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post #341 of 519
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welcome slabobbin! glad you found us. and : on the wax
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So, I found lice on my 3 years old sunday night (happy mothers day!). It wasn't a horrible infestation but I found several bugs and nits. We still share a bed and I just assume I have them. Though, I use coconut oil and essential oils in my hair regularly. I had my Dh look through my hair but, he hasn't seen any bugs or nits just flaky scalp stuff. I just don't trust that he could spot them if I had them. I have treated my dreads twice now with a concoction of neem oil, coconut oil, tea tree, thyme and eucalyptus. Used the blow dryer until my head was cooking. Then I washed it out with a natural lice shampoo. I still have itchies a little but, I can't tell if it is because I am being paranoid or maybe it's just dandruff. I feel a little freaked out about it. Has someone actually rid themselves of lice when they had dreads?
post #343 of 519
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mmw
I have rid myself of lice with dreads several times. (and no, it's not a failed attempt, but seperate infestations - i've had my dreads for 13 years, and i think i've gotten lice from various hippies probably 1/2 dozen times in that time).
I used to soak my hair in methylated spirits - it works, but it's *really* hardcore and nasty. definitely not suitable around children.
these days, I use large amounts of an essential oil mix including sasafrass (though neem works the same, i think), rosemary, geranium, lavender, teatree and citronella. get my scalp and the first couple of inches of dreads really oily, then wrap it up in cling wrap to fumigate. after a full day like that, i'll blowdry on hot till my head is really well cooked. repeat after a few days, and it's all done
you can never get all the little dead eggs (nits) out.
I also keep a little dab of my essential oil mix behind my ears and neck whenever i'll be hanging out with feral people. (often )
Since I started doing that, I only got lice one time, and that was from sleeping with a woman for several weeks when she had lice. :
post #344 of 519
hi lovely dready mamas-

i hope it's ok that i write here, because i need your wisdom and experience. i have been thinking about dreading my hair for a long time now, and i'm starting to really seriously consider it, reading a lot and trying to learn whatever i can about it before i actually decide that i really want them (not even trying to consider how i'd go about doing it). i overthink things, and i'm honestly not very impulsive.

i would really like them, though, because they seem to fit perfectly in the trajectory of my crunchy life. i know no one personally who has them, so i have no real-life experience to draw from, but i feel like they'd be a good physical and spiritual fit for me.

here's my hair background and my biggest questions for you:

i have long (almost elbow-length), straight hair, no bangs. i always wear it up in a bun, because i hate having hair in my face, and i don't do hairstyles. no time or motivation. i don't own a blowdryer, and i don't know the last time i brushed it with anything other than my fingers. i own no styling products and like it that way. for the last year+, my hair has been washed, on average, once a week, going as long as a few weeks during the cold months. typically, my hair is really healthy, shiny, strong, and quite pretty, it's just always swept up out of the way.

the last year of my life has been relatively inactive, because of my third baby, and the toll it's taken on my personal time. before that, i exercised a lot. this summer, i have a large vegetable garden, and i'm getting in the dirt every day.

my worries come here:
1. how often do you REALLY wash your hair, or how much care do dreads really take? does the fact that i typically neglect my hair for so long mean that i'd be a good fit, or would i be committing to doing some sort of time-consuming hair maintenance more than once or twice a week? (it's hard to find a straight answer to this one, i'm finding.)

2. can i exercise? i have to say, i've never really seen a lady with dreads jogging down the street. would my breaking a sweat be somehow kind of counterproductive to the whole dreadlock thing? i'm a hiker/power-walker. (granted, i would gladly take on more washings if necessary.)


i'm really excited about dreads, and i hope they're a good fit. i know i am giving it way too much thought and not enough action, but i'm a pretty thorough person, and i'd hate to put all the effort in to find out that it was a bad idea in the first place... please enlighten me!:

peace,
hcm:
post #345 of 519
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hiya hcm!
first of all, i think it's hard to get a straight answer because there's a lot of different kinds of dreads. it all depends on what you want and the way you want to go about it.
if you want to have dreads put in, it's either waxes/ chemicals (generally not recommended) or back-combing and palm rolling. you can pay a professional to put them in in a day, or have a friend do it (inexperienced people generally take a couple of days to back comb new dreads in, whereas in a salon it takes a few hours). then you need to do a bit of maintenance in the early weeks/ months to keep them nice.
alternatively you can go the neglect method, which is basically not brushing at all or using conditioner, and waiting till the hair dreads up on its own. this method is the least amount of work, but it usually takes a couple of months, during which time you have a big messy bird's nest of hair all over the place, till it settles into proper dreads. you have do to a bit of separating, and perhaps some palm rolling to help them along, but it's generally easy.
you can do a combination of both methods - basically neglect method, but with a bit of back combing and palm rolling here and there to help things along. that usually takes about a month. but it all depends on your hair type.

once the dreads are well established, there's not really any maintenance. I have really straight, fine hair, no bangs (well, I did 13 years ago) and I went the neglect method. it took probably 3 months for my hair to be actually dreads, and not just mess. Now I wash them, normally, about once a week. less in cold/ rainy weather. i don't use any products at all, and I don't do any styling or anything other than tying them back or in a bun. it's *very* low maintenance.

as for jogging, there's no reason you cant jog or do anything with dreads. I play capoeira and my dreads are knee-length (yeah i do have to tie them up tho )
post #346 of 519
HardCoreMom I went with neglect method/some twist and rip and the first 6 months ended up being the most time consuming. I washed 2-3 times a week and had to do palmrolling and separating almost every day to keep my head from becoming one huge dread. Once the dreads actually formed I haven't done a lot to my hair though I could spend more time on it but I'm not a stickler for having perfect dreads. It's a once a month maintenance thing (palm rolling and sewing in a few stray hairs) right now and I only wash once a week probably.

I don't see why you couldn't pull your dreads into a bun and exercise. Should work fine
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I only had dreads for about 4 months before I shaved them off (long story!) but I had no problem just putting them in a pony and working out. It actually felt really good to work out and then shower and scrub my scalp, since my head was itchy! I think the heat/sweat kind of loosened things up (also had pretty bad dandruff).

I am considering braiding mine and letting them dread up from there next time. I wish I had kept my dreads, I really do! But I didn't have any help and I was helping my friends deal with lice for many weeks.. I felt like the best option at the time was to get rid of them, because I didn't want my DD to get lice. She's had her dreads for over a year now and loves them!
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Hi ladies. I hope you guys can help me with a question. I have wanted dreads for years, and the thing that is holding me back is dandruff. I fight with dandruff - always have, and it really grosses me out. I hate flakes! I'm worried about dreads and dandruff. Plus, I shower a lot because I am incredibly sweaty. Can someone give me some words of advice about the dandruff? My friend just dreaded her hair, and I am inspired to do it again. I'm ten days "overdue" for having my baby, and I am thinking of spending today dreading my hair! Blah, blah, blah - I'm babbling, but I would love to hear what you ladies have to say. TIA!
post #349 of 519
Oh, one other question - What about postpartum hair loss? Does that affect dreads at all? Or - will the loose hairs just mix in with the dreads? THANKS!
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Originally Posted by ColoradoMama View Post
Oh, one other question - What about postpartum hair loss? Does that affect dreads at all? Or - will the loose hairs just mix in with the dreads? THANKS!
The hair loss with contribute to the dreads & make them 'grow' faster. If you will be putting in dreads instead of going with neglect/nature, I think postpartum would be the best time to backcomb them in!
post #351 of 519
i put in my first set of dreads directly postpartum knowing that the hair loss would help them out. they were great! I think if you wash that often though you're going to want to wean your head from all that torture before the unwashing of the first few weeks of dreads becomes the real torture. get your scalp used to producing less oil or it will itch like crazy!!!!

Majikfaerie - how is littletree ding after the cutting incident?
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10 days overdue.. i hope you popped that baby out today!!!
post #353 of 519
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10 days overdue is right on time

littletree is doing fine now that she got past the *really* short phase. her hair has grown back SO fast
post #354 of 519
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The hair loss with contribute to the dreads & make them 'grow' faster. If you will be putting in dreads instead of going with neglect/nature, I think postpartum would be the best time to backcomb them in!
Good to know - thanks.
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10 days overdue.. i hope you popped that baby out today!!!
Friday!
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congratulations! welcome!
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Hmm, I just noticed a few knotty lumps in my head and they kind of look like dreads... I guess it is time for me to join this thread for real. I have had three backcombed sets in my past ten years each for about 2 years. This is going to be my first totally natural knots if I stick with it. I wonder how long it will take for others to notice my knots since with backcombing it was relatively instant. I think it's been about three months since I stopped brushing or combing with my fingers. I was no pooing (mostly water only) for the past year but used some yummy smelling Dr. Bs the other day. Since my scalp isn't used to being washed more than once a week does anyone think it would be necessary for me to bs/acv more often? Does anyone use baking soda & apple cider vinegar on their locks anyway? When they get tighter I would be concerned with them hanging onto the acv smell. Thanks in advance,
Peace & love
-Ree
post #358 of 519
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welcome sugaree! a lot of people do the bc/acv on their dreads without problems. many say the acv really helps it to loc up.

okay, so today i was driving around town... and you know when you're wearing a long flowing skirt and the hem gets shut in the door so it's visible outside the car? well, I had that... but with my dreds
post #359 of 519
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Originally Posted by majikfaerie View Post
welcome sugaree! a lot of people do the bc/acv on their dreads without problems. many say the acv really helps it to loc up.

okay, so today i was driving around town... and you know when you're wearing a long flowing skirt and the hem gets shut in the door so it's visible outside the car? well, I had that... but with my dreds
Hehehe nice mental image I've just made the move to natural shampoo bars (well, I'm waiting for them to arrive) and I got a yummy sounding herb infused acv rinse too Hopefully by the time my hair is ready, it will be READY! (read not oily again 5minutes after shampooing ) Nice to know the acv might help them along when I finally do the deed!
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Originally Posted by majikfaerie View Post
welcome sugaree! a lot of people do the bc/acv on their dreads without problems. many say the acv really helps it to loc up.

okay, so today i was driving around town... and you know when you're wearing a long flowing skirt and the hem gets shut in the door so it's visible outside the car? well, I had that... but with my dreds
that's awesome.
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