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    11-15-2011, 08:22 AM
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Weanling
Dreadlocks?

I have been tossing around the idea of getting dreadlocks lately. Has anyone here ever had them? Are they hard to take care of/get started? How about taking them out?

One red flag in my mind is the whole riding helmet business...would I need to buy a larger helmet if the one I have now fits fine? And since my heads sweats with a helmet on, can dreads be washed regularly?

Another thing...are they commonly accepted in the workplace? I work at a dog grooming salon where we encourage owners to brush their dogs at home so them don't become matted. Would it be too ironic if my own hair was essentially matted? I plan on keeping them neat and contained to an extent, but should I talk to my manager before I do this?

Anything else I should know before I make my final decision?
     
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    11-15-2011, 11:16 AM
  #2
Green Broke
They are just plain nasty, make you look like you have been sleeping under a dumpster.
     
    11-15-2011, 11:22 AM
  #3
mls
Trained
I'm sure an employer would not openly say they wouldn't hire you but I can guarantee at my conservative company you would not make it past the the first interview.


This appears to have some good tips for you -

3: Dreadlock maintenance takes your locks to the next level
     
    11-16-2011, 11:42 PM
  #4
Foal
I wouldn't. They are extremely hard to take out, and it takes hours. They are gross unless well taken care of because you can get dandruff.
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    11-19-2011, 12:25 AM
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Originally Posted by CharliGirl    
I have been tossing around the idea of getting dreadlocks lately. Has anyone here ever had them? Are they hard to take care of/get started? How about taking them out?
I have dread locks, no wax, back combed for 17 hours and I left my bangs out. They're a pain to get started, take a lot of patience and are high maintenance. I love mine and take care of them daily so I don't plan to take them out. You can take them out but a former friend of mine took his out and it took him 4 days. Lots of hair damage.
They also don't lock right away. It took mine 6 months to lock and in the process they get funky looking and tangled and what not. It you have the time it's worth it.


One red flag in my mind is the whole riding helmet business...would I need to buy a larger helmet if the one I have now fits fine? And since my heads sweats with a helmet on, can dreads be washed regularly?
Mine bumped my head size up considerably and even on the biggest setting my helmet feels too tight so yes you'll need to buy one that fits if it's not adjustable. Please wash your dreads. Don't listen to the crap that says not to wash your dreads, that's a good way to get disgusting tangled mess on your head. The longest you should go is 3 days and even that's pushing it especially if you have a sweaty head. Like I've said a few times I wash mine daily.

Another thing...are they commonly accepted in the workplace? I work at a dog grooming salon where we encourage owners to brush their dogs at home so them don't become matted. Would it be too ironic if my own hair was essentially matted? I plan on keeping them neat and contained to an extent, but should I talk to my manager before I do this?
My work doesn't care about hair and my other work (horses) is the same way. If you noticably take care of the dreads and keep yourself neat and tidy it shouldn't be a problem. However there are many people that are very biased on dreads and those are the people that will politely decline hiring you based on your dreads. They can't legally say it but it'll happen.

Anything else I should know before I make my final decision?
I wash my hair daily. Actually every night when I get home from the barn. It takes my dreads about an hour in a towel and 30-45 minutes of blow drying to get them completely dry the "quick" way. If I'm having a day of house cleaning I'll take a shower at about 10am and they won't be dry until about 2pm and that's air drying. Make sure your dreads are always clean and you twist and roll them whenever the thought crosses your mind to make sure they don't tie together into one giant knot. There's going to be loops and twists and random pokey hairs and bundles that stick out and then will naturally tie themselves back into the dread. It's really a process and the care and maintenance isn't as easy as many people say. Dirty dreads mold easily. Overly waxed dreads mold, they get dirty, sandy, and pick up every scent you pass. If you practice good hair care and hygiene it isn't an issue.
There's a lot of sites to help with dread care and tips and tricks. In the long run they are fun. I love mine but then again I'm anal about their care. I've read horror stories about bugs in hair and mold so mine are clean and well cared for. Oh and lots of people and sites will say just wash the scalp not the dread...I do my whole head like I normally would. Just make sure to get all the soap out. It's not that difficult and it'll keep the dreads themselves clean.
Here's a pic of mine.First one was 3 months old dreads ,fresh washed for a shoot. You can see the bumps, loops, and scraggles of the dreads tightening different sections at different rates. The second is during a day at the barn pre wash. Last is in October, they've locked mostly and have started to shape without the loops and bundles. I wash mine daily. Be prepared for good days and bad days.
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    11-20-2011, 08:47 PM
  #6
Weanling
I had synthetic dreads and I loved them. It's basically fake hair that gets braided into your real hair and you can take them out whenever you want. I had mine for a few months and really enjoyed how low-maintenance they were. I would wash them once a week, but would scrub along my hairline with tea tree shampoo every other day just because I had little hairs loose and my head would itch. When I took them out, I found out that my real hair had started to lock up... combing that out was a PAIN. All in all, I would definitely do it again.

     
    11-24-2011, 06:32 PM
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Personally I think that only african men look good with dreadlocks haha.
     

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