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I found that after the initial backcombing, twist and rip would work better on the ones that got loose.  Koru, everyone's get loopy.  You'll likely go thru several different loopy stages.  Learn to love your loops, and wrap the ones you can't deal with.  I still have quite a few loops.  I'll see if I can get a pic for you in a bit.

 

Also, Koru, you mentioned trying to get your dreads to knot at the scalp.  Um, mine don't.  I have an inch or more of hair that is not knotted at the base of each of mine.  It grows, then knots and shrinks as it gets longer, and just joins in with the rest of the dread eventually.  It is a continuous thing.  Be patient.  Let them develop their own mind to some degree so you won't be fighting them all the time.  As they develop, you'll understand more about what I'm saying.  You haven't even dipped further than your toes yet in this dready journey.  :o)  It's really cool to watch them grow with you.

 

 


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Also, Koru, you mentioned trying to get your dreads to knot at the scalp.  Um, mine don't.  I have an inch or more of hair that is not knotted at the base of each of mine.  It grows, then knots and shrinks as it gets longer, and just joins in with the rest of the dread eventually.  It is a continuous thing.  Be patient.  Let them develop their own mind to some degree so you won't be fighting them all the time.  As they develop, you'll understand more about what I'm saying.  You haven't even dipped further than your toes yet in this dready journey.  :o)  It's really cool to watch them grow with you.

 

 



This is very good to know! Thanks! I fiddled with my hair yesterday, salt spraying & palm rolling, and resisted the urge to backcomb. I'll definitely relax on my obsession with loose roots & let them knot as they go. 

 

I'm obviously preoccupied with my hair these days because I've had 2 hair dreams within the last week. Last night I dreamt that a huge section of my hair was totally unknotted & silky smooth...and I wanted to cry. A few nights ago, though, I had an awesome dream that a super hot guy was playing with my hair. Haha! That must've been when I was feeling pretty good about things. :)


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Here's what I mean by loopy.

 

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I kind of like loops.  They seem to give the dreads a bit of character.

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Oooh yes, I have those (but not so tight). Quite a few, actually. I don't mind them much either. 

 

Today is an impatient day. I'm wanting these babies to be knotty & tight & not have to worry about them. I actually had a couple at the base of my neck almost completely unravel. Eek! I'm working on a blog post about why I'm doing what I'm doing & hopefully start processing this craziness I've embarked on. Has anyone else written about their journey? I'd love to read about it! (But maybe not until I write my own story as to not be influenced. :))


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Oh, no, that's not what I meant by loopy, Chicky - your loops are pretty, I'd be happy with those! Some of mine are over an inch (like the loop is over an inch thick/wide) and LOOPY! Like, you can see the actual "loop", including an open circle in the middle! Some have 4 or 5 loops in them. It makes them look weird, IMO anyway. It also makes them shrink incredible amounts. Hate em. A lot. :( They look more like, "comb your hair!" than dreads and they're flat. Luckily it's not like that w/all of them, or I'd cut a bunch. Actually I prob will cut some (loops, not dreads!)

 

Sorry that was a downer, oops! Expecting a baby any day now and everything's making me upset, lol! I'm sure they're not as bad as I think


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yippiehippie, you should be resting and not worrying about your loops, lol.  So exciting that you are about to have a baby.  I'm past that in my life now (sniff, sniff, I'll never nurse, wet nurse, or pump for anyone again), but man am I gonna be an awesome grandmother one day.

 

After that sweet baby is here and you are up to doing more (or while you are nursing, have a friend help), just wrap those biggest loops w/embroidery floss and leave 'em alone for at least a month.  They'll go away.  Or get a pretty bead that you can slide up and down your dread.  I have one that I just slide from one loop to the next for awhile and it gets rid of the loops.  My loops used to be like you are describing yours. 

 

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Chicky2, that was an awesome response & you're cool!

 

If anyone wants to read my latest blogging adventure to answer "the dreaded question" of why I knotted up my hair, I just wrote a little ditty....http://spiralsojourn.blogspot.com/ 

 

Again, I'd love to hear all your reasonings & motives!


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I tried to look at your blog but it told me that it doesn't exist.

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Hmmmm. That's odd. It said the same for me when I clicked on the link. Let's try it again.... http://spiralsojourn.blogspot.com/

 


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I am so NOT techno savvy but even though the link looks like the exact same address, it worked for me that time. Hope it works for you because I'd love feedback & hear others stories.


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The new link works :)  Thanks for sharing.  I'd like to get my story up sometime, but I'm making no commitments.  I always have at least one baby and sometimes two in my lap trying to nurse when I'm on the computer, so typing long thoughtful responses is not usually an option for me.  Your dreads look great in your pictures, mama!  Mine are in a huge frizzy phase, just going crazy right now.  I'm trying to just wait it out and let them knot up naturally from here on out and see what happens but there are days when I think I might just like to try to comb them all out bc it looks so messy, lol.   

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yippiehippie, you should be resting and not worrying about your loops, lol.  So exciting that you are about to have a baby.  I'm past that in my life now (sniff, sniff, I'll never nurse, wet nurse, or pump for anyone again), but man am I gonna be an awesome grandmother one day.

 

After that sweet baby is here and you are up to doing more (or while you are nursing, have a friend help), just wrap those biggest loops w/embroidery floss and leave 'em alone for at least a month.  They'll go away.  Or get a pretty bead that you can slide up and down your dread.  I have one that I just slide from one loop to the next for awhile and it gets rid of the loops.  My loops used to be like you are describing yours. 

 

Happy birthing!

Thanks:) I'll keep y'all updated if this kid ever decides to come out!!

And I love that bead idea!
 

 


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Ack! These dreads are driving me crazy lately! My fine straight hair is a knotty frizzy mess and I need to take some serious time fiddling with it. Many of the dreadies have unknotted 3-4 inches from my scalp & loose hairs are everywhere. I've been palm rolling with aloe as much as possible but I'm simply not used to putting so much time & energy into my hair. I keep looking into the future when the maintenance eases up.......

 

I don't time this morning but I'll definitely be washing & salt spraying & palm rolling & all that jazz this afternoon. Wish me luck! 


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Koru,
I mean this in the gentlest sense possible. Relax! Tis a journey, not an immediate beauty with dreads. Let them be, and grow. Get a head wrap or five for the days you can't stand the frizz....mine are almost a year old and there are days I love and days I hate, but they are almost always pulled back off my face. I worried about the roots not dreading (like a three inch undreamed bit) and the next day they too started to dread.... Separate them occasionally, pull them back when they are too frizzy, and enjoy the ride smile.gif

This is my third try and each other time I cut them off a few months in bc of the frizz, so this time I committed to a year. Glad I did, bc there have been days I would have cut them all had I not made the commitment to myself to wait and see....

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Anno, thank you. redface.gif I was at a low point this morning but after a calm afternoon shower (shaved my legs for the first time in a looooong while....ha!), I played with my hair & feel much better. No, it doesn't look perfect but just separating the mess & somewhat taming it, I feel more relaxed. I should add that before dreads, I had long straight hair that was washed, combed & let be. Having to tend to my hair once a week feels like a bit much.....but I fully realize it's nothing compared to most folk! I do need to chill with my worry, though, that the unknotted roots will ruin everything. Today I realized that some of them are 1/2 undone!? There's no way I'll give up & cut them after only couple months (I've already told my kids it'll be at least 2 years!) but I really need to learn to love them, as is. I actually do love them. I wear them up all the time when I'm out of the house, headband or bandana, but try to keep them loose when I'm around the house so they knot up easier. 

 

I learned one thing today that I'd love to share. Some of my dreads are loopy loopy & because I don't have a crochet hook, I didn't know what to do besides let them be. Well today, when I was palm rolling, I discovered that if I started at the bottom & rolled UP (not continuously but little sections at a time up the dread) the loops shrunk. It makes perfectly good sense because it seems the loops form as the roots unknot & the loose hairs relax down the dread. If I knot them from the bottom up, the loopy hairs push back up the dread. Does that make sense? I still have dozens of little loops which is perfectly fine but I'm hoping this technique encourages upward dreading!

 

 


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Hi mamas! 

 

Koru~ some thoughts on your dreadies... I agree with canadian granola... its definitely a journey, and a journey of spirit and if I may humbly say, a bit of loss of ego (not saying that you have too much--not trying to say that!! just explaining what my journey was like).  I went through years of gawky looks, and whispers.  People at my work spread rumors that I wasn't taking care of myself.  It was hard.  But, over time people also learned more of who I WAS... my personality got to shine, if that makes sense and the dreads are part of my personality.  and in the end, it was great.... the greatest actually! ! 

 

Now technically, I would suggest just trying to keep them separate, don't worry if they 'start' to unravel, as long as you keep everything separated it WILL knot up eventually.  might knot up at different times and dreads are going to become different lengths at first.  Separation is so so key.  the loops... ah the loops.  They will appear and they will blend in and tighten in and up. ... and then more will appear and blend in. and on and on... and ten years later more loops will appear! !  you don't really have to do anything... except... wait. :) 

 

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... and a note on my journey... when I would get frustraed I would always come back to my reason for doing it... like I said, letting my inside vibe out... but also no longer letting anyone or anything KEEP ME from letting my inner attitudes be known to anyone and everyone.  Its hard to describe exactly, but I kept coming back to that and how important it was for me to have that transformation.  

 

 


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I think. The separating really helps knot the roots up as well bc as you separate them, you are ripping wee little hairs, so the frizz is what actually dreads into the roots to become dreaded in the end?.....so maybe looking at fuzzy head as a step on the way to dreaded roots is key?....
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Hi mamas! 

 

Koru~ some thoughts on your dreadies... I agree with canadian granola... its definitely a journey, and a journey of spirit and if I may humbly say, a bit of loss of ego (not saying that you have too much--not trying to say that!! just explaining what my journey was like).  I went through years of gawky looks, and whispers.  People at my work spread rumors that I wasn't taking care of myself.  It was hard.  But, over time people also learned more of who I WAS... my personality got to shine, if that makes sense and the dreads are part of my personality.  and in the end, it was great.... the greatest actually! ! 

 

Now technically, I would suggest just trying to keep them separate, don't worry if they 'start' to unravel, as long as you keep everything separated it WILL knot up eventually.  might knot up at different times and dreads are going to become different lengths at first.  Separation is so so key.  the loops... ah the loops.  They will appear and they will blend in and tighten in and up. ... and then more will appear and blend in. and on and on... and ten years later more loops will appear! !  you don't really have to do anything... except... wait. :) 

 

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... and a note on my journey... when I would get frustraed I would always come back to my reason for doing it... like I said, letting my inside vibe out... but also no longer letting anyone or anything KEEP ME from letting my inner attitudes be known to anyone and everyone.  Its hard to describe exactly, but I kept coming back to that and how important it was for me to have that transformation.  

 

 


Thank you! I knew this would be a journey....but perhaps not so prepared for my lack of knowledge about what to do along the way. Less is more, less is more, less is more. 

 


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Does anybody else cut the sleeves off old t-shirts to use as a dreadband?  I really like the feel of them!

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One day in my dread journey, I woke up and realized I actually had real dreads.  I suspect you (Koru) will wake up one day to the same realization.  ;o)  I think it was around 5 months?

 

I use t-shirt sleeves and love them too.  I use one for when I'm putting my dreads back in a ponytail.  Holds better than anything else I've found, except tying the dreads themselves, of course.

 

I realized the other day that my dreads look like they are finally starting to get longer!  Yay!  My husband noticed, too.  That is what I'm sometimes impatient about w/my dreads.  I feel weird with short-looking hair because I've had long hair for years and years.  Plus they were recently in this stage where they'd get stuck on the collar of my fav. hoodies and curl funny.  It was rather annoying, but now they aren't doing it as much.

 

BTW, Koru, nice to know you think I'm cool, lol.  Somehow my 2 oldest dds have hit that stage where they think anything but, lol.  My oldest has Aspergers and has gone thru a holistic healing protocol for her co morbids.  The healing that has happened has made her go thru her teen years (she's 23) to some degree, complete with eye rolling.  At least their friends think I'm cool, lol!  What do my kids know at this point anyway?

 

Looking forward to seeing how much more my dreads will protect my head from my bees this Spring.  I discovered last year that if I pile them just so, there's no way a stinger can reach my scalp.  Last year I also discovered that a new bee suit was in order, rather than just a veil.  Having boobs made my veil harder to close properly and I found out what happens when bees get stuck in your dreads! 


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I'm so ready to be at that real dread stage! (And today is only the 5 week mark. HA!) I had a huge moment of inspiration today, though, when I saw a woman with the most beautiful dreads today. They were so long & tight & it was reassuring to see the roots completely unknotted. She had them pulled back & I loved it. Someday, someday. 

 

Did I already ask what you all use to wash your hair? I've been using BS & ACV but it makes my scalp so flakey!? I've been alternating BS/ACV with a special dread shampoo I bought online but I'd love to find something in between. Are there any non-residue shampoos sold in stores that don't have SLS?


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I'm in the process of growing out a pixie cut, but man this thread is inspiring. I've wanted dreads for a long time, and I think it will be my time soon. What do you all do for a living, if you don't mind me asking? I'm about a year out from being a college professor. I've seen some pretty "unique" teachers at the universities I've attended. Do you think it would be a deterrent if I were to have dreads? Should I wait until after  I'm hired somewhere?

 

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I have no words of wisdom for that one, Shying Violet. I'm an unemployed RN, SAHM, working very part time as a birth doula & my hair isn't really an employment issue. I may be naive but I don't think you should let it stop you. There are beautifully lovely ways to wear dreads that aren't too hippy & wild looking. I say, be who you are & let them see your light shine! If I were trying to get a nursing job, I wouldn't change my hair. smile.gif


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I have no words of wisdom for that one, Shying Violet. I'm an unemployed RN, SAHM, working very part time as a birth doula & my hair isn't really an employment issue. I may be naive but I don't think you should let it stop you. There are beautifully lovely ways to wear dreads that aren't too hippy & wild looking. I say, be who you are & let them see your light shine! If I were trying to get a nursing job, I wouldn't change my hair. smile.gif



Hey congrats on becoming an RN! I hope to start a BSN program this fall:) I am aprehensive about dreading my hair again until I get a solid acceptance letter and an offer for a job as a CNA near the campus. Are you unemployed by choice or because the nursing shortage is a straight up hoax? I'm considering taking an online doula course over the summer to up my chances of finding work as I eventually want to go on to become a CNM. One of my concerns is if after I dread my hair again (I've had four sets I think) that it would soak up smells while I am on the floor. Okay sorry for the totally non dread relaited post, but on the knotty side my 4 yo dd has stopped letting anyone brush her hair and now has three mini dreads forming in the back. I'm going to have her wear a hankerchief or scarf when she goes to preschool tomorrow:) If she goes through with it I'll have to copy her!


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I'm unemployed by choice.....DD1 wouldn't take a bottle so I kept pushing back my return date & after 6 months, we realized we could live on my husband's teacher salary so I quit. I now homeschool/unschool our 3 kids & I love life! I say, if you really want dreads again, start 'em while you're in school so when it's time to job hunt, they'll be established & not so frizzy like mine. Ha! Then again, there are so many pretty head wraps. I just cringe to think of someone being discriminated against because of their hair. I suppose it happens but if one goes into an interview confident & qualified....and dressed appropriately, right?.....I can't see why it should be an issue. Maybe I live in an idealists world, though!

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I'm also a SAHM so it's not really an issue for me.  I may go back to school in the fall to take some night courses since they just opened a midwifery school in our state (headed up by my midwife!)  But I don't think that having dreads would affect that at all.  Good luck to you :)

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I work as a zookeeper and my dreads haven't been in an issue. I just came to work with them one day and no one said anything :)

 

I keep my hair pulled back, wrapped up or under a hat most of the time. My hair picks up some smells, depending on where and which animals I'm working with that day but it doesn't stick to them for long. I wash my dreads twice a week and keep a spritzer with essential oils handy in case I notice any stray work odors. So far, so good!


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I'm bored and little man just fell asleep nursing. My oldest left a metal comb on her stuffed doggie. It was right next to me so... yeah um now I have about a dozen backcombed masses on my head! Yay, I hope little man takes a looong nap so I can finish up today. lol


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Haha! Nice job, mamayogibear! It has to start somewhere, right? Keep us posted on your progress, k?

 

ShadowMoon, love that you're a zookeeper! And interesting about your dreads holding scents. I keep reading about this but I'm not around anything too crazy odorous so I haven't noticed anything yet. And my middle child, DD2, has been attached to my hair since birth. Yes, she would play with it while nursing, smell it while sucking her thumb & snuggle up in it to sleep. When I first had my hair knotted up & waxed a bit, she was horrified! Even though I washed out the wax on day two because I freaked out about using it, apparently the scent remained for a couple weeks. She's now back to her thumb sucking & hair sniffing ways. Ha!

 

And I'm amazed at how quickly my hair & scalp adapted to so little stimulation. I wash with baking soda about 3 times a week (no ACV to keep my hair dry) and I rarely, if ever, have any itching or flaking. I did for the first couple weeks but I honestly thought it would last much longer. *phew* 

 

One more thing.....I love my hair. love.gif The more unkempt & irregular it gets, the more I love it. The roots are unknotted & usually frizzy, the dreads are uneven sizes & shapes, the tips are still thin & stringy and I have loops galore....but it's amazing. Most days I just separate everything at the roots & after washing my hair I do a bit of palm rolling to encourage the stray hairs to incorporate. My dread wives are appalled that it looks so crazy after all their hard work but I've been trying to ease their minds that this is just how it works.....I hope!

 

 


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