I've wanted dreads for the longest time - but never been gutsy enough to go through with it. I've always made excuses not to do it, but I just decided to go for it. :) Hell, It's my hair after all. :D I'm really pleased with how they've started out - It's taken a long time, and only half of them are done - most of the front (my hair reaches down to the very bottom of my back). Tomorrow my mom said she'd help me to do the back. So yay!
The only other person I know who has dreads - one of my boyfriend's friends - said to sleep in a beanie hat (no idea why) because somehow it helps with the locking process. I did this last night, as he advised. Can anyone verify the effectiveness of this? or is it a no-no for new dreads? What exactly would it do that could help them? Any other hints and tips to offer about helping the locking process along, and all importantly, not messing it up! :o
I went to a hairdresser yesterday before I did my dreads, and he sold me a product called Dax wax. He said it should help with binding my dreads. Has anyone used this product before? Does it really help, because I looked on the tin, and it said it has petroleum in it, which surely is a lubricant, and would make the hairs slide and not lock? If not, can anyone recommend a wax that I could buy easily in UK stores?
Also, a few questions about the locking process. About how long does it take before I'll start to notice the effects of them locking? How long before they stop being frizzy (or are they meant to be frizzy now, or not?). I know that I should wash them every 3 days (I don't think I could hack NOT washing my hair - urgh), but how should I go about doing it so that I don't loosen them or hinder the locking process? Haha, oh, so many questions, I apologize. If anyone could give a newbie some advice about caring for their beloved new dreadies, I would be so so greatful. I love them so much already, I don't want to mess them up by making silly mistakes. :)
Thanks in advance! *kisses and hugs!*