To cut a long stary short my hairs long and coarse and thick. I love the length, and am loathed to admit one of the main reason i'm put off by backcombing them as a start is the shrinkage im likely to encounter. I just dont want to loose that length inside the dread and be left with something thats too heavy to moove when wet! (i do a lot of sea related activities in the summer you see) I know not all dreads DO shrink a lot, but is suppose im being a wuss and saying "id just rather mine didnt!"
Im a great lover of Rip and Twist, having gone as far as putting a few thin dreads in the summer, but then changing my mind (orange hair- bad bleach eww). I love their texture, and the fact they seem to look neater from day one. I know they CAN shrink, but from what ive observed seem less likely to.
However with about 26 inches of thick hair, will rip and twist be "do-able"? The few dread i did in the nape of my neck didnt take a fantastic length of time but then they were thick at all, and i want chunky dreads too, im thinking about 40 of them. Im an awkward so and so, but i want to do this right and be happy with it.
Heres a terrible photoshop done when bored that shows the length and thickness...
Awful cut out i know :P
...and this my hair post pigtail braids...
So after much thinking aloud? For fattish dreads in my kinda hair, Will rip and twist work better than backcombing in avoiding shrinkage? And if I do decide on rip and twist, will i be able to do it alone? I dont know anyone who knows anything about dreading so this is gonna be a one gal journey!