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.
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!”
“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!”
“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.”