From my research, I've found that the average hot shower is about 120 degrees. Thinking about wax, I've found that the melting point of beeswax is 146 degrees and that of paraffin is 133 degrees. I have both DreadheadHQ and Knotty Boy waxes. Dreadhead wax has paraffin in addition to beeswax, while KB has beeswax. So... am I correct in assuming that the Dreadhead wax will come out more easily? The paraffin and beeswax content has me worried I'll get some junk in there I'll never really get out. Since I really hate the smell of either, I'm planning on starting the dreads using as little (or preferably none at all) wax as possible. Another brand of wax (which might smell better to me)purports to have a lesser amount of beeswax, LOCK'D DOWN Dreadlocks Butter, but I'm wondering if it isn't too greasy to use on my straight Caucasian hair. After all I've read I'm really distrustful of any wax. Can I get by with just using KB's Locksteady aloe based gel? I'm just wanting to keep the shorter dreads together long enough to get them started. I realize that dreading needs movement, so I want to use as little product as possible.
I have some shorter hair (about 3 to 6") that was cut into a bob of sorts plus some VERY long braids in the back. The longest is about 31", two shorter ones are about 15". I'm aiming for smaller dreads, maybe about the size of a bic pen or maybe a sharpie marker. I'm wondering if I should make the sections for the longer hair larger so the dreads will be able to take the weight of all that hair. I'd be mortified if one broke off.
Sorry for the mile long post. Forgive me, for I am inexperienced and don't want to make too many mistakes.