I had a girl ask me the other day if my dreads were brand new. I told her they were nearing 2 years old actually (which is still kinda new for dreads IMO). She seemed shocked. Do people think hair just locks up like this over night?! Dreads aren't that easy!
On another dready note I'm thinking about what to do with my ends. They are kinda dry and dead looking. I've been putting coconut oil on. The sun, swimming and dye processing has been really drying to my dreads. I'm tempted to round them off; pulling the ends in with a crochet hook to hide the ends. I did one a while back and I kinda like it. Hmm, maybe it's time to say goodbye to my curly tails.
Those are AWESOME majik! I love how they look like spirals.
Moon, I blunted my ends with a crochet hook and it totally changed them for the better. I actually felt like they were real dreads and they LOOKED much more dready. I also cut loops and big humps off of my dreads to make them more straight and them pulled the cut ends in and that made them look more separate and locked up.
I have a question about using henna when you have dreads. I have been wanting to change the color of my dreads. I wanted to go blonde but am now having second thoughts because of the process.....bleaching and then toning with color. Plus it's pretty $$$$. Now I am entertaining the ideaof using henna in my dreads and going some kind of red. does anyone know if this can be done? I have pretty pale skin and light brown dreads right now. Here is a link to some pics of my dread journey.
oh I did see your lovely blog post majikfaerie! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog. Littletree reminds me of my own daughter so much who is 6. One thing I did think about in terms of hennaing was that I can totally see my daughter wanting to do hers also and since we would be using something natural I think it would be fun. I have heard though that henna is permanent?
henna is permanent, but not in the same way that chemical dyes or peroxide bleach is permanent. it does fade over time - you don't usually get that really harsh "regrowth" colour showing, and it generally works with your hair's natural tone, so you wont get an identical shade on two different people with the same henna. it also means as it grows out and fades, it still looks quite natural. it's very good for your hair too.
I've processed my dreads many times and I regret it. They are in pretty poor condition now so I'm hoping to go natural from here out. I think I might end up doing henna as well. The last time I did it I had brushable hair and it still took forever to get it washed out so I'm kinda nervous about doing it with dreads. I thought about trying to go back to vegetable dye too (like manic panic).
I crocheted in all my ends and, as I knew would happen, I lost like 3.5 inches which really sucks! I have really slow growing hair.
I have been thinking about crocheting in my ends also but I would lose about half my length I'm sure and ugh.....as much as I hate my tails I do like the length which is a bit past my shoulders now. But maybe I will though because my fly away end hairs make me look like I have serious bed headness going on instead of dreads-I think anyways
HEY! so my dreads are 10 mos. old. i started them in my second trimester last june. i had hair to my butt when i started, i know have dreads to my chin, LOL. it has been a nice journey for me though. my DH stared his when we were TTC. he has done all the work on mine. i have about 20, last i counted. they are almost done forming and i am excited about it. that in between phase has been kind of tough for me, but luckily i have had a baby to worry about, not how i look. the hardest part for me has been the shortness of them. i have had hair to my ass for about 10 years. but they are finally looking okay. i keep telling myself... one more year, and they will start to grow! so glad i found this thread. i keep having dreams about cutting them, or dreams of different hairstyles, but they are here to stay! i do not as of noe plan to cut them ever. the longest growth i have ever seen is 34 years. it was a sight and i am striving for that!!
I can't waite to have my first dready year under my skirt.... I'm at 4 weeks now and I really am loving them. Question for you all though, I have these hairs that are long and loose they have not been sucked up by any dreads can I just leave them be.. I have been so far just letting them be, I did half braid some hair in the back of my head because it was all loose and driving me crazy but there was alot of it... I figure i will let those go maybe they will dread up eventually... Anyways, I really like the idea of never cutting them. Although they look like they can get heavy, but to let them grow & grow is tempting...