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 Post subject: Types of dreads
PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2011 3:15 am 
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I've been reading every thread I can intros forum. And looked at every timeline. I've noticed something and wanted to ask about it. I always dug dreads, but always thought dreads were dreads. After seeing so many, I'm starting to see some variances. Some are smoother and more regular. Some are rather kinky and loopy. Some seem fuzzy, while some look almost solid. What determines this? Is it just luck of the draw, or does it have to do with how their started and maintained? I tend to prefer the more "neat" look. Smoother, tighter dreads, the larger diameter. Does one just hope they end up with the style of dread they like, or is there some input you can give them for the desired look?

Just curious.


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 Post subject: Re: Types of dreads
PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2011 3:38 am 
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That's one of the beautiful things about dreads!
We'd be very boring if all of our dreads looked alike.
They're beautiful because they're unique and no two sets look alike.
Once you have them, it's easy to understand that no matter what they end up looking like, you really love them. It's hard to understand when you don't have them, I'm not sure why that is.
Just chill and enjoy the journey <3

No matter what the start up method is, they all end up being ropes of hair. Time, amount of "maintenance" and hair texture all are factors. Afro-american type hair usually dreads up REALLY fast and is "best" suited for dreads, where as hair like mine which is very silky, fine, straight, takes a long time to dread. People with a lot of thick curls also get dreads faster. Natural dreads are going to take the longest to even look like dreads, so those timelines will be VERY different than a back combed/twist&rip timeline. Back combed dreads are very puffy in the beginning. Twist&rip seem to almost give a braid like texture, and they're very tight on the scalp.
You'll get loops no matter what. I don't advise crocheting them into the dread because it's easy to break hair with crocheting. I'm not very knowledgeable about it, because for my head I'm personally against it.
Loops are just something to accept. They happen, it's natural. They also become lovable. Then you get to join the cool loops thread, too :D

Good luck and I'm glad you ask a lot of questions! Educating yourself is fantastic~

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 Post subject: Types of dreads
PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2011 4:04 am 
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Thanks. I ask a lot because I love to learn, plus I'm slightly OCD. When I decide I'm "into" something, I go deep!

(I didn't mean that to sound as dirty as it did. Must be my subconscious pervert)


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 Post subject: Re: Types of dreads
PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2011 5:03 am 
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going the patience route i thought i had an idea of what to expect, but my hair is so much different than i imagined and i couldnt be more content to wear my hair the way it was meant to be worn. loosing my comb has been a very rewarding expierence.

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 Post subject: Re: Types of dreads
PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2011 6:51 am 
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my and my friends dreadlocks looks the same, and both were made by the same person.


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 Post subject: Re: Types of dreads
PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2011 2:51 pm 
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As far as the size, the general rule of thumb is that the dread will end up the size of the section on your scalp. The usually start thinner, and then build up a bit as they mature. I'm sure you've seen Brad's timeline, but for me that sounds like the end result you're after (I know there's others out there - Skizz also comes to mind): http://dreadlocktruth.com/component/p8p ... ?Itemid=23

And you can see they didn't always look so super awesome as they do now! I think his timeline is a great, extensive documentation of what it sounds like you're looking for. Dreads are definitely a process, and I think we've all gone through stages that we weren't happy with our dreading hair, but it passes and we get closer to our desired result.

*waves to your subconscious pervert*

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 Post subject: Types of dreads
PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 2:00 am 
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Dreads are what dreads will be. The point is, embrace what is in the moment and you can't go wrong.

My point with that statement is just this, whether your hair is curly, straight, kinky or smooth, hair will tangle and knot and eventually lock. All of the factors of life and movement will affect wether it turns out one way or an other. The question is can you/me/we be happy with that.

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 Post subject: Re: Types of dreads
PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 12:00 pm 
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Well people in here encourages you to have naturals, i still dont know whats so fascinating about them,but i dont care much about it.
Well be prepared that people in here will tell you that maintenace is bad and crocheting is murdering of your dreads (i crochet from time to time and my hair never broke) which result in following natter:
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I don't advise crocheting them into the dread because it's easy to break hair with crocheting. I'm not very knowledgeable about it, because for my head I'm personally against it.
Loops are just something to accept. They happen, it's natural. They also become lovable. Then you get to join the cool loops thread, too :D

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 Post subject: Types of dreads
PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 1:22 pm 
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Some maintenance can help but you do have to be careful, I've seen numerous videos with people stabbing their dreads with crochet hooks/needles and you can hear the damage thats being done. I think with crochet as long as you're very gentle and use it very sparingly it shouldn't be too much of an issue but if you have no experience with using a crochet hook at all I wouldn't recommend it.
Personally I prefer the lumps and bumps as it gives them character and makes them truly mine but again it's all a matter of personal taste.

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