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#181 of 376 Old 08-14-2012, 02:49 PM
 
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If you start washing with baking soda it will help keep the oil in check. You should not have to use wax if you are willing to look 'nappy' for a couple of months. Nice dreads are very clean, the hair has to be clean to lock together. If there is dirt in the cuticle of the hair shaft it will not actually loc it will just stick together till the dirt is washed off.

You could start to rough up your hair shafts now before you dread it by spraying it with sea salt.

Try to convince your husband that dreads are clean and if he wants to make sure you'se are clean he can put them in for you to ensure their cleanseliness.. it's worth a shot;)

Since you want uniform locks it would be best to start by sectioning them off with brightly colored rubber bands. I say bright ones because that makes them easier to locate and remove after T&R or BC. You really don't need to go to a salon to do them, unless you want to. Dreading hair takes no special talent, even I can do it. So chances are your crunchy friends would be willing to help if you bribe them with something yummy, that's been my motivation for helping with locking hair several times:P Just have them watch  a few you tube videos on twist and rip as well as backcomb and crochet.

The best things about dreads is that even if they don't get put in 'right' as long as you don't use wax or a dredperm they self correct and knot up anyways!


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If you start washing with baking soda it will help keep the oil in check. You should not have to use wax if you are willing to look 'nappy' for a couple of months. Nice dreads are very clean, the hair has to be clean to lock together. If there is dirt in the cuticle of the hair shaft it will not actually loc it will just stick together till the dirt is washed off.

You could start to rough up your hair shafts now before you dread it by spraying it with sea salt.

Try to convince your husband that dreads are clean and if he wants to make sure you'se are clean he can put them in for you to ensure their cleanseliness.. it's worth a shot;)

Since you want uniform locks it would be best to start by sectioning them off with brightly colored rubber bands. I say bright ones because that makes them easier to locate and remove after T&R or BC. You really don't need to go to a salon to do them, unless you want to. Dreading hair takes no special talent, even I can do it. So chances are your crunchy friends would be willing to help if you bribe them with something yummy, that's been my motivation for helping with locking hair several times:P Just have them watch  a few you tube videos on twist and rip as well as backcomb and crochet.

The best things about dreads is that even if they don't get put in 'right' as long as you don't use wax or a dredperm they self correct and knot up anyways!

I actually posted on my local attachment parenting facebook page and there are a few ladies that have/had dreads that are willing to help. One of the ladies swears by the twisting method.


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I actually posted on my local attachment parenting facebook page and there are a few ladies that have/had dreads that are willing to help. One of the ladies swears by the twisting method.


Awesome! It's soo much easier to have a few extra hands on your head:) Twist and rip does yield almost immediate dreads unlike other forms but you have to make sure to not twist with regular rip intervals or else you end up with a braid like pattern. But all and all it is a great way to get uniform dreads! I can't wait to see pics when you do dread up:)


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I'm excited to start and ALSO to show hubby that they're not dirty at all. He also didn't like the idea of home birth and I did it. He still sings my praises for standing my ground. :)


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Unfortunately, I think I'm going to hold off a few months for my dreads. :( My hair is just not long enough. It's a bit below my shoulders, but it became considerably shorter when I T&R my hair for a "trial dread". I don't want awkwardly short dreads. lol


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Hello dread Mamas! I've enjoyed reading all of your posts. I have thought about getting dreads for the past 10yrs and finally this summer I did it. So far i have had a love/hate relationship with them. It's nice to know I'm not the only one! So two products I have learned to love is Lush's Juniper shampoo bar (fights oil big time!) and Knotty Boy Tightening Gel (makes your hair crunchy at first, but after a day it's perfect!). Our family is going to see Phish in 2wks and I can't wait to buy some glass beads! Once I get a good pic I'll share!
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Hello beautiful dready Mamas!

 

I have a few quick questions for all of you:

 

I have been dying my hair black since I was in middle school.  I chopped off all of my hair ( over 19 inches! ) and donated it all to locks of love last year. My hair is now a little past my shoulders in length and I have still kept up the the dying. Recently, I decided to stop dying it black because I would love to dread my hair and would prefer for it to be my natural meduim-light brown color. I recently dreaded Dhs hair ( about 2 1/2 months ago ) and they look amazing...I am jelous.

 

I would love to go ahead and dread my hair but:

 

1) Will this look weird because my hair color will grow out and I will not be dying it black again? Should I just wait until the black has grown out to dread up?

 

2) Will the length be awkward considering that my hair is about medium length?

 

3) Has anyone here dreaded their hair when it was about my length? If so, how did it look? Does it take dreads a long time to grow longer? Also, what is the best, most natural way to dread regrowth?

 

DHs dreads have been very easy to keep up. We did it the all natural way and didnt use any products at all. His hair was naturally very curly and course so more than half of his dreads look mature already and we have removed more than half of the rubber bands on the bottoms. BUT- DH did make the mistake of trimming off the wispy ends under the rubber bands and though his hair is still dreaded very well, some where trimmed a bit too short and have unraveled slightly and have a square look, but it really isnt too bad. He washes his dreads every 3-4 days: First we wet them well and pour a mixture of half water and half white vinegar through them to remove any smells ( he works in a chemical plant and the smells stick in his dreads) next we use a baking soad scrub for his scalp and dreads and then finally we wash them with a bar of organic goats milk cedar scented soap. Then I spray them with a sea salt mixture and blow dry them. I say 'we' because I always wash his dreads for him to enssure that he doesnt miss any.  Just wanted to share that information with you dready vet's out there to make sure were not doing anything 'wrong'.

 

I will be very thankful for all of your advice and opinions!

 

PS: I will post some pics of my handwork on DHs hair ASAP.

 

Thanks in advance!


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 HuntressMother, my "medium length" hair is what is stopping me dreading my hair right now. I did one dread, via the twist and rip method and it was SO SHORT! I don't think I'd like how short they'd be once they started locking up. Short dreads are cute on guys, but for me, I don't think so. LOL


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Thanks, Becky! Im pretty sure Ill be waiting right there along with you. * Sigh * oh well... I guess I can spend my regrowth time collecting dread beads so when that day finally comes, I will have plenty. Lol.

 

It makes it even more hard to wait when I have to look at DHs beautiful dreads everyday..but hey, atleast I can be proud of my handy work! orngbiggrin.gif


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Couldn't you start some dreads at the bottom of your hair? Your bottom layer of hair? I've thought of doing that until the rest of my hair is longer.

 

And collecting dread beads in the meantime is a GREAT idea :) I saw some really beautiful ones the other day I was thinking about trying to get.


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Hello dread Mamas! I've enjoyed reading all of your posts. I have thought about getting dreads for the past 10yrs and finally this summer I did it. So far i have had a love/hate relationship with them. It's nice to know I'm not the only one! So two products I have learned to love is Lush's Juniper shampoo bar (fights oil big time!) and Knotty Boy Tightening Gel (makes your hair crunchy at first, but after a day it's perfect!). Our family is going to see Phish in 2wks and I can't wait to buy some glass beads! Once I get a good pic I'll share!

Hello fellow Phish phan!!!! Have a great time at the shows orngbiggrin.gif

 

Huntress ---I started my dreads about a year ago when they were just above my boobs. There has been a bit of shrinkage and they currently hang just below my shoulders. I used twist & rip and crochet which tends to shrink less than other methods. Or so it seems...

 

I have dark blond hair and always would highlight it pre-dreads. My hair now looks "dip-dyed" with the highlighted strands towards the bottom and my natural color growing out on top. I don't mind it but it's definitely noticeable.

 

I haven't actually done any maintenance on my dreads so I have tons of loose hairs and regrowth. If I decide to tidy them up I'll probably have some of it crocheted back into my dreads. I like the craziness though so we'll see.

 

I wash my dreads 1-2x week with water and a bit of foaming dread shampoo. I have very thin hair and thin dreads so the washing process is fairly easy. You DH's routine sounds ok as long as he's allowing them to dry thoroughly between washes and making sure the soap is residue free.


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I don't think I'll be having dreads. greensad.gif My husband and I are at odds about them and always have been. He said before that he wouldn't be in the same bed with me if I did it because he thinks they're dirty. But the other night when we talked about it again, he said he wouldn't have sex with me, either. I would rather have normal hair and not conflict our relationship than have dreads and compromise our relationship. I'm sad that he has this outlook. *sigh*


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When I started my dreads, my hair was halfway down my back (to where my bra hooks).  It shrunk to about an inch below my earlobes.  I did them myself w/twist and rip and backcombing.  I don't do a thing w/the new growth except for ripping it away from a dread way far away it wants to congo with, lol.  I just rip them apart in the shower if they start to do that (less painful in the shower!).  Took about 8 months for them to be extremely low maintenance (as in not having to rip half of them apart daily).  Eventually new growth will find its way into a nearby dread or make it's own.  I started w/about 42 dreads and now I have 52 w/a couple more forming at the nape of my neck.

 

Huntress, can you get your hair back to almost your natural shade and then dread up?  I would think that would be best.  A big amount of baking soda may help to strip some of the color out.  For your dh's dreads, I think you are doing overkill on the wash routine.  Just a tbsp or so of baking soda and a bit of water to make a paste, scrubbed into the scalp and rinsed really really well, followed by a TBSP of apple cider vinegar in 8oz or more of water, mostly on the dreads and not the scalp, followed by another really good rinse will do great.  The vinegar is your conditioner.  All smells will come out that way. 

 

Becky, your dh sounds extremely unsupportive and well, kinda rude.  How dare he threaten to with hold sex if you dread up!  Seriously?  That is not the way a relationship works.  That kind of crap would have had me dreading up and dying them all sorts of different colors.  Then I'd buy a nice new vibrator and put it on his side of the bed.  But that's just me and I don't put up w/that junk.  I'm sorry he's being so rude about this.

 

My dreads are now 2 years old and have finally started to look like they are growing.  I expect over the next year they will get back to the length my hair was when I started.  :o)


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P.s. lots to people have a love/hate relationship w/their dreadies for the first 2 years.  They do shrink ALOT.  The sooner you dread, though, the sooner they'll finally get long.  I want mine long enough for my dh to use as reins.  Yeehaw!


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When I started my dreads, my hair was halfway down my back (to where my bra hooks).  It shrunk to about an inch below my earlobes.  I did them myself w/twist and rip and backcombing.  I don't do a thing w/the new growth except for ripping it away from a dread way far away it wants to congo with, lol.  I just rip them apart in the shower if they start to do that (less painful in the shower!).  Took about 8 months for them to be extremely low maintenance (as in not having to rip half of them apart daily).  Eventually new growth will find its way into a nearby dread or make it's own.  I started w/about 42 dreads and now I have 52 w/a couple more forming at the nape of my neck.

 

Huntress, can you get your hair back to almost your natural shade and then dread up?  I would think that would be best.  A big amount of baking soda may help to strip some of the color out.  For your dh's dreads, I think you are doing overkill on the wash routine.  Just a tbsp or so of baking soda and a bit of water to make a paste, scrubbed into the scalp and rinsed really really well, followed by a TBSP of apple cider vinegar in 8oz or more of water, mostly on the dreads and not the scalp, followed by another really good rinse will do great.  The vinegar is your conditioner.  All smells will come out that way. 

 

Becky, your dh sounds extremely unsupportive and well, kinda rude.  How dare he threaten to with hold sex if you dread up!  Seriously?  That is not the way a relationship works.  That kind of crap would have had me dreading up and dying them all sorts of different colors.  Then I'd buy a nice new vibrator and put it on his side of the bed.  But that's just me and I don't put up w/that junk.  I'm sorry he's being so rude about this.

 

My dreads are now 2 years old and have finally started to look like they are growing.  I expect over the next year they will get back to the length my hair was when I started.  :o)

I thought it was kind of horrible. He also thinks that sleeve tattoos are gross on a woman, which is also something I want to do. I am tempted to call it semi-emotionally abusive, but I'm not sure....


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Wow, Becky. Your DH woudnt care for me at all: I have a half sleeve on my left arm ( soon to be full sleeve ) and will be starting my full sleeve on my other arm soon as well as a chest peice. I think both sleeves and dreads are beautiful, and obviously you do as well. If thats what YOU like and thats what YOU want for YOUR body, you should do whatever makes YOU happy regardless of what your seemingly unsupportive DH would have to say about it.

 

Im sorry he's being so selfish about your wants and desires. Sounds like he needs to lighten up and learn to respect your choices.

 

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 I am tempted to call it semi-emotionally abusive, but I'm not sure....

 

Not semi.  And I am sure.  I hope this is just one thing in your relationship and not a clue to how it is all the time. 


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Not semi.  And I am sure.  I hope this is just one thing in your relationship and not a clue to how it is all the time. 

No, not at all. It's pretty much the only thing we disagree about and it makes me want to do it all the more. But I don't want it to create a barrier, either. I just have to ask myself this question: How badly do I want these dreads? Bad enough for negativity in our relationship?


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Wow, Becky. Your DH woudnt care for me at all: I have a half sleeve on my left arm ( soon to be full sleeve ) and will be starting my full sleeve on my other arm soon as well as a chest peice. I think both sleeves and dreads are beautiful, and obviously you do as well. If thats what YOU like and thats what YOU want for YOUR body, you should do whatever makes YOU happy regardless of what your seemingly unsupportive DH would have to say about it.

 

Im sorry he's being so selfish about your wants and desires. Sounds like he needs to lighten up and learn to respect your choices.

 

PS: I think you would look wonderfully magical with dreads and sleeves. love.gif

I just don't think I'd be happy with my decision if DH was unhappy with it, ya know?


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I couldn't post a picture on here for some reason, so here's a link. I decided to do my dreads using the twist and rip method. I want to leave my bangs out so I can do more stuff with my hair, but I think I made the "bangs" section too small. I might have to take out the front two dreads. redface.gif


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So you decided to take the dreaded plung after all, eh?  Good for you!  And good that your so isn't like that in all areas!  Thanks for posting.  I have bangs, too.  :o)


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When he came home last night, he saw me in front of the full body mirror in the living room doing my dreads. His shoulders fell and he said "You're not doing it, are you?" After that, he didn't have anything to say about it. We talked just like normal and I kept twisting and ripping. :) I've got about 8 sections to go! biggrinbounce.gif


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All done! :D Now for dread care. What works best for you ladies?


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I need advice once again... I have had my dreads for almost 5 months. The top of my head is dreading up beautifully ( kind of kinky but they are actually dreading and shortening). However the whole right side of my head has come undreaded. In the last month I have tried to palm roll, backcomb ( my hair seems immune to this now... I can back comb all I want and the next day it has fallen apart), I have tried neglect the last 9 days just wearing them up, in a bandanna or elastic ( I am a nurse and have to wear them up at work). I wash them every 4-10 days in baking soda depending on how my scalp feels. It just boggles my mind that some are doing great and parts of my hair is flowing free... I am thinking about throwing in the towel... But it makes me so sad to think about it! I need advice, encouragement, etc. do you think the twist a rip method would be a good way to go?

 

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#205 of 376 Old 08-30-2012, 05:26 PM
 
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Keylimecutie, I would try the twist and rip method. Especially if your hair is naturally straight. I've heard of people having problems with their hair staying dreaded if it's straight.


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Keylimecutie, I might try washing more frequently to keep the hair as oil free as possible. My dreads fall apart around the base of my neck and temples & I'm sure it's because those areas tend to be more oily and/or they get touched more with my oily hands when I'm putting them up or whatever. Odd that it's only happening on one side of your head, though. Do you sleep more that side? Or maybe you sleep more on the other side & it knotted up faster with the friction?


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#207 of 376 Old 08-30-2012, 09:23 PM
 
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So I had posted before about hubby not liking dreads and he would not like them on me. Update! He says I look good with them! You have no idea how happy that makes me! It's really liberating to do something I want with my body and have it accepted by a loved one!

 

I am also in love with my dreads! And I know I'll grow to love them more as they lock up! love.gif


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I'm so glad he liked them!!

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Me too :)

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That's so great to hear!!! Your dreads look awesome by the way. Great job! thumb.gif


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