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Old 06-01-2012, 07:53 PM
 
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my 15 month neglect dreads.  they had shrunk quite a bit but are slowly growing.  i cant wait until they get longer.  this is the dread soap i use, i love it http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/studio/Mayleesgarden/1/7/25798//

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Chicky - your dreadies look so much more mature than their age, love em!

mamayogibear/koru - So funny, that's not how I crochet mine, I didn't realize that would work, lol! I guess, though, I'm crocheting strays back in, not two dreads together, so there should be a difference;) Koru, it should work well for you since you say yours are thinner. Here's what I do for strays to make my hair look much cleaner: Push the hook through the dread and wrap the strays around it a few times (I like to use a fairly big hook for this). Then pull it back out the way you came in. Repeat all the way down so you're basically weaving the stay hairs in and out of the dread. It makes them look nice and the strays dread right in in no time! I must warn you, it's hard to stop once you start, lol! I do this for those darned thin hairs around the neckline too regularly.


Yeah, that's what I do for stray hairs on occasion. I have done maintanence on others dreads mostly. I only did mine when I was apartment hunting and before job interviews. Right now they could use it! I haven't touched them up since the first week of April. The only thing I do differently is I use a very small needle so that sticking it through the loc doesn't cause a bigger hole to form. It might take more stabs than a larger one but I can move faster. I have no clue where my small needles are right now but I'd love to do some touch ups before the end of the month.


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Sharlla - those are fabulous for neglect dreads! How lucky you are:)

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Yeah, that's what I do for stray hairs on occasion. I have done maintanence on others dreads mostly. I only did mine when I was apartment hunting and before job interviews. Right now they could use it! I haven't touched them up since the first week of April. The only thing I do differently is I use a very small needle so that sticking it through the loc doesn't cause a bigger hole to form. It might take more stabs than a larger one but I can move faster. I have no clue where my small needles are right now but I'd love to do some touch ups before the end of the month.

Hmm, I can't use a small hook b/c my hair won't stay wound around it. I've never created a hole in mine and I use a pretty big one. However, it is tricky to poke it through now that mine have gotten so tight, so I might have to try a smaller one soon. I don't go fast or do multiple stabs (put it through, wrap hair around, pull it back, but it's definitely not fast!), so there must be a few different ways!


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I don't wind the hair around it, The hook snags several strands of hair and pulls it back in. This way only small amounts are wound into each stab.
 


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So, um, I did something incredibly stupid to my hair today.  I was pulling apart some congos that had just gotten out of hand.  My hair in general has gotten out of hand lately.  It's a big frizzy mess.  Loose hairs everywhere, loose loopy dreads, and major congos.  Probably because it's so hot here that I just leave it in a ponytail bun for 2 or 3 days at a time.  Anyway, so some of the congos just could not b e pulled apart.  They were huge matted messes, so I took some scissors and cut right through the middle of them.  I can reach my scalp again, which is nice because it was getting so itchy up there.  But it also now seems like 2 or 3 of them are barely hanging on by a thread, like it wouldn't take much to make them fall out.  I'm really hoping that doesn't happen and my husband is promising me that he would love me even if I had big bald spots, but I'm not sure I'd want to be seen in public with them.  So, yeah, even if you're desperate don't try to cut through your congos.  

On a different note, I've found that washing my hair with Dawn dishwashing liquid gets it much cleaner than washing with baking soda.  The BS just was not cutting it for me anymore - I guess again due to the weather.  I live in Louisiana so it's hot and humid down here and there was just all kinds of sweat residue type stuff in my hair and on my head.  If I scratched my head I would get a sort of build up gunk under my fingernails.  Gross, I know.  So, I tried Dawn which is what I used in high school because I had really greasy hair then and it seems to be working much better.  

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So, um, I did something incredibly stupid to my hair today.  I was pulling apart some congos that had just gotten out of hand.  My hair in general has gotten out of hand lately.  It's a big frizzy mess.  Loose hairs everywhere, loose loopy dreads, and major congos.  Probably because it's so hot here that I just leave it in a ponytail bun for 2 or 3 days at a time.  Anyway, so some of the congos just could not b e pulled apart.  They were huge matted messes, so I took some scissors and cut right through the middle of them.  I can reach my scalp again, which is nice because it was getting so itchy up there.  But it also now seems like 2 or 3 of them are barely hanging on by a thread, like it wouldn't take much to make them fall out.  I'm really hoping that doesn't happen and my husband is promising me that he would love me even if I had big bald spots, but I'm not sure I'd want to be seen in public with them.  So, yeah, even if you're desperate don't try to cut through your congos.  

On a different note, I've found that washing my hair with Dawn dishwashing liquid gets it much cleaner than washing with baking soda.  The BS just was not cutting it for me anymore - I guess again due to the weather.  I live in Louisiana so it's hot and humid down here and there was just all kinds of sweat residue type stuff in my hair and on my head.  If I scratched my head I would get a sort of build up gunk under my fingernails.  Gross, I know.  So, I tried Dawn which is what I used in high school because I had really greasy hair then and it seems to be working much better.  


*hug* I'm sorry for your congo catostrophy. For the few that are barley hanging on are they surrounded by loose hairs? If so you could crochet the loose hairs into the thicker part of the dread below the thread. This will put a bit of tension on your scalp and kind of hurt at first but it will eventually make the 'loose' hairs grow into the base of the dread. I did this once after cutting some really sticky gooey hash out of a lock about a decade ago;)


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I think my locks look awesome in this pic so I figured I'd share:)

 

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My dreads are 2.5 months old. Just starting to dread up now that I have stopped waxing... They are frizzy at the roots but definitely tightening up. I just hand roll them daily and try to tolerate the frizz! I am just curious how people sleep with their dreads. I have been sleeping with them up I a bandanna "Aunt Jamima" style. I thought it would control the frizz but not sure it even matters. If they are damp from the shower I sleep with them free and it feels so good! Better for my scalp I think! Any ideas? Thanks ladies!


 

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Dreadies look awesome, Sharlla and Mamayogibear!

 

Keylimecutie, sleeping on them (loose) helps them dread.  :o)


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My dreads have gotten really loopy.  Like, every dread has at least 2 or 3 loops and some have more.  So, I got a crochet hook and am trying to work on these things but I am not having any luck.  I've watched several youtube videos but I still can't get the hang of it.  Suggestions?

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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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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 


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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.


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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!

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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! 


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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.


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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.


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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?


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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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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! 


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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!? 


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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. :)


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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...


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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?


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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!? 

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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'?


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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...


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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'.


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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!


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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.


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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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