I was in a geek shop the other day and started chatting to the dreadlocked guy behind the counter. He had long dreads that were a nice shape with some wicked fatties in there too, but he had elastic bands at the roots and they all looked oiley and very greasy. We started talking about our dreads and I asked what maintenance he did. He had learnt about dreads from some older dredded guy who told him "Not to wash your hair ever, as conditioner loosens dreads" and "Put wax in EVERY week"
No wonder they looked so oiley. He had been doing this for two years! I told him that I washed once a week (without conditioner) and had only ever used salt water. My dreads are only about 8-9 months old but were soo much tighter than his. He was amazed at all this and started pumping me for more information.
I realised that I actually know *shitloads* about dreads and dread maintenance and have this community to thank for it. I am so lucky I learnt all I did through you guys and have excellent dreads because of it! *preens*
I'll post pictures next week when I reach one month. I've been having the strangest dream (recurring) and wondered if anybody else experienced this. It's kind of like right after I had my son I kept dreaming that he was either taken when my back was turned or I lost him. Actually, I did lose him briefly when he was two at the Women's Expo in Minneapolis. Anyway, the dream I'm having now is that my dreads are falling out in clumps. Whole dreads as if I were losing my hair. Very weird.