I'm curious, is there a preference as to what the ideal thickness of dreadlocks should be? Are thicker dreads considered less preferable to thinner ones?
I used to say that the ideal thickness of a dreadlock for me was around the size of a yellow pencil. I did hair for a few friends, and locs that were thinner than that seemed to be okay when they were short, but almost always needed to be fused once they got longer. Also, thinner dreads = many many, as in hundreds, of locs. The thought of that much twisting already makes me tired.
When I put up pictures of the starter locs, a few people suggested I reduce the amount of hair that's going into each dread to make them thinner. I'm completely unsure as to what size they're going to be when they loc up, if they'll get bigger or smaller. What's interesting is that although the coils may look big, simply finger twisting them stretches them and reduces their size.
I guess I've become comfortable with the thought of having locks that are larger than a pencil. I have gotten positive feedback from folk who do like the look of thicker locs, and one of my main inspirations is my friend Al, who was featured as a Street Curlie here. I only just found out that her locs are free-form, which kinda blew my mind and destroyed most of the preconceived images I had of what free form locs would look like.
Are thicker locs commonly associated with free-forming? Even within the natural community, free-formed locs can be looked down upon and considered 'unkempt', 'messy', etc.
Actually, it's really hard to buy that last statement when looking at this picture. I mean, dayum!! I want me some free-forms.
Ooh, then I could wash and ignore my hair as I pleased....
This just got mad tempting.
Anyway, before I run off to investigate that, let me know your thoughts on thin vs. thick dreads!! Here's more loc porn (hehe) of Valerie June to tide you over.