softening up stiff HH dreads?

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softening up stiff HH dreads?

Post by [Phexxie] » Sun Nov 13, 2011 3:28 pm

im not sure if this is the right place, but my dreads are made with human hair... if this should be elsewhere please shift it on over :)

ive been making some HH dread extensions for myself out of my old loose HH hair
all i have done is backcomb, rip/twist and crorchet and they are MEGA stiff

how do i go about loosening them up a little? i like the fact that they look super tidy but not the fact that they stick straight out if i hold them horizontal from the 'root'

what do you naturalyl dreaded folks do when this happens? ive probably crotcheted them half to death which i think is the likely cause, im only halfway through so if anything different needs to be done then i can when i do the rest of them

thanks in advance!

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Re: softening up stiff HH dreads?

Post by Gracey » Sun Nov 13, 2011 5:55 pm

It does happen with extenders too, just to reassure you.

Personally, I find washing them will work to soften them up, and I'm also inclined to condition mine.
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Re: softening up stiff HH dreads?

Post by NirvanaMarie » Sun Nov 13, 2011 10:53 pm

After a dreadperm mine were super soft!

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Re: softening up stiff HH dreads?

Post by [Phexxie] » Mon Nov 14, 2011 12:01 am

thanks gracey, ill have a go with a wash and condition, they need some dye coming off them anyway... they were meant to be blue and theyve gone dark purple >_<

i did wonder about dread perming after a quick google, but i have neither the required equipment nor the funds to get it!

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Re: softening up stiff HH dreads?

Post by Gracey » Mon Nov 14, 2011 11:50 am

A mild relaxer would do the same job as perm lotion, and can be an awful lot cheaper. Personally, I've never had much luck with dreadperming human hair; it has fried it more often than not. but I know some people swear by it.

To condition human hair that's not on a head, wash it then smother it with the best conditioner you have. Stick it in a plastic bag and leave it to sweat in the airing cupboard/steamy bathroom for a while before rinsing.

Hope it works for you.
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Re: softening up stiff HH dreads?

Post by CandySecretion » Fri Nov 18, 2011 4:55 pm

OT but doc your dreads look lovely! is the top of your hair loose?
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Re: softening up stiff HH dreads?

Post by NirvanaMarie » Mon Nov 21, 2011 7:18 pm

CandySecretion wrote:OT but doc your dreads look lovely! is the top of your hair loose?
Yes! It's a dread weave, so there is actually loose hair extensions mixed throughout. The top is left out to backcomb and use to cover the top weft. It makes for a bit more natural looking installation than a typical dread install. Since it's sewn in, it also lasts up to 3 months!

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