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post #41 of 519

Okay...I think i'm having a problem...

I have had dreads for almost a month now and my head looks like a mess!!!!! (most of the time I put a bandana on my head b/c it looks soooo messy) UGH!! the roots of my hair are really freakin' messy looking. I have MANY stray hairs. I feel like I havent done anything "wrong" to my hair. My husband works on my hair a lot. He had dreads and they def. didnt look this bad on him. My roots are sooooooooooooooooooooo loose. What the heck should I do??????? Please help!!!!!!
post #42 of 519
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i'd say you just need to give it more time. mine started out like a huge mess, but they settled in eventually. i'll try to hunt up a photo
post #43 of 519
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here, found it

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1430/...3f4f44ac00.jpg
that's me at 16, about 2 months after i started the dreads. i guess it was another month or 2 before they were somewhat 'neat'

i think if you want to neaten them, try wrapping them a bit, or just keep them in a tam or headband till they settle.
post #44 of 519
okay...I think you nailed it. hahaha Mine are a little more settled but not by much. haha. I feel soooo much better now. I guess there is hope for my hair yet. Thanks for posting the picture.
post #45 of 519
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Originally Posted by purplemamaturtle5 View Post
okay...I think you nailed it. hahaha Mine are a little more settled but not by much. haha. I feel soooo much better now. I guess there is hope for my hair yet. Thanks for posting the picture.
hey! don't laugh at me! this was taken 13 years ago, anyway. I still had cute puppy fat and pimples. wait... has anything changed?

really, i'd just come out of living in a cave (literally) and didn't do anything at all to my hair. oh and note the braid in the front that's just starting to dread at the roots
post #46 of 519
Well I dont have the exuse of saying I have been living in a cave () But I guess I wont get too discouraged about my hair.
post #47 of 519
Great photo, majikfaerie, I can see this pure, happy energy beaming out of you. Living in a cave must have been really good for you. Love it! :
post #48 of 519
I just started a blog in which I posted a picture of my dreads. The picture is a couple of weeks old. Have a look.

(click the link to my blog in my signature).
post #49 of 519
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oh funny I just found your blog yesterday.
post #50 of 519
subbing! I lost all the cool threads at the new year!
post #51 of 519
(majikfaerie)--yeah, I just subscribed to yours yesterday. lol
post #52 of 519
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Originally Posted by purplemamaturtle5 View Post
I just started a blog in which I posted a picture of my dreads. The picture is a couple of weeks old. Have a look.

(click the link to my blog in my signature).
cool! i love look at other ppl's dreads!
post #53 of 519
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hey! don't laugh at me! this was taken 13 years ago, anyway. I still had cute puppy fat and pimples. wait... has anything changed?

really, i'd just come out of living in a cave (literally) and didn't do anything at all to my hair. oh and note the braid in the front that's just starting to dread at the roots
I LOVE it!

and I want to hear the cave story...
post #54 of 519
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I LOVE it!

and I want to hear the cave story...
the cave story isn't really all that exciting. I read the Clan of the Cave Bear when I was 16, and I was so inspired. and somehow, being a teenager and therefore knowing everything, I believed that reading that book provided me with all the requisite knowledge needed for such an existance.
so I went to live in this cave that was about 2 hours' walk from anywhere (yeah, only 2 hours, so it's not like I was out of reach of civilisation or anything ). I brought with me only a sleeping bag, one water bottle, a small cooking pot, a swiss army knife, a cigarette lighter, a fishing hand reel and a couple of hooks, one change of clothes, and enough food for about 2 days, with the plan to live there forever. oh and my copy of Clan of the Cave Bear
I lasted a few weeks.
I drank from and washed in the river, (which was clean enough for that, BTW), and tried to live off bush tucker and by fishing, I trapped/ hunted a couple of wallabies to eat that I skinned very unskillfully... and mostly I was pretty bored, especially after the 6th consecutive reading of CotCB. and I was starting to get sick of eating fish and not much else. my lighter ran out and I failed at starting a fire without one. I couldn't find flint to make knives. and yeah, I walked back out. that's actually how I got dreadlocks. note the absence of a hairbrush in that list of things i brought.

ahh, those were the days. at least now I can look back and see how silly I was. at the time I was so ashamed that I'd failed.
post #55 of 519
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How easy is it to henna with dreadlocks? (its something I'm now considering looking into....I have dreadlocks....) :
The one tip I can think of is make sure you put enough water into the henna when you mix it into a paste.
When I mixed up the batch I did recently, the henna continued to soak up the water for a little while, and dried out a bit till it was less sticky. So after henna-ing a few dreads, I started having all these chunks of paste fall on the floor and I made a lot of mess! It took ages for me to realise and add more water The consistency which worked best for me was a lot runnier than I would have thought, it stayed in the dread better that way.
Apart from that it was super-easy. I didn't have quite enough henna but I have 66 phatty dreads (the henna did about 40 or 50 I think)

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I just started a blog in which I posted a picture of my dreads. The picture is a couple of weeks old. Have a look.
Hooray! Another blog to look at!
Seeing all these fun blogs (I specially love the photos) is making me want to blog again... hehe. :
And OMG, totally OT: You have a CHINCHILLA??? I thought that was a made up creature!!! !!?? (OK I googled it and they seem to exist... Actually they're adorable!)



I have yet another question... A friend who had dreads for years was tending mine over the weekend and he did this wierd thing, pushing the dread through its own base one way, and then splitting it at right angles to that and pushing it through, almost like a braid. (Does that make sense?) It really tightened up the bases and it feels good but... will it split my dreads or something? I can probably undo most of the knot-things he made if I need to? I just let him go for it at the time...

Cass also helped me with some wraps. I got the idea from a post a while back and I am LOVING them! I want to find some hemp string to totally wrap some more with, to tame some of the rampant fuzz. The ones I did are colorful and bumpy
post #56 of 519
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Originally Posted by majikfaerie View Post
the cave story isn't really all that exciting. I read the Clan of the Cave Bear when I was 16...
I read that book at around the same age and had this massive dream of doing the same thing ... crazy : But I was too lame to actually do it! (Living in a city didn't help) Instead I just read lots of books in that genre hehe.

I know at some point in my life I want to seriously try and live off nature for a while, if not exclusively then close (take rice and stuff) I want a companion though, I would be too bored alone! Not to mention it'd be easier.

Where was your cave? (If that doesn't sound wierd and stalkerish, sorry, I just think this is hilarious!)
post #57 of 519
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Originally Posted by helen_emily View Post
I have yet another question... A friend who had dreads for years was tending mine over the weekend and he did this wierd thing, pushing the dread through its own base one way, and then splitting it at right angles to that and pushing it through, almost like a braid. (Does that make sense?) It really tightened up the bases and it feels good but... will it split my dreads or something? I can probably undo most of the knot-things he made if I need to? I just let him go for it at the time...
I think I did that with some of mine at the start. I don't think it can do any harm
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I read that book at around the same age and had this massive dream of doing the same thing ... crazy : But I was too lame to actually do it! (Living in a city didn't help) Instead I just read lots of books in that genre hehe.

I know at some point in my life I want to seriously try and live off nature for a while, if not exclusively then close (take rice and stuff) I want a companion though, I would be too bored alone! Not to mention it'd be easier.

Where was your cave? (If that doesn't sound wierd and stalkerish, sorry, I just think this is hilarious!)
okay, it's a bit stalkerish, but you got me nostalgic and curious... I can't say *exactly* but I looked on google, and it's somewhere around here:
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Your position is
latitude: -29.8568430431495
longitude: 152.7216339111328
since I grew up a bit, I still kind of live that lifestyle... but with high speed internet access
the cave wasn't very big btw. more of a large overhang on the side of a cliff.
post #58 of 519
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Originally Posted by majikfaerie View Post
okay, it's a bit stalkerish, but you got me nostalgic and curious...
I meant more along the lines of whether the cave was in Australia! I always thought we had the best climate for that type of lifestyle.
You gave me such a specific answer, now I feel like I must be creepy! Hehehe.
post #59 of 519
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it's a really great area for that lifestyle.
post #60 of 519
I've read all the Earths Childrens series, starting with Clan of the Cave Bear when i was 13? i think? Loved those books. I think it's awesome that you lived in the cave, and even if you didn't last there forever as you'd planned, hey, you still have your dreads!
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