How long did you leave your rubber bands in?

topic posted Sun, January 27, 2008 - 2:47 PM by  Emily
I've had my dreads for about 5 months now, and I still keep rubber bands on my roots... about a month ago i was at a burn event and I got a ton of compliments on my dreads, but people kept asking me when I was going to take my rubber bands out. So I tried taking them out, but my roots loosened up a lot, and my dreads got tangled and stuck together and all sorts of messy unpleasentness. So I put rubber bands back in, and they've been in since.
How long did you guys wear rubber bands? Is there any big downside to keeping them in for a long time? Are there any convenient tricks to dealing with the problems I encountered when I took them out?
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  • Re: How long did you leave your rubber bands in?

    Sun, January 27, 2008 - 3:33 PM
    I've only had my dreads for a couple weeks but i took my rubber bands out the day after i got them. Actually you can do the whole thing without ever using rubber bands. If you want some info theres a great site check it out theres a video under how to get dreads.
    • Re: How long did you leave your rubber bands in?

      Sun, January 27, 2008 - 5:39 PM
      Yeah I agree....I think I have only ever used bands once, well after my dreads matured...only to keep the roots together during a wash (an experiment), and yeah, didn't like the effect, so dreads are totally band-free...I don't like the look of bands...I also don't think they train your dreads to 'work on their own' dread-method, is to force my hair into behaving, treat em rough...make em do what I babying!

      I was actually quite surprised to hear how long you've had your bands....I know people who swear by them but have never kept them in that long....yeah, if you're ok with how the bands look etc, by all means keep em in, but yeah, the comfort-factor and aesthetic factor without bands is yeah something you should try out....My roots are pretty pathetic at the moment (just cos I haven't been diligent enough with maintenance etc), but yeah, rubber bands are NOT necessary in maintaining roots/dreads. Do check-out that site and even some of the posts on this forum, or ask questions....I have really straight hair, the hardest to dread, and I managed nice-enough dreads without bands. It IS possible!

      Cheers, hope I haven't yeah got too boisterous or whatever, but yeah, I don't like bands. Different strokes for different folks I spose!

      Beksta :)
  • Kit
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    Re: How long did you leave your rubber bands in?

    Mon, January 28, 2008 - 4:36 PM
    what kind of rubber bands are you using??? if they're the ones that are stretchy plastic that might be why, I think the actual little black rubber ones help more, they dont move around as much and I think the friction that they cause helps with the dreading process...
    I use bands too, and I swear by them, but like Beksta said, many people do NOT like them, it's a personal's not like they're good OR bad
    I usually leave mine in until they fall out, or until whatever is underneath (a bump, some loose hairs or a loose root) becomes a little more tight and formed. Also, when my bands are in, I still root rub and palm roll, just a little bit easier than I would if they were out. Personally, I think it really helps things tighten up and look beautiful! I hope this helps =]
  • Re: How long did you leave your rubber bands in?

    Tue, January 29, 2008 - 6:21 AM
    I put bands in once for one week to tame some silly roots back into proper formation, but they were gone after that week, never to be seen again. Your roots are probably partly loose because of the bands. They keep the hair from moving naturally and dreading as tightly as they could. Also, they can cause dents and wiggles in your dreads if they're too tight. If you've had your dreads for over 5 months, it's time to let them go, I think. You're just going to have to start all the maitenence that you haven't had to do yet due to the bands. A lot of root rubbing and rolling will help keep those roots in line and get them to tighten up, it'll just take a while to get your routine to work for you.

    If you do decide to leave them in though, make sure you at least change them frequently. I've heard horror stories about bands melting into dreads over time!
  • Re: How long did you leave your rubber bands in?

    Wed, January 30, 2008 - 10:15 AM
    Thanks for all your advice guys! I guess I'll try taking them out again and just get off my butt and do more maintenance this time and see how it goes :)
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      Re: How long did you leave your rubber bands in?

      Wed, January 30, 2008 - 10:40 AM
      Also keep in mind that it's natural to have undreaded hair at the roots for 1-2 inches before the actual knottiness starts. It's easy to get used to having tight roots with bands and beads. I have a few that are nice and tight right up to within 1/4" of my scalp because I've had beads at the root. But most of mine are loose for about an inch.

      And if you have some that are really giving you trouble, don't feel bad about putting a band in or throwing on a bead. It's a process, ya know? :-)
      • Ken
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        Re: How long did you leave your rubber bands in?

        Wed, January 30, 2008 - 5:40 PM
        Yup I agree. When I just started out, I was worrying about loose roots and scared that the roots will become 2 inches or 3 inches long. But after 8 months, my roots are still about 1-2 inches long. Hey! It dreaded up!

        Some of my rubber bands are still there, but it's now up in the dread instead of at the root section where I placed it last time. I will just leave them there until they come out naturally.

        Palm rolling and clockwise rubbing helps the most!

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