Dreads!

1 year, 8 months ago

So I started dreadlocking my hair about two months ago using the backcombing method. The bottoms of pretty much all of them are impossibly tight, yet the top halves have pretty much come undone. I’d like to twist and rip them, but I don’t know how to do it in the middle of a dread!! Any suggestions/help??

June 25, 2013 at 6:39 pm

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Profile photo of Heed them, HEthen Heed them, HEthen (@heedthem) 1 year, 8 months ago ago

@hstews, I know you should probably wax them after backcombing them a lot. Spend a really long time at the base and after waxing them, backcomb them one more time slowly and smooth them down one last time. Don’t wash them for a bit, etc. If you have soft hair you might have to repeat these steps again afterwards.

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Profile photo of Listenbox Listenbox (@listenbox) 1 year, 8 months ago ago

I use a crochet hook thats got a 1mm hook on it.
that works the best in my opinion

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Profile photo of ostriches ostriches (@ostriches) 1 year, 8 months ago ago

NO NO NO DO NOT PUT WAX IN YOUR HAIR.

If you have any questions, I recommend visiting http://www.livejournal.com/tools/memories.bml?user=get_up_dread_up or http://get-up-dread-up.livejournal.com/
Read the memories. There is lots of good advice.

Dreadlocks are a waiting game. It takes time, you need to be patient with your hair and let it do its thing. My dreads recently turned 9 years old and I have tons of frizzy hair at the roots and you will always have 2-3″ of undread or looser hair at the roots.

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Profile photo of Allison Allison (@goingup) 1 year, 8 months ago ago

I am so proud of white girls with dreads. Good for you! @hstews

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Profile photo of Nathan Douglas Nathan Douglas (@jonnyopinion) 1 year, 8 months ago ago

Dreadlocks are just for people who can’t be bothered to wash their hair properly.

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Profile photo of Surina Surina M (@surain) 1 year, 8 months ago ago

@jonnyopinion, You do know that people with dreads wash their hair, right?

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Profile photo of Ellie Ellie M (@tangledupinplaid21) 1 year, 8 months ago ago

@jonnyopinion, you should do some more research before spreading misinformation. Hair has to be clean before it will even lock properly.

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Profile photo of Ellie Ellie M (@tangledupinplaid21) 1 year, 8 months ago ago

@hstews, I agree, don’t put wax in it. I have some spaces in mine that are loose too and I just try to leave ‘em alone. Try filling a spray bottle with sea salt water and spraying that on, it seems to help.

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Profile photo of Kidd Kidd (@kidd) 1 year, 8 months ago ago

I love dreads; I don’t have them so I don’t have any advice, but I just wanted to say that I support the decision to go for it :D

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Profile photo of Nathan Douglas Nathan Douglas (@jonnyopinion) 1 year, 8 months ago ago

@surain, I didn’t know that actually. Thank you!

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Profile photo of Nathan Douglas Nathan Douglas (@jonnyopinion) 1 year, 8 months ago ago

@tangledupinplaid21, I had no intention to cause any offence and apologise sincerely. However, there is no misinformation of any kind, speaking in an objective sense.

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Profile photo of José José (@justze) 1 year, 8 months ago ago

my best advice would be to let them do their thing and just separate them (that’s if u dont want a big congo/ monodread ) well, what he says -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3_pO12Qcig ofc u can do some maintenance, but I think that 2 months is too early for that. you should just embrace the crazyness for a while :)

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Profile photo of Han Stew Han Stew (@hstews) 1 year, 8 months ago ago

@heedthem @ostriches I used wax the first two weeks and then decided against it and washed it out which took out a lot of knots. @johnnyopinion haha, yes I wash my dreads. @goingup thanks girl! @tangledupinplaid21 that’s what I have been doing, I was just wondering if there are any techniques to getting them more knotted and thicker, twist and ripping maybe? @kidd thanks! :)

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Profile photo of ostriches ostriches (@ostriches) 1 year, 8 months ago ago

@hstews wax doesn’t wash out, it will stay in your dreads and the more you use it, the more it builds up and it can weigh your dreads down. (If you want longer dreads you do not want any more weight than what you’ll already have or you can get neck pain.) Also, overtime some of your dreads may grow together and you’ll get some chunkier dreads. Like I said, you have to be patient and let your hair do it’s thing.
Also DO NOT do root flipping ie: flipping the end of the dread through it’s root. It may look nice at first but it creates a weak spot in the dreadlock.

@johnnyopinion yes, clean dreads are happy dreads. If you quit washing your hair all the oils will build up and your hair will become slippery and not knot (heh). However, washing dreads every single day is too much and can also cause dreads not to knot.
I wash my dreads once a week and they take about 15-19 hours to dry completely.

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Profile photo of Han Stew Han Stew (@hstews) 1 year, 8 months ago ago

I used dawn dish soap and very hott water to wash them, it may not have gotten rid of all of the wax but it got a helluva lot out!! I have not root flipped however, thanks for the advice!!

Another question then- Do you avoid swimming a lot in summer?
@ostriches

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Profile photo of nicht nicht (@motorik) 1 year, 8 months ago ago

Dreads are sexy.

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 1 year, 8 months ago ago

Growing my hair at the moment. I love dreads and have always been in love with dreads. I haven’t been able to grow them due to having a job but I’m looking towards growing them out and eventually getting them within the next two years as I’m moving to SoCal and will have to pursue more opportunities for growth.

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Profile photo of ostriches ostriches (@ostriches) 1 year, 8 months ago ago

@hstews fun question. I was actually a water polo player all throughout high school and into college, which is about the same amount of time I’ve had dreadlocks. I had to keep it short to fit into a swim cap (younger dreads should still fit easily without having to cut them) So if you can do that you should be fine, the hair at the base of your neck and anywhere near the edges of the swimcap will get a little wet, but that isnt too bad. Also, you’ll look like you have a giant head but that’s okay.

If you don’t want to swim with a swim cap, I don’t suggest being in a pool more than 2-3 times a week. Always rinse off your hair after swimming in a chlorinated pool, no need to use shampoo. Just make sure to get your hair completely dry in between. You can use a towl to also help tangle loose hair.

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Profile photo of TheSkaFish TheSkaFish M (@theskafish) 1 year, 8 months ago ago

I had dreads once:

Dreadlock Days photo DredsDodged.jpg

I got the idea that I wanted to look like Eric Melvin from NOFX. Also, let’s be honest here – I was a total stoner. This was about the height (or depth, depending on how you look at it) of my stoner days. Yes, that IS a baja poncho you see me wearing. In retrospect, it would have been a better use of my time to have started learning to play guitar like Eric Melvin from NOFX, instead. Eh….not raining on anyone’s parade but it was a lot more work than I anticipated, I did it wrong and used wax, and ultimately they started falling apart on me. The whole time, it drove my parents insane – they absolutely HATED them, and my friends were split down the middle. Some thought they were…interesting, and others plainly told me it wasn’t going to work. Plus, I just don’t think long hair complements the shape of my head, and dreads REALLY don’t work with my hair because my hair is not curly or wavy at all (unfortunately – I wish I had wavy hair), it is straight and thick like rope, and it really looks best short. After about 4 months of rubbing my dreads between my hands in a vain attempt to keep them knotty and looking like a crazy man attempting to set fire to his own head, I had my friends comb my hair back out instead of cutting them off, I didn’t want to run the risk of a barber refusing to even take me on the grounds of messing up their tools. Not only that but I didn’t want to look bald. Man, it was painful having them combed out, I had all these huge hairballs from it, and when it was all done, I took all of the yanked-out dreads, went out to the street, and burned them. I was done.

But what didn’t work for me might work for you. I’d be interested to see some pics of you guys, and your dreads at different stages of length.

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Profile photo of TheSkaFish TheSkaFish M (@theskafish) 1 year, 8 months ago ago

@tangledupinplaid21, hey, those look pretty cool. I don’t think I’d ever do it again myself, but I do believe that dreads can definitely work for people. The length looks good too, mine were just barely long enough to do it. How long have you had them for?

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Profile photo of ostriches ostriches (@ostriches) 1 year, 8 months ago ago

@theskafish http://i.imgur.com/O9IYkCg.jpg
this was after a maintenance session, 9 years old in this pic

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Profile photo of Ellie Ellie M (@tangledupinplaid21) 1 year, 8 months ago ago

@theskafish, well I started putting them in 1-2 months ago and have just been adding one at a time here and there ever since. I chose smaller dreads cause they are less drastic, and I still have the top layer of my hair normal so I can look “acceptable” at work and such. Your pic looked pretty cool as well! but it sounds like you had understandable reasons for removing them.

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Profile photo of Han Stew Han Stew (@hstews) 1 year, 7 months ago ago

@theskafish haha rad, they didn’t look too bad to me! But the wax was definitely where you went wrong. I get mixed feedback about them. Most of my friends love them, a lot of people ask me why I would do that to my long pretty hair. I don’t really care what any of them think, I like them. Some are loosening up and some are tightening, they’re all really just doing their own thing at this point!
@tangledupinplaid21 not bad! I did mine all at once, and got hired to a new job after the fact luckily! So it’s safe to say they don’t mind.
@ostriches I am drooling over those! I can’t WAIT until mine are hard knotty dreads!

I want to post a picture of mine, how do I do that? Haha

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Profile photo of emma emma (@emmaclaire) 1 year, 7 months ago ago

I love looking at pictures of people’s dreads! I had one little one at the nape of my neck for about a year. Loved it but it was too much maintenance with the rest of my hair.

As for your question, I know you can rub them between your palm.

Also if you have any more questions you can look at this girl’s youtube channel. A lot of her old videos are about dreadlocks. I learned everything I know from her.

http://www.youtube.com/user/xxzxczx

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