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post #401 of 529
Ps. in May my hair was longer than it had been in 10 years and I cut at least 6 inches off it and have been regretting it ever since. Then I figured since I regretted that, I would regret not doing dreads which I have wanted for forever. But now that I am in the midst of that, I am wondering if I should just make it easy on myself and cut my hair SHORT after all....Ah, I am such an undecided, self-concious mess...
post #402 of 529
Majik, LOVE the henna!!!!! :

Blucactus, I was in a funk an wanted to cut a few weeks ago and the best advice was to wait. I am now out of the funk and in love with them again. So my suggestion is to wait a few weeks and see how you feel
post #403 of 529
treqi: try palm-rolling the loops. that really seems to help mine. I mean I still have them but I can see a difference in them after some vigorous palm-rolling. Here's my latest pic http://www.flickr.com/photos/2669696...7605132381719/

Blucactus: I agree with Buddhamom. When in doubt, sleep on it for a long while. Maybe do some maintenance on them, get a new dread wrap or keep pulling them back and out of sight. Give it some more time and if you're still doubting it you can always take the plunge later. But if you cut now you'll always wonder how they would have looked in a month or 3 months. You can always cut, but you can't get them back as quickly if you regret it.

OtherMother: I washed mine prior to dreading with a non-residue soap to get it nice and frizzy. I also sectioned but only one row at a time. You can see how mine looked thru the whole process on my Flickr acct above. We used wax the first time which I really regret. Still trying to wash it out. Good luck!
post #404 of 529
treqi... I would crochet the loose ones in like this.

OtherMother'n'Madre...Wash your hair before hand just don't use conditioners. Knotty boy has a nice video just don't listen to the part about using wax.

blucactus....My hair is at a really tough stage right now too. It's looking much more ratty and frizzy than I think I can handle lol. I wore a bandanna today for the first time in a little while. Hopefully they start settling down soon. Pressing on takes courage I think. I think it's a journey I'd like to finish. I hope you find a path that works for you.
post #405 of 529
Organicsister I adore your dreads! I found your pics awhile back and fell in love with them. You are just so gorgeous!

I'm waiting a couple days to do this but am so excited! I'm going to add some color to my hair. I just joined facebook and found a bunch of high school friends and am feeling so dumpy and gross and am needing a new look. Hopefully this is as satisfying as I'm imagining.
post #406 of 529
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post #407 of 529
Thread Starter 
yay! welcome to our new home everyone!

we re-hennaed dd's dreads and it worked out really well this time
post #408 of 529
the back of my hair won't dread,is it maybe too short?Can I dread the rest of it or will it look stupid??

Speaking of henna,has anyone tried the Henna that Lush sells??
post #409 of 529
I know I've been absent from this thread for awhile, but I wanted to share a picture of my dreads at three months:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3025/...466ded6a_b.jpg

post #410 of 529
And now for some locking fun!

I am training one of my dreads to spiral. My hope is that it will continue to spiral down the front of my shoulder as it grows. This is so much fun! I took some pics but, don't have time to post....I'll post them a little later.
post #411 of 529
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Originally Posted by domesticzookeeper View Post
I know I've been absent from this thread for awhile, but I wanted to share a picture of my dreads at three months:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3025/...466ded6a_b.jpg


I love your dreads. I love your photography too!
post #412 of 529
new thread for september? or shall we wait for the equinox?
post #413 of 529
Thread Starter 
I'm up for waiting till the equinox. this thread isn't too big yet.
I added some new pics to the mdc dread flickr group
post #414 of 529
Aha! Here we are.

Thanks for the encouragement, ladies. I knew you guys would talk me into 'waiting' --I gained a bunch of weight this month too so I am just feeling 'yucky' about the way I look at the moment...


I started using Dr Bronners to help the dread process, and OH MY WORD!! My non-dreaded hairs came out so corkscrew-curly, like I've never seen them! They were wild. Then my dreads did some crazy multiplying tricks on my head.
DH is still working on marking off where they 'should' go, because I wanted some sort of order to them, and we almost never get a chance to work on them, but we are currently at two manmade ones and 4 or 5 neglected ones. With crazy curls and puffy tangles inbetween. I think I will coerce him into doing some major work on them this weekend, and I know I will feel a lot better when they are all little dreadie guys instead of being mixed in with curl and poof. Ya know?
post #415 of 529
Blucactus I had issues with drB leaving my hair really sticky. I was rinsing and rinsing but it didn't help. Did it do that to you? Do people think it's good for dreads because it sticks them together kind of like using wax? I'm unsure if the dr b is good or bad. I have heard people with dreads say both. Either way, it left my hair totally gross. I have hard water now. When I used it before I liked it but I had soft water then.

I'm still on the fence about dreading everything or leaving them mixed in with the curls. I kind of like having mixed hair. I figure some day the underside will grow and dread itself. No signs of that happening now.

Oddly while washing my hair last week one of my front dreads completely unraveled itself. So weird. I decided to put it back in using back comb method. It's my only one using back comb. I don't like how poofy it is but I think it's getting less so. I'm interested to see how it matures.

Several days later I decided to dye my hair as it was much needed. I used professional permanent dye. When I got home I realized the bottle of developer said "now with added conditioners" I figured it was a bad idea but used it anyway. Yep. Bad idea. It made my hair too soft. I have had to do some work on my hair since then. I love the color though, it's just like a plum.
post #416 of 529
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Several days later I decided to dye my hair as it was much needed. I used professional permanent dye. When I got home I realized the bottle of developer said "now with added conditioners" I figured it was a bad idea but used it anyway. Yep. Bad idea. It made my hair too soft. I have had to do some work on my hair since then. I love the color though, it's just like a plum.
I'd love to see a pic!
post #417 of 529
Hey mamas,just wondering if there's something I can put on my hair other than wax to make them look nicer?
post #418 of 529
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Originally Posted by segata View Post
Hey mamas,just wondering if there's something I can put on my hair other than wax to make them look nicer?
Aloe gel work well and washes out.
post #419 of 529
I have been looking for aloe gel (my plant died a while back) and what I found had all sorts of other junk in it. Is there a certain store bought brand you use or do you just take it from the plant?
post #420 of 529
Well I was using Jason's Aloe Gelly. I asked a girl working at Good Food's if they had any 100% aloe and she handed that to me because it had a big 99% on the front of it. After the fact I realized that it was 99% organic, not 99% aloe. However, it did work well for me. I may be going back to it until I can get in an order with Frontier. They have lots of aloe products, I just need to look through and see if I can find the right one since I can't find it anywhere else.
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