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I need advice or experience stories from people who have dreads.<br>
My hair is about sholder length and fairly straight. What kind of natural products would you recommend? How about Lanolosh? Are braids a good way to go or should I rat it? Also any web referals on the how- to are much appreciated.
 

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I used to have dreads, which I had a friend do. She knew this tricky way to put them in...well, get them started, anyway. It involved seperating in tiny sections, and combing UP the strand with a fine-tooth comb. THen ratting. The important thing to remember is NOT to use any oils or conditioners until your dreads are established. Oh, and count on losing a few inches in length when you dread.<br>
Also, they require periodic maintaining, because as your hair grows it is not dreaded. So you need to kinda work the top into dreads, too..or it will look silly.<br>
AND - contrary to popular opinion, you don't need to cut/shave when you want to get rid of them. I went to a fancy salon, gave 4 ladies a bunch of money, and they spent the entire day undreading my hair. They used tiny combs and special conditioning balms. I had a lot of hair get pulled out, so I was a little thin for a month or two - (not bald spots or anyhing!) but it grew back!<br>
Good luck! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I did the backcomb method and it worked alright. I put some beeswax on them and wrapped them in twine so I could get nice even dreads. I think there is a website called dreadhead.com or something along those lines and they have nice instructions on the backcomb method. The maintenance is easy.<br><br>
My dh used the braid method when he put his in a few years ago and it seemed to take a lot longer to dread up but he didn't have to go through the pain of backcombing. It also helps if you want small dreads instead of the big fatty ones.<br><br>
If you can get some natural shampoo and use for a couple of weeks beforehand it would help get the shampoo/conditioner buildup out of your hair and it will help when dreading.<br><br>
Forming the dreads seems to take the most time up but it isn't hard. If you just roll them in between your hands it helps to shape them into a cylinder shape.<br><br>
I wish I would have known that you can comb out dreads but I guess my time as a bald female wasn't soooo bad. It did make getting a job harder when I would go into the interviews and stuff. (The dreads and being bald both made finding a job difficult.)
 

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Dude, are you for real?!! My current batch of dreads are 8ish years old and down to my arse and I've got only one of 'em trained out so that it can be cut out at any time. The others are thick, I mean not obnoxiously thick, but like too thick for me to even dream of doing anything other than cutting them out. How did they do it? HELP!! I've finally decided that I do indeed want these out but they are tight as drums and I can't imagine how much or what kind of combing and oils would loosen them up. Again, HELP!!! I've had dreads in my head on and off for over half my life and I've always just cut them out when I was done with them, and purposely never let my whole head dread up b/c with my thick, curly hair, I thought cutting was the only way to go. This is awesome news to me!!
 

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Thanks, Mahdokht! That's kinda what I figured for my head <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">: If you saw my hair, you'd know that its tendency IS to dread and I actually comb it to keep dreads from forming. I guess it doesn't help that these are so old either. One actually took on tour in just a four day run in which I kept my hair in a bun the whole time. I took it down, and viola! a new dread! That one is the fattest and dh and I call it the beast, haha. For the longest time, I didn't even know about all the backcombing and stuff like that but I'm usually fighting to keep them out rather than trying to put them in :LOL!<br><br>
Megan_cherry: I think it was already said, but they do grow up and then back down so don't do your whole head at once or else you'll go thru a period of having a bunch of little finger sized thin dreads all over your head, and it will look goofy. We used to always crack up at the phish kids who did their heads up just in time for tour and would have a head full of thin, 2-3 long dreads looking like mini sausages. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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Phishmama, I would doubt you could get your hair undreaded. I have super straight fine hair...and had them nowhere near 8 years!!!! Sounds like you have hair like my dh...coarse and curly. He gets dreads if he goes a couple days without a shower!<br>
I was lucky to get mine out, and I have only ever met a couple of other people who have been successful with comb-outs. It can't hurt to try, though! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 
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