Thin roots

topic posted Sun, April 15, 2007 - 6:36 PM by  chris
Hey, i'm new to this tribe thing but i am struggling with my roots! they are not locking at all and i have lost a lot of hair. some dreads are very thin, thinner than my pinky finger thin. And i am worried about how thin they are on my scalp because of the weight and i have been hearing about them falling out and stuff... any ideas on how to make the roots lock? i have straight, think hair and it is struggling. I was told to twist the hair with aloe gel, and pin them down and put a stocking cap on my head at night every month to help them lock more. anyone heard of that? thanks!
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Washington, D.C.
  • Re: Thin roots

    Tue, April 17, 2007 - 11:29 AM
    Twisting is great for Afro-american hair and SOME courser/curlier hair types, but straight/fine/white folk hair needs root rubbing! It's normal and expected for dreads to have an inch or two of undreaded hair at the root, it dreads naturally further from the scalp where the hair has room to move a bit, but some want a tighter look. I've read that some wear rubber bands at the root, some tie string at the root, some felt the root (not ok with skinny dreads!), and some crotchet or flip the roots. All methods have pros and cons.

    Now the hair loss issue is serious and if you're not of an age where it's expected or hereditory then you have other problems that should prolly be addressed by a professional or nutritionist. Don't root rub if you're losing your hair! That is if you mean the hair is falling outta your head. If it's just falling outta your dreads, then theres the chrochet or sewing or felting technique to work those buggers back in....

    How long have you had dreads?
    My dreads are thin too, the thick ones are the size of my pinky.... I've had 'em for about 3mo now. Thin dreads take LONGER to lock up and start acting like dreads. I too was freaked out at first hearing about thin dreads tending to break and fall out from lack of roots... let 'em lock, then treat probs as they come. You can't solve a problem BEFORE it occurs, just take care of your health, drink lotsa water, take Biotin, and your roots and hair should be happy (^_^) LATER if you want, after they're locked, it'll be easier to combine them and make 'em thick!
    • Re: Thin roots

      Tue, April 17, 2007 - 3:30 PM
      What does Biotin do for your dreads?
      • Re: Thin roots

        Thu, April 19, 2007 - 4:07 PM
        Biotin is just a really good vitamin for your hair and nails. Makes 'em strong and healthy. You should ALWAYS see it on bottles of "hair vitamins" you know the ones that are specifically for hair health and growth??
        • Re: Thin roots

          Sat, April 28, 2007 - 6:59 PM
          Thank you so much for the reply, it's really helpfull. I have had my dreads for about 2 months now and they are thin, and i have a lot of split ends, but no dreads are falling out or anything. One thing I have found seems to work really well is aloe twists. Your dreads by the way, are beautiful! Where do you buy biotin? Thanks for your help!
          • Re: Thin roots

            Mon, April 30, 2007 - 3:33 PM
            Biotin can be found at any store that sells vitamins. I get it at Wal-Mart in the vitamin aisle but I've also gotten some at the "earth store". You can find earth stores almost anywhere, they are the ones selling all the natural remedies and oils and incense and organic foods. Vitamin bottles labeled "hair and nails" or even just "hair" should have biotin in them too.

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