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« Reply #1330 on: November 01, 2007 11:11:30 AM »

ho knew dread techniques might be such a controversial topics amongst dreadies??
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Sadly it is.
Then again there are some obvious "no no's" when it comes to dreadlocks such as using a non-water-soluble wax with high beeswax content and using a residue containing shampoo.
I've also found that there is a lot of hostility in dread communities on natural (neglect method) vs. backcombed/crocheted/maintained.  dreads. Silly because we all go through the same process, only in different time frames, and we all end up with knotted hair in the end.  Wink

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« Reply #1331 on: November 01, 2007 12:53:21 PM »

I didn't mean to be hostile. I was just saying what I've heard it refered to and what "locking process" means to me.

As far as the neglect vs all other methods thing, i think it's silly aswell, we all chose our own paths just a lot of ppl give their opinion and then jump on others in a very negative way when it is opposed to what their opinion is.


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« Reply #1332 on: November 01, 2007 01:47:41 PM »


lol I just came to meet and chat with some fellow dread heads.

I don't think you were hostile at all irish_chicky, no worries Wink

« Reply #1333 on: November 08, 2007 08:44:53 AM »

My dreads are not tight up next to my head.  I don't do anything about that myself.

I haven't been here in a while, but recently posted elsewhere when someone asked about my dreads, so figured to come back and give an update.  This is where I began thinking about it after all!

I've had them for a year.  This is what I posted elsewhere when someone asked about them:

Most shampoos have ingredients considered bad for dreads as they cause unknotting, so I use regular Ivory soap.  I basically lather it up and wash my scalp very thoroughly, then rinse it through the dreads.  Once in a while, a good soak in something like a bit of tea tree oil in water does a deep-cleaning.

I've avoided most problems by not using oils and waxes and such that are often used for dreads.  Not putting lots of gunk in there in the first place helps a lot, but some folks get impatient with it being so messy at first and use all sorts of stuff to make them look neater.  Some of them have lots of problems with that stuff being stuck in the middle of the dreads later.

Some folks with very thin straight hair use these products cause they have a harder time getting dreads.  I'm in sort of an intermediate place, I have thick, curly hair, but not kinky.  So not the easiest to dread, but not the hardest either.

They also sell all sorts of expensive products for dreads, but given that it's just knotted hair, I can't see the point of most of them. Anyone's hair is gonna form knots sooner or later - it just takes some patience.

I put them in using the backcombing method and never used anything to make them dread faster except spraying on salt water.  And lots of patience until they looked more like dreads and less like a mess.

The only real maintenance I do is... dreads want to grow together at the root and if you let them, you could eventually wind up with just one giant dread.  So periodically, I do what is called "ripping" them, pulling them apart parallel to the scalp to separate them.

The week before I put them in, we went on a cruise to the Bahamas, and there were gorgeous dreads all over the island.  That probably was the cincher for me after thinking about it for a good six months. 

While I don't regret them at all and really like them a lot now that they look like dreads instead of a bad hair day, I underestimated how unusual I'd look with them here in rural PA.  This is not the Bahamas - no one around here has dreads, not even the black folks.
« Reply #1334 on: November 08, 2007 10:44:09 AM »

hey j patti, thanks for telling your story.

About shampoo, it is not that they are worried that some shampoos will not let them dread, unless it has conditioner in it. It is the residue that most shampoo will leave behind aka scents and colors that are chemically added to your soap. This can get stuck in the center of your dreads, turning some a grey color, and can eventually lead to mold, but not in all cases.

I use a all natural shampoo made locally and just add some lavender essential oil for a nice smell, or I also have dr.bonners soap which is amazing and completely all natural.

Can you post some pics!!! I love seeing ppl's dreads Smiley

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« Reply #1335 on: November 12, 2007 06:46:41 AM »

So, as I threatened a few posts back, I finally got around to going to the local hairdressers to get my hair washed and dried.

My dreads aren't that long but there are a lot of them and in the damp UK autumn they just don't dry quick enough. So I got them washed with some residue-free 'detox' shampoo they had, then I sat under the old-fashioned space-helmet hairdryer for an hour and a half, knitting a sock.

It was great! I'd forgotten how nice it is to have someone else wash my hair. They tied my dreads up in a net while I was under the dryer and they all dried nicely apart from a couple of tips which escaped from the net. I'll definitely be going back. They only charged me ten quid Grin

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« Reply #1336 on: November 12, 2007 08:13:53 AM »

awesome! I should get one of those chairs for my house haha

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« Reply #1337 on: November 12, 2007 10:52:29 AM »

Hey, doesn't anybody think we should organize another dreadlock swap? Last time was way fun, and we have some new dreadheads here anyway.
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« Reply #1338 on: November 12, 2007 11:17:27 AM »

Okay, I got an ugly haircut, I wanted it short, but now it's kinda ugly, so I'm gonna start my dreads now Smiley I just got some Non residue shampoo.

Are plastic combs good for backcombing?

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« Reply #1339 on: November 12, 2007 11:28:25 AM »

Okay, I got an ugly haircut, I wanted it short, but now it's kinda ugly, so I'm gonna start my dreads now Smiley I just got some Non residue shampoo.

Are plastic combs good for backcombing?

Awesome, no plastic will not work you are going to need a metal tooth comb to work with.

Don't forget to post some before and after pics!!!

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