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    Well, a brother has finally decided to begin his long "journey", i've been keeping braids/growing my hair for only about going on 6 months and I have recently started the process of "locking" up 2 weeks ago. I have read in some places that getting retwisted every week is necessary, bi-weekly some other places, and monthly from a few places. How often is really necessary during the baby stage to get retwisted to not overdo it, yet promote a healthy start on the journey. Feedback is wanted :P

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    Twisting more than every two weeks will lead to thinning and breakage. You don't HAVE to twist that much; I'm in my eighth-ish month and I twist... maybe every other month. There's no schedule, but when I started I did it every two weeks.

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    Well it depends on the look you're going for, however, I would say that every two weeks is entirely way too much. However, some people can twist their hair every two weeks w/o a problem. I think when I first started I waited 4 to 6 weeks to do my first retwist and then I waited 2 months after that...than 4 months.....until I realized I would just twist when I felt like it. However, I personally don't care for the neatly maintained look so someone who twists more frequently may have better advice

    Good luck!

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    It seems that it is personal preferences. I'm just past my 10th month and since the beginning I've twisted every two to three weeks. I play a lot of tennis so my hair starts looking wild after one week. So far so good though. Once I feel that my hair is fully loced, I will start twisting maybe every month..but we'll see.

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    I used to twist every time I washed but it depends how manicured you want/need it to look. Also after a time you'll find you don't need to twist as often and it'll still look good [depending on how neat you like it]. By six months I was twisting every 4 weeks and now I maintain every 2 months [and I intend to do it every 3 months in the future]...(by the way I still wash every 2 weeks!)

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    I am 2 1/2-3 months in and it really is a personal preference. I have been retwisting every 2 weeks and I just had my first shampoo 2 weeks ago. Retwisting in my opinion, should not be done less than 2 weeks. As previous posts have stated you can cause breakage in the long run. I retwist every two weeks just to train my hair. Now that I can wash without any unraveling, I think it will be a monthly thing. My routine is simply this:
    1. Wash and retwist every two weeks (starting next month, it will be on a monthly basis)
    2. Tie my hair down each night to keep it looking fresh
    3. Oil my scalp once a week.
    4. Tell my babies how beautiful they are.....

    HTH!

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    Lawd knows I can't wait to start being able to wash my hair, the itching is unbareable at times :Angry:

    Seems i should just stick to the two week regime, unfortunately my hair continues to get nappy and matted after only a couple days, i need to find a way to fight this

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    Seems i should just stick to the two week regime,...

    Man... it sounds like you've got the best kinda hair for locking. Getting nappy and matted is what you want. Seriously. All you need to worry about is keeping them separated at the roots. Other than that, let it napp up and napp on like it wants to and be happy that your stuff will be locking up sooner rather than later.

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    Seems i should just stick to the two week regime,...

    wait wait wait hon. You said you started two weeks ago? You can wash your hair. Not washing your hair won't help it to lock, all it will do is make your hair dirty. If your head is itching wash your hair. Some of them will unravel but it won't be the end of the world.

    I started a little over four years ago I used to retwist every 2 weeks for the first 9 months. Now I retwist when I feel like- which isn't that often. I would not recommend retwisting once a week.

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    well if that is the case, then I...

    Yeah its been about two weeks, heading into my third week, the lady who looks over my head recommended I don't wash it yet, and to be honest, i attempted to begin to lock my hair up a month and a half ago, and after a week and a half, i washed my hair, and ALOT of them became unraveled, i honestly want to give it about 2 or 3 more weeks, my hair suprisingly doesnt have a scent, though i feel dirty, but i honestly dont want my hair to continue to unravel, i've heard the best way to avoid all of this would be to wear a stocking cap with holes in it and then wash my hair, water is my enemy right now

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    Just a word of caution...I know its based entirely on personal opinion, but twisting every two weeks just seems entirely way too often. The thing about locs is that although it may seem like everything is okay now, it may not manifest itself until much later.

    This was the advice that I received from naturality when I first started locing, and I think besides washing my hair early on (which I've done since week one), and not using beeswax or shea butter, it's been the best advice I've received.

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    Yeah its been about two weeks, heading into my third...

    I got my hair started by a loctician and two weeks after putting in my starter twists she applied shampoo with a brush similar to the type you use for applying chemical fire cream or hair dye and then she gently massaged it through. When she was finished she carefully rinsed it out. She wasn't vigrous but was thorough. She retwisted after washing it for me.After about 6 weeks or so I washed it myself every week and eventually I just wet it almost daily. She told me unravelling was a part of the process and you can always just retwist them and that eventually the unravelling will stop.

    It is your head and your journey, do whatever you're comfortable with but I just don't like when people are told they can't wash their hair for weeks on end in order to have locks. Water actually aids in the tangling and matting process and so helps your hair to lock.

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    I started out rinsing my hair every other day and washing it every two weeks before I retwisted. After about 3 months I stopped retwisting my hair after I noticed it was not unraveling as much, so I went down to once a month. Now that my hair is fully loced I retwist whenever. Once I went 3 months without retwisting. Now I'm trying to get back to once every 1 or 2 months.

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    It is your head and your journey, do whatever you're...

    So I'm going to assume it doesn't matter what method you started out with, you can still basically "wash" your hair, and unraveling is going to occur regardless? (I started out with comb coils) I may end up washing my hair in a couple weeks the day of or before i go to get my hair retwisted, i guess everything honestly just depends on the person....i know for a fact my hair becomes extremely tangled and hard to unknot when it gets wet so it may be a good idea after all to start wetting my hair more, I'm honestly too afraid to mess with my hair at this point in fear of slowing or hampering the locking process

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    You are so correct! It doesn't matter what method you start with because the journey is going to be the same but different based on your maintainence. I waited to wash my hair after 2 months. I would use seabreeze to cleanse my scalp but honestly with the hot weather I couldn't take it anymore. Once I decided to wash my hair, water became my best friend. I spritz daily with water and let me tell you that my scalp thanks me for it everyday. Don't be afraid of slowing the process down because if you ask anyone on this board, you will find that it is a slow process to begin with which is why patience is key. I had maybe a few to unravel but it was to be expected. It's almost like watching a plant grow. You water it, talk to it, give it some sun and watch that baby bloom. So with that said, GO AND WASH YOUR HAIR IF YOU WANT! GOOD LUCK LOL.

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    Well, i decided to give it a go this morning, i didnt wash my hair, but i made a water spritz bottle and wetted my roots/scalp like crazy, and my scalp feels alot better, my hair napped up at the roots :P but unfortunately my hair became alot fuzzier, but thats what it's all about, nappiness

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    LararoGO, I'm going to adopt you as my loc-twin brother..lol...I started my second set just a few weeks ago (Thursday, April 5, 2007) and this time I'm going to a professional. I did my first set myself and they actually turned out just fine...I'll post pics later when I get home...

    I, too remember being in the same boat as you...having the same questions and insecurities...but over the course of time, I just got to the point where I got SICK of WORRYING you feel? For no other reason did I start to just allow my hair to do its own thing other than I was just tired of worrying what product to use, how often I should wash it, HOW I should wash it...I actually had a lot of issues at first....

    I started them off too big for my liking...so after a few weeks, I had some matting/budding going on and decided at that point I wanted MORE and I wanted them smaller, so what did I do? I seperated alot of the twists that had already showed signs of locking...to me that was like taking a step backwards in a sense, but actually it was needed to help me go forward in the process of achieving the types of locs I wanted. Long story short, I had them for almost three years and they turned out GREAT!...but I cut them and to this day I kick myself because of that IMPULSE decision....but at the time I did have a reason which maybe oneday I'll share as I become more familiar with the board and stuff.

    But long story short (I'm long-winded lol), I just started 4 weeks ago...last week, I couldn't take the itching no more and I took a wet rag and rubbed the mess out of my scalp....head was JACKED up...LOOOL...I had lil fuzz balls over here and a matty mess over there...but it's all good...I learned from the first time that hey take the good with the bad because it is indeed a journey upon which you LEARN so much about not just your hair, but your life, yourself, and people around you.

    (Am I still going?)

    but yeah, I just went and got retwisted yesterday and I wonder if I will ever loc...lol...I have the same questions as you do so like I said, if you don't mind...I'm gonna feed off of you and maybe with my questions and stuff, I'll help you and others....

    SamPaceyampJoshua

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    This is such a great thread and desperately needed for someone like me. I have been having this wash or not to wash battle going on in my head for two weeks now! I am also coming up on my first month (April 3rd) and I have already had to wash. I have eczema and the spring allergy season really got it going pretty bad. I HAD to wash that mess out of my hair and I can tell I'll have to wash it again soon.

    Of course my roots unraveled and I've had to retwist them with minimal success, but I'm not ready to give up yet. I'm glad to hear that the unraveling is just part of the process for some. Although my hair is very coily on the ends and has already started locing there, the roots are very soft and almost straight so it's been tough. This is why I love hairtipsforme!

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    brother... trust me washing ur hair will not hurt. unravelling will happen & is un avoidable- thats perfectly fine, just gently coax them back into place. i really dont overstand why these
    "professionals" are telling folks not to wash their hair.

    to be honest all of the wiping isnt the equivalent to washing( yeah yeah, i know its your head, but im just giving mho )

    the longer u wait to wash your hair the your locs become more succeptable to build up & dirt accumilation. even if you dont put oils in your hair frequently the environment adds more than its fair share of muck. i would hate for u to have mucky locs due to some mis information. good luck!

    as far as twisting , my advice is to try not to be too concerned with the first sign of any puffyness the root. unless u have strait or almost coiless hair, they are gonna puff a bit some point

    excuse thr typos im tired that a mug....

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    I too started with twists (nearly 4 weeks ago) but the only re-twisting i have done or plan on doing is myself after the shower. I don't have the nappiest hair but it stays together for the most part. I'll just retwist when my hair is wet, its not a real professional twisting but it keeps the hair in place and its completely free lol. I havent had to use any bees wax or gel or oils to keep my hair together... does that mean something?

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    I, too remember being in the same boat as you...having...

    Thats the thing that has me wondering, im hearin from all over the place, to WASH my head, itll unravel just have it retwisted and everything of that nature, and well she's tellin me to not do it yet, and its becoming confusing as hell

    as far as twisting, I am not concerned with puffy roots, in fact, my roots are sort of matting and locking up in certain spots already which is weird as hell, the puffyness after where these little knots are forming at and on out is whats were its bad at, im scared to palm roll it together in fear of overtwisting and someday having thin/weak locks, but its sort of gettin out of hand LOL

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    I wash or at least rinse my hair everyday because I workout alot. My hair is growing pretty fast these days so I finger latch loosely every 2/2.5 weeks.

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    IMO -
    If you twist - once/month. Too much twisting can cause thinning and breakage down the road.

    For interlocking aka latching - once every 6-8 weeks.

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    I need to wash my *#( *!!!!!! head, but my hair is going to poof into a damn afro, should i palm roll after washing it, and what should i use to do so? :Angry: :Angry: :Angry:

    I know i need to wash it, but i dont want to go and get it retwisted right after in fear of overtwisting and thinnin my dreads overtime, but i also dont need to have afro puffs on one side of my head and little dreads on the other side

    This is getting so frusturating

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