Alot of people say they like to grow natural dreads because it's like the truest way to have real dreads. I never really gave it much thought because natural dreads come out very unpredictable and I'd always wanted something more uniform and in my control.
But now that I've calmed down a bit and am not so obsessed with uniform dreads, I was thinking about natural dreads, and I realized I don't understand how you get them. It's hard enough for dreads to tighten after you've back-combed your hair. How on earth do they tighten on hair you haven't even back-combed?
People like bohemianjr and jimmybuttons have great locks that they say they grew the natural way. It's not too often you hear someone got dreads without back-combing or getting a dread perm. So what exactly do you do to have natural dreads? From what I can tell, you just don't comb your hair? So if a girl with long hair never brushed it, after like a year it would dread? I just find that so amazing. How would sections form then? Wouldn't your hair just be one big tangle instead of similar sized dreads? If there's anything you're actually supposed to do besides not brush your hair, I'd be interested in hearing about it.
I'm not necessarily doing natural dreads myself, I was just curious. Thanks.
EDIT: I found a description of natural dreads on a website and it didn't sound too positive, so any of you who grew dreads naturally, you can feel free to argue with this.
It takes at least 3 years to start looking like dreads in most hair types. You need to have about 10" of hair for the knots to start forming. The dreads form unevenly, some dreads will be huge and flat, others skinny. People usually get sick of having nasty hair and cut it off long before they get dreads. The neglect method is pretty much just that. You do nothing but keep the hair clean. (Some people don't even do that but not washing your hair is unsanitary and it slows down the dreading process) Just let it grow and in a year or so it may start to knot up or it may take 3 years Hair texture and hair length has a lot to do with how long it takes. You can rip it into dreads and try to combine dreads that are too small with rubberbands if you like, but in the spirit of true neglect most people don't. I don't really think that people that use this method are really after dreads, I think they are just pissed off at their hair and decided to let it do what it wants.