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    Just wondering if any one has them, and if so how long??

    I've had mine 5 months and they're starting to grow out of their loopy phase
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    How do you start that process?

    I always wondered that?
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    How do you start that process?

    I always wondered that?
    I'm curious too. You gonna go for it Decks?



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    I don't know if I could rock them.
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    You could rock dreads Decks. I know this as I know that Froggy could rock the Flooplocks!



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    I've always wanted dreadlocks... I had a friend in high school with them and thought they looked awesome!
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    I think i'd be to scared to dread my hair... Dont you have to cut your hair really short to get rid of them when you decide you dont want them?

    I hate my hair... but I love my hair at the same time and couldnt ever go super short with it.
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    LOL you section your hair, like so::



    And then you back comb the sectioned parts...

    And then you twist and twist and palm roll...

    And then for the first 48 hours they look like this::



    And then a few days later like this::



    And for the rest of the questions... see below

    What are dreadlocks? How are they formed?

    To put it simply, dreadlocks are ropes of knotted hair. Or, if you want the Wikipedia definition, "Dreadlocks, also called locks or dreads, are heavy matted coils of hair which form by themselves eventually fusing together to form a single dread. This is possible in all hair types, if the hair is allowed to grow naturally without combing or using conditioner for a long period of time. However, they can also be intentionally formed as well through backcombing the hair into dreadlocks (or more commonly in the Americas and West-Indies by twisting). Because of the variety of different hair textures, there is a variety of methods used to encourage the formation of locks such as "backcombing" sections of the hair, and a process involving the weaving of the hair with a crochet needle to form knots." You do not need any hair products in order to create dreadlocks. The only thing necessary is clean, unconditioned hair and friction. WAX IS NOT GOOD.

    How long do they take to mature?

    The development of dreadlocks is a never ending process, really. But new Caucasian dreads typically start to get really hard and tight and looking like ropey dreadlocks in the 7-12 month period. The first few months they're fuzzy and bumpy and a bit crazy. Maturation speed and the way they look as they mature varies greatly from person to person due to their individual hair textures and how much is done in terms of maintenance and upkeep.

    Don't you have to shave your head if you don't want them anymore?

    No. You certainly can cut your dreads off or shave your head when you no longer want them, but it is not necessary at all. Slathering them in conditioner and slowly combing them out starting at the tip does the job just fine. It is tedious and time-consuming but even dreadlocks that are years old can be successfully combed out. Then trim off ugly ends, usually only a few inches lost.

    Do you wash them? With shampoo?

    Yes, of course! You use a no-residue shampoo (I currently use Squeaky Green by Lush) so that nasty chemical additives don't build up inside the dread. No conditioner. Clean hair dreads faster and tighter than dirty or greasy hair because it is more rough in texture. This is why you do NOT want to use any kind of wax or other products on your dreads - it does nothing but hinder the locking process by either not allowing your hair to move and tangle or by coating and conditioning the hairs which are then too slippery and slimy to knot up. However, you can go longer in between washings than you did with brushable hair because oil is not distributed down the hair shaft like it is with un-dreaded hair. Your natural oils stay near your scalp and roots because you are not combing or brushing your hair and spreading it down the length of the lock. When you wash your dreads, it is not necessary to scrub and wash each dread with soap or shampoo unless they smell from smoke or actually got dirty from something. You can simply wash your scalp and allow the shampoo to run down the dreads as you rinse and squeeze out the soap and water. In addition to regular washing, I recommend doing a deep clean every 3-6 months or so. I will post about that later when I do one.

    How do you dread the part close to your scalp as it grows?

    You don't. Because dreadlocks are the natural state of unbrushed hair, as your hair grows out, it dreads itself into the nearest lock. The only thing you really need to do to maintain dreads (and need is subjective depending on who you ask) is sew or crochet in loose hairs that grow from the scalp between the dreads and don't tangle themselves on their own.

    Let me know if you guys have any more questions and I will try to answer them as best I can
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    Quote Originally Posted by HollySunshine View Post
    I think i'd be to scared to dread my hair... Dont you have to cut your hair really short to get rid of them when you decide you dont want them?

    I hate my hair... but I love my hair at the same time and couldnt ever go super short with it.
    I'm going mostly from African American hair, but you can actually take down locs and keep your length. You just have to really pack your hair with conditioner and comb 'em out. There are people on YouTube taking locs out just to experiment. It takes forever, but you keep your hair.

    Oops. Missed the part about removal in the last post. Oh, well, YouTube is something new I said. :-P
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