Q. “My son has baby fine, thin light brown hair with a wave curl, 4 inches long. After bleaching his hair, he was ready for dreadlocks.
The hairdresser we went to said his hair was good texture + length for the dread locks. She sectioned hair in ½ inch squares, total of 61, split each square in two, twisted it with beeswax, used a salon product on it and shaved up to ears at back. He loved it!
But before we got home, we drove 2 hours looking for bees wax because the twists were untwisting! We finally found a salon that sold us Walnut Bees Wax, she also told us we didn’t have dread locks, we had twists and we would have to twist and wax everyday. So ½ hour each morning I am twisting + waxing. Thru the night with a stocking, the wax wears off at the pillow area, and untwists but the top of head does not make contact, so the beeswax is still there but twists still undo.
So now that I know we have twists, am I going to be twisting and waxing my life away every morning at 6am for ½ hour?
When the new growth of light brown hair grows in under the squared teased spot, how is it that this becomes teased?
Your beeswax seems harder. With using your wax will it give us staying power for the twists, and less grease shine + less redoing the twists? (My wax is soft but not runny and the twists remain soft.)
DREADS, TWISTS, LOCKS, BRAIDS – are these 4 different hairstyles? Please help!”
A. Ok, I’ll try and tackle these as best I can… ha
First of all, yes, your son paid for and was given twists, not dreads. This is what is known as the great salon-dread scam!
If you go to a salon for dreads, unfortunately most of the time you will never end up with dreads AND they charge you an outrageous price, at that. Very enraging. However, it’s been done now, no use griping about it.
What I absolutely recommend is that you start over again. Search the internet for ‘How to Make Dreadlocks’ – Knottyboy.com has an excellent one – and using that a guide and please, if you can get your hands on a jar of good quality all-natural dreadlock wax, this will make your dreading life SO much easier, I promise. It should be like a soft putty and have an enormous amount of hold, very unlike the creamy, greasy stuff you’ve been using up until now – trust me, I’ve tried all of those products, too, and they don’t work for spit.
You will still need to maintain (backcomb, wax and twist into shape) these new dreads for the first 3-6 weeks until they begin locking on their own, and then after that you should be able to just touch them up every now and then, and just let them dread on their own.
Keep in mind, the shorter the hair, the more maintenance in the beginning, but he will end up with better dreads in the end.
Dreads are what your son wants. Dreadlocks are ropes of well-maintained matted hair, like
what Bob Marley, Lauryn Hill, etc. had/has.
Twists are a look achieved by merely twisting the hair into… well, twists!
Braids are straightforward, and locks are a style most-easily achieved by those with Afro-American hair types, it’s a form of twists only with longer hair and not very easy to do with slippery, fine, Caucasian hair types.
For information on what to do about the undreaded ‘roots’ of your sons dreads that you will see coming in within the next few months, please see the extensive information about that on this FAQ page here at dreadlocks.org or the FAQ pages of the Knotty Boy site – everything to help you deal with that can be found there.
Good luck on this dreadful journey – and don’t give up, the main thing his new dreads need are patience and time.