Disappearing Ink wrote:
Does anyone have any tips on actually putting them in?
I said I'd dread my boyfriend's hair, but now I'm worried I'll muck it up. I did dread my own hair in my mid-teens (but they looked weird on me so I promptly took them out), so I've got some idea how to do it... but that was like 10 years ago.
He's also vegan.... did you guys use any sort of vegan wax or just go without? He has dead straight, silky-smooth hair, so I'm thinking it might be a bit of a nightmare to work with.
Sounds like my hair. I've used backcombing twice (when I got my hair done, and when I did my friend's). I recommend getting one of those heavy-duty metal combs and "lock-peppa" from dreadheadhq, and don't bother with their hair hooks, a small crochet hook works just as well.
Make sure before you start dividing up the hair that you know what size you're going for, and keep it fairly consistent. Depending on how thick his hair is something around a 1" square section of hair will probably result in medium-ish dreads. You can either get really methodical about sectioning it all off, or you can do it in layers as you go and approximate it for a somewhat less even and more "natural" look. Regardless of what you do, make sure to stagger the sections a bit so they lay better. (think a brick pattern instead of a grid) As far as backcombing goes, just do it as tightly as possible and don't make it poof, it should actually resemble a dread when it's done, not a fuzzy palm tree. Once it's backcombed, you can pull in straggly bits with the crochet hook.
I've had good and bad experiences with wax, but ultimately I don't think it actually matters that much as long as you backcomb and crochet them really tightly and palmroll consistently. If you do use some sort of wax remember to use a TINY TINY AMOUNT. Like, WAY LESS than you think you need, and then only half of that, and melt it in your palms first and then roll it on.
I'd recommend doing the process over a couple days, it's really rough on the combers wrists, and the combee's scalp (especially the crocheting, weirdly) so I've seen people recommend taking a mild painkiller.
If you have a spray bottle, mixing up a batch of saltwater and sptirzing a bit on hair and fresh dreads will help them lock better, just make sure not to get much on a tender scalp, because it burns and itches.