2005
10.19

Hair Everywhere!

Q. Recently I’ve noticed quite big strands of hair “escaping” my dreads and I can’t seem to get them back in the dreads. What can I do about all this loose hair?

A. The thing about the loose hairs is this: You will always have those loose hairs; they are totally normal with dreads. There are a few things that you can do to help them disappear a bit, but it is a constant battle, and really the best thing to do is to just love your dreads for what they are and not worry about them. One thing you can try is to use a regular-sized crochet hook to ‘knit’ them back into the main dreads. Just stick the hook through a big dread near the loose strand, grab that loose strand with the hook and pull it through the big dread, then stick the hook through the other side of the big dread and pull the lose hair back through the other side. Pull the loose hairs back and forth, once chunk at a time, through the nearest dreads until you’ve ‘crocheted’ them into your other dreads. It helps to have someone help you with it. Then wax that puppy up to keep it in place for as long as possible. That will hold for a while, but they usually pull out after a few weeks from sleeping and pulling your hair back into a ponytail, and then you hafta do it over again.

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I’ve also recently come to the conclusion that it’s ok to trim loose hair down because it does make the dreads look a lot messier. What you should do, though, is just trim a little at a time so that it doesn’t look chopped and with ends everywhere. The hair on your forehead that’s not dreading, trim close to the roots but not too close – you don’t want spikes of hair growing back again. Just make it soft around your forehead, use the tips of the scissors and snip a little at a time in an upward motion toward the scalp. This should help… also feel free to trim away the crazy hair that makes your head look fuzzy, but again, don’t chop right against the scalp or you’ll get spikes of hair growing back. Just do a little at a time; you can always trim more later on.

And as time goes on, those loose hairs become not so bad, just sorta eventually dread into the others. Patience, my pretties!


Q. The hair on my lower neck (back of my neck) is probably 2-4 inches
long. Its a knotty mess, simply put, and it is not long enough to dread, because the hair is not thick enough. What should I do?

A. You can try to dread it together as it grows out, but the best thing you can do is just not worry about it, it’ll be grabbed up by the other dreads over time. OR if it’s just not dreading at all – just staying loose and long – you could trim it off with scissors if there isn’t a lot of it. That will help clean things up back there, too.

Q. Here’s some more tips from other kids… with haireverywhere)

“Don’t worry! There IS something you can do about loose hairs. After showering (or whenever) rub yer head with the towel in a circular motion. A sweater also works VERY well. Loose hairs will either form itsy bitsy dreads or cling to the other dreads. When they form itty, bitty ones (as little as 15 or so hairs) push them through the base (untangled part near the scalp) of a neighboring dread. In about a month you will notice they have grown right in there with the big dread. Happy dreading!”

-Jason B.

“I know a way to get rid of loose hairs. Take the loose hairs and roll them in yer fingers until you just got a big ball of hair. Make a little hole in the bottom of the nearest dread and stick the ball in the hole. Then, use some wax to kinda glue it in there. No more loose hairs!”

-Al

“I found a different method for getting the loose hairs back into the main dreads (something I have to do a fair bit)…. get a medium size needle, and using a knife or something widen the hole a bit. Then you get all the loose hairs that are goin into a dread, and roll ‘em together with some wax. Then get a bit of thread and put it around the bunch of hairs, and pull both ends of the thread thru the needle hole. This does take a bit o practice but its ok, once ya get it. Once you’ve got the looser hairs threaded thru the needle ya go thru the base of the dread several times, and when there’s not much hair left push the needle along the inside of the dread, just make sure you don’t lose the needle in there. That’s about as well as i can explain it but I’ve had good experience with this method as i find it alot easier to do on your own than the crochet method.”

-Spacey

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  1. hi, I’m a big fan of dreads but I’m on my natural hair which I’d like to keep. I want to fix the dreads this summer but I heard that when loosening, it cuts most of your hair. is that true? and also does it help your hair growth? thanks.

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  2. I just had mine done by way of a twist and tear method instead of backcombing, as ive heard they turn out neater. My hair is medium length(about 5 inches) im somewhat pleased with results but if theres any knock, its the ungodly amount of loose hair. Is it as simple as the person who did them missing some spots? If so..repairable?
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    • Same here! Mine are a few days old and after washing, I got tons of loose hair. :( I’m hoping it’ll sort itself out in time… *sigh*. Although I quite like when dreads are somewhat messy.. so maybe it’s a good thing? :)

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      • I should also mention that my hair is to my shoulders, caucasian hair, I used the same method. I washed with dish soap as I don’t have much else (shh), and don’t use wax. I also used a crochet hook when making my dreadies. :)

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  3. Its my 3rd day of having dreads there really frizzy loose hairs goin everywhere the lady that did tthem told me I couldnt wash my hair for a month or theyed fall apart I dont think she used any wax or atleast none that I can feel in it will they dread right any tips on how to help them lock faster?

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  4. Dread have loose hair, sure, frizzy, sure. If you have regular hair that starts at the roots and never is in a dread… no. Use a crochet hook and bring those loosies in. But the root friz will always be there. Embrace it. Also if you wear your dreads tied up a lot, dont. The frizz and loose hair gets worse if you tie them up.

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  5. Okay I got my dreads done by PERM and there ate loose hairs everywhere! I use beeswax, oh and I have had them for about a month and a half any suggestions on how to male them lock?

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    • Just wait. Time is most important. Buy a super small crochet hook and then crochet in loose hairs. Also No more wax unless you have too. While wax isnt dread deat as some say, it will make your hair very dirty and brittle at times. I used wax in my dreads twice a month for 3 months then never touched it again and i just twist them regular.

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      • ay bredda can yu snd mi sum pichars ah yah dread

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  6. anyone have a good method besides clockwise rotating to tighten new growth because ive herd that can cause breakage

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  7. 5 years in and I also sleep with a tam or hat every night. You don’t have to worry about breakage either when there in a hat at night.

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  8. 6 years, and growing strong, i sleep with my hat everynight, keeps them nice and tight.

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  9. What’s the verdict on rubber bands? I have them on the tips and roots, and I’m worried some on the roots are too tight… I double them up because done single the bands wouldn’t stay on… I’ve had my dreads for almost exactly 1 month, some are pretty tight, others might have to be completely re-back combed – they are almost straight hair again. My hair is super thick and super straight… Is this normal?

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  10. Don’t see why you guys would ever use wax, it just doesn’t seem good in the long run anyways. I myself am half black and half caucasian and my step brother is completely caucasian. Neither of us used wax and we are both locked up. Wax just seems to make dreads worse over time and all the best dreads I have seen were wax free.

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  11. Hello!

    I am having some trouble keeping my loose hairs in. I have had my dreads for…eh…almost 3 months. And they are still loose. I’m crocheting and palm rolling…twisting and using a hat to sleep…and not washing much for now…and its still not working. Oh and I’m spraying them with salt water which helps but I’m still struggling. Advice? Thanks a lot!

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  12. Thank you now my question is my hair is growing fast how do i twist the new growth? do I just do the same as I started? The back of my head is always flat when when i wake up whats the best thing to rap my hair is when i sleep? Thank you so much for all of your help

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  14. Ok hello everyone this is my second week and Im learning fast that this is going to take time and patience. When do i take my rubberband off of the roots and what is the best shampoo and wax to use?

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  15. @MJ Fisher

    Yeah, when dreads start connecting like that, you can either rip/cut them apart, or let them develop into a congo; or a dread with two or more tails.

    It usually looks pretty sick, but I feel like I don’t have that many dreads in the first place so I rip mine apart. I reccommend ripping them rather than cutting the hair because as you rip, some hairs will just come out of the opposing dread, so you can keep some of it from breaking. Plus it sounds like velcro :)

    I use Dr. Bronner’s magic soaps liquid shampoo, peppermint flavour. I don’t know if it stimulates hair growth but it sure feels amazing.

    Happy dreading!

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  16. Hi all!
    Great site. I am still in the baby-dread period (about 6 days!) I know how long it takes for dreads to lock up (6-7-8 months, maybe a year +/-) …BUT I do have a question: my dreads have been done by backdcombing & also making knots (literally knots in my hair!!) & I’m wondering if this will help my dreads lock up faster? I can definitely see the knots in the dreads (under all the lovely loose hairs & frizz.) I palmroll everyday each dread & keep an eye on my new growth. Also, what’s your thoughts on Dr. Bronner’s Castille Soap? Any & all advice is MUCH appreciated!
    Thanks so much,
    Lizz

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  17. MJ Fisher said: 2010.07.12 16:58
    Has anybody else experienced that hair from one dread gets caught in the next dread? i mean ive been dreaded for about 7 months and found that when my hair was sectioned, some hair went into the next dread. now that its been so long the hair is an inch from my scalp and i can puppet my dreads. for example i can pull one dread up over my head and the next one follows. can i cut these hairs?

    yeahhh dood just cut the hair that is making them puppet around…shyt happens to me all the time.Just make sure you dont cut one of your roots.does that aloe vera shyt rele lock em up good? cuz i mean my dreads are locked but they got loose hairs on the outside of them

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  18. Has anybody else experienced that hair from one dread gets caught in the next dread? i mean ive been dreaded for about 7 months and found that when my hair was sectioned, some hair went into the next dread. now that its been so long the hair is an inch from my scalp and i can puppet my dreads. for example i can pull one dread up over my head and the next one follows. can i cut these hairs?
    also a good tip for tightening is aloe vera. i rip that sucka right off the plant ans squeeze it on my dreads and rub it in. it tightens as it dries. i do that every other day. on my aloe off days i use a sea salt solution, just a mix of water with a grip load of sea salt.
    and for buildup issues i use apple cider vinager, just pour it over my head and let it sit for 30 mins. i use baking soda at first with water. just dump a handfull of baking soda in a cup of water and rub it on your scalp, then top it off with the a.c.v. and put it in a shower cap for a half hour. wash that out with a non residue soap or shampoo and your scalp is freshhhh!
    i also found some mint tea at the 99c only store, put 2 packs in one cup of water boil for 5 mins. it makes your scalp tingle for as long as u leave it in. i heard this help stimulate hair growth!

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  19. Josh Carr said: 2010.02.15 21:07
    I started dreading my daughters hair with the backcombing method but found it hard to maintain her new growth. I’ve since used the crochet method for the past few months. I feel like I may have messed up all our hard word as I hear that her hair WILL NOT dread where it’s been crocheted…please help. What can I do from here if anything? I just hate to start over…:(

    Fear Not my friend, The crochete needle works fine as long as it is done properly. I dreaded my hair by lightly backcombing and then allaowing them to do their thang. They came along fine but at some point I got a little imatient and decided to use the crochete needle and it progressed the apearance of maturity by leaps and bounds. That has been some time now and my dreads are tight enough for me to leave bruises on people with them.
    Here is the url for a very informative video on using the crochete method.

    Best wishes.
    PAT_RIOT

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  20. ” Boe-datious said: 2009.12.29 22:09
    My dreads are 6 weeks, I didn’t realize how much maintnence they would be. There are lots of loose hairs, that I’m considering just trimming down. Also if the dreads are sectioned rectangle, they are flat rather than round, which I can’t seem to fix. I still have my rubber bands in, but I move them from time to time after noticing it tightens the dread. I’m still waiting for them to tighten. how long until they’re not soft anymore?

    6weeks? you gotta long road aheadof ya bruddah. depending on your hair type and how you started them, it could take up to two yearsfor them to completely lock up and be tight like virgin. And when they do begin to lock good they will appear to shrink some due to the locking. best advice….use very minimal wax, wash them well once a week with a dread soap or anti-residue shampoo(it helps to put panty hose or something thin like that over yer hair when washing to avoid pulling hairs back out of the dreads..not a bad idea to wear it while you sleep as well. Always dry your hair well before putting a hat over it, to avoid getting mold or fungus growing in there.(my hair takes all fucking day to air dry) Also, rubberbands at the scalp put stress on the roots, and combined with taking B-12 VitaminC and Ommega3′s can help you hair grow at an accellerated rate.

    That is the best stuff I can think of For now.

    Best Wishes.
    PAT-RIOT

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  21. I started dreading my daughters hair with the backcombing method but found it hard to maintain her new growth. I’ve since used the crochet method for the past few months. I feel like I may have messed up all our hard word as I hear that her hair WILL NOT dread where it’s been crocheted…please help. What can I do from here if anything? I just hate to start over…:(

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  22. murrary’s gel loc-lock, will take good care of you for a long time. im at 4 months of locks and i have no loose hairs as much in my 2-3months of locs. i stopped using beeswax due to’ too much of build up.

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  23. My dreads are 6 weeks, I didn’t realize how much maintnence they would be. There are lots of loose hairs, that I’m considering just trimming down. Also if the dreads are sectioned rectangle, they are flat rather than round, which I can’t seem to fix. I still have my rubber bands in, but I move them from time to time after noticing it tightens the dread. I’m still waiting for them to tighten. how long until they’re not soft anymore?

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  26. I use super clean shampoo (neutrogena anti build up shampoo), keep the waxing to an absolute minimum, and try to band up disobedient dreads with little braiding elastics or with beads. keep rolling !

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  27. Times the best thing for dreading hair, though you will always have loose hairs, just try to stay on top of ur hair so you wont have so many.

    Ive had mine for abot 10 1/2 months now, and I frequently get complimented by other dreadhead about how mature they look already. Thats because, at the annoyance of those around me, im always palm rolling them and knottinbg the hair when im sat down, walking down the road, takling, etc, just rub the hairs to they tighten into knotty ropes.

    Also, I used wax for first 2 months, then stopped, soon as I did, the dreads started to tighten better, and feel cleaner, also wash them once a week

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  30. how often should i wash my hair and should i rubber band my dreads when doing so or should i just not wash it at all

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    • wash your hair weekly and keep rubber bands out of there. thats my advice…

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