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Old 04-17-2010, 05:35 PM   #1
 
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Default Curls are now dreads!

Well, I'm not a parent but a concerned older sister.

My little bother (12) hasn't let anyone touch his hair for years after a bad experience with a hair dresser. He had the most beautiful shiny curls but they've been left to tangle and matt due to his determined refusal to allow anyone to touch them. Right now, he has a mixture of matted curly dreadlocks () and 3b curls.

Just 2 hours ago, he has agreed to let me detangle it! Does anyone have any tips? I know I should use lots and lots of conditioner and I have a Tangle Teezer so this shouldn't be too difficult... but his hair is really bad right now, he rinses it with water most mornings but never uses shampoo or conditioner.

I'm not sure how to go about detangling this because we have the same hair (or, we would have the same hair), but I've never let it get anywhere near this stage so I'm unsure where to start!

Gah! I want to unleash all the beautiful curls on his head! They'll probably been down to his shoulders if I ever manage this.

Any tips or ideas?
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Old 04-17-2010, 09:18 PM   #2
 
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Well, if they've become genuine dreads and are locked, he'll have to cut them. If it looks like dreads but is just tangled, then I recommend washing his hair with an detangling shampoo or conditioner (conditioner would probably be better) and while it's still wet with shampoo/conditioner in it, use a very wide-toothed comb and comb the ends first, slowly working down to the roots.
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Old 04-17-2010, 09:38 PM   #3
 
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i think that you should just add a conditioner that is full of slip to each dread and carefully detangle the dreads while they are full of conditioner. i wouldnt wet it first because hair is more fragile when it is wet, and wetting the hair may cause the dreads to tighten more. i would spray with a water bottle though if the conditioner starts to get a little dry

i know that sometimes when my hair get really bad knots, i will take a sewing needle and try to pick at the knots with a sewing needle to try and loosen them. be sure to be GENTLE. rushing and getting impatient is a sure way to encounter breakage. there are some youtube videos of people combing their dreads out that you could probably watch as well
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Old 04-18-2010, 08:25 AM   #4
 
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Thanks, I'll try your advice.

I'm not sure if they're actually dreads because he won't let anyone touch his hair. I think they're just big lumps of tangled curls that only look like dreads. Well, I hope so anyway! I don't want to chop them off and I know he won't let me. I'm going to get detangling in an hour or two and I hope I can do this!
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Old 04-18-2010, 08:34 AM   #5
 
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if you post in the general discussions category, you may get more replies in a faster amount of time i think
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Old 04-18-2010, 04:09 PM   #6
 
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I did it!

5 hours and 2 bottles of conditioner later, he now has curls just below the shoulder! Patience was key!

Thanks for the advice.
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Old 04-19-2010, 08:29 AM   #7
 
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YEY!!! great job big sis!!!!
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Old 04-20-2010, 11:07 AM   #8
 
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Aww, thank you!
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Old 04-20-2010, 04:39 PM   #9
 
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What a good sister you are! Good luck now, encouraging him to keep it nice.
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