision\
what id do is cut //like a mm in to the webbimng then pull all i can repeat..like your just trying to release the bare min numbers of hairs to allow a lil separation
its a last resort thing