November 9th, 2006


ok i know that flipping dreads through the roots is not a favourable topic but....
if anyone has done it. Id like to hear how it went esp using a latchhook method where you start high up in the new growth of the dread where the loose hair is and work your way down to the roots flipping, alternating from north to south and east to west to tighten your roots, similar to the method the african ladies use in their hair.

Simply follow the Latchin' instructions below:

1. Grasp one of your locs.

2. Take the latch hook into the other hand and insert the hook into the underside of your new growth. Be sure to insert it in an area that is close to where the locked hair starts and not closest to the scalp because you will be working your way UPWARD towards the scalp as you tighten.

3. As you insert the hook into the new growth, make sure that you push the hook in until the little latch is out past the OTHER side of your hair.

4. Now, take your loc and lay it right across the top of the latch hook. Flip the little latch up into "closed" position.

5. Gently pull the hook, along with the loc, back out.

6. Now, you'll want to insert the hook in SIDEWAYS (horizontally). From either the left side of the new growth to the right side or vice versa. The reason for this is because I found through trial and error that if you keep inserting the hook in the same way over and over without alternating the direction in which you insert it, you will end up with a gap in your locs.

7. After inserting it in sideways from one side to the other, follow steps 3-6.

Okay, depending on how much new growth you have, you may find yourself able to do about 3 or more "runs" of the above steps.
You don't want to tighten it TOO much to the point that it's hurting, although there may be some slight scalp tenderness after a tightening.

Practice makes perfect and once you get the "feel" of it, you'll be able to do this with your eyes closed or while watching TV!

There shouldn't be any knots or anything unusual when you retighten a lock. If there are, you've done something wrong. Just keep practicing until you get the feel for it.

Also, be careful not to join two locs together! This can be avoided, but it happens.

By all means, if this method doesn't suit you, discontinue using it and use the method that makes you most comfortable.

Let me know what you think....
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I have a query...

Hey all. I've been lurking here, admiring all of your lovely dreadies for quite a while now. I've got a bit of a philosophical question I'd like to pose. Hopefully, this sort of thing is allowed and welcome. If not, let me know, and I'll delete this post straight away!

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Thanks for reading. I hope this post won't start any drama, but if it does, I hope the mods will accept my sincere apologies.

EDIT: Just to clarify, I do know that dreadlocks have been worn by many different races of people throughout history. That's not really my question. What I'm mostly wondering is whether any white person here has, in the practical, physical world, actually offended someone by having dreadlocks.
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update on nyc gathering

nyc dreadheads,

more people seem to prefer the weekend of december 9/10, so our gathering will probably be Sunday the 10th, if that works for you folks.

also-- there's gotta be more of you near new york! i find it hard to believe that in a community of 2376 dreadlock-lovers, there are only 5 people (2 of which aren't even in the city) interested in coming to a NYC gathering.

but whether it is a gathering of 3 people or 20, let's make it happen...

now, the question of location.
unfortunately i don't have a place to offer, so unless any of you do (which would be completely amazingly awesome), we'll have to find some public place. i suggested central park but then i realized it might be a bit chilly in december. and weather is iffy. anybody have ideas of warm and sheltered public areas or something?
i'm really indecisive so if you want to come, help me out here people!

thanks and lots of loopy love.


hellloo y'all =)) how are we all dredheadz ?

iii have had my lockz for about 3-4 months now ... been backcombed with wax to begin with and just decided to ditch the wax method as of 5 mins ago =))

i've been shampooing with hemp shampoo.

my question is: is hemp shampoo ok for maintaining tightness of dreads ? because i have noticed that after 3 months, 2 of my lil short dreadies have unravelled at the bottoms =((( i was very sad

i fixed the problem quickly about 10 mins ago though =))

LoVe~ xxxxxxx <3