Jenbug (mitejen) wrote in get_up_dread_up,

Baby Dreads and SCIENCE!

Hi y'all!

I'd like to start by saying that I've been on the verge of posting umpty-hundred times before, usually with inane questions that spring to my mind and send me to my keyboard before I force myself to STOP! and check the memories. It's true, just about anything you can think of (and I've thought of a lot of things, both relevant and completely ludicrous) is there. On top of everything else I'm learning, this community teaches PATIENCE, not just with your own hair, but with the idea of 'You know, maybe if I took the extra ten minutes I could do the research and answer my own question instead of posting something that someone else has already covered extensively with photos, videos, graphs, charts, poems and in song.'

Anyway, this is my secondish set of dreads--my first I did entirely through the Knotty boy wax and dreading video that was posted here and which many people were not fans of. I am stubborn and was convinced 'I will only use a little wax and it will wash out!' Some friends who'd never dreaded hair before came over, we watched Predator and the KB video and they did my hair, and because it was full of wax it never locked up, felt oily, was unpleasant, I wasn't comfortable, et cetera. Lesson Learned.

Anyway, I do have a question I haven't seen covered in the memories:

I'm a visual person, and I'm also an amateur science nerd. Are there any microscope shots of dreaded hair that give a good visual reference for the locking process? I have this idea about how it works/what it looks like and I wanted to know if I was right or wrong. I understand that basically the hair 'sticks' together and from my fiddling with it I kind of have a sense of it and I'm experiencing some nice locking (yay no product!) but I'm just curious what's going on on a teeny scale, ya know?

I did a Google img search but didn't really find anything. I thought y'all might have come across something like that. And if not, perhaps someone with a microscope or access to a lab could whip something up!

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