Wrapping dreads with thread.

topic posted Fri, January 30, 2009 - 1:53 AM by  Kath
I'm having a few problems maintaining the back of my dreads at the moment as they are fairly short and impossible for me to maintain without the help of my husband (he never gets around to helping me). So I have been wondering if it would be safe to wrap some thread close to the roots to help keep the dreads together and minimise the amount of loose hair. I know not to thread them too tight but do you think this idea will help with my problem just until they really start to lock a bit more - they were born 01/01/2009.

Please help. I am open to other suggestions too.
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  • Re: Wrapping dreads with thread.

    Fri, January 30, 2009 - 8:23 AM
    oh Kath I wish you lived in VIC, I LOVE playing with other people's dreads (just lazy in doing my own lol)...I'm the dread doctor to all my friends!

    Yeah you can surely do that...but, I wouldn't use like cotton thread...I have a bunch of coloured cotton bindings (as decorations) in mine, and they are ridiculously difficult to get out....Use wool...I've used it on both my hair, and other people's, to assist in getting dreads to lock...and it's been really can either just use it like a tie at the root of the dread, or do as I usually have done, and actually kinda criss-cross it down the length of the dread, tying it off about an inch or so from the tip.
    • Re: Wrapping dreads with thread.

      Fri, January 30, 2009 - 1:38 PM
      I wish i lived down there too! I can't handle the humidity up here in QLD and i dont have any dread buddies :( If we had the money, I would love to move down to new south or vic - way, way out west. It is my dream one day to do it and have a large yard where I can grow my own healthy vegies and fresh herbs and have a pet sheep or goat for the kids. Yep, that's the life and to think when I was a teenager - all i wanted to do was get out of the bush. Hee hee hee.

      Wouldnt wool help create a more mould-friendly environment though? I guess if you havent come across any problems and if i pay particular attention of thoroughly drying the wool after washin it should be ok. Will give it a go. Thx!!!!!
      • Re: Wrapping dreads with thread.

        Fri, January 30, 2009 - 2:12 PM
        LOL yeah...well, VIC is great, except for at the moment...this bloody heatwave...Bendigo is today predicting another 43 degrees...the last three days have reached 45!!! Have had a bunch of power outages too...arrrghhh!

        I've never had a problem with wool...probably cos I've never completely wrapped the dreads in the wool...I've done this criss-cross hatching pattern down the length instead...and the wool always seems to dry before the dread does...Just monitor it hey...If you find the bound dread/s are taking a lot longer to dry than your others, then maybe take the wool out, but yeah, I never had a problem with it...Just remember to not bind it too tight (or it will cause your dread to have bumps, and DO continue to palm-roll! :)))
        • Re: Wrapping dreads with thread.

          Wed, February 11, 2009 - 11:35 AM
          Sorry, but WOW!? Do Beksta do you mean 45 degrees celsius??? That's outrageous!
          • Re: Wrapping dreads with thread.

            Wed, February 11, 2009 - 1:46 PM
            Yeah the weather down there has been amazing. There have been a tonne of bushfires in Victoria and hundreds of ppl lost their lives, as well as thousands of homes ruined. Have you had any near you Beksta? It is so sad - you just feel so helpless and we also have the floods up in North Queensland where a 5 year old boy was taken by a crocodile. Hopefully there will be some relief very soon. Its been a horrible week in Australian History.
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              Wed, February 11, 2009 - 3:40 PM
              uh-huh the heat was ridiculous...we're getting some relief atm, actually kinda chilly, but the continual winds are still proving a problem for firefighters...winds keep blowing the fires on in different directions arghhh!

              There was one fire nearish me, in my city, but thankfully was on the other side of the city...however one life lost and fifty homes destroyed...and what I just could not comprehend, was all these people treating this area, where all these homes were ruined...where families are trying to salvage what they could the next day, and you had these friggen IDIOTS driving past and ooh-ing and ahh-ing, like it was some kinda attraction...!!! IT'S SICK!

              Yeah death toll overall is currently at 181, although keeps climbing, over 700 homes gone, including one entire town...not to mention animal casualties...a lot of farmers have lost entire livestocks populations, and then there's even the wildlife...THIS is what happens when the VIC government concentrates its spending and attentions on the CITY (and it's majority of voters) rather than rural areas...GRRR

              It's so crazy to think that only one state apart you could have such horrendous weather-extremes...bushfires galore down here, and flooding (again) up there...You guys stop being greedy up there, and give us some of your extra water!!! heheheheh
  • Re: Wrapping dreads with thread.

    Tue, March 31, 2009 - 3:35 PM
    The wool really would be better because rather than being a plant fiber like cotton, its an animal fiber and basically made of the same stuff that your own hair is, so washing wouldnt be a problem. Wool is naturally resistant to rot, and it has a tendency to stick to itself and "felt" which is basically just dreading. The wool would probably actually just eventually end up absorbed into the dread. Not sure if thats what you'd be going for, but it would be a good way to fix the loose hair problem without having to actually remove the thread later. You could even look into needle felting and make some kind of design into your dreads with a needle felting needle. I've thought about doing this with some of mine when they start to lock up a little more.

    I'm a knitter, and kind of a fiber nerd so I get a little passionate about :)
  • Re: Wrapping dreads with thread.

    Tue, June 23, 2009 - 6:47 PM
    In the past when I have wrapped my dreads I have used wax dental floss . It works pretty darn well if you ask me. I loosely criss-crossed down my dreads. The waxed thread keeps the mold out for a long time. The only drawback is when you want to take it out you'll want someone to gently slip a pair of tiny nose hair scissors (the ones with the protective tip) under just the floss, snip and pull. You'll probably have to do it 2 or three times per dread. I left mine in for over a year before I took it out and it never molded. It will probably be easier to take out the less time you leave it in. I don't know if this will help any so late in the game but I figured I'd try.
    • Re: Wrapping dreads with thread.

      Tue, June 23, 2009 - 8:32 PM
      hey I've done that before, although with loosely criss-crossed really well, and you don't get that really tight constriction that causes dreads to get all thin and compact :)
      • Re: Wrapping dreads with thread.

        Thu, June 25, 2009 - 11:04 AM
        I still like RUBBER BANDS!!!

        Doesn't break my hair, and in the summer I can put in zesty colors that change every time the sun & water wear out the bands and they break (every few weeks!).
        • Re: Wrapping dreads with thread.

          Thu, June 25, 2009 - 2:43 PM
          After giving the wrapping with yarn a go, I think I have to agree with David on this one. I found wrapping my dreads may look great but my dreads have now ended up very thin :( Its all a learning curve though.

          Thanks for everyone's help on this too. Much appreciated.

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