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Dready Mamas - End 2008

post #1 of 208
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Since we were 30 pages in I thought I would start a new dready thread for the end of the year...how can I post pics? Do I have to post them to a website first or can I attach them directly?

I also have a question...do your dreads have "growth spurts"? Sometimes it seems as if the dreads are going nowhere and than all of the sudden one day they lock up like crazy and make a lot of progress. I pretty much leave them alone except for separating and washing...thoughts?
post #2 of 208
I wish my dreads had growth spurts. They just keep locking tighter and tighter and shrinking But I love them just the same and am glad I didn't cut them off last month :

Wow, is it me or did this year fly by??????
post #3 of 208
I hope my dreads have growth spurts. Right now the backcombing has mostly come out. I am not feeling very hopeful yet. Last night DH asked if we should just comb them out.

On the upside, they are mostly not dreaded so I can still get my hair into a ponytail if I need to look normal. lol
post #4 of 208
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Originally Posted by turnipmama View Post
Since we were 30 pages in I thought I would start a new dready thread for the end of the year...how can I post pics? Do I have to post them to a website first or can I attach them directly?

I also have a question...do your dreads have "growth spurts"? Sometimes it seems as if the dreads are going nowhere and than all of the sudden one day they lock up like crazy and make a lot of progress. I pretty much leave them alone except for separating and washing...thoughts?
You CAN stick them on a website first...For some reason I thought we weren't supposed to post pics directly in our posts?? Though sometimes people do...Hmmm....
post #5 of 208
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Originally Posted by Buddhamom View Post
I wish my dreads had growth spurts. They just keep locking tighter and tighter and shrinking But I love them just the same and am glad I didn't cut them off last month :

Wow, is it me or did this year fly by??????

Ha, it flew and it crawled. It was one of the hardest years of my life --the transition from one kiddo to two when the first was under 2 and the new baby wanted to be held 24-7 and refuesed to sleep was really.really.REALLY hard for me.
post #6 of 208
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Originally Posted by Nemesis View Post
I hope my dreads have growth spurts. Right now the backcombing has mostly come out. I am not feeling very hopeful yet. Last night DH asked if we should just comb them out.

On the upside, they are mostly not dreaded so I can still get my hair into a ponytail if I need to look normal. lol
How long have you had them in? Your hair looked in the pics like it started pretty straight?? Mine have been forming for 3 months, but I have the kind of hair where it would dread itself if I didn't condition and untangle it every couple of days. With the baby being young, there were a couple of times I had just done a wash-n-go and the next time I went to wash my hair I had to rip the mats out of it! haha. All that to say, it's probably going to take a while...

BTW, I am still somehow managing to get mine into a ponytail too (yes, a messy one!) and nobody had noticed yet...
post #7 of 208
Wanted to add that I wore my dreads down yesterday for the first time. I pulled up the top half since we're still working on sectioning and tidying it, and wore the bottom half down. I took pics to share with you guys, but will have to do it later bc I have a tiny toddler attached to my boob at the moment...:
post #8 of 208
We put three more in this evening. One in the space around my right ear, where it had already made itself but was really loose at the roots and tip. DH backcombed it and rolled it till his hands hurt. Then there was a big mat on the right side/top of my head and DH made a line between them to evenly section them, and I RIPPED them apart, which makes them so nice and ready to dread, they are like velcro with all the little ripped hairs in them LOL. Anyway, I ripped and he backcombed them really quick and rolled them and they are already at or surpassing the ones which he backcombed and palmrolled from regular hair a couple months ago. That strikes me as funny.

The biggest challenge so far has been the TIME. I cannot see them on my own head to section, backcomb and roll, so I have been relying on DH to do it...but we have so few moments together alone and seldom big chunks of time (an hour or more) which is needed to work on the dreads...This evening we did it while watching House on Fox on Demand and preschooler was asleep upstairs and baby was asleep in the MT on my front.

Anyway, let me count them...ok...I currently have 12 with hair for 5-10 more depending on how thick we go...

K, just wanted to update.
post #9 of 208
I can't wait for pics, Blucactus!

We backcombed mine two weeks ago. I am just discouraged by the amount of hair that won't stay backcombed, I guess. Most of the days I feel okay, but yesterday DH said something about how they didn't look very good... and that made me feel pretty self concious.
Plus, DDs hair is perfect for dreads. She had mature looking dreads in like.. a month! I am jealous, and I don't really have anybody else to compare to... I need some dready friends.
post #10 of 208
Thread Starter 
It's pretty normal for backcombed sections to fall out and loosen a little. They will re-dread on their own, it's kind of like the hair has to get comfortable, kwim?
Also, don't backcomb more than once or twice, you may pull out dreads that were starting to form on their own. It is so hard to be patient, but in a couple of months you will be amazed at the results!
post #11 of 208
thanks, turnipmama! I have some days where I feel good about them, and days when I don't love them as much!

Patience... patience...

Oh, and my pics I uploaded to photobucket (www.photobucket.com) and then copied/pasted the img tags for the pictures. I also have flickr and it's easy to just link to here. I really love flickr.
post #12 of 208
Hi all! I'm gonna do it! I am soooo excited!!! A good friend of mine has some dready friends and is going to ask them if they can do mine. I have longish thick curly hair that I hardly ever brush and always tie up so I cant wait to be proud of my hair.

Can I join you lovely ladies?
post #13 of 208
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Originally Posted by Nemesis View Post
We backcombed mine two weeks ago. I am just discouraged by the amount of hair that won't stay backcombed, I guess.
Mine is doing the same thing! I have fine, straight hair, which forms knots really easily on it's own, but a day or two after back combing, most of it comes out, and forms it's own frizzy mess, all grown together. So frustrating!
I hope you're right about the hair re-dreading on it's own, Turnipmma. That was good to hear. I'm just hoping my hair isn't the exception.
post #14 of 208
Okay, I need advice!!

I am getting sort of a "bald spot" look right at the top of my crown. Like the dreads are moving apart back there, sort of. I am not explaining this right! lol

Tonight I am going to wash and have DH help me out, but I am not sure what I should ask him to do!
I also have a lot of extra/loose hair. Should I encourage more dreads, or try to combine them with some bigger dreads?

Oh, and please(!) remind me to not freak out. This is what is suppose to happen! My hair looks messy, it's ok! I will upload a pic, if I can. It's hard to see what is going on, because my hair is so dark.
post #15 of 208
I had a strange patch, too. It went away, but I don't know when - I just noticed one day that it wasn't there anymore...

Hang in there - it's worth it!
post #16 of 208
Hi mamas,
I've been lurking on the dread threads for a while and thought i'd pop in with a question. I just backcombed my dreads in 3 days ago and so far i am pleaslently suprised at how good they look (as long as i ignore the frizzys at the tops). anyway i was wondering how long i'm supposed to wait before i try to wash them? Tia for any advice.

-Sarah
post #17 of 208
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Originally Posted by Melly24 View Post
Hi all! I'm gonna do it! I am soooo excited!!! A good friend of mine has some dready friends and is going to ask them if they can do mine. I have longish thick curly hair that I hardly ever brush and always tie up so I cant wait to be proud of my hair.

Can I join you lovely ladies?
Yes. Welcome! :
post #18 of 208
Welcome, Sarah!!!

I waited about 10 days. I have heard anything from 4-5 days to two weeks. Pretty much, as long as you can stand it!

OrganicSister suggested making a spray from apple cider, water and rosemary oil and that has helped a lot with my scalp being itchy.
post #19 of 208
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I have gotten two random complements in two days from strangers.: Sorry, had to brag, anyone else get some love for their dreads lately? please share!
post #20 of 208
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I have gotten two random complements in two days from strangers.: Sorry, had to brag, anyone else get some love for their dreads lately? please share!
Nope. I've only had two people even NOTICE yet, bc the front is still "normal" looking enough and the back is not very noticable in a ponytail bc the ends still look mostly like hair and not dreads sticking out of there. We are working on the sides/front this weekend so I'm thinking this weekend it will become really obvious. Glad for you that you're getting a good response to them! Do you live in an area where it's common to see dreads or no?
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