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#91 of 376 Old 03-03-2012, 08:41 PM
 
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I think I'm about ready to take the plunge now. I WAS gonna hold off a bit cause it looks like we are gonna pursue adoption (and I didn't want to be judged for my dreads)...however we probably won't be starting the process right away and so just now I decided that it'd be better to start them SOONER rather than later...so that either I find out they aren't for me and I take them out...or they have had a chance to mature and get smoother/prettier/better formed before we get to the point of doing our home study for adoption!!

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I now have around 55 poofy baby dreads! I am thinking of getting a crochet hook to tidy them up. I've never used one on my own locks before only when I've done locks on others. This is soo exciting I'm happy I'm taking the plunge! I figure at the absolute worst I will just keep them until I finish school then have to cut them off to look professional.


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I think I'm about ready to take the plunge now. I WAS gonna hold off a bit cause it looks like we are gonna pursue adoption (and I didn't want to be judged for my dreads)...however we probably won't be starting the process right away and so just now I decided that it'd be better to start them SOONER rather than later...so that either I find out they aren't for me and I take them out...or they have had a chance to mature and get smoother/prettier/better formed before we get to the point of doing our home study for adoption!!



I totally understand what your thinking here. Go for it, having dreads in the spring/summer is really awesome especially if you're near an ocean. Nothing tightens them up more than a dunk in saltwater! Have you decided what method you are going to use?


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I now have around 55 poofy baby dreads! I am thinking of getting a crochet hook to tidy them up. I've never used one on my own locks before only when I've done locks on others. This is soo exciting I'm happy I'm taking the plunge! I figure at the absolute worst I will just keep them until I finish school then have to cut them off to look professional.



Somehow I missed this. Woo too! Post a pic when you have the time.

 

I'm so conflicted about letting my dreads form naturally (after backcombing once). I'm at an a homeschooling conference this weekend & met a guy with the MOST amazing dreads! His wife is the "up keeper" and was telling me about the need to keep backcombing & waxing & maintaining. She backcombed his locs for 6 months! He's had them for 5 years & they are seriously perfect. Every 3 months she tightens the roots with knitting needles (not sure what that's all about) and then wax a bit. I was seriously jealous. My hair is loopy & the roots are unknotting more & more as the days go by. I'm not convinced that "white hair" can dread naturally.....well. I was with one of my "dread wives" when we met this perfectly dreaded dude & she's jonesing to get the comb in my hair, once again. I may let her. After only 2 months, I'm tired of my hair looking half ass. I wash & roll & twist but at the end of the day, it looks like sh*t. :( I don't want to wear a bandana my whole life!


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I'm LOVING my dreadlocks this time around! I have to admit I croched them for about an hour and a half before going to look at apartments and deal with potential landlords. Wax does not equal perfect dreads! I am never touching wax again I used it on my first set when I was fifteen or sixteen. I just ordered some liquid shampoo from dreadlockshampoo.com it's all vegan and profits go to a charity. I wish I had a camera to share some pics on here but my stupid phone won't even take pictures anymore.


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Yeah, well, from what I understand she had to keep messing w/his dreads because they used wax.  Wax just prolongs the actual dreading, doesn't it?  Good clean hair will dread better.  I personally don't think the words *perfect* and *dreads* should not be used together, lol.  5 year old dreads are simply going to look way different than baby dreads.  Your dreads can be as much of a pain as you make them or want them to be.  ;o)

 

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Your hair will dread on its own in time.  But if you want to mess with it, and wax it and comb it and whatnot - go for it.  It's your hair.  And there are several different ways to achieve dreadlocks, or at least a dread lock look.  From what I understand, waxing will make them look like dreads much sooner, but they won't actually be dreads.  Be patient, or don't.  It's up to you and nobody here is going to judge you if you want to fiddle with them.  You may be feeling social pressure to have a neater appearance and that's okay.  By the way I feel your pain.  I think my dreads are only a couple of weeks older than yours - they're incredibly frizzy and have loops all over the place.  I pull mine back into a half ponytail clippy sometimes, and they look okay I think.  I've also got tons of congos I'm not sure what to do about now.  I'd like to just leave them - it hurts to pull them apart but I only had 29 dreads to begin with.  We had the flu all last week and so I kept my hair pulled back into a bun....  and lots of them just melded together.  Oh well!  All part of the process I guess.

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Rainey, have you decided who's doing yours?


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Umm, seriously I haven't really thought about it. I should probably start though.

 


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I will start them for you, Rainey, no problem.

 

Pulling apart dreads in much easier if you do it in the shower.  It hurts WAY less, or at least for me.  So much less, actually, that I won't do it any other way now.


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so i know we are not supposed to talk about other sites on here but i got some locking up liquid off of http://shop.dreadlockshampoo.com/ after reading about it on dreadlock forums and i love it. i have been using acv & bs on my hair for years now and i feel so pampered to use an actual 'product' of some sort on myself! i got the nag champa and it smells awesome. okay sorry if this post is spamy buy omg i love it:)


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Any tips for doing my dreads for job interviews? I am a nursing assistant and live in a rather conservative part of the country now. I would love to just show up with them pulled in a plain colored headband but I'm not sure if that would work. I am pondering getting a Christian looking head covering of some type so they don't see my locks durning the interview. Are there anyones that are big enough to fit 8 inch long dreads under? I still have 'bangs' so if I cover up my locks I can look semi normal. I'm not too worried once I get a job, I'll just go for a plain white or uniform colored headband or pull them into a pony tail. Any suggestions are appreciated:)


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We went to the beach this weekend.  I hope my dreads might have gotten a little tighter from playing in the salt water :)

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Any tips for doing my dreads for job interviews? I am a nursing assistant and live in a rather conservative part of the country now. I would love to just show up with them pulled in a plain colored headband but I'm not sure if that would work. I am pondering getting a Christian looking head covering of some type so they don't see my locks durning the interview. Are there anyones that are big enough to fit 8 inch long dreads under? I still have 'bangs' so if I cover up my locks I can look semi normal. I'm not too worried once I get a job, I'll just go for a plain white or uniform colored headband or pull them into a pony tail. Any suggestions are appreciated:)


Are they long enough to pull back in a pony tail holder? Whenever I where mine like that, people comment that they can barely tell I have dreads. A full head wrap may seem a little odd but maybe that's just me. :)

 

I've read so many conflicting things about white hair dreading, I don't know what to believe. The one thing I'm most focused on right now is that the hair needs to be broken/split to fully knot up. The silky stuff won't do it on it's own. I know everyone keeps saying it'll knot in time but is that really true? Mine have progressed like this - Initial backcombing knotted hair up to scalp. After first washing a few days later, most of them unknotted at least 1/3 of the way down. After a few weeks of keeping them clean & separated, they continued to unknot more. (I used a salt spray at this time, too, but no wax). They continued to unknot except for the very ends until I backcombed most of them again. They are now a bit more knotted & not unraveling as far down but still about 1/2 way for most. I definitely have the urge to backcomb again & I know, I know....perhaps it's just my impatience....but after reading more about it, I'm not convinced that my hair will ever NATURALLY dread. I am seriously not a vain person but I don't want hair that looks like a rat's nest, especially if it will never be fully formed dreadlocks. And I used the word "perfect" in my previous post but I'm seriously not seeking perfection....just dreadlocks! :) As of now, I have a head full of ratty looking hair.


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Yeah I guess you're right I would look a bit odd in a full head wrap.

 

I am under the impression that silky hair does not dread but silky hair stops being silky if not conditioned (including ACV). Also using sea salt as a soak or spray causes the cuticle of the hair shaft to become cracked and broken. The cracks on different hairs begin to mesh together like puzzle pieces causing true knots.

Natural dreadlocks are ratty and nappy for a long time and I loved each set I got that way. After you backcomb there will be lots of kinks and odd progressions of knots forming. If you backcomb again and again it causes the knots to unform slightly each time and start over again in their new location.

This time natural dreadlocks were not for me. I decided to crochet them before I went apartment hunting since I figured with my bad credit I should not give managers another reason too look down upon me and it would be better to have 'pretty dreads' then look unkempt. I plan on crocheting them again in a couple of weeks when I go job hunting.

It is amazing how much more like dreads crocheting makes them look! However you do not want to do it often or close to the roots. This can cause two major problems: traction alopecia and erect snork dreads, lol. So I crocheted starting about an inch down from my scalp and made sure to not pull them too tight when working on them. I know that now they are not totally natural and soaring eagle would flame me for promoting felting dreadlocks but... at least there wax/product free and I like the way they look right now!

Wow, that was quite a rambling I had to say. Oh and another thing, if there are any sections of hair that have completly undreaded you could twist and rip them. T&R really looks like dreads a lot quicker than backcombing . But you have to really twist them randomly or it looks kind of braded and artificial like a macrame necklace kind of.

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Are they long enough to pull back in a pony tail holder? Whenever I where mine like that, people comment that they can barely tell I have dreads. A full head wrap may seem a little odd but maybe that's just me. :)

 

I've read so many conflicting things about white hair dreading, I don't know what to believe. The one thing I'm most focused on right now is that the hair needs to be broken/split to fully knot up. The silky stuff won't do it on it's own. I know everyone keeps saying it'll knot in time but is that really true? Mine have progressed like this - Initial backcombing knotted hair up to scalp. After first washing a few days later, most of them unknotted at least 1/3 of the way down. After a few weeks of keeping them clean & separated, they continued to unknot more. (I used a salt spray at this time, too, but no wax). They continued to unknot except for the very ends until I backcombed most of them again. They are now a bit more knotted & not unraveling as far down but still about 1/2 way for most. I definitely have the urge to backcomb again & I know, I know....perhaps it's just my impatience....but after reading more about it, I'm not convinced that my hair will ever NATURALLY dread. I am seriously not a vain person but I don't want hair that looks like a rat's nest, especially if it will never be fully formed dreadlocks. And I used the word "perfect" in my previous post but I'm seriously not seeking perfection....just dreadlocks! :) As of now, I have a head full of ratty looking hair.



 


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mamayogibear, thank you. What you're saying makes perfect sense & I hope my smooth hair keeps getting drier & drier & knots up easier! Like I said, the bottom half are rock solid knots but they don't seem to be working their way up!? 

 

Today I hate my hair. It varies from day to day but I seriously considered chopping it all off. I started his journey as a path to simplicity but it seems to be a path to ratty hair. Not sure I have the patience to continue but I hope to make it a few more months & see if there's progress........


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My dreads are about to hit their 6th and 8th month mark :)    I had them started with the twist & rip and crochet methods. Since then I've basically left them alone, except for separating and palm-rolling after a shower. I think I'll have some maintenance done later in the summer but for now I'm enjoying the messy look. I have such thin, straight hair normally so I'm just happy for any kind of change. I haven't had much trouble with them beginning to dread on their own, my hair always gets tangled and knotty if left alone. There are some crazy loops and bumps and a bunch of loose hair but I love them anyway :)

 

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Here are my babies at 2.5 months. I'm more content because I took a couple hours & worked on them last week. Salt spray, palm rolling, twisting, etc. They're finally starting to knot up more consistently even though quite a few are still straight about half way down. And there are obviously frizzes everywhere but ah well.....

 

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And here's a "waterfall" shot showing all the various thicknesses & loops & craziness....

 

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Koru, I was reading and about to ask you to post a pic, and now I'm scratching my dreaded head wondering what the fuss is about?  I say this with kindness in my heart--I think you are too impatient!  Your dreads look so awesome!!!  :o)  I was also gonna say just twist and rip and palmroll and forgetaboutit.  TnR was great for me after the initial backcombing.  I did a combo.

 

Shadowmoon, gorgeous dreadies!!!

 

Mine are starting to look longer finally.  Koru, just wait til yours shrink up and then you'll wish for that length back, lol!


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Chicky2, thanks! I was definitely being impatient but again, I was trying to leave them alone & they were looking frizzy & starting to unravel until I actually took some time to maintain. I felt the pressure to be "au naturale" and just let them form but after this past week, I'm convinced that a little bit of attention goes a long way! love.gif At least for me, the obvious impatient one in the group. Lol! 

 

ShadowMoon, your locs are lovely! I meant to say that earlier but got side tracked trying to post my own photo. Oop!

 

 


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Koru, the only reason I had more stuff done to mine at first is because my daughter was at the beginning of her healing protocol and she still had awful OCD and a need to do things with her hands at all times.  My dreads were great therapy for her.  She messed with them once a week, and sometimes for a bit in the evening after work if she needed to.

 

BTW, I still have frizzies everywhere, lol.


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So many lovely locks! I'm so happy to be able to join you in this journey. I'm going the neglect route, and I haven't touched a hairbrush in two weeks today.  I'm so happy I decided to do this! I'm loving this slow process. It's been really interesting to watch my hair changing. First it was just tangled. Then after a few days my hair started kinda sectioning itself... twisting itself into ropes. Now the naturally sectioned ropes are starting to knot up and I feel that the ropes are getting itchy and wooly feeling. 

 

I was already no 'poo a few months before starting this. But I found that the ACV was too conditioning for the little dreadlets. So I have been just using a BS wash every few days
(I know that's a lot of washing, but I live in Florida, it's hot, and I run.) And I sometimes spritz with a homemade unrefined sea salt spray. 
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Koru you're not the only impatient one around here, lol. You just learn to stop worrying about them! It's been 13months (today!) for me and I realize it'll be much, much longer until there where I want them to be. After my babe came mine really shrank and I realized I'd kept my hair down more than usual, so I think that must help a lot. I still have not gotten around to taking a pic for you guys, but the damn loops!! They just make it look so crazy. I'd wrap them w/string, but literally half my head would be wrapped. So I put them back a lot when out and wear a bandana.


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Koru - you're dreads look great in my opinion :)  Similar to mine, messy, loopy with wispy loose hair everywhere. Although I realize that look isn't welcoming to everyone. If creating a maintenance routine is making you and your locks more comfortable then go for it. I definitely get the impatient itch every now and then. You could always look for someone to do some maintenance work periodically on your locks as well. I'm not sure of anyone around you, but here is a list the women who helped with my locks has compiled and you can always contact one of these places and see if they have some recommendations for people in your area. Or just through a party every now and then and invite some friends over to do some dready work. Whatever makes the journey more comfortable :) Good luck!

 

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Ohh both of you mama's have such beautiful locks and lovely long hair! I wish I had a camera to post pics of mine. My locks are barly shoulder length but eventually they will get longer... I've been washing with the liquid lock it up from dreadlocks shampoo.com in the nag champa scent and palm rolling with karma majic locking gel or aloe vera and spraying with tto sea salt. I absolutley love this set of locks! I've added five glass beads of different colors and have a couple of small dangling charms I want to add somehow. I think I might make small stitches of hem with the charms on them, I'm not sure yet. I croched them right before my interviews two weeks ago but haven't done it since. (I feel so unnatural for having done it to begin with)

Oh and I got a job sort of... My getting a 'real' job fell through since the subsidized daycare here only pays after you work for a month and the daycares all want to be paid upfront each week! It's such a sham I am so mad I actually got a job as a patient care assistant that I had to quit after the first week because of how screwed up the subsidized daycare is in this state! So now I'm gathering petition signatures for a dollar a signature with my kids in tow! It's a ton of fun to bring my kids with me and try to find places to work where they can be safe and entertained, and I actually think my dreadlocks are helping me rather than hindering me:)

 


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I think I need to get some dread shampoo because a couple of you have mentioned a nag champa bar that sounds divine.  I'm also on the last of my salt spray and am wondering if I can make my own? I have a bottle from Dread Head HQ and it's not just water & sea salt....the ingredients are Sea Salt, Guanidine Carbonate, Yucca schidigera. I'm assuming the yucca works like aloe but I have no idea what the middle ingredient is or does. I've read that straight salt water can be too irritating & that it needs to be rinsed out. Opinions on this? I did find a recipe for salt, lemon juice & water that I thought about trying but I've had terrible luck with homemade products lately. 


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I just used sea salt and water in a spray bottle til my salt water pool was ready.


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I think I need to get some dread shampoo because a couple of you have mentioned a nag champa bar that sounds divine.  I'm also on the last of my salt spray and am wondering if I can make my own? I have a bottle from Dread Head HQ and it's not just water & sea salt....the ingredients are Sea Salt, Guanidine Carbonate, Yucca schidigera. I'm assuming the yucca works like aloe but I have no idea what the middle ingredient is or does. I've read that straight salt water can be too irritating & that it needs to be rinsed out. Opinions on this? I did find a recipe for salt, lemon juice & water that I thought about trying but I've had terrible luck with homemade products lately. 



When I'm feeling really lazy I just sprinkle some sea salt in the aloe vera gel before I palm roll, only use a little bit because less dissolves in gel then in water.


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Thanks! I will definitely try some salt water & see how it goes. And the "salt in aloe" is a great idea. And chicky2, how cool that you have a salt water pool! 

 

 


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I have been using a sea salt hair spray that I found in the Body + Soul magazine, with good results. The magazine is actually WholeLiving now and you can find the recipe on their site. It's just 1 cup of warm water (I use distilled), and two teaspoons of sea salt with a few drops of essential oil (I used grapefruit as suggested). It's simple, and it seems to make my hair more knotty. It tangles more easily.

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Shampoos:  I LOVE these foam shampoos! They come in a couple of different scents but my favorite is the Tea tree. A little goes a long way and they aren't drying at all. 

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