It's thick, coarse and wavy/curly. I used to have to condition it with TWO conditioners and brush it several times daily to keep it from turning Yeti.
Now, I become the Yeti.
I've been fascinated by dreads for a couple of years, and came very close to dreading up last year. I needed someone to section off the hair and backcomb or rip/twist the hair into dreads. Easy, right?
I went to Hair Police and tried to talk them into dreading my hair with just backcombing, but they refused. They insisted on the dread perm, which I didn't want because a) fried hair isn't what I want b) my hair won't take a perm. The stylist insisted that my hair would take the perm. That's when I left. They called me 4 times in the next 6 months, offering me a free dread perm if I would be a demonstration model. I said no. (Note to poor dread perm customers- try going in for the consult and then don't make an appointment. Once you fill out the paperwork, they have your info and they may call you to be a demo. You never know.)
I didn't know anyone local who could help me start them on my own, and I couldn't imagine all the hours of backcombing by myself, so I chickened out.
This year I'm thinking about it again, and lurking on the dread communities. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that my hair would probably get started on it's own if I would just let it.
I was fighting a losing battle, trying to condition and de-tangle it. So, I simply stopped.
I'm washing my scalp and hair daily with Knotty Boy soap that I bought last year when I was considering dreads (and then chickened out).
It took 2 days for the hair to start chunking up in curly pieces, and about 8 days for the chunks to start getting solid. Every so often I pull them apart if they are too thick, but otherwise I haven't done much of anything to them.
This is how my hair has always wanted to be. It's leaping at the chance to take charge and do what it has always wanted to do.
I will do my best to keep it from taking over the city, but I make no promises...
Here is the progress on DAY 12.
Thanks for all the posts and pictures of your experiences- they've been great to read!