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Happy Homesteading Homeschooling Homebirthing Beekeeping Dready (& a bit redneck even) Mama to 4 fab kids : dd (23), dd (13), ds (11), dd (5)
Hey ladies, how many dreads do you have?
I had, I would say, around 100. But I have been busy and tired and havent been separating them like I should and they have knotted together like crazy. So much I couldnt pull them apart if I tried. So I just gave in and made about 30 bigger ones, combining 3-6 dreads together. Then I have all the ones that are still forming around my hair line. So I may have 50ish....
I always wanted smaller dreads but I just cant maintain them like I would have to. I feel so much better now that they are bigger. I dont feel I will have too much trouble with them. At least I hope not, if many more stick together Ill have one big dread.
They will start out large and soft and fluffy for the most part. There should be a few really good solid parts, too, if you back comb thoroughly enough. After time, they will get tighter and harder and look thin for a while. Generally most dreads will then start to shrink and get pretty loopy - which is totally normal and part of the process. In my experience, after the loopy stage dreads can actually start to thicken up pretty good! A lot of my dreads became gnarly and thick after the loopy stage, maybe you've seen a really beautiful mature set and you know what I mean?
I know it is just a crappy FB pic but my friend was snapping a few maternity pics while my DP spun some fire poi. I love the weird texture in my dreads in this one!
The dreads are 9.5 years old.
Ok, I took a couple pics.
This one, all the dreads are pulled to the front.
Here's the back.
As they grow in/ get messier at the roots I'm hoping they'll look more cohesive. And hopefully as my hair grows back they'll fill in and be a bit thicker/fuller.
I was playing around with styling and I think I found something that will look tidy for our closing this Friday. I braided them and then tucked the end under and pinned it, then tied a scarf/bandanna over my head to cover the roots. Loved the look of them braided together!
Great start! I think they really suit you well! If you want them to lock up more at the roots, Here is a video I made a long time ago with some tips for roots! I say it isn't a long term solution, but since then I've found that if you repeat this method enough times, good things happen! Good luck!!
Love your loops, ladies! I know they seem crazy and untidy and you may think about different ways to get rid of them but don't! Not only are they an EXCELLENT sign your dreads are tightening up, you only get to experience the really loopy stage once! Love them for the phase they are in!!
here's some recent pics of my dreads which may be NSFW but are actually quite modest
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