on day 5 I gave in! I went and bought some dread locking gel. to my defense, it was christmas eve and I wanted to look nice for christmas day pictures! haha. I purchased Tropical Roots Locking Gel (and it smells terrific). On christmas eve I dampened my hair, palm rolled the gel in, and let it dry.
Day 6: (christmas!)
on christmas my dreads were looking tidy for all the activities but I couldn't help but thinking about how some of them looked so loose still. so, I started researching again and ended up downloading a dread app on my phone which freaked me out because everyone is so crazy with their dread opinions! I haven't found one thing that everyone agrees about so, I freaked out a little bit and after all the christmas festivities I redid... a ton of them. so many of them were just too loose, without the rubber bands they wouldn't have been knotted at all so I redid about 2/3 of them and new ones have black rubber bands now. (I didn't say this would be a perfect journey to dreads).
nice and tidy for christmas
good and knotted and sticking out everywhere like proper baby dreads haha
on day seven there wasn't much change, just kept researching methods to dread and calling people who had dreads for their advice. also, on this day I forgot to take a picture ;)
this day I palm rolled my dreads all day, tried some 100% murrays beeswax, and put more locking gel in but could not figure out why my dreads were being so out of control. they were frizzy and messy and I'm embarrassed to show you the picture haha.
a breakthrough! after such a bad day before, I turned to my supportive bearded boyfriend who suggested I pick one method and stick with it. stop searching through dread forums and researching all the bad things that could happened and trust my gut. this advice is what I'll give if anyone ever asks me because it's the best! so, here's my method: dreads get salt baths every few days, palm rolled through out the day with clean hands, and locking gel in the morning (it just smells so good okay?)
I almost forgot to take a picture but remembered right before bed, looking pretty tidy right?
finally! they are starting to feel like dreads when I palm roll them and they stay tidy pretty much all day! I'm finally feeling like the dread battle is going up hill (wait, down hill... which ever one means good). I am really happy they are getting better instead of worse and I even went out without a hat or bandana covering them up!
also, check out this great dream catcher I got for christmas!