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Sectioning- Prior to dreading, many people choose to section their undreaded hair, using little rubber bands, in order to maintain some control over the size and symmetry of their locks.
Natural Locks- Generally referring to locks grown by simply leaving the hair alone, without aid from Rip and Twist or Backcombing methods.
Rip ‘n Twist- A process of beginning locks by, yep, ripping and twisting! This process is time consuming and sometimes frustrating, but the results can be absolutely amazing!
Backcombing – A process for creating dreadlocks that is very similar to (perhaps even the same as) teasing your hair. It involves a very fine comb, and is widely considered the fastest and least time consuming way to create great locks!
Loops- As your locks tighten you may find loops of hair occurring along the length of individual dreadlocks. DON’T WORRY. Generally these will work their way into the dread. Some people love them, some people are driven mad by them! I say, love them while they last!
Roots- Refers to the hair that is still undreaded at the scalp. Some people find that their roots lock up naturally as they grow out, others maintain theirs’.
Loose Hairs- This phrase refers to, you guessed it, the loose hairs that are always sneaking out of your locks. Again, they are loved by some, aggravating for others. There are many maintenance methods to deal with them.
Shrinkage- As your locks mature, the knots tighten up and you may find your dreads shrinking. Do not be alarmed! It’s a good sign. The amount of shrinkage varies from person to person.
Thin Spots- An area of the dread that seems thinner, or less well knotted than others. This often occures when hair is restricted from moving, either by hemp wraps, beads, or wax.
Roots of Individual Hairs- Or "little white dots". Inevitably as your locks grow they will eat up the hair that you would normally be shedding. The little white dots up near the root of your locks are actually the hair follicles from those hairs.
Separating- As your locks grow out they may have the desire to combine with one another at the roots. Separating refers to pulling them apart, or otherwise untangling these excitable dreads.
Clockwise Rubbing- A method often used to tighten roots. I’ve linked you to the DreadHead HQ tutorial on this subject, but please note that there’s no real reason to purchase their products, no matter how essential they claim to be.
Palmrolling- Palmrolling is a great way to maintain your dreads with minimal effort. It involves rolling each lock between your palms, and is often done in or after washing to encourage little loose hairs to get back where they belong.
Sewing- Another method of maintaining, sewing refers to tucking in loose hairs with a needle. Sewing may also be used to combine dreads and round tips!
Crocheting- One of many ways to maintain your locks is by pulling in loose hairs with a crochet hook. Crochet hooks come in many sizes, and are available at any place with a craft department.
Felting- Used occasionally for maintenance, to combine dreads, and for various other reasons, felting is the process of repetitively stabbing a felting needle (a needle with barbs to catch the fibers, intended for dry-felting wool) through the area being maintained. Proceed with caution, felting needles do have the ability to cause damage.
Flipping- The process of flipping a dread through its root, used by some to tighten roots. This is a much-debated method, so please read up before attempting!
Deep Cleaning- Sometimes your dreads smell funky, or feel heavy, and you just can’t shake it. It may be time for a very thorough cleaning!
Tam- A crocheted or knitted cloche-like hat often when worn during work or physical activities to protect your dreadlocks from work-related smells or sweat. Also, they're wicked cute!
Aloe - A plant that many find helpful as an antiseptic and is great for cuts and burns, and various dready needs. Some folks like it, some don’t.
Wax- Perhaps the most debated issue in the dreadlock universe, wax is a substance some believe aids in the process of creating dreadlocks. Others feel that it only sticks the hair together, inhibiting movement and knotting. Read up before using!
Tea Tree Oil- Many find Tea Tree Oil, a natural oil known for its antiseptic and anti fungal properties, to be very helpful in relieving itchies and dandruff. Others find it worsens the symptoms. Patch test, and dilute to insure no strong negative reactions occur!