Alright, kids, I need your help. The more comments I can get, the better. It seems that my best friend, Ryan
is just as misinformed about dreads as most of the rest of the sad public. We got into a discussion today, and I don't quite remember how it was started or all that was said, but basically he feels that the only way to get real dreads is to stop washing and combing your hair. Like, not wash it at all. He used to have long hair and he said that's what he would have done. He also thinks that just washing your hair, and not brushing it, wouldn't work b/c in the process of washing you would remove any knots. I tried explaining the concepts of dry, clean hair getting knotty, how oils wouldn't help knots, everything, but he doesn't get it. Finally I asked him if he thought my (backcombed) dreads were fake, and he said yes. His definition of dreads: Dirty, nasty, knotted up hair. Only. Not clean knotted hair, or knots achieved through backcombing, or any other method. I was very hurt, and insulted, but I thought it was funny at the same time. I also felt like I had failed somehow, in my duty to inform him. He's my closest friend, yet he doesn't even support me..if that makes sense.
ANYWAY (sorry, that was long) this is where you cats come in!! I need you help! Please comment and say what you can to teach and guide my poor friend. Once I get some comments, I"ll give him the link to this post, and then maybe America will be one person closer to accepting dreads. Thanks all.