The "ugly phase" is different depending on the person. For some it can take longer than others. I've noticed that it's actually not as bad as you see yourself so I wouldn't really call it the ugly phase. It can be easy to become obsessed over how your hair looks. You look awesome in your pics!
Mine are 13 months now & they just keep getting better & better as the time passes so just hang in there. I remember being super happy with mine around 7 months. Then again even more happy around 9 months. At 1 year they were even better so I'm looking forward to where they'll be in another year.
Also, I put aloe vera juice from the leaves on my head every once in a while since I have a plant at home.
Thank you !!! and congratulations on your year of locking ! 8 will check out your posts i work a lot sorry but either way thank you and I have tried retwisting with aloe straight from the plant but it leaves white in my hair 🤔 I'm almost seven months in I think . I will post an update tonight ! Much Appreciated !
Messy phase for me is about a year, I'm 3c as well...but then again you know as well as I do 3c can always look messy!!! Hehehe... Hats and beanies will exacerbate the fly-aways for me so if you're in the messy stage and wearing head wear all the time, you can expect a little "untidiness."
Sectioning is so foreign to me. I've never sectioned a set intentionally and they turned out fine. At this stage, I wouldn't redo 'em if they were mine.
As for the itchy, scabby thing; I think that goes hand in hand. Take care of the itch and the scabs will go.
How often are you washing and what are you using? I'd probably start there.
Haha u are right about 3c thanks man for always checking in on me you're like my dread guru :0) anyways I am keeping them thank you for your advice . Will post ASAP !
still on my journey... just having some scalp difficulties and looking for advice or insight
I have to tie my hair up and unfortunately brush back the new growth and gel my hair for work since I am a restaurant manager. I hate to do so but it is necessary to avoid having to comb out this set too
i noticed that the locks at my temple area are producing itchy, scabby , bumps on the scalp skin in that section . i get some relief when washing BUT they do come back and i dont know what it is.
tension bumps from tying hair up or " bad sectioning " ? i was told that since i didnt go to a loctitian and had a friend sectioning my head that didnt start from bottom up i would have to start over ... is this true ?
i will post pictures in a few as i am typing this from a laptop
also my hair literally SUCKS up any moisture and still looks dry
i guess my question is what are these itchy scabby bumps on my temple area
do i have to come out and restart with proper sectioning ?
and how long is the " ugly phase ? i have 3b/3c curly hair. i do not do regular maintenance but wouldnt mind if i knew how and more places used plant based vegan products.
i sometimes feel like i want to comb them out but as soon as i touch them and look at pictures / see growth and think of the growth to come i immediately change my mind
Yes!! Locking up quick huh? Your hair takes to dreading!!
Thank you I have noticed locking as of late
Here's another no hat
3 months 1 week 2 daze No wax no product Organic unrefined coconut oil And retwist using raw aloe once Think I'll continue doing what I'm doing Wash 1x a week w/ aforementioned shea moisture shanpoo and retwisting on my own
So I started august 17th by taking my hair out of braids , free forming until august 30th , then sectioning / twist + ripping / washing + retwisting on my own since then with just water after a wash (1x a week) with this shampoo
Or only organic virgin coconut oil
It doesn't hold very well and my roots tend to be messy / frizzy + aren't locking up yet
( have noticed knotting going farther up closer to the roots )
so continue practicing patience maybe? Or a vegan alternative to wax ? Was trying to avoid crochet as well so only did twist and rip once and palm roll from there. Any other product free maintenance tips ? I've heard of people retwist using honey but i wouldn't because a lot of lint I think .
Anyways just a small update as I've been away will post moor
@cocodeleche cocodeleche are those sulfates free and whatnot for dreads? Cuz I'd like to look into this as a backup if they are at both Sallys and Walmart. Sallys told me the only dread products they have were the Jamaican lime and something else. Well, the locking spray has lots of harsh chemicals and irritated my hands in the winter...anyway, hmm curious about Shea Moisture tho. Did someone recommend it to you or...?
Ness, I think you and I are both on this quest to find a good moisturizing routine. I am currently trying Dollylocks brand refreshing spray and oils. Started with oils, only a few drops (which it might be good to try James s suggestion...if I ever muster the drive to get it together...although I'd need rosemary oil) anyway, no I was just putting them on the dreads after shower, and/or using avocado oil (olive or coconut work fine too) on scalp and any super dry hair like hour or two before shower (sorry if this is a repeat). Thing is...I don't think I even needed that much. Finally tried the refreshing spray day before yesterday and it felt good. Just don't get too generous with it either, but make sure you do get all over. Feels nice! So yeah. With new dreads, you may not even need it. I started in winter though and I was very dry with the dread safe shampoo, so I needed something...still been working on it. but I think I am figuring out what works for me. Let's see how things go for the both of us in the next few months! omg! Just read this now. Last job made you take the old set out?! That aint right!
Appreciate all of the information from experience thank you . My hair has always been very hard to hold moisture in . I have curly mixed hair 3b texture I would Use leave in conditioner but not with the locs as I'm avoiding conditioning . Going to try the DIY shampoo shared above sounds great and just continue with coconut oil
Will post here for all thank you
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