April 30th, 2004

loose hairs (not the scalp kind)

Hey all, I've got a big dread question. My dreads are a little over 4 months old, and the middle sections are really getting nice and tight. I only have one issue I'm confused about....shedding. I know the idea of dreads is that all the hair gets trapped in the dread and makes it bigger and thicker, but I'm having issues with hair slowly working its way out of the tip of the dread. The hairs that would normally fall off my head stay trapped in the dread, but whenever I try to do any maintenance on the tips, like backcombing them, as I'm tugging on the end, some hairs start making their way down...so now my dreads look a bit longer because there are a whole bunch of hairs that aren't attached to the scalp that have worked their way down, and every once in a while I get a hair that just makes its way all the way out.

They're young, so I guess they can't trap & hang on to every single hair, but is it bad for my dreads to be very slowly 'shedding' like that? It's not like it's happening on a big scale, but I can tell it's happening. Anything I should be doing?