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Dreadlocks - April 22nd 2013, 08:52 PM

For a little bit over a year now, I've been truly contemplating dreading my hair. I've read and done tons of research and I think I'm finally ready to start this journey. I would really love to naturally dread my hair, for a few reasons (cheaper, natural, etc). I do have a few concerns though. I mean, for starters, I'm worried about it not actually working. I already don't brush my hair and I wash it ever four days. I know I'm not using the correct shampoo, but that's not all it can be right? I'm also worried about it being long enough. Here's a picture of my hair. forums/f26-hairstyling/att2224-photo-2013-04-22-12-24-jpg Just recently washed and still a little damp. My hair is very thick. I just want some opinions on what I can do.
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Re: Dreadlocks - May 2nd 2013, 04:01 AM

I think a salon may be better able to advise you but also look online for locking products for your hair type; there are a ton of creams and waxes and jells out there meant to facilitate the process. I expect you won't be able to wet it for a while in the initial stages but rinsing it through a hairnet might work. Be mindful that googling dreadlock care you may be advised that weekly washing is fine but you'll want to specify what your hair type is while searching as your hair (for all intents and purposes) is straight and will not hold twists or natural twirl spirals the way it would if your hair were curly. You'll probably end up using rubber bands as well so the method of washing I mentioned should be okay. Good luck (:

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Re: Dreadlocks - May 2nd 2013, 05:56 AM

I disagree with needing a salon, it's not like you're dying it or using harsh chemicals, it'd be a waste of money to have a salon do it. Contrary to popular belief, people who dread their hair do wash it just not as often, and they just don't detangle it the same way. (You've done your research, so I bet you know!) I might grow it out a little bit longer, but maybe look up info into dreading shorter hair, and you could come up with results! Also consider having a friend help you with the initial process!

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Re: Dreadlocks - May 3rd 2013, 10:10 AM

Just do your research on google and you should be able to get it like Traci said.

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