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  • Quote from NiceDream

    his dad knows a hairdresser who specialises in them


    Find out what methods they use and if they use wax etc. Many people claim to specialise in them but actually know nothing and give people bad advice!

  • i used to go out with a guy who used wax on his dreads, he used to get me rolling them every time i went to visit him.

    Thanks for the advice.

  • Since the OP was a list of links, I've got one to add. It's where I usually hang out with fellow cyber dreadites.http://dreadlocktruth.com/community/index.php?name=Forums
    (If you reconginze some names, it's cause we were exiles from *that* forum for threatening it's capitalistic empire. :screwy:)


    Earlier in the thread I mentioned that I henna my hair. I stopped doing this. I was too paranoid about the paste getting stuck deep in a lock and rotting.


    The lush henna stuff y'all use still gives me the willies. Jamila henna FTW and it can't me more expense than the lush stuff, even with shipping. (Of course your lush prices probably aren't as outrageous as they are overseas)


    Hmm...maybe I could invent a henna concoction that's specifically for dreads that doesn't worry me. I'm not ready to accept my grey hair yet!!

  • Throwing this link out there...and now it occurs to me in the Orisha/Yoruba faith hair is very important, and I have really been neglecting mine. I rather think it's time I got it locked and tended, and this fellow is the best in the business for Afro-Caribb/mixed race hair.


    Morris Roots

  • Hey, just wondering. Seems to me like everyone who dreads their hair keep talking about taking their dreads back out again, and I do realize that one can easily get tired and would want changes, but that's the only reason, right (of course except if something went wrong)? Cause there IS the possibility of just having your dreads for ever and ever if you want to and take good care of your locks? Or am I wrong?

    Suppose what I'm asking is, if I was to dread my hair, should I just prepare myself on taking them out in ten-years time the most, because of state-of-hair reasons? Or could I keep the same dreads for the rest of my life if I wanted to, if I took good care of them and avoided mould and such? Or are dreads just so "hurtful" to the hair in the long run that this wouldn't be possible?

    What is the longest period of time you or anyone you know/have heard of have had their dreadlocks, and how did this work out?

  • Hey, just wondering. Seems to me like everyone who dreads their hair keep talking about taking their dreads back out again, and I do realize that one can easily get tired and would want changes, but that's the only reason, right (of course except if something went wrong)? Cause there IS the possibility of just having your dreads for ever and ever if you want to and take good care of your locks? Or am I wrong?

    Suppose what I'm asking is, if I was to dread my hair, should I just prepare myself on taking them out in ten-years time the most, because of state-of-hair reasons? Or could I keep the same dreads for the rest of my life if I wanted to, if I took good care of them and avoided mould and such? Or are dreads just so "hurtful" to the hair in the long run that this wouldn't be possible?

    What is the longest period of time you or anyone you know/have heard of have had their dreadlocks, and how did this work out?


    You can keep dreads in for as long as you like. I've know people who've got dreads and had them in over ten years. The only problem is that they get too heavy but you can always trim them when they get too long.


    You can comb them out after many years too. Ask Phoenix Bunny, hers were in for many years and she has successfully combed them out.


    It's not the dreading that does damage, it's the combing out if you aren't gentle and careful. If you take care, then the hair should be ok (in need of a trim though) when you comb them out.

  • Hey, just wondering. Seems to me like everyone who dreads their hair keep talking about taking their dreads back out again, and I do realize that one can easily get tired and would want changes, but that's the only reason, right (of course except if something went wrong)? Cause there IS the possibility of just having your dreads for ever and ever if you want to and take good care of your locks? Or am I wrong?

    Suppose what I'm asking is, if I was to dread my hair, should I just prepare myself on taking them out in ten-years time the most, because of state-of-hair reasons? Or could I keep the same dreads for the rest of my life if I wanted to, if I took good care of them and avoided mould and such? Or are dreads just so "hurtful" to the hair in the long run that this wouldn't be possible?

    What is the longest period of time you or anyone you know/have heard of have had their dreadlocks, and how did this work out?



    i cut mine off to a fists length and combed out the rest after 2 and a half years and my hair was in better condition than i ever remember it. it was thin cos lots of hair came out while i was combing them out but mostly they were held together with fluff. i think cos while u have dreads u dont brush it everyday or put stuff on it and mine werent died where as it had been before so it was all good. the only thing can be is if ur dreads pull on ur scalp apparently u can pull the roots out but i havent actually known anyone thats happened too

  • So, This is my year. My year to do all I have always wanted to do-big stuff and tiny stupid stuff too. Anyway Have always wanted dreads. I have read lots and I think I am ready. Please help me decide dread people!

    *Are there any questions I should ask myself before I decide completely?*

    And Is it really like being in a secret club with other dready people??

    I'm gonna get my kicks before the whole shithouse goes up in flames. -Jim Morrison

  • *bump* anyhoo my hair is just past my ears and i really want it dreading. i realise at the moment that if i dread it now it will make me look like a pineapple. what length would my hair need to be realisticly for it not to have said effect. also i have a dry scalp and was wondering which lush shampoos where nice to dreads whilst keeping my scalp in check.

  • although you have totally posted this in the right place, we tend to use this thread far more, and it has lots of pictures too! i don't think there's anything you need to know that hasn't been answered there, so if you have a good read from beginning to end you should be ready to start dreading!

    “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain

  • I'm letting my dreads grow in naturally, seems better as thier doing a grand job as it is. Thier only babies the now though.


    What about using coconut oil in dreads?? Anyone know, is it good or bad??


    Thanks...

    "Going to Starbucks for coffee is like going to prison for sex. You know you're going to get it, but it's going to be rough."

  • i think im gonna have to cut mine out they just arent taking anymore they are all fraying and looping and just looking like one big knot......... i rip them and wash them once a week but other than that leave them............ i did really like them but they just arent going anywhere now and i dont know what to do. i need to have nice hair by my wedding in may whether i keep the dreads or not so any ideas?

    it is impossible to be unhappy whilst wearing my baby in a tattoo style mei tai!!!

  • i think im gonna have to cut mine out they just arent taking anymore they are all fraying and looping and just looking like one big knot......... i rip them and wash them once a week but other than that leave them............ i did really like them but they just arent going anywhere now and i dont know what to do. i need to have nice hair by my wedding in may whether i keep the dreads or not so any ideas?


    Loops are major progress!! THat means they are locking up well. The loops will go.
    If you want them to knot more quickly, wash them more often. I know that it might be difficult though, with Koby taking all your time. I can try and do pics of my washign method that helps them knot quicker if you like :)

  • they are knotting really well in places but are so mis shapen and the roots are so loose and the tips have just come out................. yeah id like the pics of your washing method if you think that will help hun coz i dont really wanna get rid if i can help it!!!

    it is impossible to be unhappy whilst wearing my baby in a tattoo style mei tai!!!

  • they are knotting really well in places but are so mis shapen and the roots are so loose and the tips have just come out................. yeah id like the pics of your washing method if you think that will help hun coz i dont really wanna get rid if i can help it!!!


    I'll try and do pics tomorrow. That's how I did mine and they knotted up super quick and are mega neat :)

  • mint thanx hun!!!! mine were neat but they just seem to have stopped taking fingers crossed we can sort it!!!

    it is impossible to be unhappy whilst wearing my baby in a tattoo style mei tai!!!

  • it sounds like they are progressing exactly as dreads should!


    and don't worry about the wedding....there are ways and means of making them look lush! not a good idea permenantly, but for a day or two hair wraps can make them look perfect for a wedding!

    “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain

  • yay thanx hun that makes me feel better.......... im prob just down about them today coz i havent had chance to rip them for a while so they are all just clumping together

    it is impossible to be unhappy whilst wearing my baby in a tattoo style mei tai!!!

  • I've had 2 sets of dreads but I've got some great new tips from reading this thread :) if anyone's thinking about getting dreads and lives in the Leeds area I'd be more than happy to help someone out, I know how hard it can be sectioning etc. on your own!

  • I have found to get the best results on palm rolling my dreadlocks I Palm roll them when they're wet
    That way I get a much neater finish and a better result
    Hope this to it helps