Dreaded Hair - okay or not okay?
February 9, 2007 4:41pm CST
I plan to dread my hair. I just want to know it's ups and downs.
12 Feb 07
Advantages: It's like instant dreads. Disadvantages: It is a chemical process. Dreads formed by perming often require professional maintenance. Cost, $200-$400! Instructions: Save your money. Find a salon that does dread perms. Twisting Advantages: It is all natural. You have control over the size of the dreads and how they form. Many salons are familiar with this method and the cost is usually much lower than a dread perm. Disadvantages: It only works in African textured hair but that doesn't mean salons won't try it on Caucasian hair! Instructions: Hair should be sectioned into squares. Square sections make round dreads. Between 1" and 2" squares works well for most people. Smaller sections make thinner dreads. As you section the hair you can secure each section with a rubberband. When the whole head is sectioned twist each section clockwise using a comb to snag the hair at the ends and twist. As each section is twisted dread wax should be worked in to hold the twists. Thick waxes without petroleum hold the hair much better when starting the dreads. After the dreads mature thinner waxes can be used to add fragrance and sheen. Rubberbands can also be used at the roots and tips to hold the hair for the first couple of weeks. Be sure not to attach the rubberbands too tightly, nice and snug will do the job just as well and should not break any hairs. Hair should be twisted by hand regularly to help it lock up. Dreads can also be started in short black hair without sectioning by hand. The hair can actually section itself. To do this you need short curly African textured hair about 1/2" thick. Take a soft bristled brush and rub it gently in clockwise circles on the surface of the hair. As you rub the hair will magically form little nubs or balls of hair. These little nubs can be twisted by hand into dreads. Twisting and working in a little bit of thick dread wax will help them hold together and mature much faster. The nice thing about these sections is that they are chosen naturally by the hair and for this reason they dread nicely by themselves as they continue to grow
13 Feb 07
Thank you for your advise. I think, dreading here in the Philippines is not similar there in the US. To have a dread lock hair , we have to 500 php that is about 25$.But the result is not good.It lasts for just 4 months plus your hair will be a total mess.The dred process here is different from what you have told me. But I'll try to recommend your way to hair salons here.
• United States
9 Feb 07
I think dreadlocks are good to look at. But the challenge is in maintaining it. First, the your hygiene will be downgraded because you cannot wash your hair. Second, parasites might just build up there if you don't properly treat your hair. Lastly, the prolonged itchiness you will tolerate while keeping your dreaded locks. Well, it all depends to you.