Long, thin sections?
it'll be great! I think thinner dreads are easier to take care of anyway...they dry faster...and my opinion is that they are more attractive.
Just let your hair do it's thing!
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Well...my first question would be if you have soft or hard water where you live?
If you have soft water...you can use Dr. Bronner's soap. I personally LOVE it...and have never really used anything else in the last 5 years!
If you have hard water... Dreadlockshampoo.com I hear makes some really good shampoos and other products for your dreads!
Personally...even though others would say differently...I think washing your hair every 5-7 days is perfect! It keeps it clean...but not too much to strip the natural oils away from your hair that keep your hair healthy!
I definitely get people who ask to touch them pretty often! Or if someone is asking questions about them and they have clean hands....I offer if they want to feel them. Like...giving a friend some advice about why not to palm roll dreads...I told her to feel how "soft" non-palmrolled dreads are versus how hard and stiff the ones that had been were!
Totally true. I've definitely pulled myself back out of reach when I've seen someone coming!
Back in my days of heavy drinking on a frequent basis...like going to live music venues to watch shows....or just hanging out at the bar...I've definitely been the douche to come up behind some of the dreadies with long pretty hair and "petted" them. I usually got away with it and was told that I was excused since I had my own mature dreads....
Strangers have totally just grabbed my hair without asking before.
I've had dreads that have been noticeable for about the last 2 years of my almost 5 years since I stopped brushing. Much of this is that I don't make an effort to hide them or have my hair up out of my face in some way that also makes them not really noticeable. I personally call it "Fairy Glamor." Sorta just this thing I do to encourage people to not pat attention to what I don't want them to.
I wanna know what people have done...and how they react when people just come out of no where and grab or touch your hair! Without asking first!
I was at work last night and a customer of mine who was slightly intoxicated and not a regular or anyone I knew, just reached out and grabbed a handful of my hair! She said that she loved my dreads. I don't quite remember if she said anything else...but I sorta just pulled away...smiled and said thanks.
In this instant I didn't ask nicely if she could please ask next time before she did that...or something along those line. Sometimes, like when I'm at work...unless you are a nasty person who probably has nasty hands...or want to be a weirdo and smell them/me just out of the blue...I don't make an issue over it.
Also, I was hoping that possibly she would give me a tip since she had won a little money on our video poker machines. She ended up tipping me a fifth of what a made all night...so...I was happy...and definitely avoided a confrontation!
There's been other times....like watching a movie in the theaters...and because it's most comfortable...being leaned back in my hair with my hair falling over the back....when someone has all of a sudden...started yanking on a dread a little...and had a hold of some of my hair, touching it.
In that case, I pulled my hair away and looked back asking saying..."hey! Do I know you from somewhere?" I didn't...I then asked why they were grabbing it and touching my dreads without asking me first. That it was rude to reach out and grab someone's hair. That...if we had been standing up...I very well might have turned around and have my self defenses up. A person could very well get punched doing that to some of my friends.
So...stories? Reactions? How these reactions might be different depending on circumstances.