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spelf
« Reply #130 on: July 22, 2005 09:59:45 AM »


well, this is the way I make them and they've always turned out quite nice Smiley

- you take a strand of hair and backcombe it
- you take a much smaller strand of hair and crochet it in and out and around the strand you backcombed
- you spray some hairsrpay on it (not all kinds are good for this, I use L'Oral Studio fx - invisi'spray -   
  superstrong)
- you immediatly go over it with a hairdryer and twist the lock at the same time

It sound smore complex than it actually is! Your hair will be quite stiff at first and you should leave it for like a week or two and after that when you wash them, repeat the last two steps and they'll turn out quite nice!
I can show you some pics of dreads that I made like this just after I did them! My dreads are done the exact same way!

I hope this helps!
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« Reply #131 on: July 22, 2005 11:05:29 AM »

Hairspray? I've been hearing that a lot lately.

There are a number of ways you can get dreadlocks... and the most important thing you should know is that absolutely no products are needed to create them. Hair knots naturally. Products are optional and all have their pros and cons. Another thing you should be aware of is that residues slow down the locking process... so stay clear from moisterizers and conditioners. USE A RESIDUE FREE SHAMPOO. You can shampoo as often as you'd like, but I definately would shampoo at least once a week or at the very least once every 2 weeks. Oily hair also slows down the locking process. Yet another thing you should be aware of is that dreadlocks aren't an instant style... no matter which method you choose, your locks will go through many changes before they become nice and tight.
So here are different ways of acheiving locks.

1) Let nature do it's thing - natural locks:
Throw away your brush and let your hair run wild. No matter what anyone says... ANY type of hair will lock and matte after a while. You can coax it while washing and rubbing your hair clockwise against your scalp. Don't forget to stay clear of residues. Although this method can take years to produce nice round tight locks... it's one heck of an experience.

2) Backcombing:
This is by far the most popular method. All you need is a metal tooth comb... I definately wouldn't suggest buying one online because you can go to a pet store and purchase a pet flea comb with finer teeth for half the price. Whatever anyone tells you... you don't need anything but a comb.
If you desire a more professional and clean look you can use wax or locking gel afterwards. Just make sure you use very little of it and not very often. I tell you this from experience. Excessive wax isn't good... Excessive anything isn't good. I used to wax often till I realized it wasn't necessary. I only wax my dreads once a month or once every 2 to 3 months.
Here are some instructions that you don't need to follow word for word:
http://www.knottyboy.com/learn/howtodread.php
http://www.dreadheadhq.com/

This is the method I used and it worked great. To prepare my hair I washed with nonresidue shampoo and then sprayed my hair with my own mixture of sea salt, lemon juice, and water (about 2 table spoons of each in a spray bottle full of hot water) and then I crimped it to make my hair easier to knot. It wasn't necessary but it helped. The sea salt, water, and lemon juice mixture can also be used later on as a locking accelorator. Not needed, but it helps a little. If it is used too often it can make your hair very brittle so be careful.

3) Twist and rip:
I really don't know much about this method but here is the information I gathered:
1. While washing your hair rub your hair in a clockwise motion flat against your head, you can switch hands, but make sure you continue in the same clockwise motion.

2. Let your hair dry, and then rip the giant knot apart into sections.

3. Take each section, twist it, wax it (or not it's up to you), and then palm roll it.

Continue these steps everyday until the sections have formed.
With this method you wash your hair everyday.
You can put rubber bands where you want the sections to be, so you can keep up with them everyday. You will form dreads in about 4 months.


4) dread perm:
I wouldn't suggest it because perm chemicals are super harsh and can leave your hair brittle... but if you want something that is pretty much instant go right ahead. Just make double sure that your working with a loctitian and not just some hairdresser who thinks she knows what she is talking about... many many people get ripped off this way since hairdressers just perm the hair so tightly it looks like locks but isn't and never will be. So just make sure your dealing with a good salon.

5) Synthetic dreads:
Awesome for people who are looking for something that isn't permanent.
http://www.hairpolice.com/servsynthdreads.shtml

Anyway... hope this helped a little.
Just remember that dreads will form naturally with time so products aren't necessary. If you decide to use products don't gloop them on because a little goes a long way.

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« Reply #132 on: July 22, 2005 11:18:35 AM »

okay,
so i think it would be fun to just let it grow and knot on its on. i'm sure to drive my man insane:) tahnks
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« Reply #133 on: July 22, 2005 11:32:19 AM »

Hairspray? I've been hearing that a lot lately.



yeah, when you put the hairdryer on it, it first turns kind of glueish and the next secon it's just dry and hard and very easy to wash out! It just keeps the backcombed hair together well, so it doesn't start unravelling! I had my doubts about it in the beginning, but think it's great now Smiley
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« Reply #134 on: July 22, 2005 12:20:43 PM »

Whoa.
Twist and rip.
That sounds so unbelievably painful.
Whoa.
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« Reply #135 on: July 22, 2005 12:33:01 PM »

I've never liked hairspray... Never used it when my hair was straight... and I don't think I would use it now. But if it works it works I guess. Isn't it really icky and stiff?
I didn't use anything except sea salt, lemon juice, and water as well as a teeny tiny bit of wax at the tips and my backcombed locks never unraveled. If your extremely worried about unravelling you could pop some elastics on the tips which will do the same thing without the stickiness and chemicals. Elastics shouldn't be worn for long though because they eventually kind of rot into your dreads... or even better you could use embroidery floss to thread in the tips (which definately won't rot into your dread):
http://www.enchantedsoapworks.com/making_blunt_dreads.html




Just for the record here are some good non residue shampoos:

http://www.enchantedsoapworks.com/all_things_knotty.html

http://www.phunkybrewster.com/Herbals.html (look for the dready bar soap)

http://www.drbronner.com/

www.knottyboy.com

http://www.giovannicosmetics.com/index.html (their tea tree triple threat is supposedly the best of the best for locks)

and if you can't order online you can pick up a bottle of Neutrogena Anti-Residue shampoo almost anywhere. If you have a Costco they sell it in bulk for only $9.99 (canadian) and Walmart also has but it a much smaller format for $6.99.
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« Reply #136 on: July 22, 2005 12:48:47 PM »

jershyLA:
If you want to get a better look at what natural locks look like here are a few pics..

http://com3.runboard.com/bknottydreadlockforum.fknottypics.t816

http://com3.runboard.com/bknottydreadlockforum.fknottypics.t1187

http://com3.runboard.com/bknottydreadlockforum.fknottypics.t1163

http://com3.runboard.com/bknottydreadlockforum.fknottypics.t1154

http://com3.runboard.com/bknottydreadlockforum.fknottypics.t790


Hope this gives you a little idea of natural locks in development and what they look like down the line... Essentially every method ends up looking the same down the line... some methods allow you to get there faster while others seem to make the process quite slow.
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« Reply #137 on: July 28, 2005 02:42:28 PM »

okay its been two weeks. i think the hardest thing so far is leaving it alone. i love to mess in my hair. my hair looks locked but i know it may take a while before it actually does.
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« Reply #138 on: July 29, 2005 09:03:35 PM »

I've been having so much trouble keeping my dreadlocks in line! they are new so i guess i should expect it. the tips are really long and i cant wait until i can cut them off. I noticed that most of the problem areas were on the part of my hair where i was sleeping. Does anyone have any ways of solving this?
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« Reply #139 on: August 01, 2005 09:28:29 AM »

Solve what? Sounds perfectly natural. Expect messyness where you sleep because that is where your hair gets the most action... this is a good thing... you want this... it just means your hair is knotting up.
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