Tuesday, February 8, 2011

3 Month Update: Marlowe

Marlowe's Reconstructed dreads are looking amazing! Yeah, they're tightly sectioned at the top, but regular readers know that goes away fast. What a difference from the first time I worked on them in September of last year! Some flips I wasn't able to repair are still visible in her blond, but the new growth since then is tightly felted and looking amazing! She's at the point where I think we'll be able to maintain them without thread within her next two visits, leaving her with a much more natural appearance at the scalp.

She's really taking great care of this set of dreads - and the care shows. This appointment went faster than the last, and the next one will be faster still! Adorable. That is all.


  1. Hey, I've had dreads for a year and a half and have always had them threaded when I get them tightened (I live in Kingston). How do you do it without threading?

  2. Well Anonymous, that kinda depends. How's your stylist tightening them? If it's the same technique I use (tiny crochet hook weaving) it's as simple as just not tying the thread. I've been doing this long enough that I know my weaving will hold up on it's own - the thread is really just for the benefit of someone who doesn't know how to care for their locks yet or doesn't have a ton of time for root maintenance. I'm not sure what method your stylist is using, but if you were my client and methodical in your root rubbing and palmrolling, I'd be comfortable not using thread around the one year mark (barring a few circumstances.) I'd give it a go - at a year and a half, worse case scenario is you're a little more fuzzy at the top and you go back for ties.

  3. Uhh she pulls the dread through the new growth in different directions until it's tighter, then she twists it to tighten it more, and uses the thread to keep them from untwisting again (I think, I didn't ask her to explain it to me.) I also know that you said that pulling it through the new growth is bad unless you weave it afterwards? I'm not sure what that means, or if she is doing it to mine.

    They look and feel pretty good for the most part, I'm just not a big fan of the thread.

  4. Hey Tyler, the point of weaving it after flipping it is to close up any holes that might show up as a result. I'm not totally picturing what your stylist is doing - but if you're happy with it, that's what matters! If you'd like to try it without thread, just ask your stylist to give it a go. If you're unhappy with the results, it's pretty simple to tie in later. Good luck, and keep me posted!