Well, I have had my dreads for over a month already and today I went in to the parlor and got them tightened up.
So far the experience had been pretty good. At first I was using an acceleration salt spray to speed up the tightening process, but I couldn’t stand it. My scalp was constantly itching. Not using it makes the maturing process longer, but so be it.
From here on out, instead of doing maintenance once I month I will likely just start doing it once every three months while just giving my hair time to mature and do it’s own thing.
Well, now that I am coming up on close to three weeks already with my new dreadlock journey… I thought I would give an update on how that seems to be going. When I first got them done I have to be honest and say that it was such a drastic change in look that even I thought it looked kind of silly. But, here I am three weeks into it and I like them. If I could change anything I am likely to get them dyed in the near future to a more natural looking color rather than the current bright color that I have now.
Other than that, I have two complaints that I already knew would be an issue with starting dreads, considering the fact that I have had this hair style in the past.
#1 Itchy Dreads
After getting them done I was using what is called an accelerator spray. It is essentially just a salt water spray that is used to dry out the hair so that it tightens up faster. The issue with this drying process method is that it has a tendency to also dry out your scalp. With that my head has been itching like crazy. That is, until I just quit using the spray. Not using it will obviously make the locking process take longer, but the benefits of not using it for me outweigh the benefits of using it.
I just couldn’t take it.
#2 Loose Hair
This is another factor that I knew would happen in the early stages of dreads. It’s annoying. The reason why people typically want to get dreads is the fact that they have seen some older dreads that have already gone through the tightening process, which means all that loose hair isn’t there. All that loose hair is tight and formed into the dreads, giving the dreads a nice clean look.
But, your dreads are new and this… well, is a problem. There is loose hair all over the place. And no matter how much you try to play with it and clean it up, they just keep coming back.
All you can really do at this point is just stick it out. The longer you go, the less and less this will be a problem.
So, other than the itchy scalp and the excessive loose hairs all over the place (which I knew would be a problem), things are going well with it. Right now I don’t have any pictures to post of it, because honestly it doesn’t look all that different to the header of this website. So, if you want to see what my hair looks like right now, just take a glace at the site header.
Well, I guess I officially have dreads now. So, yeah… that’s a thing that happened or whatever.
Rather than write up a big long deal about the process and everything, I thought I would just show a few highlight photos that got taken over the course of doing the install. It was done in three sessions back to back, three days in a row.
With that, here we go.
So… the short version is this; used to have dreads. Got tired of waiting on my hair to grow out. Took a shortcut and got extensions. I wasn’t able to find something that matches my natural hair color. So, I went with something light blonde that I would dye in the future if I feel the need.
For the next few months I will be doing some basic maintenance.
That’s about it for right now.
Well, today my human hair extensions came in the mail. For those of you that haven’t been following, I am starting a new dreadlock journey next week. I say new, because I have had dreads in the past. This go around I have decided to skip the growing out of the hair phase by just moving right into the dreads themselves.
I plan to post about the process, take pictures of the install, and give updates on maintenance and progress as I go along. My install is going to take place over the course of three days next week back to back. Once they install is complete I will likely post how the process went and how they turned out once they are in.