November 21st, 2007


Dreads & Resource Usage

Hey all, I'm considering dreading my hair and have been scouring the memories to find out more about the realities of having them. I have a few questions regarding maintenance that I haven't seen covered yet. I currently have navel-length hair that is extremely low-maintenance: I brush it when I get up, put it up in a bun for the day (I have a grabby 4-month old son), take it down at night and braid it to sleep in. I want dreadlocks because a) I've always wanted them, and b) I miss seeing my gorgeous hair (grabby son -- pulling on a lock is easier to deal with than pulling on single strands). My hope is that it will be a fairly low-maintenance style once they're established. I can deal with the extra time needed for dealing with loose hairs and new hairs, but from what I'm reading, they require more resources than I currently use, with respect to energy and water usage. I let my hair air dry, and I only wash it once a week. My sense was that dreads were super low-maintenance, but now I'm not so sure. I'd love to have the community members' input on my questions:

*How long do your dreads take to dry?
(I know everybody will be different, so if you could give your approximate dread length, width and drying method, that would help lots.)

*Can dreads be air-dried?
(I don't use a hair dryer and haven't for many many years. I don't want to start needing to use one because I have dreads. It's an energy usage concern for me.)

*Exactly how much extra rinsing time do you need to rinse your dreads?
(I don't want to use lots more water than I currently do because my locks need tons of extra rinsing.)

*If you've used multiple methods of cleansing, which do you find to take the least amount of rinse time?
(I have used the no 'poo method before -- diluted baking soda and diluted ACV --, so I'm familiar with that method and would assume that the rinse time would be much less than were I to use something with soap. Can it be used on new locks?)

*How comfortable are dreads to sleep in?
(Um, this one's self-explanatory.)

*How soft are dreads?
(I'm a very tactile person. I've only felt dreads once or twice and they felt really rough to the touch. Is there any way around that?)

Thanks so much!


Im new here to livejournal and to this community. Started my dreads this past weekend. I grew my hair out from a shaved head begining August 2006. By this past weekend (nov 18) I could put my hair in my mouth. So anyways, I had a friend of mine come help me section it up and then I spent about 16 hours over the course of 2 days at home backcombing my hair. At times it was agonizing with the reaching, pulling, angles, combing cramps etc, but all in all, not that bad especially when you haves some good music to keep your spirits up. The back was pretty much already knotted up because for the past 4 months I never bothered to brush my hair. They've formed clumps of thick matted hair, some like perfect dreads, others just out of control. I'm leaving them alone to see what they will do. Oh... and as you can tell looking at the BEFORE pic down below, my hair is/was really really curly.

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Oh the HORROR!

Cruising through google and its results for dreadlocks and found this site. I do believe that they are the worst dread instructions I ever seen. Sorry if this website has been under discussion before but I was so shocked I had to post about it to calm myself down.....

You'll need to be sat down for this one

Anywho I gots to go quiet down my dreads poor things are terrified *strokes dreads and reassures them that I would never do anything like that and would never let the obviously insane person who wrote that anywhere near them.......EVER!*
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