For my dreads Im not using wax. milkweed* sent me the link to a page about wax so now Im NOT using it
I think Im going to do the neglect method. I did that before on accident and it worked for me. the whol back of my head was one huge dread. Maybe today I will have my mom separate my hair... I just wish my hair was a little longer. I dont want to look like a guy. One of the kids I babysot thinks im a guy because my hair is short and my voice sounds like a guy to her o.0
Well the pictures you've seen (along with the pictures I've posted on here) are from those who misuse wax. This is exactly why I tell people not to abuse wax.
Wax should not be used daily...
Wax should not be globbed on either...
Also wax should not have a very high beeswax concentration because it will be much harder to wash out...
If you can, get something water soluble....
Wax can be used successfully but it is not necessary
So if you don't want to use it... don't. Simole as that.
Also if you are doing the neglect method, it doesn't involve sectioning your hair. You do nothing. Absolutely nothing. Just wash your hair with residue free shampoo.
If you're going to section your hair you don't fall into the neglect/natural method anymore because you've interfered.
Neglect = not doing anything.
And by not doing anyting... I mean NOT doing anything... but washing your hair of course.
Also this method isn't for everyone. Chances are, it will take years for your locks to mature and in the mean-time your hair will be extremely messy looking. This usually doesn't go over well with schools, family, and jobs. Sooo be certain that you aren't going to have any drawbacks as a result of your hair.
Anyway it really isn't for everyone. Then again, dreadlocks themselves aren't for everyone.
But if you know what you're in for and have given it some thought... there ain't nothing wrong with the neglect method. Don't jump into something like that just because someone tells you to. Think about it first... People usually forget to think about it.
Here are some pics of those who used the neglect method (also known as natural method or just natural locks/dreads).
This is 3 months in:
This is a few months in:
These are at 8 months:
These are over a year old:
As you can see... it takes a while to get some progress...
Some progress faster... I guess it depends on the conditions (residue free shampoo and hair type).
It is the furthest from instant as you can get and it certainly will never be orderly. You definately need to know that and keep it in mind.
Also if you do any type of maintenance or tweeking... technically your dreads aren't considered naturals or neglected.
Miss Mermaid Strikes Back:
You really have to be careful as far as making your own wax.
It's very trial and error and if you have too much beeswax in there you'll really really regret it.