Some of these faq's are intended for mature audience only.
Growing Dreadlocks is not about being a hair style or fashion even though sometimes it can seem that way for some.
There are many circumstances that go along with having Dreads. After you have thought well long and hard about what you are about to endure and have read over our extensive Dread Faq’s ,and you still want to have a Happy Nappy Lifestyle ,then stop combing your hair now. The best Dreads are those that lock up on there own. When a Dread is locked up you will know it. There will be no confusion between backcombing the hair and what a actual DreadLock is when your hair locks up finally and begins to be Dreaded!
Its easy to keep dreads clean and leave them pretty much leave alone to Grow as they will into fabulous Locks.
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Water: Especially for new dreads:water is not your enemy. don't be afraid to get them wet AFTER the initial washing (which should be about 5-7 days after backcombing). I like to put Sea Salt mixed with water on mine from time to time. I always make sure I get them good and dry afterwards though. I have found that the sea salt is good for them and helps with the dreading process, (some call this mix )accelerator. Don't forget to let them dry in a airy place or with a hair dryer.
Aloe Vera: Aloe Vera's most helpful to dreads when used as a replacement for wax. It can be used to hold in loose hairs to make your hair look better sooner. It also exfoliates the hair follicles in the same way as the salt water does, yet it also puts vitamins into the hair. Aloe Vera contains vitamins A, C,and E, as well as a number of minerals healthy for the scalp and hair. http://www.knottyboy.com/, in fact, utilizes the locking power of the Aloe plant in it's Locksteady Tightening Gel :Please don't put Suntan Aloe stuff in your hair. Use ONLY Pure ALOE VERA. I have a beautiful plant that was rooted for my family by a sister in Asheville NC. Thanks to her it keeps my dreads good from time to time i use it with blessing to make my own mix of solution. And for Pete's sake, please don't put peanut butter or grease in your hair!! That's just sick!
Myth:You need wax(or peanut butter, glue, toothpaste, grease, etc. etc.) to start dreadlocks. Fact: You really don't need anything to start dreadlocks. That's part of their beauty. They require no gels, waxes, or creams. They need no maintenance, and they don't need you to start on them. Just "leave your hair alone" and keep it clean with the right soaps and don't comb your hair then you can also have dreadlocks. There is much controversy about if and how much wax helps dreads. Nobody knows for sure, and there is no proof or evidence stating one way or the other. Aloe Vera on the other hand I use myself.
StereoTypes:"Rasta', 'Hippie', 'Stoner'. These are among some of the names you should expect to be called. Especially by people who don't know you. Having dreadlocks is not going to be easy and not everybody will love you for them. In fact, a lot of people have lost friends due to their hair. Parents generally don't like dreads, and neither do prospective employers. If you have locks, it won't be an easy experience. Children point. Parents whisper. Employers fail to look past the hair. I wear a Tam alot in public because its easier to get around that way. People sometimes do ask to see them and also ask if I have dreads cause I have a big fatty looking Tam that most would wear if they had dreads,it's really comfy and doesn't restrict or hold them down and keeps them loose enough to breathe in the Tam but not to be stared at by folks that just don't understand. Regretfully I don't often pull my Tam off for just anyone. Wearing a Tam is Healthy for your Dreads as longs as you Air your head and keep them Clean. I ride a Motorcycle and find that with them all Loose and in the wind out from underneath my helmet ,that is my best time to let the public see what lies beneath the cover of the Bulky Tam.If you do choose to Have DreadLocks please do your research first and make sure it is really really what you want. The saddest thing I hear alot is I used to have dreadlocks and WISHED I still had them. I Have them and will never cut them ever again. I encourage you over and over to think of every aspect of life and having them before you finally go about having them. I had no idea of how people were going to be about MY HAIR. People are just funny that way and you will really grow some thick thick skin if you decide to have dreads one day.
~Leave Your hair Alone~