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« Reply #1470 on: May 15, 2008 07:03:15 AM »

If you want to go to a salon and have her do your dreads, thats fine. Just dont let her use anything in your hair. Unless you want her to.... But its not that great of an idea...
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« Reply #1471 on: May 15, 2008 08:19:12 AM »

Have any of you combined dreads? I have some thinner ones that I want to try to combine, and I've heard different methods. What are your favorite methods? Also, What methods have you all used to get the ends to stay knotted up? About half of my hair is loose, and then the top half is dreaded. This is convenient sometimes when I need to put it up and not have my dreads show, but it is also discouraging at times... Thanks in advance for any advice you may have. Smiley

The answer to your questions will always be: leave your hair alone!
Srsly pplz, dreads are formed by knots, knots will come naturally.
Dreads formed together is called a congo, my hair is FULL of them because i never do anything to it (well...i wash it, duh) but if you realllllly can't be patient then you can put a bead on two dreads and leave it, they will start to combine, or you can use a peyote. But do not do hairwraps or the like because that will constrict the dreads and you need movement for knots to happen!
Your dreads loose ends: they are going to be like that for a looong time, trust me. Dreads take timeeeeeeeeeeee. In the end, they will turn out so stop worrying!
Whatever method you are going to try to make loose ends dreads is going to come out. pretty much, when you start dreads you put them in, they come out, and start building themselves.
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« Reply #1472 on: May 15, 2008 11:57:10 AM »

I think there's a misunderstanding about the website saying to use wax for maintenance.

Everywhere I look she is totally against it, even in the Q&As she has a "Big don'ts list" which specifies "Use bees wax"

as far as salon dreads go, she seems reasonable enough with a natural enough technique.

I need to post a good picture of my dreads now, they're turning out great! I'm so happy. I passed the 4th month mark and they aren't coming at all undone when I wash them now Smiley

They've also gotten crazy thin compared to what they looked like before. I guess with all the extra air gone they're bound to be smaller Smiley
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« Reply #1473 on: May 15, 2008 09:18:11 PM »

Dread wax: Both Knotty Boy and DreadHeadHQ sell this. This is not just wax, so dont try to substitute a melted candle for it. Dread wax is filled with oils, and has a low melt temp so that you can warm it in your hand and work it into your hair. This stuff is fussy. Each dread has to be tended with it and its not a fast process. Its great for baby dreads that are a bit loose. The wax will bind them up and give them more time to tangle and stabilize. It smells great. Once you have it in your dreads, use a hot hair dryer to melt it into the interior of the dread body for better performance. I used this to get my baby dreads going on and off for about two weeks and then started looking at other products for the quick rub-and-go in the AM. It works great for holding together those loosening dreads, but tend to stiffen the dread and make it stick out. Its a phase, which will pass.




This is what it says on her dread maintenance page.
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« Reply #1474 on: May 16, 2008 08:53:00 AM »

  Its great for baby dreads that are a bit loose. The wax will bind them up and give them more time to tangle and stabilize. It smells great. Once you have it in your dreads, use a hot hair dryer to melt it into the interior of the dread body for better performance. 


Thats hilarious xD
Sure, the wax will bind then up but NO WAY will it help them "tangle and stabilize"! The wax binds them up so they can't move, and how do you make knots? By movement! uhg i hate them trying to make wax sound  usefull...
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« Reply #1475 on: May 16, 2008 09:18:27 AM »

People just like to use wax because it makes the frizzies go away quickly so it's short term satisfaction that creates long term problems. Just be patient and they'll knot their own way.
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« Reply #1476 on: May 17, 2008 03:26:33 PM »

You know what else holds the frizzies in?
A headwrap!
But that doesn't mean it helps form dreads. If I really have to look fairly presentable ATM, I throw one on, with my young dreads up in pigtails, but otherwise, the only thing they see is a but of shampoo twice a week.
I have dreadlocking stuff and I like it, but I swore that after I installed this set, I'd go a lot more natural. I saw what wax did to my bf's...ew.

The only thing I couldn't do with my hair is let it dread naturally (I have no patience for that - my hair is stick-straight, silky and fine...it would have taken literally years to make noticable dreads....) I also can't backcomb mine...again, it doesn't work in my hair. I had to literally tie it in knots. Section and pull the section in opposite directions, cross, pull, cross, pull....until I have a good base, then palm roll, and keep the maintenance up.

They are almost 7 weeks old now, and look great, but fuzzy and young, to be sure Smiley
My son already loves my dreads! They are fun for him to grab onto.
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« Reply #1477 on: May 17, 2008 07:05:17 PM »

They sound great Jezabel... I'd be interested in seeing pics. I backcombed mine about two and a half months ago. They are knotting up a lot near the roots, but the ends are really loose. I used to constantly rebackcomb the ends, but finally quit that. I'm curious about this method you used, though. Smiley
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« Reply #1478 on: May 18, 2008 07:04:49 AM »

I'll try to get pics soon Smiley
My camera is always focussed on baby now...

But that method worked best for me - another dreaded friend with really straight hair got me onto it, but I've since got others using it (including people of african descent whose hair dreads well naturally - this gives quicker results)
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« Reply #1479 on: May 18, 2008 09:03:05 AM »

Did it. This is on yesterday, the day they were born.


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