Monday, April 9, 2012


Congos are my biggest problem.  They're painful to rip apart, and involve more maintenance (even after cutting).  New, small dreadlocks are usually the ones with this problem.  I find that this is a big problem for people with lots of dreads (more dreads =  more maintenance).  I have heard of people sleeping on silk pillows.  Silk prevents friction between dreadlocks.  I sewed myself a scarf for sleeping.  With my dreads wrapped in silk, they stay tight after maintaining and reduced congoing BIG TIME.

I will be selling these scarfs for $20 soon.  I know $20 seems high, but silk can run up to $10 a yard at the fabric store.  I will be posting a picture soon.  If anyone is interested in buying a sleep scarf, please let me know.  Im not sure how it will sell, and I don't want to invest money in silk if they wont sell.  Much Mahalos.

1 comment:

  1. Congos are AWESOME.

    I used to like thin dreads, and so mine were made (backcombed) thin. Now, three years later, I want fatter dreads so I'm starting to congo them.

    I used embroidery thread or beads, placed at the root, to encourage dreads to grow together as one. I've made quite a few congos this way! I think thread works better because beads can and do slip. I also make crochet sleeves for this purpose -

    Congos can be prevented by ripping the dreads apart when they start to join, so when you have baby dreads, especially after washing, it's a good idea to have a feel around and find whats joining what, and gently pull them apart. I know people who have also used scissors to try and cut down the 'middle', but they also nearly cut off a dread..