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 Post subject: Re: Crochet hook dreads
PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2011 9:30 am 
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Well, considering I actually do make crochet items, I would hope that I have a decent level of skill. That is actually why I asked earlier if those who have hooked used it to crochet around the dread, or inside and through the dread. Basically when you crochet you are hooking tiny loops of your hair together. That said, I stand behind my previous statement that the nature of dreads is constant motion; the hair is growing out at the roots and looping up from the tips - moving in both directions, and so crocheting hinders that natural process because in stead of the loops climbing up the dread, they are being hooked and tightened towards one another and locked in place. I'm not saying that it's the end of the world or anything - some people just want their hair to be tidy and crochet can create that look. I'm just answering my own question now that it's been a few months and I can conceptualize what is going on, in case other newbies who are considering crochet want a more in depth answer than I was able to get. :)


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 Post subject: Re: Crochet hook dreads
PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2011 8:08 am 
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I got my dreads done with a crochet hook and until reading this hadn't heard that maintaining them with one was bad. luckily I've been too busy to do it more than a few times in the 8 months I've had them so I don't think I've done much damage. I don't really have anyone to compare with in real life to see if mine are 'worse' than non-crochet'ed dreads but I'll try and post a few pictures up here for you guys to judge.
The 2 main problems I have now are 1. I have a LOT of loose hair which needs dealing with, and 2. Either through being too tight or pulled by the crochet hook I have a fair few hairs which have been pulled out but are still in the dread, along with the white bit of the root which is quite noticable and not nice to look at. Anybody have any tips on how I can sort them out?
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 Post subject: Re: Crochet hook dreads
PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2011 9:14 am 
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°@Joe: Against the loose hair: palmrolling your dreads could help - if you are patient they will dread on their own and the loose hairs will be pulled into your dreads!
The white root problem: well, I think all of us have some in their dreads - if you really hate them you can use nail scissors and cut the tiny white roots off - or let someone patient do it for you while watching something boring on tv... maybe only on a few dreads around your face if it is too time consuming... (I'm glad my dreads are blonde - so the white roots are not so noticeable - but I also cut lots of them of in the last years...) :dreads:

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 Post subject: Re: Crochet hook dreads
PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2011 9:16 am 
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hm, i don't really think palm rolling doesn't really help loose hair.

you can sew in the loose hairs using a wide-mouthed sewing needle. it's the best maintenance method i've found thus far. no damage and quick results.

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 Post subject: Re: Crochet hook dreads
PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2011 12:02 pm 
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Thanks for both those answers, I don't know how visible the root ends are to other people but they're one of the first things I notice every time I look in the mirror lately so I'll give the nail scissors a go.

Katie, the sewing method sounds great but how does that not damage the dread when a crochet hook would? Also is there a specific size of needle I should be using?
P.S. Your portfolio in your sig is amazing, if I'm in Texas on my travels I'll make sure to book an appointment!

Thanks again, Joe


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 Post subject: Re: Crochet hook dreads
PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2011 12:05 pm 
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a hook breaks individual hairs a lot when you crochet hair. a blunt needle weaves the hair into the dread instead of pulling it. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Crochet hook dreads
PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2011 11:01 am 
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I've got loads of loose hairs too. I think it's just a part of having dreads, at least until they're more mature. I try to stay away from the mirror and just throw a tam on. As for roots, well I have horrible dandruff right now, so any white roots are a moot point. I'm going to try some of that t gel to see if it helps. I am interested in what size needle for threading in loose hairs though, Katie. Is there a tutorial for that somewhere?


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 Post subject: Re: Crochet hook dreads
PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 10:13 am 
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I have been using a crochet hook (after the twist an rip method) I have been doing it very gently and carefully and not all the way down, just mainly to get the loose hairs at the top to go back in and to encorage the dread to form, I dont think it has damaged the hair, but have not done it more than once or twice a week and would not continue with it for a long time. I am now gonna leave them be because I prefer how they look before i crochet them to how they look after! Think they are gonna pritty much stay put(ish) now. I have had dreads before and over crochet, and used wax, and put wraps in, so not cool :bawl: they ended up a right mess i am much happier now! :-D


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 Post subject: Re: Crochet hook dreads
PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 10:15 am 
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I also used a bigger size (but still metal) crochet hook, the bigger ones have blunter ends so i reckon would do less damage?


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 Post subject: Re: Crochet hook dreads
PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 4:40 pm 
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katie wrote:
a hook breaks individual hairs a lot when you crochet hair. a blunt needle weaves the hair into the dread instead of pulling it. :)

I've been using either a large eyed sail maker's needle or a leather thonging needle (which has an 'open' split eye that 'grips' the tail of your loose hair. I agree with Katie. Weaving is the most efficient, non-damaging and aesthetically pleasing way of dealing with loose hairs.
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I thought I'd take a photo of my 'maintenance roll'. My little cluster of large eyed sewing needles of various sizes. Most of them are sailmaker's needles or leatherwork needles. They work a treat at sweing lose hair back up into locks without the breakage associated with crochet hooks.
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