Saturday, 3 August 2013

Maintaining Dreadlocks

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10 comments:

  1. hey, i got my dreadlocks about two months ago in a saloon in Oslo. i have`nt used any wax or dreadshampoo. I don't palm roll everyday either. They are starting do loose up in the middle. Should i do something or just leave it and it will fix itself?

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    1. Hi Sofie, while I would recommend using a dread shampoo, you don't need to worry about them loosening slightly from how they were originally.

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  2. Hi i was just wondering what kind of residue free shampoo you recommend?

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    1. I personally use soaps from Rockinglocks and Dollylocks. But everyone's head is different, so it may take some experimenting to find the one that works best for you.

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  3. I have a bit of a conundrum. My dreads are a little over 9 months old and are coming along beautifully. I used residue-free shampoo for the majority of the time I've had them in. However, I've had serious scalp issues since I was a kid and the residue-free shampoo didn't do my scalp any favors. I tried a variety of dreadlock shampoos with the same end - lots of flakes in my very dark brown dreads (not a pretty look). Exasperated, I switched to a medicated shampoo and that seemed to work well for my scalp, but I notice that the loose hairs on the body and tips of my dreads are much more prevalent than before. Any suggestions?

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    1. I think you just have to keep searching until you find the correct balance for yourself personally. Everyone's head is unique in that some will be dryer, some will be oiler, some will be more prone to dandruff than others and so each person has to just keep trying out different options and combinations until they find what really works best for them and their head, It can be a bit of a tiring process, but fortunately once you've found what works... you can stop searching. It's also worth noting that dandruff prevalence can also be depended on weather/season with dryer months having a different effect on the hair compared with more humid months.

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  4. Greetings earthlings...I am a new dreadie, three weeks in. I have done alot of research and tons of reading and boy was I ever happy to find out that it's alright to be a "lazy" dreadie. One question I do have or want to make sure is "normal", is my dreads as of yet are flat. Is this to be expected considering they're fresh? Also the barber who did my hair recommended Mane and Tail shampoo, is there something more productive I should use?

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    1. When they're young, they'll be soft, and so when they get laid on they will become flat. When they get older, stronger and tighter, they'll be able to hold a more rounded shape.

      Shampoo choice is a personal one, you have to try out different options to find which is a good match for you and your hair.

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  5. Hello friends!

    My baby dreadies are now two days old! Huzzah! I'm so excited about that :), I love em. Anyway, how often should I cover them? Should I give them time to breath and just be out instead of stuffed in a tam? I've been wearing the to work and wearing an old t shirt over my head to sleep. This morning I'm letting them all hang free! Would wearing a tam everyday for any reason not be good for my scalping and these new budlings?

    Thanks!

    -The overthinking mamma

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  6. Hi Chris! My name is Evelyn. I started my dread journey about 5 months ago. SO far, I have stayed all natural, and only used the apple cider vinegar rinse method, since that's how I was instructed by my hairdresser that did them. However, I just ordered Dollylocks products, the tightening spray and liquid shampoo, since they seemed like they would have the least residue. Some of my dreads are quite lumpy, and frizzy. I palm roll, but not over excessively. I've been very discouraged. People are quite mean to me about them, telling me they look bad and that they look like I don't care about them. This makes me very sad, since they are actually so so so important to me I love having them. Even my own boyfriend told me he doesn't like how they look, saying he thinks I should "do something to them". People have asked me "why my dreads look like that". This just makes me want to give up, I almost did. Instead, I want to have the best dreads I could have, and do it all myself, proving them wrong. I'm just a girl trying to do my best with these, and these expectations are just driving me insane, making me think I'm doing something wrong. So if you could give me your opinion on what I should do I would appreciate it much more than you might think. Also, I don't own a crochet hook but I am not sure if i want one, because you're poking holes in the dreads and such. I'm just very confused and discouraged on what to do. I know dreads aren't meant to be perfect, but I'd like to make them better so I feel better, and people stop telling me they're ugly and/or bad. I'm a hippie, I love having dreads, they're special to me, but I don't know what I'm doing wrong. I know you have a busy life, but when you can take your time and answer me I'd appreciate it so much.

    Sincerely,
    Evelyn

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