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01-02-2013 09:24 PM
Becky Wheeler

I'm going to start a new thread.

01-02-2013 08:32 PM
scruffy too
Originally Posted by CrunchyMama19 View Post

So we found out a couple of weeks ago I am pregnant with #3! For you mamas that had dreads while pregnant, did you notice any extra growth or anything? I would love a side effect to be gaining some extra length on these pups.

I'm about 6 months pregnant and I think they've grown a bit quicker... I did a massive trim in the fall and they seem to have grown quite a bit since then.

12-30-2012 09:54 PM


By the way, I am right across the river from Natchez, MS so it's quite a drive.  Let me know if you ever head this way though :)

12-29-2012 10:04 AM
Becky Wheeler
Originally Posted by CrunchyMama19 View Post

So we found out a couple of weeks ago I am pregnant with #3! For you mamas that had dreads while pregnant, did you notice any extra growth or anything? I would love a side effect to be gaining some extra length on these pups.

Oh yay! Congratulations!!!

12-29-2012 06:37 AM

So we found out a couple of weeks ago I am pregnant with #3! For you mamas that had dreads while pregnant, did you notice any extra growth or anything? I would love a side effect to be gaining some extra length on these pups.

12-19-2012 02:15 PM

Delicate Sunshine - I am in Northern Missisippi, south of Memphis TN. We just moved here this summer. We have visited Louisiana before though and loved it!


koru - They matured surprisingly quickly, especially since my "normal" hair is pin-straight and fine, but does tangle easily. The pics don't show it but I still do have a lot of loose hairs, mostly at the ends with some pretty loopy and knobby tips. DH complains they tickle his face when we sleep, lol.

12-18-2012 01:28 PM

crunchymama 19, where in MS are you?  I live in Louisiana and have lots of family in Mississippi.

12-18-2012 09:49 AM

I can't believe they're only 1 1/2 years old! I'm approaching a year & feel ages behind that. Yours look so, ummm, tubular. That's the only word I can think of but mine are still so loopy & wild feeling. The look great!

12-18-2012 07:56 AM

Thanks Becky! They are about a year and a half old and yes THICK. I love them.

12-16-2012 10:01 AM
Becky Wheeler

Crunchymama19 those dreads are THICK! Awesome! How old are they?

12-16-2012 07:16 AM

here is the mess that is my head! joy.gif









12-15-2012 07:59 AM

Wow Koru, those are beautiful! I have also recently started wearing them down in public so I know how you feel. Of course it doesn't help that I live in Mississippi where dreads are practically unheard of. My dreads are about a year and a half old. Started by backcombing once and then left them alone. Glad I found you guys! I will try to post pictures but my computer ate them so I need to take some more.

12-13-2012 05:20 PM

Thanks, ShadowMoon! And Becky, here ya go again! I have confidence you're going to love them this go 'round. 


I trimmed my locs last night, asking my girls to even out a few in the back and I seriously only cut about 1" off a handful of dreads but somehow my hair feels 5" shorter. Ha! I've had long hair for years & these dreadies tightening up & shortening are starting to look unlike my head. Thankfully my hair grows fast so hopefully it will feel a normal length again soon.


I've been wearing them down lately (did I mention this already?) and it feels good to brave the "wildness." For the first 6-8 months I never left the house without a hat or wrap but I've been sneaking out, unfettered, these past couple months & I'm lovin' it. It takes a while to feel totally comfortable with this not-so-common look but I think I'm finally here. 

12-10-2012 04:35 PM

Koru -- your dreads look great! 

12-09-2012 05:32 PM
Becky Wheeler

Restarted my no-poo journey again today! By New Year's, I should be ready for dreads and have them oil free!

12-09-2012 05:12 AM

Aimee, I so hear ya on the "I still love them (except when I don't)." Ha! Good to know that feeling never dies. I suppose that's true with most things in life, right? Nothing will be always endearing! And your locs are down to your waist? In your profile pic they looks a foot shorter so they must've grown quickly! 


Scruffy, mine have definitely tightened & shortened up within the last few months. I'm a little baffled by how uneven they are! I need to trim up the back because they are about 2 inches longer on the right side, I kid you not. I'm not sure why that happened but my hair is on an angle in the back. Oops. And the ones at the nape of my neck and in front are super short. What's up with that? I will admit that I've been trimming the whispy ends that aren't knotting up but not *that* much more. Whatever, though. I don't mind the unevenness. What still occasionally bugs me are all the loops. I've gotten better at crocheting them but it's time consuming. I ran into a random woman a few weeks ago who gave me the number of a local stylist who crochets dreads for maintenance. After I had my dreads professionally maintained, I realized in hindsight that what he did made the loops worse after a couple weeks. No need to go into the details (unless someone is interested) but no more of him in my life. For now, I keep crocheting them myself, trying to get them tightened up & not so loopy and maybe someday I can try out this new woman recommended to me. Again, wish I could just go with the flow & neglect them forever but nope, I'm not there yet....probably never will be!


I love looking at all the photos! I just realized that if you click on someone's posted pic it will take you to a gallery of all the pics in this thread. Nice. I looked at every single one before I started writing this. 

12-06-2012 04:10 PM
scruffy too

Those are looking GREAT Koru!! 

12-06-2012 01:30 PM
Becky Wheeler

You're so sweet, Stephanie! Thank you! Your dreads look so awesome! How far in are you?

12-06-2012 12:47 PM

I get my dreads maintained a couple times a year.  The are getting tightened up in a couple weeks.  They will be 3.75 years old almost to the day.   I'll get pix, they are almost to my waist and I still love them (except when I don't ROTFLMAO.gif). 

12-06-2012 12:26 PM

Sharlla beautiful birthing pic! Beautiful natty dreads too. I have always loved my sets of natural loks more than the combed or chrocheted sets. But I am in agreement with Koru about the patience needed and my lack of it this time around, lol. Koru your dreads have shrunk up wonderfully over the past few months, I really hope you make it past the year mark! I'm almost never on MDC anymore but have to log in to check in here every now and then.

12-06-2012 11:19 AM

I so respect neglect dreads....but I have to admit to myself that I haven't that kind of patience or tolerance! Lovely photos. And the baby pictures are killing me! My baby days are over but I should've had 10 kids. Becky, I adore your profile pic. Sweet nursling!


Here's a current photo of my locs. Just shy of 11 months.....




12-04-2012 03:26 PM
Becky Wheeler

Oh my gosh! They're beautiful, rjruiz!


I'm going to be restarting mine at the New Year by neglect method. I regret to say that I've returned to using a non-residue free shampoo after having taken out my twist and rip dreads. Now my scalp is over-producing oil again. If I stop the shampoo now, my scalp should be healthy enough to do my dreads without having all that gross oil in them when I restart. When I took them out, just above the roots (about half an inch) there was a collection of oil and dandruff along with all the hair that came out. So gross! So, I have a New Year's resolution: no-poo for a healthier scalp and starting my neglect dreads. I think it's do-able. orngbiggrin.gif

12-03-2012 04:24 PM

here are mine at 6 months. i can  NOT  believe how much they have shrunk... and i don't have that starfish thing going on anymore-lol





12-01-2012 09:00 AM

19 month neglect dreads


11-27-2012 04:47 PM

I never crocheted the broken ones back in & all is well. My hair is so incredibly thick you can't even tell anything is missing & I'm ok with it. I'm pretty sure they broke off because certain dreads have unknotted sections *in the middle* (loc'd up at the base & ends) so when I paml rolled, they frayed & broke. My dreads are thin, probably started off with 3/4" - 1" sections, but I'm not convinced they would break off from weight. Thankfully it's all good even though in the moment I totally freaked out! I've only lost two & all the others seem to be going strong. thumb.gif


I'm 10 months in, almost to the day, and I can't tell you how much I love these crazy dreads. The past few days I've been wearing them down in public which is an absolute first. I've always had them pulled back, tied back, wrapped up or covered but I'm wearing them wild & free during these cool days of fall. Love. Dreads are definitely something we grow into, no? Or maybe they become us. 

11-10-2012 11:15 AM

Now you gals are scaring me. My current set has more dreads than I have had in previous sets. I think I have about fifty right now and the most I have before was 33. They all look very consistent through the length of the dread but the dreads do not look like each other, I think that made sense.

11-10-2012 03:27 AM

How big did you make the sections before dreading them? I am still thinking these may be too small of sections and they couldn't handle the weight and day to day  wear and tear of the budding dreads.

11-09-2012 09:03 AM
Phishncarrie I have nightmares about that happening! I am sorry, that really sucks. At least they're pencil thin and there's a lot of them? I would definetly try crocheting them back in!
11-06-2012 05:26 AM

Interesting, Scruffy. Could be. I've been busy these past few days & haven't had time to tend to them but I hope to figure something out before they all start dropping off. Eek!

11-05-2012 09:04 PM
scruffy too

This year, several of mine "ripped" in the "middle" of the dread (really more towards the bottom).  I figured out that it was the section between where I had originally made them, and the rest of the dread that had dreaded itself.  When I cut a bunch of them last month, I used the natural thinning part (about 6 inches from the bottom) as a guide where to cut them.  Now all that's left is "real" dreads - none that I backcombed so many years ago.


Not sure if that applies to your dread breakage, but thought I'd share.

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