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Twisted Dreads?

topic posted Fri, May 13, 2005 - 10:22 AM by  Unsubscribed
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Hey folks...

After about a year or so of considering and mental preparation, I am ready to do the dready plunge. My hair wants to be locked... it already does it on its' own, but being the Virgo that I am, can't just let it happen. I demand tiny neat locs! hee hee...

I am interested in twisted locs because due to spiritual preference, I like having my head covered often, and I love the way my hair curls with locs...I like braids and tying my hair up. Even though I bought a dreadheadhq wax and some combs, I don't really think I want to backcomb...it just doesn't sit right with me.

So I experimented last week with twisting my hair. Even before I added a petroleum-based wax (something easy to wash out if it didn't work) my hair stayed in place with beautiful twists. But by the second & third day, they were poofy and messy and no amount of hand-twisting or wax could fix them.

So, any suggestions? How do I get them to stay locked tight at the roots? I dig the saltwater method being discussed here, but I'd like some input on crocheting dreads and such. I'll post pictures as soon as I can!

Blessings, and Thanks!
~amber
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  • Unsu...
     
    please, don't ever put petrolum in you locks, that stuff will just help it slip out of any loc, like a greased pig through a farm boys legs. you may want to try rubberbands and salt water. the bands at the scalp, not to tight. never rub a towle on your head, wash with pantyhose over your head and let your locks dry before removing the hose. can a virgo go without a hair washing for a week at a time? oh the DHHQ wax washes out , no problem
    • Unsu...
       
      Thanks! I only put petroleum on there to test how it would look, I definitely won't do that for the permanent dreads! hee hee...greased pigs.

      I was planning on doing a saltwater dip after seperating the baby-locs with bands, and using the DHHQ wax to maintain.

      I appreciate the tips!
  • Hey Amber,
    Good luck with this process. It seems to be different for everybody. Maybe thats part of the beauty of it, but sometimes it can feel a little out of control when you're trying to find good info that relates to your experience. There is a lot of good info to be had in this tribe.
    I, for me, don't use wax on my hair, I'm too afraid of build-up. I use gel type products, even though my hair is very persistently curly. Right now I am using an Aveda product called Confixor. It seems to hold pretty well, and smells nice. For my scalp I make a rosemary EO spritz, which I found through a link here, I can send you the recipe if you like.
    I started out with a 'loctitian', but what she was using on my haed was making my scalp itch like crazy, so after about 3 months of this, I decided to wing it on my own, in no small part based on info I found here. At this point, a lot of my hair wasn't locing up, much to my panic, but with daily maintenance, twisting gently, and more recently, the addition of a really small crochet hook to my repetoir, things are starting to come together nicely.
    I hope this helps a little bit. Be patient, ask a lot of questions, experiment a little, and things will come together for you too.

    namaste,
    Ziza
    • Unsu...
       
      Ah...the crocheting. My roommate crochets, but the hooks intimidate me. So, I just kind of weave the loc together?

      Thanks for the advice and tips...I am really really excited!!!

      ~amber
  • Yay for crochet hooks!

    I'm having mine gold plated!

    ;-)

    Not much to add about twisting as I've never done it...I think it looks beautiful...I've never had build-up problems with dreadheadhq wax...I agree about petroleum - it seems to go counter to what your hair wants to do...just keep your scalp and hair Dry and Clean - dry is the key, so don't over wash and less is more when it comes to products.
    • Unsu...
       
      I think I'll have to wash my hair more than most folks...my hair is naturally dry and ready to dread, but gets oily (aka normal) after a few days of not washing...lol

      Thanks a lot! ;D
      • You might want to try using a gentle astringent applied to your scalp with a cotton ball between washings to combat this. I use a nice cucumber/witch hazel one I get from Trader Joe's, and it really helps me extend the time between washing's. After a few months go by, you might find that the ph of your scalp will balance out and things will get happy.
        And Jojoba oil is great for the dryness as I read that it most closely resembles our own natural oil production.

        namaste,
        Ziza
  • Hi amber,
    my dreads are still 'new' (about 5 mos old now) and I did basically what you've described- but- I did do a bit of backcombing here & there. Not a lot mind you, but here's what I'd do:
    1. rub the hair, get it a bit ruffed up
    2. twist to the left, fairly loosely
    3. backcomb intermittantly while the hair is twisted
    4. twist it to the right, again fairly loosely
    5 repeat backcomb


    I found that backcombing the twisties helped them lock- but you don't want to twist too much because you and undo what you've tangled.

    Did this make any sense at all?

    Also- FWIW, my dreads are twisties (for the most part) but I DO have some crazy lumpies (to the point where my dreads look like curly hair, especially in the few days after I wash it) I know that many people wouldn't like their dreads to look like mine, but I totally dig them. After a few days they usually are pretty flattened out and my lumpies are not nearly as noticeable.
    I'll get my son to take a photo of them so you can see them. Mind you, I washed last night, so they're extra crazy!!!
    • Unsu...
       
      Because my hair is curly too, I think I would like that.

      The reason I am wanting to twist is because I like the flow of my hair, I don't want big clunky locs, I am too small to rock them like they need, and don't like the balance that would give me.

      Looking forward to a picture! ;D

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