I've taken the plunge, no going back now, I'mma have dreads. Woot!
I'm just doing backcombing, no chemicals or wax or anything. And I've done my whole head now...and they're puffy.
I mean, I've poured through photos of "new dreads" and mine *look* like I'm doing it right, and I know as I palmroll them more and such they'll tighten, it's not that puffy I'm concerned about.
They're sticking straight out puffy is the problem!
When I woke up this morning, the bandana I'd put on had come off in the night...and my husband nearly died laughing. It was like...a CLOUD of hair around my head. Some were sticking STRAIGHT UP. I looked like a dandelion in puffpall form. Bride of Frankenstein, stick-your-finger-in-a-light-socket straight out, oh man...I mean, just...whoa boy.
Could I be doing something wrong here?
Now, my hair was about shoulder length, mostly, before dreading. I know longer is better, but I couldn't wait *any longer* to dread them, "my hair is too short" was just getting too old of an excuse to not do it. And I've seen photos of baby dreads sticking kinda out, but those were, you know, tiny little 1-3 inch long dreads, of course they stick out. My dreads are anywhere from 6 to 8 inches long..and STICKING STRAIGHT OUT!
How can I control these babies?!? What did I screw up?
(Edited to add photo link.
Please don't laugh. Okay, laugh, it can't be helped, but tell me...does it look like I'm starting off right here?)