1 week old dreadies

Discussion in 'Dreadlocks' started by arlia, Jun 12, 2006.

  1. arlia

    arlia Members

    i finally got myself some cute lil dreadies!
    i want them to be natural and havnt used any waxes,
    was jsut wondering how to help the dread process.
    i tied some elastic bands at the top and bottom to help them along and to stop loosening up in the swimming pool.
    (im on holiday at the moment and need exercise)

    some are dreading rather well already, but only really one one place, the rest of the hair has all come undone
    any suggestions or should i just leave it?
  2. JSUN

    JSUN Member

    Congrats on getting knotty!
    First I would take out any elastics in your hair. The hair needs to move to knot up, and elastics cause hair to break, and if left in too long they could melt into your hair. Its gross, I've seen it before.
    Second, if you back combed them, there probably going to loosen up and unravel a ton, its just part of the proccess. Dont worry about if there falling out, and DONT REBACKCOMB them. Let them do there thing.

    Leave 'em be and keep 'em clean and they will turn out to be awesome!!!

    Good luck!
  3. WorldPeace

    WorldPeace Senior Member

    Swimming in the sea may help them knot up faster.
  4. arlia

    arlia Members

    the sea is quite far from here and im not too sure if they have sharks!
    im in the middle east right near saudi arabia!

    the water in the pool is quite salty anyway so it could be ok!

    thanks for your advise, will let you know how they come along!
    its early days yet.

    so no bands?
    not even at the ends?
  5. ArtistofPeace

    ArtistofPeace Senior Member

    If you want them to be completely natural, just take the bands out and stop brushing. It seems that maybe you're going for a more uniform natural look, which is why you're using the bands? In any case, bands at the root or tip of your hair is not going to help and yes, they can end up melting into your hair. If you want natural, I'd suggest just letting your hair be. If you want to help the dready process along, you can always wear tams and stuff. Good luck on your dready journey :)
  6. WorldPeace

    WorldPeace Senior Member

    I put bands in sometimes, just to keep them from knotting all together.
  7. mamaboogie

    mamaboogie anarchist

    you could use beads instead of rubber bands. They work much better anyway. You want them to fit snug enough to not fall out, but not so tight you can't remove them.
  8. knitin.chick

    knitin.chick Members

    welcome to the knotty family! i know you're going to love your dreadies. all you guys and gals have great advice. Worldpeace mentioned going swimming in salt water but since it's not feasable for you, you can make a saltwater rinse for you new knotties to help them tighten up.
  9. arlia

    arlia Members

    hey thanks everyone!
    they are doing well,almost 2 weeks old!
  10. Bumble

    Bumble Senior Member

    that's what i did. plus, i noticed that if you do use bands, then the roots knot up faster. you just need to use the non-hair breakage type of bands. you only need to keep them in for a couple of weeks.
  11. arlia

    arlia Members

    oooo your dreadies are really pretty bumble
  12. Bumble

    Bumble Senior Member

    awww thank you!
  13. arlia

    arlia Members

    your hair is a little shorter than mine

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