2005
10.19

Q. I just started dreading up my hair. When I go to bed they look good, but by morning they’re all a mess. Is there anything I can do to “protect” them from my tossing and turning?

A. Try wearing a hat or a nylon stocking over your dreads when you sleep. If they are long enough, tie them back with an elastic and then put a nylon over top. Other than that, if your dreads are new, it’s just the ends that are having a hard time staying in the new little dreadies. Just have patience until they grow a bit stronger and tighter, and using dread wax to fix them up in the morning will help a lot, too.

  1. can i use a skull cap to sleep in the beginning stages of my dreads

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    • Sure! And it’ll help keep them in shape.

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  2. What type of twists can loc faster single or two strand

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  3. Can twists loc and form to dreads

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  4. Dread is a term of respect. My hair it’s dreadlocked.. it’s history and much power in the name DREAD. Look up the real meaning..it does not mean dreadful.

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  5. Does sleeping with a microfiber type material headband benefit/ruin/or do nothing at all to the new 2 day old dreads

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  6. I have been wearing my locs for 26 years, I love them but they are thinning out and my scalp is starting to show more. Do you suggest cutting the out after a certain amount of time? Or what should I do?

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    • Have you ever thought of marrying them? (combining 2 or more locs)

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  7. I have dreadlock for almost 2months and they are turning great already,dont wash your dreads at all!use wax for the ends of a dreads and start of a dreads and palmroll them everyday!When you go sleep use rubberbands and thats it,no worries!the wax i use is knotty boy 😉

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  8. I’v had dreads for about 2 years and im really satisfied with the way they look and smell,I go to my sylist after every four weeks to wash,retwist and style them… I use mouldin’gel wax and I haven’t really experienced any problem…

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  9. Am I doing everything right? Once a week I wash my new locks. Once every 3 or 4 days I retwist them with gel. I sleep in a hat but everything still seems to be messy.

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  10. Why can’t I see my own comments on here thanks if u can help

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  11. Ok thank you if you are solving my question because I glady appreciate it! Ok so I have had my dreads for about three days and yes I ment three days and some are really skinny and fat at the end and I have felt them and the ones that are like this are eathier COVERED in wax or really belly with like a gel I have not put anything in them because I don’t know when or if I need to yet and I abously have not washed them because they would come about because I am at a VERY early stage so anyways should I try to rub them or liken palm rool them also if you can tell me a bit about maintainenece that would help to my three day old dreads are from the tip of your finger to your first nuckle (Which I consider my inch 😛 ) four knuckles on top and four knuckles on my sides because I had a for hawk so my sides where always shorter then the top but I will even them when they grow so what should I do I also have one more question and sorry for the long question but is it better to have your du rag tighter or looser and by the way I am black and white with pretty thick hair also a hair stylist but them in so this should be blamed on her if it’s a problem thanks for answering this xD

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  12. I just started my locks about 3 days ago they are really skinny and yes I did mean three days ago about how long will it take for them to expand because there skinny at the body and a little big at the top I am mixed black and white I have pretty thick hair so I also want to know about how long it will take for them to loc up because I am kinda worried about them some are really waxy and some have a big glob of gel on them and I didn’t do this the stylist did so do I need to get it out? Thanks if you read this and can answer all my questions I have asked xD Thanks!

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  13. Very helpful comments.I’m just starting the process and I was at the point I only want to cut my hair or try the dreads and I love the twist look, but don’t want to keep taking the synthetic hair out and getting them retwisting. So, I’m going try it. It does take some getting use to and I have so many hair issues, but I love the natural hair. Sooo, I just have to learn to be patient, bc the frizz is or was running me crazy.

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  14. I just started my locs this month, my husband isusing the back combing and crocheting method I haven’t used ANYTHING in my hair yet, should I use shea butter or oils to twist them? and how do I get rid of the itchy feeling cause I don’t want to scratch and cause dandruff. and should I sleep in a durag like I’ve been doing or should I let them just be natural and loose, I swear at night so I don’t know what to do about that either.

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  15. i been growing my dreads for about 3 to 4 weeks now do i need to wash my hair now or wait just a little bit longer how much longer should i wait help me please?

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    • wait till they lock some more about another 3 weeks or so

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  16. I have being growing my dreads for about 4 months and it has being a patient process. My hair is very soft and curly , so I am trying to figure out what can I do with my locs. My ends are very loose but my hair has loc. I use the jamaican lock twist gel and it seems like once I twist my hair it is back loose again in a couple days. Please give me some information to help me out. I know one thing you have got to be patient with locs.

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    • Hey i started 30 days ago, JML is horrible, use taliah waajid lock it up, JML made flakes and causes buildup, and turned my hair orange

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    • Hey, I am currently going through the same thing. My hair is soft and curly as well, and my retwists never seem to remain. I have been growing dreads for the past 6 months now, and they have started to loc up. I started mine via comb coil method. I too would like to know if there is a way to keep my retwists in place without it loosing out on me. My hair currently looks as if I’m in the process of growing out my locs. I see you posted your message 2 years and I’m curious as to what you found that worked for you. Anyone else, please feel free to give me some advice :)

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  17. started my dreads 4mths ago but 4 some reason it’s not locking tips any one

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    • It may depend on the texture of your hair. Also, make sure that you are not scrubbing your hair to harshly when you wash it, and try not to use conditioner for a few weeks – it may be causing your hair to stay overly slick. Wear a scarf when you go to bed and try not to fuss with it during the day.

      And lastly, PATIENCE!!! It’s truly a process and you will learn a lot about yourself while they lock. :-)

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  18. Hi, I was wondering if your locs ever cause night sweats? getting a double dose of stink from my partner and looking for nice suggestions to get rid of the stink. he uses the dreadhead hq, but when he dries his locs with my blow dryer the whole freakin house stinks sooooooooo bad. our bed is even worse… not sure if the locs could be causing the night sweats. please help… desperate. don’t want to sleep in separate beds, but…

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    • Your partner may have mildew in his locks. If you do not clean locks properly, and then not DRY them fully, you will end up with stinky mildew.

      You should have your partner do a nice, refreshing vinegar rinse (after shampooing while still in the shower, pour a mix of 1/2 water, 1/2 Apple Cider Vinegar over hair. Rinse and enjoy), or even a baking soda soak (fill your sink, or a bucket, with comfortably warm water, add a bit of Apple Cidar Vinegar and a few tablespoons of baking soda.) You may be grossed out by how much dirt is left behind in the water after the Baking Soda soak.

      Make sure that they are drying locks FULLY each time they are washed. You may want to invest in a Sit Under dryer – it may help to save the sheets!)

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  19. I’ve had my hair twisted for 3weeks exactly and all I use is beezwax and they’re holding together good and i want them to look good for like a business enviroment for the future. i’m african american and my hair is really thick. i havent washed them or anything since i got them done and the only time they get a little wet is because of sweat because i play basketball. Is there anything i should change? Need tips

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  20. i do my own twists an its my 4th month…i went to tha shop in dec 2011(was my only time), an been doing it myself since. i use mango &lime ”locking firm wax”at first then when my hair started lockin at tha ends i started using murrays wavegrease. i know some people dont use beeswax but my hair thick as hell so it helps,,,now feb 2012 im about stop sleepin wit a durag….hope its str8 also us mango &lime ”no more itch grow spray” it smell good an women love it fellas…..410 an patiences iz tha key also read up on tha heritage of em when u feel discouraged or bored just to learn some u havent learned.

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  21. Seriously STOP calling them “dreadlocks”, there is NOTHING dreadful bout them!!!!

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  22. The way I do it is, I grab a spiderman bandana and I tie them back haha (: and when I take it off, they seem to look nicer :O

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  23. Theres not much you can do bout frizz when you barely get dreads really. What did help me was dipping my fingers in lemon juice mixed with water while twisting my dreads 1 by 1, it controls the frizz for a few days then you have to do it again. If you really want to tame the frizz then do things that will help your dreads lock faster instead because once theyre fully locked the frizz is not bad really. I usually sleep with my hair tied back during the days i dont wash em, the night before im gonna wash em i sleep with em loose to help em lock up, then after i shower i wrap a towel around em for bout 30mins thn let em air dry, once fully dry i go to my lemon juice routine all over again, but as time goes u notice everytime you retwist em they that they are getting tighter and require less twisting to stay looking neat, at first i would spend over an hour now im down to 45 mins cus i dont have to section em as much they are being more individual now, before they would tangle up lol

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  24. my dreads are very uneven. most of my dreads are about 6-8 inches but the back dreads near my neck are realllllllly short. any body has a tip

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  25. ive just gotten dreadlocks im a white female and im having trouble with frizz and i dont know when i should take my rubberbands out what should i do? ehall67@gmail.com

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  26. Everytime i go to sleep and wake up the next morning my dreads are sticking straight up…they are about 1.4 inches long…i dont know what kind of products i should use. I am afraid that if i use a certain product that there will be build up of dirt in my hair and then it wont grow how i want it to. Somebody help!!

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    • mine used to do the exact same thing. they’re probably only about 5 inches now and still uneven as shit haha, BUT! wrap your hair up in a bandanna every night before you sleep and they won’t do it as much. and if you use some sort of dread grease that helps too. I don’t remember what it was called. eventually you won’t have to wear it, but it helps them to stay nicer if you do.

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  27. I, twist my hair about 4 months ago. and now they are lock,when i i retwist my hair, i dont wet it, i do it dry with murraphy shea butter, is this the right way.

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    • NO!!! You need to wash your hair. Do not fall for the idea that Locks to not need to be washed. THEY DO! It’s still hair. the same hair you had before. And that hair needs to be clean and moisturized. It’s gentler on the hair shaft to twist when wet. If it’s dry it’s much easier for it to snap, causing crazy frizz. I hope that helps!

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  28. I’ve had my dreads since 2002 and there long so I’ve been through all the crap…one thing I do advise is to not put any beeswax or any thing thats not as easy to come off as it is to put on in ur hair. Beeswax and all those other locking products cause clumps deep in between ur dreads and form pockets that hold water no matter how u dry ur hair. In time ur dreads will start to smell like mold and mildew because of these products u put in ur dreads. Sleep is the best thing for ur dreads because this is when the locking process speeds up but that doesn’t apply to ppl who interlock…do not sleep with anything on ur head because it will cause the growth of ur hair to slow down, just sleep with sheets that have no lint. personally the only thing I put in my hair is scented oils but the only other thing I would put in my hair is lock n hold gel to hold down the frizz and sheen

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  29. I started my dreads in may 2010. My friend’s aunt started them for me. They were really small at first but now venturing in interlocking and attempting to do them on my own. I have an ongoing problem with itchy scalp. However one of my coworkers who’s dreads are beautiful had told me to stop using aerosol spray sheens and use a natural hair oil mist instead. She also told me to squeeze lemon juice in boiling water, let cool and put in a spray bottle and spray on hair. I added rosemary oil to the combo as well. It actually worked temporarily. My hair has shrinkage so when I sweat at the gym my dreads get smaller and frizzy. I’m dealing with it but it can be a bit much!!

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  30. One word Nudred. (youtube it) It world and the dreads come out great and with no effort.

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  31. i did my dreads on my own. i dont use any products and only wet my hair and let hair dry. i palm roll whenever i can. i did the back comb method, which i thought was the easiest. locks take time and patience..frizz is natural no matter how old your locks are..peace & locks to all (:

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  32. Well ive been dreading my hair for nine months…. and it still has frizz which im ok with it. but it gets annoying sometimes. also i hear that dread butter or shea butter is good. but what are some good brands. I am currently using jamaican mango and lime dread products. just want good looking dreads

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  33. I have been growing my dreads since November 2010. I love them. I kind of let them di there own thing. I love Shea Butter for the smell and it keeps mt dreads soft and bouncy. a little frizz is fine if you can stand to look at it, but in the beginning they will frizz, but it is a process that you have to stick with. If you started dreads for the cosmetic look then you are starting off wrong to begin with. Natural hair is the whole purpose. It is a way of life and not just a hairstyle.

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  34. I have my locks for about 9 months and I will go to the hairdresser to wash and interlock and 2 days after its back to the frizz again its frustrating please tell me what product I should use to get rid of the frizz and have my locks look neat.

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  35. You really don’t need to use a stylist or any expensive products. I dreaded my hair myself, sure it took hours and I felt like my arms would fall off but I’m so proud of my babies! You don’t need to use wax either or beeswax or candle wax or anything like that, all it will do is matt in your dreads as a dirty waxy mass that you won’t be able to get out. If you soak them in hot hot water you can get the wax out but do it sooner rather than later. Shea butter is fine and put it on as often as you feel you need it, personally I think the best thing is let your dreads have control and was them carefully in shampoo or soap with no oily residue.

    Stop letting the salons take your hard earned money! Go DIY dreads ^_^

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    • Amen!

      I started my dreads myself, and maintain them myself without wax. The only products I use are dread shampoo bars and conditioners for dreadlocks..for the dryness. Use knotty boy or Abeni for dreadlock products

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  36. I was using beeswax and I got a lot of lent and my dreads were so heavy. My stylist washed it all out and used shea butter. My hair locked better, looks better, smells better. Feels lighter. I don’t even sleep with a hair rag and my hair looks good everyday just a lil olive oil and I’m good to go. Shea butter is perfect for dreadlocks.

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  37. Hey, is’t funny to hear people complain about having your night’s sleep making a mess from your dreads. Nighttime is exactly what they need to twist and turn and get all locked-up i find… but hey in the beginning i was worrying too, but now i’ve learned to accept my dreads. They grow the way the want to. I do help maintaining the lose ends from time to time, but for the most part: the dreads are in control!
    Good Luck… and don’t go cutting them when you encounter the first hurdle… dedicate yourself to them i’d say! :o)

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  38. I’ve been growing my dreads for about 4 mths, and I use 100% shea butter,doo gro anti itch if my scalp. Are they good for my dreads? Also I only go to the salon every 4 weeks. I am afraid to twist them myself thinking I might untwist them. I’m I doing the right thing by going ever 4 weeks and letting her wash and retwist my locks. My locks do not smell. I use the shea butter two or three times week is that to much. I live in Phoenix,AZ do you know of any stores I could get dread product from?

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    • You can go to Mid-K they carry alot of good products and they are helpful with choices. Don’t know what side of town but they are located on 16th and Southern.

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