Natural Dread Guide
There are many ways to grow/create dreadlocks, such as twisting & ripping, backcombing, chrocheting, and there’s the natural/free form method. All of those methods have there positives and negatives, but I personally love the natural way. I wouldn’t choose any other method and I advice you to use that method as well, but if you don’t it won’t make me think less of you. It’s your hair and you have the freedom to grow locks the way you want man! If you’re considering going 100% natural, I suggest you go for it! It does take about 6 months – 1 year to grow full on locks, but it’s worth it. Also, everyone’s hair texture is different so there’s a chance that you may have locks forming around the 4 month mark.
The natural/neglect method is the healthiest way to grow dreadlocks and there is very little maintence involved! It’s healthy because there are no harmful chemicals and you don’t need to damage your hair in any way. All you need to do is separate your hair into sections when it starts locking up. It’s important that you section in the early stages of dreading because your hair will want to lock up in to huge congos (Congos form when 2 or more dreads lock together)! Congos aren’t bad for later on in your dread journey, but if you don’t want them you don’t have to have them. Separating is pretty simple, all you have to do is grab two sections that are locking together and rip them apart. Only separate the ones that you think are too big for your liking and make sure you separate them down to the scalp. You may here a ‘ripping,’ ‘breaking,’ or velcro tearing sound, but don’t worry man, that’s completely normal. How often you separate is different for everyone, but it really helps to do it after you wash your hair. Once you get further along in your journey there will be less separating needed, but it’s always useful. (I separate about twice a week)
Some people think that in order to grow natural dreads it involves you to stop washing your hair, but that’s NOT the case! You always need to wash your hair and keep it healthy and clean. You must avoid shampoos that leave residue behind though. I’ve never used this, but a popular dread shampoo that lots of dreadheads use is Dr Bronners. What I really like to use to wash my hair is baking soda, apple cider vinegar, and a drop of tea tree oil. It does wonders man! It’s a very natural recipe and it cleanses your scalp/hair like crazy! It’s best that you wash your hair every 3-4 days at the most, because you gotta give your hair time to dread. I honestly wash my hair about once a week, and in doing that it has really made my hair stronger. If you want the baking soda recipe, this is what I use. >–> *Wash my hair with 1-2 tbsps of baking soda (BS) in a sink full of water, wait 10 minutes, and then rinse my hair with a cap full of apple cider vinegar and water. You may also use a drop of tea tree oil in the BS wash if you have dry or itchy scalp, it really helps.* <–<
I have put a few beads in my hair, but i’m waiting for my tree roots (dreads) to become more mature. I do suggest that if you plan on putting beads in to help with the sectioning, to not put them near the root (close to the scalp.) I suggest this because if you do that, it’ll just prevent your roots from locking up, so try to place the beads in the middle or near the end! You can pretty much use anything you want for dread decorations! All my beads are ones that are used for bracelets and nacklaces. Your locks are yours, so make them unique and your own personality man. Honestly, you don’t even need beads, wraps, or decorations to make your locks unique and beautiful. Just do whatever you’re comfortable with. Your tree roots are a reflection of who you are and never be afraid to express it man.
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