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post #161 of 376

delicate_sunshine, I never got the hang of the crochet hook.  What worked best for me was to palm roll while in the shower, and then again after I got out.  Seemed to smooth them out better, or at least on my hair.

 

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post #162 of 376

Hey I have natural neglect dreads forming on my soon-to-be 3yr old but I find they have that dusty colour, where it looks dingy and dusty, almost like lint stuck

 

We use earth mama angel baby shampoo and avalon peppermint conditioner, and dr. bronners coconut oil for daily tidiness 

 

The back of his hair is dreads, the front is curls, what can i use?1000

I asked to take a pic of his "bob marley" hair but he was running around for fun lol, I was just able to snap this 

post #163 of 376
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Hey I have natural neglect dreads forming on my soon-to-be 3yr old but I find they have that dusty colour, where it looks dingy and dusty, almost like lint stuck

 

We use earth mama angel baby shampoo and avalon peppermint conditioner, and dr. bronners coconut oil for daily tidiness 

 

The back of his hair is dreads, the front is curls, what can i use?1000

I asked to take a pic of his "bob marley" hair but he was running around for fun lol, I was just able to snap this 


He's super cute! I'm confused though. Are you trying to get the rest of his hair to dred? Or are you trying to get the dreads out?

If you are trying to get the rest to dread, ditch the conditioner and spray with a mixture of sea salt and yummy smelling essential oils after washing his hair. For the lint I have found that using a crochet needle to pull out the stuffing works pretty well. Once I accidentally slept on a down pillow with a hole in it and was plucking feathers out of my dreads for the next two days.

post #164 of 376
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avalon peppermint conditioner, and dr. bronners coconut oil for daily tidiness 

That is probably what is causing the dingy look of the dreads... The conditioner and oil is attracting fuzz. I condition my dreads once in a blue moon and any oil needed for a dry scalp, I make sure as little as possible touches hair.

You might want to switch to aloe gel for tidiness, it washes out a great deal better.

His hair looks great in the pic!
post #165 of 376

Thank you!

 

 

I am keeping his dreads in, but am just using neglect method, so the the top of his hair is still soft curls that have yet to dread, so that needs to stay a bit conditioned, however I find that as his hair has gotten longer and more mature its not a big puff puff like it once was.

 

Aloe is a great idea, I think ill cut down on the coconut oil and see where it ends up

 

The back of his hair is locking up BEAUTIFULLY! 

 

I find alot of the public mistake him for a girl because of the long hair! 

post #166 of 376

Canadianhippie--we're using the same method with our DS (he's 2 and a few months.) He has super fine hair and I was pretty certain that it wouldn't dread, but I just gave up brushing (not worth the screaming!) and low and behold.....he's got dreads! It's a pretty wild mess in the back right now---he hates having his hair played with so it looks like the dreads will just have to keep forming on their own. He gets mistaken for a girl quite a bit as well.

post #167 of 376

6 months in & I'm about ready to chop off my hair! Dreads are prickly. They're hot. And when I wear my hair up all the time I have a headache by mid-day. HELP! Going into this I told myself I'd give it a year but I have no idea how I'll make it another 6 months. Has anyone else done this? Had dreads for a very short time & then given up? I don't know if I'm looking for encouragement to stay strong because I'll regret it or for someone to say, "go ahead & chop them." Maybe I just need an expert to tidy them up for me because heaven knows I don't have hours to crochet my hair everyday. I'm not that good at it anyway.

post #168 of 376
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6 months in & I'm about ready to chop off my hair! Dreads are prickly. They're hot. And when I wear my hair up all the time I have a headache by mid-day. HELP! Going into this I told myself I'd give it a year but I have no idea how I'll make it another 6 months. Has anyone else done this? Had dreads for a very short time & then given up? I don't know if I'm looking for encouragement to stay strong because I'll regret it or for someone to say, "go ahead & chop them." Maybe I just need an expert to tidy them up for me because heaven knows I don't have hours to crochet my hair everyday. I'm not that good at it anyway.


I have major dread commitment issues! I'm on my fifth or six set since I was a teenager, lol. I think the longest I've ever had dreads is about a year and a half!

Wear them up looser if possible, if they are tugged tight the tension on your scalp will cause a headache. Also focus on drying and cooling your scalp, like make sure the skin is totally dry after washing it so the sweat won't build up on the already moist skin, it will make it less prickly and you can use rosemary and peppermint EO's in small amounts to keep it cooler. Or do you mean the dreads are prickly on your skin when they are not pulled up? if so yeah that happens, still haven't really found a good solution for that.

But I have an idea! Make a dread skirt out of a scarf or something and clip it to the nape of your neck around the dreads but off the scap so that it hangs like only on the dreads so there will be a layer of fabric between the hair and your shoulders. Hmm I wonder if that made sense and if so I wonder if it will work?

post #169 of 376

Yay! I'm glad you're keeping his dreads in. I love little dready kids! My dd is a read head with super fine silky hair and we've never managed to get more than an handful of dreads on her naturally.

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Thank you!

 

 

I am keeping his dreads in, but am just using neglect method, so the the top of his hair is still soft curls that have yet to dread, so that needs to stay a bit conditioned, however I find that as his hair has gotten longer and more mature its not a big puff puff like it once was.

 

Aloe is a great idea, I think ill cut down on the coconut oil and see where it ends up

 

The back of his hair is locking up BEAUTIFULLY! 

 

I find alot of the public mistake him for a girl because of the long hair! 

post #170 of 376

Yes, mamayogibear, I meant the dreads are prickly on my neck. If I wear them down with a tank top on they scratch my upper back & it's SO annoying. I've been wearing my hair up in a twisty bun like thing (I posted a pic a couple months ago) but today I wore them in a high pony tail & it worked well but I just had to take them down because my head was hurting. The key may be to switch my up 'do throughout the day or simply take them down for intervals & let my scalp have a rest from all the tugging. My hair is pretty long & very thick so it's heavy, heavy.

 

All that being said, I think I've decided to stick it out through the warm months because they should be more comfortable when it cools off and I start wearing heavier clothes that cover my back. I've even thought about cutting them & having super short dreads but then I fear they'll just fall out!? 

post #171 of 376

Hey! Dread-wanna-be here! I haven't read the thread, but I have been thinking about dreading and want to know some pro's and con's and do's and don'ts before I go into it. :)

post #172 of 376
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Hey! Dread-wanna-be here! I haven't read the thread, but I have been thinking about dreading and want to know some pro's and con's and do's and don'ts before I go into it. :)


Biggest con: looking presentable for job interviews! other than that I can't think of any thing.

Pros: if you don't need a job or all ready have an 'alternative' type job then you can bee the headiest looking hippie mama on the block, unless it's haight street or telegraph then every hippie mama on the block had locks...

post #173 of 376
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Biggest con: looking presentable for job interviews! other than that I can't think of any thing.

Pros: if you don't need a job or all ready have an 'alternative' type job then you can bee the headiest looking hippie mama on the block, unless it's haight street or telegraph then every hippie mama on the block had locks...

LOL Well, I'm going to be headed into midwifery school within the next year, so I don't know if potential clients would turn me away because of it. Anyways, how do I get started? And what should I do to ensure my success?

post #174 of 376
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All that being said, I think I've decided to stick it out through the warm months because they should be more comfortable when it cools off and I start wearing heavier clothes that cover my back. I've even thought about cutting them & having super short dreads but then I fear they'll just fall out!? 

Lenni Cravitz had 1 inch dreads at one point

post #175 of 376
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LOL Well, I'm going to be headed into midwifery school within the next year, so I don't know if potential clients would turn me away because of it. Anyways, how do I get started? And what should I do to ensure my success?


If you are  doing entry level midwifery I don't think it would be an issue but if you are trying to go to nursing school you might have problems with interviews. There are a ton of different ways to 'start' dreadlocks. And there are a ton of different definitions of 'success'!

How natural do you want them to be? Do you want to use any products? Do you want them to look like dreads asap but not use products?

For your locks to be a success do you want them to uniform? Do you want them in a 'grid'? Do you want them tight and tidy?

Or would medusa like apendages of different sizes and textures emerging from you be considered 'success'?

post #176 of 376
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Lenni Cravitz had 1 inch dreads at one point


Lenni Cravitz had one inch 'twists' which are a cinch to put in afro textured hair and nearly impossible to put in silky straight hair... but cutting dreads can be a crap shoot. If they are mature and well knotted they will not all fall out, your tips might not be blunted and you might have ones that unravel at different lengths. But I would wait till there at least a year or older before tripping them. I've tried trimming younger sets and just ended up combing them out...

post #177 of 376
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If you are  doing entry level midwifery I don't think it would be an issue but if you are trying to go to nursing school you might have problems with interviews. There are a ton of different ways to 'start' dreadlocks. And there are a ton of different definitions of 'success'!

How natural do you want them to be? Do you want to use any products? Do you want them to look like dreads asap but not use products?

For your locks to be a success do you want them to uniform? Do you want them in a 'grid'? Do you want them tight and tidy?

Or would medusa like apendages of different sizes and textures emerging from you be considered 'success'?

I'm doing entry level midwifery. I want my dreads to all look similar in thickness and able to "put them up". I don't know about products. I'm currently doing some research on this. I don't want to start without knowing the in's and out's of it.

 

 

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Lenni Cravitz had one inch 'twists' which are a cinch to put in afro textured hair and nearly impossible to put in silky straight hair... but cutting dreads can be a crap shoot. If they are mature and well knotted they will not all fall out, your tips might not be blunted and you might have ones that unravel at different lengths. But I would wait till there at least a year or older before tripping them. I've tried trimming younger sets and just ended up combing them out...

Interesting! I just knew he cut his hair and they still appeared to be 'dreaded'.

post #178 of 376

I can't seem to quote your last post. Do you want them to look/feel equal right away, in a few months or by next year when you start school?

Products can range from getting chem dreads aka dred perms, to using wax once or regularly to using as little as sea salt and aloe vera gel... Don't buy the fancy stuff for dreads, just make your own from food grade sea salt and gel.

If you want to look dreaded right away either go with twist and rip or back comb and crochet. Both of these can look okay without wax and look mature pretty fast. Some people consider them to be 'natural' still.

Another option is to just back comb and use wax, which I have done once and did not prefer. Wax acts like a magnet for everything even though it is on the inside of the dread. Or if you have patience and don't mind looking funny for a few months you can just back comb and palm roll without wax. All of these techniques can be done by yourself but if you have a helper or two it will be much more even and uniform looking. But then again if you are going with a natural hairstyle like dreadlocks, is uniform and even what you are going for?

The best option in my opinion but it will not give you 'even' dreads is to go natural and just let them form.

I've tried all of the above techniques, I have commitment issues with dreadlocks, lol.

So the best way to start is to stop using regular shampoo if you use it and use bs/acv or a dreadlock soap, I love bucks county soaps dreadlock shampoo with sea salt in it. Get your scalp used to the new routine while you research which technique you are going to use to dread your hair.

Okay enough dready spam from me:) Let me know if you have any questions!

post #179 of 376
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Originally Posted by mamayogibear View Post

I can't seem to quote your last post. Do you want them to look/feel equal right away, in a few months or by next year when you start school?

Products can range from getting chem dreads aka dred perms, to using wax once or regularly to using as little as sea salt and aloe vera gel... Don't buy the fancy stuff for dreads, just make your own from food grade sea salt and gel.

If you want to look dreaded right away either go with twist and rip or back comb and crochet. Both of these can look okay without wax and look mature pretty fast. Some people consider them to be 'natural' still.

Another option is to just back comb and use wax, which I have done once and did not prefer. Wax acts like a magnet for everything even though it is on the inside of the dread. Or if you have patience and don't mind looking funny for a few months you can just back comb and palm roll without wax. All of these techniques can be done by yourself but if you have a helper or two it will be much more even and uniform looking. But then again if you are going with a natural hairstyle like dreadlocks, is uniform and even what you are going for?

The best option in my opinion but it will not give you 'even' dreads is to go natural and just let them form.

I've tried all of the above techniques, I have commitment issues with dreadlocks, lol.

So the best way to start is to stop using regular shampoo if you use it and use bs/acv or a dreadlock soap, I love bucks county soaps dreadlock shampoo with sea salt in it. Get your scalp used to the new routine while you research which technique you are going to use to dread your hair.

Okay enough dready spam from me:) Let me know if you have any questions!

I want them to be done in a few months. I'm thinking about finding a salon that will backcomb for me, though. I don't know anyone locally who can/will help me(I have crunchy friends, but not THAT crunchy lol). I have been trying to 'acclimate' my hair to not being washed daily because I WAS washing it with Herbal Essences shampoo every.single.day. At the end of 2 days without washing it, it's extremely oily. After it starts to not be so oily, I'm going to start bs/acv. Backcombing seems the most practical way to dread for now.

post #180 of 376

Trying to talk to my husband about the dreads. He believes they're dirty and smelly. I told him it's not true, etc but he's not having any of it. He said I could go ahead with it, but he thinks it's gross. 

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