Q. I just got dreads a few days ago. I always thought dreads were dry, but mine are moist with dread wax and probably greasy hair. Does it stay like this, or do they become dry? And my dreads aren’t sticking together too well, they kinda look like twists – will they become better? Is there anything I can do to help them?
A. First of all, did you get them done at a salon or did you do them yourself? Cuz the techniques can vary – some salons do dreads by twisting (not dreads at all, they rarely lock that way for anyone with hair other than afro-american) and some do the backcombing method. If all they are twists, you may need to do them over again and backcomb them properly with a friend, because they will not dread for a very long time in twists.
Make sure the wax you are using is NOT petroleum-based or containing mineral (sometimes called ‘white’) oils or parafin waxes. These waxes are far too slippery and wet to lock most hair types.
If you are using a good all-natural dread wax in your new dreads, you will still feel the product in there for the first few days, and you won’t need to rewax them unless you want to. Give them a few days to dry out a bit, keep them back from your face, etc., and then rewax if they are coming apart. Just use your good judgment, if you need to get some loose pieces in, use wax. If not, then don’t.
And when you rewax, it helps to use a comb to knot them up again, cuz it’s by knotting them up that they become locks, right?
If you find that the twists are just coming undone, get a friend and start them yourself from the beginning – unfortunately you may need to do the whole process again, just to try and nap your hair up a bit so it starts dreading. Again, it does take much patience and time and weeks of crappy-looking hair until it starts to lock, so if you want to leave it and just see what happens, you can do that too.
But seriously, don’t give up because they WILL happen, promise. I know it’s frustrating; on the really bad days just wear a hat or pull them back and don’t worry about it. Love them for what they are and they’ll be fine. And see if there’s anything else you could be doing from the tips here on the website, etc. Good luck, and don’t give up!
Q. I’ve been a dreadhead for nearly a month, but the problem is that my hair is really thin and no matter how much I play with, separate and add additional wax, they seem very flat and shitty. They’re really flat, especially on the scalp and have trouble holding shape in general. I just wondered if you had any advice because I would really love a cool head of dreads.
A. There could be a few things that are not helping… first of all, if you have really fine hair, sometimes if the dreads are started too thin they don’t look so hot for the first few months until they start fattening up. Perhaps they weren’t started tight enough…
But the good news is, after about 3-6 months they do start getting good dreadlocks shapes and looking like real dreads. It’s harder for some of us than others in the beginning, but have no fear, they will be awesome if you just stick it out. You can easily keep them under a bandana or tam for a while until they start smartening up, without any danger of that hindering the locking process.