Seriously considering dreading my hair- There is a salon here in Portland that does it with rave reviews. I've gone to all the dreadlock FAQ sites, etc, but want to talk with some 'real' mamas who can share their experiences.
I have very, very thick, frizzy hair (just past shoulders) that I can't do anything with. Right now, I wear it in a messy bun on top of my head like every day because I just do not have the time to sit in my bathroom with a flat iron to make it smooth (although it does look nice when I do this, but it is so very time consuming).
Cutting it short is not an option- Been there, done that. Because of it's thickness and frizziness it just looks fricking terrible when it is short. No amount of product helps.
Now I am getting headaches from wearing it up all day, and my scalp often hurts and itches too. (I have very dry hair). Right now I wash my hair once or twice a week ( I seriously make no oil, so my hair actually feels best like 4 days after washing, but then my scalp starts to itch and so I wash it just when it starts to get manageable, and the vicious cycle perpetuates itself..)
I am concerned about the itchiness of the dreads when they first start doing their thing- Is it enough to drive me insane? Do the products (tea tree oil, cooling peppermint spray, etc) really offer relief that I can look forward to? As someone who already deals with itchy scalp, I must say that this causes some hesitation... sometimes the itchiness I experience now is enough to make me really miserable! Other times, I think that it can't possibly be worse than it is now.
I have also heard that dreads can cause your scalp to hurt. Again, my scalp often hurts now, so is dreading setting me up for even more discomfort, or will that too go away after time? What are your experiences with this?
When I get to the point where I HAVE to wash my hair because of the itchiness and soreness of my scalp, it feels so FRICKING GOOD. It's like Aaahhhh... when I'm massaging the shampoo into my scalp. I know dreads are washed a little differently, and I know it sounds silly but I fear not getting that soothing relief and scalp stimulation that I get from vigorously scrubbing my scalp (which, if I understand correctly, I can't do if I have dreads-?)
Sorry this is so long. I did look at previous threads on the subject, but they seemed to more address the 'how to' process, and the identity thing... I'm looking more for what is it really, really like living with dreadlocks- the good and the bad.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!