diablosblood (diablosblood) wrote in get_up_dread_up,


I have been feeling frustrated with my dreads - they are 4 months old and formed completely on their own - no backcombing, I just pulled them apart when it looked like some hairs were going where they shouldn't. I have about 10 very fat ones. They are very heavy and uncomfortable. I get a lot of headaches, I can't style my hair without it being painful and pulling at the undreaded hairs at the scalp, it's really hard for me to find a comfortable position to lay down at night

So I was reading over the memories last night and came to the conclusion that since they were only 4 months old, they'd be easy to comb out.

So I took a shower and used an entire bottle of conditioner. Then I did a hot oil treatment and let it sit for a few hours. I started combing and after about 3-4 hours I still hadn't gotten the first one out.

So I went to bed and woke up this morning less convinced that I wanted to get rid of them.. but still not loving them.

Anyone have any advice? I guess my choices now are keep them or cut them off because there's no way I can comb them out. If I keep them, will the crazy amount of conditioner I used yesterday be a problem? As I was combing, all this gross stuff was coming out... i guess it was conditioner mixed with dead skin and dirt. If I really thoroughly wash my hair will it all come out???

update: the first one is gone. it took me a while to figure out a technique but once i got it, it was a lot easier. i am using a fine toothed metal comb to kind of saw at them to loosen the knots up, then pulling hairs out with a pen (ideally i would be using a needle or the end of a rat tail comb) and my fingers
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