New here. I've been poking through old entries in the community, and a lot of you have really fantastic dreads. Anyway, I don't have dreads now but hope to dread my hair soon, and I need your thoughts and advice on it.
For years now I've had long, fairly thick, vaguely hippieish, wavy hair, and for as many years I've hated dealing with it. I've noticed that when I sleep on my hair after washing and don't brush it afterward, it bunches up into dread-sized wavy locks, looks pretty damn cool, and doesn't require the heavy brushing and getting-out-of-my-eyes that my tangle-prone hair usually requires. So I think dreads might work on my hair -- only I have no idea how to start them, and I really would rather not try "natural dreads," mainly for the fact that I know I won't be able to stand all the effort I'd have to put into them before getting anything like dreads. (Also, in the past I've noticed that when I go without brushing my hair I end up not with small knots but one gigantic and painful knot at the back of my head, and I'd rather not tackle that again.)
So I guess I'm looking at a backcombing routine, huh? (If anybody has other recommendations, please please tell me.) Anybody with fine, fairly thick, long and wavy hair around here who's done it via backcombing? What were your experiences? How, specifically, did the process of backcombing work, and what did you do? What were they like afterward? Anything disastrous? Any experiences (or knowledge of other people's experiences) fucking up and having to cut off all yr hair? Any tips or recommendations or insights?
Also, assuming I try to backcomb my hair, I'd like to enlist the help of somebody who knows what they're doing, since all this shit is Greek to me. Can anybody recommend dread-friendly hair people in the New York area for initial processes? My friends don't seem to trust themselves with the task, and I don't know whether I do either. Hell, even if somebody around here lives in New York and would be willing to help out (I'd pay you for babysitting my head or whatever), that'd be cool.
And finally (sorry for all the questions), how easy is it to dye existing dreads? Can you? If so, how does it work?
In case it helps with any advice you might have to offer (anything works, really), here's what my hair looks like now:1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
Thanks again, everyone---