Video is on the ” BCTR” method ( this is the first post I’ve seen using the term “BCTR”)
I do apologize if there is any typing errors , I suck at typing . You have been warned
This is what my dreads looked like right after backcombing my first set ..They were poofy ,not solid at all and looked like a hot mess , Pretty much like most dreads.
As seen here… after about about a week , my hair had become loose and pretty much lost most of its backcombing . Which I was told was normal and it is.
I became so frustrated that my hair had fallen out and I pretty much looked like I had uncombed hair that I T & R the bottoms of my hair. From there things got “better”
One month month in My hair looked less like a rats nest and more like my dreads were moving along , At this point i noticed that my hair was taking on a neglected look , which for some people is great , I wasnt really happy about this because I wanted a little more neater dread look…which I know I could have with little maintenance because I have seen it.
Although the dreads that I had the first time…were beautiful by standards ( specially for those who like the neglected look ) I wasnt happy with them. Since my hair wasnt tightly dreaded and left to pretty much lock up as normal hair , the loose hairs and the looping and the shrinking just happened so fast . Which again to dread heads every where this is normal and you’re pretty lucky if it happens in a fast fashion. I wasnt happy with this look… I liked the neater dreads and I know that you have to put loads of work into them for them to look that way , but some times thats not the case….I will show you what i mean.
These are my all time Favorite dreads on the web.. Lets be clear I don’t own these pictures and I did not take them …They all belong to http://skogsraw.tumblr.com/ shes lovely , go follow her…. ANY WAY …. She has said that she has pretty much done nothing to her hair , some one maintenance it a few times over the years , but other then that …nothing….So I figured that it must have to be the style of dreading she used . I know sometimes it has a lot to do with the way your dreads turn out .
So I watched and watched her posts and she answered a question about what method of dreading she used…Her answer was that her friend did both backcombing and T and R . I was like “hmm” So when i started my second set of dreads……This is is what I used…. Which is what is in the video I have made . Lets for the sake of things dub this the BCTR Method. I have don’t rows in my hair a few weeks at a time….and have watch the older dreads as i put newer ones it. The video has the last row in it. With the “BCTR” method ….my hair did loosen a little bit but as held its shape. My oldest row of dreads are a little over a month and with that…the frizzy’s happened …but not as bad as just normal backcombing or T&R …..The dread its self is much more solid ….and all together LOOKS like you have dreads…Not just messy uncombed hair lol .
The oldest of the whole head.
Another thing I want to touch on is SECTIONING , sectioning is so important to the shape of your dreads , also in separation your sections are easy to find and it helps with not having open spots where you can see your scalp. Last set I just grabbed where ever. This time I did 1x1 inch sections a few smaller in the front of my face do to my hair line…But for the most part 1x1 sections. I feel like dread blogs don’t and didn’t really help me when it came to the types of things I’m talking about ( mixing method / not sectioning , they mostly all touch on that ). I couldn’t figure out why some people had nicer more developed looking locks after putting them in…. specially since they don’t really talk about mixing methods . I hope this helps you , because it took me a whole 6 months , whole week of brushing dreads out…. 3 months of not having dreads and a whole month of dreading my hair slowly to watch the starting process …to figure this out. lol
Feel free to ask any questions , I will post monthly photos of my hair. To see if this “theory” pans out.
I hope it does…because it could really help a lot of you.
P.s With this method …my hair stayed the same length!
My hair before ( My grandmother and I )