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They are definitely gorgeous! So tell me, when do they stop looking so loopy? (Because yours look so amazingly thick & loc'd!) I realize the loops form because the hair is knotted all the way up but I'm wondering if they stop looping once they're more firmly established. For a few months I embraced the loops but now they're starting to annoy me. I've been doing my best to crochet the huge loops & incorporate them. It's working pretty well actually and I'm no where near wanting to chop them like the past weeks!

Yes, they do! Hang on. One of the local AP moms did twist and rip and she did a blog post of her 3 year dreadiversary...

http://walkslowlylivewildly.com/2010/01/18/three-year-dreadiversary/

At the bottom of that blog post, there are links to her 1&2 year progress. :)


Edited by Becky Wheeler - 10/9/12 at 9:40am
post #302 of 376

Don't mind the mess. lol The bare spot on the back of my head is going away! Yay!

post #303 of 376

Becky, that woman's dreads are fabulous. Thanks for sharing! Some day, some day..... smile.gif

 

Here's a better shot of my 9 month dreads that was taken today. I don't color them but they were apparently kissed by the summer sun -

 

 

post #304 of 376
I have been folloWing her blog for a while. My first dready inspiration. Pretty sure she backcombed though...at least that is what I read on her blog
post #305 of 376

I could've SWORN she said twist and rip

Just looked at the picture from right after she got her dreads. Those are DEFINITELY back comb dreads!

post #306 of 376
Koru... Dreads looks amazing! So does the cabinet with all those glass jars in the background,lol. Seriously, is that your spice cabinet or something?
post #307 of 376

Becky, thank you for the kind words.  Your dreads are really coming along!

 

Koru, the sun seems to bleach dreads differently than it would bleach normal hair.  I hated bumps!!!  Like you, at first I tried to like them, then got frusterated.  I found what caused my bumps was the pulling apart of combining dreads at my scalp.  So I started cutting them apart if they started to try to grow together, rather than ripping them.  When ripping, because they rest of the dread isn't completely tight, some of it gets pulled more and moves on the inside of the dread and bumps out.  At least that's what seemed to be happening with mine.  I tried to keep the dreads seperate and if I noticed two becoming one, I snipped them rather than ripped them.  After a couple months, less bumps.  Now I rip them apart, but they're solid, so no bumps have been spotted in years!

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I hope there's nothing wrong with backcombed dreads because that's how I did mine! love.gif And too funny that I didn't even notice the jars in my photo. I knelt down for my daughter to take the pic & turned away from the glaring sun from the window. Voila. That's my "bulk & herb" cabinet. Lots of herbs for teas & tinctures plus beans & grains, etc. I adore that cabinet so thanks for commenting on it!

 

ScruffyToo, you speak reassuring words. thumb.gif I look forward to the day of no loops. And I'll have to think about what you said regarding separating them. Crazily, I have two teeny ones than congo'd but otherwise, they don't ever severely join together. Not anything I'd need a scissor for! I don't think I ever reported back on my trip to the salon a few weeks ago to get my dreads maintained but I'm quite sure this guy caused 10 times more loops than normal. After he tightened the roots by twisting a comb there, he took his hands & twisted each one until it was very tight & then backcombed with his fingers (if that makes any sense). When each dread untwisted, welcome loop-de-loops! 

 

And I'm not very good at palm rolling. I probably tend to my hair once a month, if that!? I've committed to palm rolling more often again & encouraging the dreads to work their way up. 

post #309 of 376

I hate palm rolling. I'm a weakling, so the constant flexed movement of rubbing my hands together (especially the ones in the back) left me feeling so sore. I gave up palm rolling, needless to say. My dreads seem to be starting to lock up without me doing much more maintenance than separating them. There were some hairs in the back that pulled loose over the course of the month, and they're creating their own dreads by neglect. They're so cute! My neglect babies. lol

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oops! double post

post #311 of 376
Yeah, I tried palm rolling once. That was all it took for me to ditch the idea of pretty, even, well maintained dreads. I did it in the shower, and I swear I felt like my hands were gonna fall off. And my dreads looked no different afterwards...
post #312 of 376

I can tell an obvious difference when I palm roll. Certain dreads start to flatten & regular rolling makes them tubular again. And baby loops can be dispersed before they loc up & permanently stick out. (How's that for a technical description of dread maintenance. Lol!) I go through shifting moods between love for the wild nature of my hair & frustration that it'll be a while before they're solidly loc'd. I know it's not a beauty contest but I would love for them to be firm & thick like Scruffy's and the woman in the blog. I LOVE that look! I keep reminding myself that it's a journey, though, & not one for the faint of heart. And I can see why people keep their dreads for a long time after making it through these early stages. 

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Rainey Day, big love on the baby growing! By the looks of your signature, this is probably an anxious time for you but prayers for a healthy little one. Dreads can wait!

 

And speaking of dreads, I think I'm about ready to chop mine off. They're almost 9 months old & I've loved this journey but I've decided they're not intended to be a permanent fixture in my life. So many reasons, none worth elaborating on. But I have a question.....what happens once I chop them? Many are knotted up within centimeters of my scalp but others are loose 4-5" down. I can't envision any presentable hairstyle!? I know there are a few you mamas who've had more than one dreaded adventure so share what happened when you ended the journey. What did you do?? And do you have photos of what your hair looked like immediately after cutting them?

i just ended my second dready journey, after almost three years.  i cut mine to my shoulder and picked each dread out, it took along time, but my hair is awesome and to just above my boobs now :)

post #314 of 376
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I can tell an obvious difference when I palm roll. Certain dreads start to flatten & regular rolling makes them tubular again. And baby loops can be dispersed before they loc up & permanently stick out. (How's that for a technical description of dread maintenance. Lol!) I go through shifting moods between love for the wild nature of my hair & frustration that it'll be a while before they're solidly loc'd. I know it's not a beauty contest but I would love for them to be firm & thick like Scruffy's and the woman in the blog. I LOVE that look! I keep reminding myself that it's a journey, though, & not one for the faint of heart. And I can see why people keep their dreads for a long time after making it through these early stages. 

I say doing dreadlocks is a lifestyle. I'm thinking that I can probably get my 5 year old son to palm roll the back, since it's such hard work. I also get frustrated and a little discouraged. "This isn't happening fast enough. I'm taking them out tomorrow." The next morning, I found a cute baby dreadlock, so I decided to keep them. lol

 

Also, I don't know if I linked it before or not, my dread journey so far on my blog

http://naturo-mommy.blogspot.com/2012/09/having-dreadlocks-is-lifestyle-heres.html

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Ok, Becky, I just checked out your blog and noticed you lived close. We are in Spokane and like it, but are always in search for a better place. I'm in favor of Northern CA, but my hubby's job could take him to Bozeman or Missoula. Which is a kinder place to live? Have you ever checked out the Okanogan Family Faire in WA? It's this weekend, but such a Mecca for like minded people and dready mamas smile.gif if you're ever in the Spokane/Cd'A area, let me know!
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I came across this about "dreadlocks & hair loss" and am wondering if it has any worth. Is there truly a risk of permanent hair loss??

 

http://www.hairlossexpert.co.uk/dreadlocks-hair-loss.html

post #317 of 376
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Ok, Becky, I just checked out your blog and noticed you lived close. We are in Spokane and like it, but are always in search for a better place. I'm in favor of Northern CA, but my hubby's job could take him to Bozeman or Missoula. Which is a kinder place to live? Have you ever checked out the Okanogan Family Faire in WA? It's this weekend, but such a Mecca for like minded people and dready mamas smile.gif if you're ever in the Spokane/Cd'A area, let me know!

We're 150 strong in our AP group here. It's pretty crunchy here. We're gonna be going through Spokane in March for vacation

post #318 of 376
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I came across this about "dreadlocks & hair loss" and am wondering if it has any worth. Is there truly a risk of permanent hair loss??

 

http://www.hairlossexpert.co.uk/dreadlocks-hair-loss.html

I wouldn't put any stock in this.  There's cultures that have been dreaded for centuries - they seem to have healthy heads of hair.

post #319 of 376

Hair loss is often attributed to a tight scalp. If you massage your scalp thoroughly when you wash(or just shower), it'll keep your scalp nice and loose!

post #320 of 376

I finally chopped some length off.

 

There's a picture BEFORE (not the best, but you can kinda see where my waist is and where the hair goes):

 

A close up:

 

How much I look off:

 

 

A whole handful:

 

 

And... I haven't taken a picture of what's left yet.  Oops!

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