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Steenvick
@steenvick
03/23/13 06:19:32PM
35 posts

tight dreads


Dread Maintenance

My dreads are almost 2 months, and already very very tight (when I had my previous sets of dreads, they were still extremely loose at 3 months). I use dreadlock shampoo, so im sure theres no build ups in them.

I've gotten some loops at the roots of my dreads, but im worried about the dreads beeing too tight to form any loops further down.. I really want alot of loops, I think its pretty and it makes them look more wild and healthy in my opinion.

Do you think im able to get more loops despite the tightness of the dreads? If not, is there anything I can do to make them looser so that loops can form?

I've never had dreads for more than 3 months, so i'm not experience at all on maturing.


updated by @steenvick: 01/13/15 09:49:42PM
Steenvick
@steenvick
02/23/13 08:25:34PM
35 posts

Flat dreads


General Questions

Really? Never heard of "beaver tails" before! Haha, thats kinda cool. Some of them are still flat, but ill take that as a good sign then! :) awesome

melanie rose said:

Wow, you've already got beaver tails at two weeks! That's impressive. I've got a bunch as well, but they didn't start forming until a month. They are normal and a great sign! You're well on your way
Steenvick
@steenvick
02/21/13 04:18:54PM
35 posts

Oils on dreads + washing


Dread Maintenance

Thank you very much for the reply! :) I will do just that :)

the Barrellady said:

Hi Lenore. You need to keep your sections clean in order for them the loop & knot and dread. If your hair or scalp is oily, they knots will slip out and severely slow down your process. The more you wash, the faster they dread. New dreadies should wash every 2-3 days for the first few months. Use this recipie for no thouch washing: mix 1/2 cup baking soda to 5 cups water, pour on head and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse it well, then rinse again to make sure it is out. Then you will balance and condition the hair by mixing 1 capful apple cider vinegar to 5 cups water, pour over head and leave on for 1 minute only. Rinse very well. There is no scrubbing with this method and your scalp and hair love it. You can put just a few drop of essential oils in your hair, but just a few in the beginning, or else your knots will slip out. When dreads are mature, then you can use up to 30 drops. For the aroma, I would only use 4 drops right now.

Keep your fingers out of the hair except to separate the sections when needed, as body oils from the fingers will slow down the process also.

The dreaducation page at the top has wonderful tips on washing, essential oils etc...makes great reading. Happy 2nd journey & Cheers

Steenvick
@steenvick
02/21/13 04:15:28PM
35 posts

Flat dreads


General Questions

I used the baking soda and ACV just now, and it looks like it helped! :)

soaring eagle said:

u probably do id u used head and shoulders id use a clarifying shampoo to remove buildup

then use a good dread shampoo like dreadlockshampoo.com

Steenvick
@steenvick
02/21/13 01:09:01PM
35 posts

Flat dreads


General Questions

Thank you for the answer! I think its just awesome when the dreads does crazy things, I was just afraid I have build-ups or something in them :)

Mons said:

Hi Lenore. Any brand of acv is fine. About the flat dreads, do you sleep on your sides? In any case, it's perfectly normal to have some flat dreads. It may take a while, but they will round off. Just think of things this way, if something your hair does over the next year or so makes you panic, question your decision to dreads, or doubt yourself, it's perfectly normal. Flat, crazy shapes, kinks, loops, zig zags, loosening, falling out...that's exactly what your new dreads should be doing. :)
Steenvick
@steenvick
02/21/13 10:41:47AM
35 posts

Flat dreads


General Questions

I can't seem to find the recommended ACV on this site anywhere. Is it a specific brand, or could I just purchase any kind of ACV?

the Barrellady said:

I think it is the head and shoulders inside your dreads. Baking soda can be bought from any grocery store in the baking section. Make sure to purchase baking soda, not baking powder. I buy mine at a bulk food store, either way, it is cheap. If you use the apple cider vinegar the site recommends, that can also be purchased at the grocery store. Almost all shampoos will leave behind a residue, so they are a no no. Until you can afford to purchase dread soap or dread shampoo, I would stick to the baking soda. Good luck & remember to soak your head to get the Head & Shoulders out of the core of your dreads. Greetings to Norway


updated by @steenvick: 07/23/15 06:58:50PM
Steenvick
@steenvick
02/21/13 10:33:37AM
35 posts

Flat dreads


General Questions

Thank you so, so much :) I will go right to the store later today and buy it!

the Barrellady said:

I think it is the head and shoulders inside your dreads. Baking soda can be bought from any grocery store in the baking section. Make sure to purchase baking soda, not baking powder. I buy mine at a bulk food store, either way, it is cheap. If you use the apple cider vinegar the site recommends, that can also be purchased at the grocery store. Almost all shampoos will leave behind a residue, so they are a no no. Until you can afford to purchase dread soap or dread shampoo, I would stick to the baking soda. Good luck & remember to soak your head to get the Head & Shoulders out of the core of your dreads. Greetings to Norway

Steenvick
@steenvick
02/21/13 10:17:11AM
35 posts

Flat dreads


General Questions

Yes, I've written down the recipe. But I've only washed my dreads once, and they're only half a week old, do you think it could be anything in there? And I dont know where to get the ingredients, I live in norway and Im not sure if I can even get some of the ingredients.

Steenvick
@steenvick
02/21/13 10:07:37AM
35 posts

Flat dreads


General Questions

I used head and shoulder. I'm not sure, I just find it weird that they got tight so very fast, just after the first wash. ;o what do you think?

the Barrellady said:

Oh yes, what are you washing with since you think it might be residue making your dreads tight?

Steenvick
@steenvick
02/21/13 09:46:38AM
35 posts

Flat dreads


General Questions

And its not in the back, which is probably normal? But its on the sides of my head. They feel very tight to touch, but I've only washed them once since I got them, so it couldnt be any residue or something, could it?

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