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Hi! I was wondering if you could give me some pointers on dreading my hair? I'm also gonna be crocheting extensions in. Thank you!
Wow you’re so brave! <3
Are you doing it all by yourself? I’m only asking because crocheting extensions in it’s quite difficult if you have never made dreads before.
And there are so many things about dreads I couldn’t possibly fit into this answer, but if you’ve got patience and love for them they will look lovely. Never overdo anything and don’t use products. No wax, no powders, you really don’t need anything just a shampoo without residues (the most natural one you can find without conditioner) and a crochet hook. Everything else is a waste of money. You will need to do a couple of maintenances in the first few years, but everything in moderation. Usually they find their way and they’ll be pretty before you know it.
If you plan on bleaching them, always be careful to wash the bleach out as much as you can.
And don’t give up on them if they get fuzzy and hairs come out and you got all sorts of problems at the beginning. They will repay you for all your troubles when they get mature and you won’t need to do anything but wash them. I haven’t done any maintenances on my hair in the last few years, because I don’t need it anymore. And it feels awesome :D
Wow thank you!!! Really helped ! And thank you love love your blog aswell so back combing and twist and rip... And forcing myself to do it sounds the way
You’re welcome <3
And good luck with it, it’s not that hard, you just need a little patience ^^
hey there :) i love the art & cute animal photos you post hehe. i has a question! i have a few stubborn thick dreadies. I've tried a few methods, some i was able to gently rip apart..but i was wondering if you had any advice on separating them into smaller, thinner dreads?
Hey and thank you <3
Ahm, well separating thick dreads into thinner ones it’s quite difficult if they are already locked and mature.
Have you tried soaking them with conditioner and ripping them slowly and gently? This is the safest method I can think of.
I wouldn’t advise you to cut them apart in length as they are, since the danger of them ripping afterwards it’s quite big.
But if they are really thick and you trust yourself with the crotchet hook and can crochet them well afterwards, it can be done.
An other option I do to my clients in this case, is to separate them in length near the roots (but ONLY if they are thick enough) as much as I can and cut one half out of the original dread and make a tiny baby dread out of that bit that will grow thin. This obviously mean that the second half will grow thinner as well, but since it couldn’t be separated in its whole length, the second half will be thicker at the ends, thinner at the roots (which is also a bit dangerous if the thick bit is too heavy).
So you must be REALLY careful if you choose to use this method.
Hope I could help. If you live near Manchester/UK, I can help you out personally ^^
Have a lovely day,