zielpiraat (zielpiraat) wrote in get_up_dread_up,

help :l

first off, i want to say that i have extensively read through the memories and entries on gudu, but i'm still looking for advice on a more personal level.
i have straight, thin asian hair but decided to get dreads a little over two months ago. i love them love them love them and i try so hard to be patient with them, but they just don't seem to cooperate or want to dread. true, i started out washing them twice a week which may not have been the best thing i could've done, but i managed to stretch out my washing habits to once every five-six days. on top of that, for the first few weeks when i probably should have kept them more intact with backcombing, i wasn't able to because i didn't have a proper comb. that being said, i went to my friend's house yesterday for some maintenence on them, and we first took the step of washing them since they hadn't been washed in several days and we didn't want to end up undoing any effects that may have happened if we worked on them first. after washing them and even soaking them briefly in rubbing alcohol (...) the majority of them pretty much...came out. yeah, dreads that had been slowly coming apart over a period of two months finally just gave up.
suffice to say, even when they were dreaded, there were constantly several inches of undreaded hair on the ends and loose hair kept slipping out of them.
so in an attempt to fix some of them, my friend did some twisting thing, some backcombing and all that, and rubberbanded the roots and ends.
it seemed like a good idea, but reading all the memories on rubberbanding, many people caution against it and suggest that it's better to let the dreads form on their own.
as much as i want to take that advice, i feel as though my dreads will do nothing but fall apart again and again unless i really force them to knot or keep them together somehow. (p.s. the rubberbanding only applies to some of my dreads. there are a few dreads that are unbanded, and the rest of my hair is just normal and undreaded.)

advice please :( i don't want to give off the impression that these dreads were badly made from the start, because they definitely started out normal and promising. it's just something along the way that i must've done wrong.
and sorry for the long ass entry
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