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Dreads--q about care

Posted by on Jul. 31, 2007 at 1:28 PM
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My fiance has dreads, and I don't believe we are doing all for them that we should be.  I was hoping to get some advice on how to take care of them from you ladies with experience :)  I don't know if these things will help you be able to give more tailored advice, but here you go: he is Black, his hair is soft and very thick and curly, and his dreads are about the thickness of a pencil and down to about mid-bicep.  We are curious about how often to twist the new-growth, wat products to use, how often to wash them, and daily/weekly/etc regimins to use.

Thank you in advance! :D

Also, as a side note, what are some good things to consider for when to start my son's locks? (i.e., thickness, length, consistancy of hair all over head, can sit up, walk, etc?)  He is only 4 months right now, so we have some time :)  And he is mixed Black/White :) 
by on Jul. 31, 2007 at 1:28 PM
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soulsister72
by Group Owner on Aug. 13, 2007 at 12:52 PM
I found this on-line, hope it helps....update me!!!

::The Road to LOCDOM::

No matter how you started your locs, texture, length, or stage of your journey- remember that these tips should apply to all loc wearers...

~Locing is about patience, so it is a long term commitment that might last 2 years or more for the locing to be complete. Be 100% sure that this is the step you want to take.

~Your hair (no matter what texture) will frizz during the process. Know that this is a normal process -all locers will have to go through this experience so relax and don't stress!

~For people with looser curl textures or naturally straight hair, accept that frizz might always be part of the locing process.

~It seems no 2 people with afro hair has the same texture, naturally your locs will look different.

~There might be times when you are feeling impatient, stressed, bored and negative about your choice in locing -don't worry, this is very normal -especially during the teenage phases when locs have their own mind. Take a deep breath and remember that this time will pass. Enjoy the journey, don't waste time on stressing over it!

~Keep a loc journal to remind your Self how far you have come!

~Collect headwear and experiment.

~Your locs are unique and beautiful. No one else's locs will be the same as yours so don't compare your locs, just love and accept what you have.

~Use products that are light so there won't be any product build-up in future.

~If at any stage you are uncomfortable with what your loctician is doing to your locs, don't be afraid to be very clear and let them know or change loctician. Go with your instincts! They are your locs and you know whats best for them, so don't let others tell you otherwise. Your loctician should work with you, not against you.

~NEVER use any products that contain mineral oil and petroleum as their ingredients.

~Locing should not be an uncomfortable or unhygienic experience. Wash your locs regularly and always keep them clean.

~Water is your best friend throughout the locing stages.

~Healthy body, healthy locs.

~Use minimal of products to avoid build-up.

~If you're concerned about how the locs will look early on and/or that your loved ones will reject you if you decide to loc, then you shouldn't be considering them.

~Be willing to accept any and all stages of locdom, including the negative reactions you may receive from family, friends, and strangers.

~There is a wide spectrum of locing techniques and methods, from cultivated locs to organic locs. Each is beautiful in their own right and no method of locing should be seen as 'more acceptable' or 'more beautiful' than the other.

Great article from dreadconnection.faithweb.com/



"Early in life, I had learned that if you want something, you had better make some noise."

  MALCOLM X   http://www.cafemom.com/group/naturalandnappyandlovingit &

 http://www.cafemom.com/group/neosoulRandBhiphoplovers 



RadicalMama
by on Aug. 14, 2007 at 11:54 PM
Sorry it took sp long to resond!!

That was awesome advice :)  Thank you :)  I will remember that for my son :)

Any more advice for dreads that are already 7 years old??
soulsister72
by Group Owner on Aug. 15, 2007 at 2:36 PM
Before I had Nia, I had wore my locs for 6 years; the tips are pretty thorough IMO. I would just be careful to keep the locks from holding moisture for too long (to prevent mildewing), keeping the ends conditioned and maintaining new growth to fortify the bases.
Quoting RadicalMama:

Sorry it took sp long to resond!!

That was awesome advice :)  Thank you :)  I will remember that for my son :)

Any more advice for dreads that are already 7 years old??



"Early in life, I had learned that if you want something, you had better make some noise."

  MALCOLM X   http://www.cafemom.com/group/naturalandnappyandlovingit &

 http://www.cafemom.com/group/neosoulRandBhiphoplovers 

 

 

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