My dreads turned 2 weeks old yesterday. And i decided to wash them because i could feel the roots coming out, which i assumed was due to my abnormally greasy head. I used Tom's Of Maine deoderant soap, and it worked well to cut the grease out. After blowdrying, i rubbed some fresh aloe gel into my hair and palmrolled. They feel so much tighter now!! I think I might take the rubber bands out next week and see what happens. Bands feel too restrictive.