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post #381 of 529
Would any of you mamas like a plain black recycled tee dread band? I have one kicking around and would like to give it to someone who could put it to good use. PM me!
post #382 of 529
so,if I wanted to start dreads..where would I start?How do I know if my hair is long enough?How did you decide if they'd look OK on you??
post #383 of 529
I want to dread. My hair is driving me crazy and I'm ready for a major change. But honestly where do I begin??
post #384 of 529
new question...dread kits,yay or nay?do i really need one?
post #385 of 529
Thread Starter 
where to begin? dread kits?
I'd say begin by not brushing or conditioning your hair and don't need a dread kit. but I'm a neglect-dread mama from way back.

DD cut off one of her dreads tonight. seemed she just felt like chopping one. more likely wanted to play with the scissors
we're going to henna her hair again tomorrow.
post #386 of 529
Dread kits are nice, they get you started, but thats about it.

Honestly, IMO you need a back comb and some rubber bands. So unless you a a lucky duck and live by knottyboy in Vancouver, just get those two things at the grocery. Now, it's nice to have some of the tightening jell, and some people like the wax, but everything else they sell is just niceties.

My dreads were started with a kit, If I had to do it again, I wouldn't use the kit. You aren't going to get perfect dreads from a kit. You have to get them started and motivated, then let them do their own thing.

Like I say a million times a day. anything you do with/to your dreads is merely a suggestion! You want them to dread? Suggest they dread a certain way, you want to pull them back? tie something around most of them and hope the rest follow suit.

dreads do what they want. It's their hot body
post #387 of 529
We didn't use a kit. DH used a flea comb he bought at Walmart. We found the teeth are much closer together and makethem tighter than the one that you buy from Dread Headquarters. DH just divided up the hair and banded it, then took the bands out as he did each dread, then I put them back in afterward. I didn't wash for 1 1/2 weeks. DH also palm rolled them every night. After that DH started palm rolling them with the Knotty Boy locking gel after I washed it and it dried. We did not use wax for two reasons. 1) everyone said not to and 2) mainly because we are vegan :

BTW, my dreads are still in and I am feeling MUCH better and out of the funk! I think the cooler weather has lifte my spirits and made me thing about cooler days :

Kriket, not sure if I mentioned this before, but my DD was adopted (as you can probably tell by the picture). We got her at 3 days old and I sucessfully breast fed her until she was almost 3 yrs. old! I wish you a lot of love and peace on your journey. Also, we got her less than 2 weeks after signing with our agency
post #388 of 529
segata: We used a dread kit but it really wasn't worth it. The only thing I liked was the comb and the free shower cap they threw in. It even came with beads but I didn't like 'em.

I say find a comb, some dr bronners soap and go with that.

bemommy and segata: I began with watching the "how to" video on youtube that knottyboy puts out on backcombing (but if I could do it over, I'd ignore the wax advice; that crap does not wash out for months). Then I waited a few weeks and read stuff online and then went for it.

I never worried how they'd look because for me there was a lot of spiritual meaning to getting my dreads and part of that was the letting go of "how I look". Coincidentally everyone told me I looked best with them and they now can't picture me without them. lol

Oh and I think you have to have between 3-6 inches to start. My bangs were about 4 inches and fell out so I now have long sections of straight hair in the front that aren't doing any dreading on their own. I'm trying to just ignore them.

Good luck guys!
post #389 of 529
proudly dreadlocked rastawoman for three years. Soon to be mommy of beautiful dreadlocked baby
post #390 of 529
Thread Starter 
nice to meet u
post #391 of 529
To anyone who has done an apple cider vinegar rinse:

Why the heck can't I get the ACV smell outta my hair!?
post #392 of 529
Hmm. Did you dilute it pretty well before using it? I stopped using the ACV. I just wash with 1 tb baking soda dissolved in 1 c warm water. My hair looks so thick and healthy and not overly dry,
post #393 of 529
Hey ladies!

Dh is working on my hairs right now. Neating things up & putting some new ones in. I am sitting here at the computer & thought it would be funny to post here while he is torturing my hair. :
post #394 of 529
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Originally Posted by MoonStarFalling View Post
Hmm. Did you dilute it pretty well before using it? I stopped using the ACV. I just wash with 1 tb baking soda dissolved in 1 c warm water. My hair looks so thick and healthy and not overly dry,
Erm. No.

I did try washing with baking soda once but my hair seemed so oily. How is yours? Did it take some getting used to?
post #395 of 529
just wanted to chime in that I've just started un-shampooing but I have done apple cider vinegar rinses on my hair for years,and you really have to dilute.Probably one tenth ACV to water(ratio).As far as the baking soda for washing I probably use that same ratio for it also.I plunk about a tablespoon baking soda into a 16 oz cup of warm water
post #396 of 529
Thread Starter 
we hennaed DD's dreads, I posted a pic to the mdc dread flickr group
post #397 of 529
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Originally Posted by sammysmammy View Post
just wanted to chime in that I've just started un-shampooing but I have done apple cider vinegar rinses on my hair for years,and you really have to dilute.Probably one tenth ACV to water(ratio).As far as the baking soda for washing I probably use that same ratio for it also.I plunk about a tablespoon baking soda into a 16 oz cup of warm water
Good to know for next time. Anything I can do about the smell for now? I can't seem to wash it out!
post #398 of 529
so my dreadies are gettin on towards 7 months old and are mostly tight but boy are there some crazy loops ive been pulling the dreads back through the loops and that seems to be working but id really like to know how to felt the loose hairs in do you just take a felting needle a stick it in and out of the dread where there are loose hairs hanging off of it? ill take a pic and show you guys and maybe i can get some pointers to clean em up a bit cause i havent touched them since may no palmrolling nothing so i think they could use some work but i dont know where to start
post #399 of 529
Ok I'm done talking about it. I'm going to do it. I posted that back at the end of May but life got crazy and it just wasn't the time. I'm ready now. I think. I have a tester in in my bang area and so far I like it. DH will be out of town tomorrow so I think I may start tomorrow. I may wait until Monday though....just so I don't have a ton of brand new dreads for church. I don't really want to look too much of a mess.

That said, if I start tonight/tomorrow do I need to wash my hair before hand? I washed it about 2sh days ago and my roots are just now starting to get a bit oily. I'm afraid if I wash it nothing will hold well (I'm going to back comb...neglect method isn't for me) but I also don't want grody dirty starts yk?

And do I need to section? Or can I just grab hair in what seems to be a good enough spot/placement?

I just added two more. I think I'm starting tonight/tomorrow. :
post #400 of 529
Mamas, I am feeling down and second-guessing myself. I hate the stage they are at right now. And I am second-guessing if I have the patience to wait a year or more till I feel like I look presentable...till they look like 'dreads' instead of just a horrible rats nest poofing around...I hate that I worry about how I look, but I still do....
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