Help! I have dread locks!

Basically, this tends to happen every time I shampoo my hair... I get dread locks. I always make sure to use Apple Cider Vinegar, also. My hair clumps up and it usually goes away after awhile, but not without breakage. My hair tends to dread lock after I deep condition it under a hood dryer. I have no idea why!

Has anyone else experienced this? And Is there a quick fix to get rid of the dread locks?
once... i went two weeks without washing my hair and as soon as the water hit it, all the shed hair matted in my hair causing quite an awful detangling experience. not to mention that all the tangled hair got even more tangled. maybe you are detangling too infrequent for your hair's needs. more detangling sessions helped me to reduce the amount of matting my hair does when i decide to wear it out a lot. or maybe you can try picking apart any tangles with your fingers before you wash your hair. that way some of the shedded hair and tangles wont get worst when you do wash it.
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It is the tendency of natural hair to coil around itself. deadlocks are essentially an intended tangle. i recommend keeping your hair braided (6- while washing and deep conditioning. Let you hair dry in a stretched style like braids and twists. that problem should be abated.
I do what afrikurl suggested.

maybe you can try picking apart any tangles with your fingers before you wash your hair. that way some of the shedded hair and tangles wont get worst when you do wash it.
This is also a good idea.
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I looked at your photos, and your hair just looks curly, not dredlocked.
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what are you using to shampoo your hair? is it a shampoo that's drying or maybe a natural shampoo?

how often do you detangle? and what do you use?
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I would cut down on the shampooing
Or if you only washed your hair while in braids that would cut down on tangling
Also maybe you could detangle thoroughly before washing. Use a lot of conditioner and work from wide tooth to smaller tooth/denman type brushes and detangle really well. That way when you wash there will be less shed/broken hair to tangle


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I looked at your photos, and your hair just looks curly, not dredlocked.
Originally Posted by Suburbanbushbabe
+1

But I'm a bit confused--didn't you (OP) post not too long ago that you actually wanted to grow dreds?
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It is the tendency of natural hair to coil around itself. deadlocks are essentially an intended tangle. i recommend keeping your hair braided (6- while washing and deep conditioning. Let you hair dry in a stretched style like braids and twists. that problem should be abated.
Originally Posted by afrikurl
+1
I have really thick hair & this method works well for me.
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I had this problem when I first went natural too.My hair would look fine when it was wet but by the time it was dry it looked matted and just...gross. I stopped using the shampoo's as much and changed my conditioner to a much heavier deep conditioner and started detangling in the shower with the conditioner about every other time I washed my hair. The condish gave me the "slip" that allowed me to wash my hair and get all the shed hair out of there.
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I agree with afrikurl about washing it only in big twists or braids. You might also want to try oil rinsing. I would cut out or cut down on the shampooing. Maybe you could try some gentle cleansers instead.

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I have so many problems detangling. I can tell you that putting my hair up after I'm done washing and not ever sleeping with it out cut down on my tangles. Also, keeping it as moisturized as possible helps too. If I don't detangle every two days, my hair turns into a matted mess. You might want to up the amount of times you detangle per week. And cut down on using harsh shampoos. They contribute to drying and in turn, contribute to tangles. If you have to shampoo, try Creme of Nature or Giovanni.
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I always put coconut oil in my hair prior to shampooing. Maybe this will help you?
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Hey, I'm pretty late to this party... By now you've probably figured out how to avoid all those tangles, but if not, hopefully, this info is helpful. I think my curl pattern is pretty similar to yours and I actually had locs for many, many... many years :-). I definitely cannot let my hair air dry or else it becomes unmanageable. I completely understand where you're coming from. Usually, I shampoo, deep condition with the Hair Therapy Wrap, part my hair into 6 sections, and secure each section with a small lobster clip. Take one section down at a time and quickly pass section under running water for extra slip. Detangle with the wide tooth comb and braid with conditioner still in hair. I repeat for every section and then do my final rinse (with my hair still in braids) under cold water. Then I'd say, do what you usually do (leave-in?, sealant?, two stranded twists ?, etc.). Good Luck!
IDK maybe the poo your using is too stripping for your hair... causing it to matt. Try putting a cheapie conditioner with or without essential oils added BEFORE washing. Try finger detangling FIRST so when you go to poo or co-wash your hair is less likely to tangle into itself. I first soften my hair with Infusium 23 (orig formula), let it sit for 15 min...then add my Afrodetangler or V05 moisture milks conditioner & finger detangle into sections or use a detangling comb (it's up to you). HTH
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Last edited by MrsComboCurlz; 03-30-2010 at 07:57 AM.
This looks like an old thread, but I'd thought I'd chime in. Shampoo mats and tangles my hair like crazy as well, so I always detangle before I shampoo, then do a quick ACV rinse after the shampoo, I run a little Moisture Maniac thru my hair to get it to soften up and then rinse, THEN deep condition with something super moisturizing, and finally hop back in the shower and untangle any little mats of hair I find.

I don't get "locs" per se (as those are pretty and intended), but I do sometimes get less sexy balls of hair that turn out just to be strands wound around themselves. With a slippery conditioner and a little patience, they are not too hard to get out. I tend to get them in the same areas on the back of my head, leading me to believe they form when I'm sleeping.
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