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post #401 of 636

Where can I get some pretty scarves? I seriously have no idea. I don't shop much.

post #402 of 636
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Originally Posted by Narn View Post

Where can I get some pretty scarves? I seriously have no idea. I don't shop much.



if  you look on etsy-you will find MANY choices-put in dread scarf, dread wrap, etc...I just ordered a knit dread tam and I am so looking forward to it getting here!

 

post #403 of 636
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Originally Posted by Midwitch View Post

Hi, just found this thread :)


Welcome! Ooh I love long dreads!
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Originally Posted by Mrs.aLifeofReilly View Post

I think I might have a problem with my baby dreads (almost 2 months old). 


I try to rip when wet too. I am also known to use scissors for small bits when I absolutely have to, because I have an extremely sensitive scalp, but that probably makes things worse in the long run. At first it's totally normal for the middle to dread up. Don't worry the roots and ends will knot up too.

Well I had about 20 of them stuck together in the back underneath. No idea how or why that happened but I was pregnant and didn't have time for myself. DH and I have worked on them a couple times and they still need more help. I was actually tempted to shave the back of my head! I finally got around to dying my hair too...yay! I discovered even 2 week olds love to hold on to mommy's dreads smile.gif
post #404 of 636
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Originally Posted by majikfaerie View Post

I rip when wet. works better.



I rip when dry, they actually tear. If I try it when wet they just seem to get stretched. When they are dry and tight, I rip away.

 

 

I have a question, how do you back carry? DS is almost 2, so front carry isn't as comfy, but unless I pigtail my hair (and look like Pippy-dork-stockings) He spends the whole time being buried in my hair.

post #405 of 636

interesting, kriket, I find the opposite LOL

 

as for back carrying, my dreads were already pretty long before dd was born, so I just put them up in a bun, like this:

sling

 

or pull them round to the front like this

 

Sequoia sling 2.JPG

 

here's another one of the bun, also showing off dreadlocked DD :love

 

The area of Trok Sarn Road is reputable for the large hippie community

post #406 of 636

majikfaerie, those pics are so sweet.

 

I cant stand to separate dreads when wet. I even delay washing jsut becuase I hate how they feel when wet. they seem to just all stick together at the scalp and pull. But Im freakishly tender headed. I have to wait until they are completely dry. Which reminds me, I have to wash tomorrow. My dh said my hair wasnt smelling to fresh.....

 

But I have a dread in the back that is super fat. It was two dreads that were each made out of 2-3 dreads I didnt rip apart. I wanted to rip it, but I think I waited too long and its pretty solid. I dont want to risk damaging it at the root and having one or both fall out. Oh well, I guess Ill jsut have one the size of my arm, Im sure no one will notice with the big mess thats on top. I dont know what they are doing but its pretty crazy.

post #407 of 636

thanks hram

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I had a couple of dreads that had to get separated, but they were very tight-I went in at the root, divided it with my fingers up until I could not move it anymore-then i took some small, sharp scissors, and made a tiny cut-much less than an inch-and then started ripping by hand again-made it almost all the way down and had to use the scissors to start another 'rippable' section. If you cut too much you will mess up the dread-but with some very small precise cuts you can get that dread mat apart.

 

<3

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Originally Posted by hram View Post

majikfaerie, those pics are so sweet.

 

I cant stand to separate dreads when wet. I even delay washing jsut becuase I hate how they feel when wet. they seem to just all stick together at the scalp and pull. But Im freakishly tender headed. I have to wait until they are completely dry. Which reminds me, I have to wash tomorrow. My dh said my hair wasnt smelling to fresh.....

 

But I have a dread in the back that is super fat. It was two dreads that were each made out of 2-3 dreads I didnt rip apart. I wanted to rip it, but I think I waited too long and its pretty solid. I dont want to risk damaging it at the root and having one or both fall out. Oh well, I guess Ill jsut have one the size of my arm, Im sure no one will notice with the big mess thats on top. I dont know what they are doing but its pretty crazy.

post #409 of 636

I love the bun! But I have super thick hair, and they aren't long enough yet to get up like that. I will see if I have the technology to post pics....nope, can't find one of the back of my head! lol. I think I need to learn to wrap them. And where do you live that there are so many cycles?

post #410 of 636

Bangkok. But we don't live there any more.

post #411 of 636

Hey ladies...

 

I'm a lurker in this thread as I don't have dreadlocks but I am thinking of getting some when my hair is longer (so probably next year). I was just wondering, how often do you all wash your hair? I currently use a baking soda wash every week and a half and use ACV for a rinse on off days. 

 

I'm also a runner and run 3-4 days a week. Would that impact how often I'd wash? 

 

Sorry if these questions are dumb or beating a dead horse even...I'm just trying to gather as much information as I can before taking the plunge. :)

post #412 of 636
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Sorry if these questions are dumb or beating a dead horse even...I'm just trying to gather as much information as I can before taking the plunge. :)



no dumb questions :)

 

I use baking soda and vinegar also and I wash my hair 2x/ wk or weekly. I'm not a runner (I only run when chased, even then, I'll probably fight) But I do work out 3x a week, and I just plan my showers after my workouts.

Also, during the summer I do a lot of gardening and outside things, but I also spend a lot of time in rivers and in the sun. It seems to balance out.

post #413 of 636

Wash whenever your hair is dirty! Clean hair slips and knots up better than dirty or greasy hair. In the beginning it is easier to wash in a tub than to have a high powered shower beating down on the baby dreads, but really, wash as often as you need. All you really need to start dreads is to stop using conditioner and stop combing or brushing. These are referred to as neglect or natural dreads sometimes. You can start that at any hair length! when it starts knotting up you will find the natural sections and rip to separate. That is about it!  You start today in a year you could already have a nice set of natural dreads formed!

 

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Originally Posted by bsaros84 View Post

Hey ladies...

 

I'm a lurker in this thread as I don't have dreadlocks but I am thinking of getting some when my hair is longer (so probably next year). I was just wondering, how often do you all wash your hair? I currently use a baking soda wash every week and a half and use ACV for a rinse on off days. 

 

I'm also a runner and run 3-4 days a week. Would that impact how often I'd wash? 

 

Sorry if these questions are dumb or beating a dead horse even...I'm just trying to gather as much information as I can before taking the plunge. :)

post #414 of 636
I've washed anywhere from 2x's a week to every 2 weeks depending on how dirty I've gotten. They do get a lot tighter when I wash more often but now that they're getting fat it takes longer for them to dry and it's just sort of a pain to have them damp for a couple days.
post #415 of 636

Oh mamas! Love the photos.

I had a few dreads for about 2 years and cut/combed them out about 2 yrs ago. Now I am missing them. I only had about 5 on the top of my head, I never had a whole set, but I wish I would have gotten over my fear of it and just done it all.

I'm 35 next month. Please tell me I'm not too old to do it again! I also plan on doing some job searching in a few months, after not working for 5 years, so I'm a bit worried about that having an impact.

Anyway, I'm enjoying lurking here.

post #416 of 636

I am 37 and my dreads will be 2 years old in April.  Definitely not too old.  And I work in a professional environment, as well as go to school 3/4 time.  I've never had any issues.  I don't make a big deal about it and neither does anyone else...

post #417 of 636
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Originally Posted by MoonStarFalling View Post

I've washed anywhere from 2x's a week to every 2 weeks depending on how dirty I've gotten. They do get a lot tighter when I wash more often but now that they're getting fat it takes longer for them to dry and it's just sort of a pain to have them damp for a couple days.


If you are having issues getting your dreads totally dry, you should check out this soft bonnet that attaches to a regular hair dryer and will get your dreads dry all the way through in no time!

 

http://amzn.com/B000WQ7TAG  

 

This is what several of my dread role models swear by.

post #418 of 636

Hi ladies~ I haven't been over here in awhile.  My dreads are about 7 mos old and coming along pretty nicely.  BUT....I just found out that several kids in my dd's class have lice.  I'm freaking out.  My dd does not have lice yet but I am terrified.  She doesn't have dreads so removing them from her hair shouldn't be a big deal but I am so scared of me getting them.  I volunteer in the classroom too so it's not just fear of her bringing them home.  So, I'm hoping someone can give me some prevention tips for both her and me.  Tea tree oil and neem oil are what I've heard.  Spray on??  Gah!  Tips please!!!

post #419 of 636

never too old for dreads.

 

as to lice, start with a preventive spray - rosemary & geranium essential oils are the primary ingredients, you can also add lavender, tea tree, citronella. put about one part essential oil blend to 5 parts water in a little spray bottle, and spray the hair before contact with other people for yourself and DD (especially around the hairline and neck). Bonus is it smells wonderful.

to get rid of them, yes, neem oil is great. make up a blend of the preventive oils and add a healthy dose of either neem or sassafrass oil (without watering it down - you can dilute a little with olive oil if you need). oil all the hair up really well, wrap with cling wrap or a well-fitted plastic shower cap or plastic bag. leave it on for a few hours and then rinse out - don't shampoo or soap it out, just rinse so it stays oily. then (here's the big secret) HOT HAIRDRYER. as long as you can for as hot as you can. literally fries the little @#$%ers right on your head. the dead ones just fall out. on your DD you can use a lice comb to get out any dead ones/ stragglers and make sure you go through her hair thoroughly to kill any eggs you find. (crush them between your fingernails). If you can get someone to go through your dreads manually, that's good, but if not, just go crazy with the hair dryer.

repeat 5-7 days later.

post #420 of 636

Thank you so much, MF!!  Heading out to get the EO's right now!

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