I've heard mixed things about this topic and I'd like to hear what the people here have to say. Some people say that the 100% natural method of growing dreadlocks (just not combing) is the best way because it's the original way dreadlocks started, and it's not tainted by any sort of man-mad additions. Other people prefer sectioning and backcombing simply because it makes the dreads more uniform and similar in size. I know no way is right or wrong, but I was wondering what peoples' experience with the natural method have been.
On one hand, I followed the journey of a kid on youtube who didn't comb his hair for over a year, and his dreads ended up being so thin and stringy, they were barely dreads at all. He even combs them out completely with no problem in his last video. That's something that shouldn't be possible once dreads have become true dreads and matured. (You can see his videos here
Then on the other hand, I have my friend who decided she wanted dreadlocks, and after less than a few months of not combing, she had one huge matted beaver-tail on her head that she couldn't cut through with a chainsaw if she wanted to. She had to get it carefully all cut off.
So my question is, do natural dreadlocks ever actually turn out nice? In the two experiences i've seen, they've either been barely even dreads, or so dreaded that it was one massive dreaddy mess. Is there anything the first kid could have done to make his dreads lock up a little tighter or make them a little thicker? And is there anything my friend could have done to have her hair dread into separate dreads rather than a beavertail?
What's the best way to grow natural dreadlocks? Not comb your hair but start to pull it apart if it becomes too much of a single entity? I'd like to hear from people who grew their dreads 100% naturally, and if they liked the way they came out or not. Pictures help.
Thanks so much guys.