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02-09-2012 03:57 PM
HuntressMother

Yes, i made a new thread for 2012 :)

 

01-30-2012 07:46 PM
Sharlla

is there one for 2012?  ive been posting in this thread because I didnt even see one for 2011 lol

01-27-2012 08:48 PM
koru

I just realized this is the 2010 thread. Oops!

 

01-27-2012 07:03 PM
koru

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01-22-2012 09:27 AM
Sharlla

10 month natural  dreads

 

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01-02-2012 06:58 PM
HuntressMother

Hello everyone! wave.gif

 

So- I want dreads....BADLY. And have for quite sometime. drool.gif  I recently (a few months ago) cut off my lovley 19 1/2 inchs of long black hair and donated it to Locks of Love. I am now rockin an A-line bob. My hair (and nails) grow very fast- which is great. Im growing my hair back and plan on getting dreads when I feel that my hair is at a good length. My hair is finally touching my shoulders again in front..well, maybe not 'touching' but grazing atleast.

 

I have a few questions for you lovely ladies so that in another 3-4 years (maybe less) when the time has come, I will be fully ready for my dready journey!  It is SO HARD to wait.

 

Here are my questions:

 

1)  What length is a 'good' length to start dreads?

2) How long, roughly, does it take for them to look good and be locked up nicley?

3)  How do you care for your dreads? What do you have to do, regularly, to keep them up?

4)  Im pretty sure I want a full head of dreads, maybe layered in size (larger on the bottom and working up to smaller). But first I was thinking about putting a few smaller sized dreads in a few random places and adorning them of course. I like to think of this look as 'warrior princess'  , * LOL* not sure why...thats just what it reminds me of. Has anyone else done this before going fully dreaded? How did it look?

5) Is there anything that I can do to 'perpare' my hair for dreads? I dye my hair black ( i cant help it...im a slave to beauty products..ugh shrug.gif ) will this make my hair harder to dread?

 

Sorry if that was alot. There is alot I wish to know! Im very excited about my dreadies and cannot wait to have them. Not to mention- DH (who already has a beautiful head full of long curly brown hair ) is thinking about dreading it up with me. luxlove.gif

 

Thanks so much for your answers in advance!

10-12-2011 06:04 PM
Narn

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Originally Posted by yippiehippie View Post

The top of my head looks like someone sprinkled a bunch of powder on it, not just b/c of the mild psoriasis, but when the dead hairs (that normally fall off your head) come out and stay in the dreads you can see the white roots. How have I never heard of this issue? Does anyone else have this? I have lots of little white roots on the top of my head:(



I have this issue, too. My roots stick out all over. I dyed it with henna, and that held for a few weeks, but now they are showing again. I think the only options are dying every 6 weeks, covering them up or ignoring them. Unless regular chemical dye works better. I've only tried henna so far.



 

10-08-2011 09:03 PM
Mrs.aLifeofReilly

Ok, so I think I've created a problem.

 

My dreads are almost a year old now (yippee!), but I think I've worn them up too much!  Now when I've tried to wear them down, they just bounce up again and stick straight out the back!

 

How can I get them to grow/point down again?

 

Also, I haven't been 'doing' anything with them this first year.  I have palm rolled just a handful of times, but other than starting them partially neglect and partially twist n' rip, all I do is wash them about once a week with baking soda/water and an acv rinse.  I've still got a lot of huge loopies toward the end of the dreads and I"m thinking about wrapping them or putting a bead on a few of them.

 

I'll try to get a pic in the next few days to better illustrate what I'm talking about w/ the straight out the back and major loops.

09-23-2011 02:21 PM
canadiangranola

I have quite a collection of beautiful dread wraps that I use almost every day. I am almost 5 months in but started with crocheting to get things going. The warps keep the short dreads out of my face (and I like the way they look) and they help me to feel better about frizz and such b/c they cover it up a bit. This is my third go at dreads and this is the longest I've gone without getting frustrated and shaving my head and I would really credit the variety and style of the wraps for that :)

 

Anno

09-17-2011 02:12 PM
crunchymama19

I have heard that hops is great for conditioning dreads but have never used it myself.

 

I Twisted and Ripped some of the sections on the botton/back of my head. It was not doing ANYTHING and driving me nuts. Hopefully it will move those sections along. The top part of my head already has some fully formed tight dreads after only 2 and a half months.

 

I also hate the way mine looks when down so I have been doing a lot of wool hats, good thing the weather cooled off.

09-14-2011 06:48 PM
MoonStarFalling My dreads are pretty scratchy. Have you ever rinsed your hair with rain water? It will make it amazingly soft but dreads will never be as soft as brushable hair I don't think. Apple cider vinegar helps some too. I use coconut oil between washings. For conditioner I go to Sally Beauty supply sometimes and get pouches of deep conditioner. Or I get a more natural brand like Avalon Organics.
09-14-2011 03:03 PM
FloOKy'ala"FriBBLe


 

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Originally Posted by dinan6 View Post

I'm bothered still with my roots growing together and my head is TENDER at times. OUCH!!! hopefully that will get better. And I really don't like the way my dreads look when down. I'm hoping that when they get longer I will like it better. That's it for now.


Dinan, I never had dreads but I did have braid extensions and boy did my scalp hurt just days after having them put in. My only relief was standing under the shower allowing cool (not cold) water flow through the top of my head. I don't remember if I used a relieving gel cream or not. It was quite some time ago.

 

Anyhow I hope you feel better soon!!!!

 

09-14-2011 02:49 PM
FloOKy'ala"FriBBLe


 

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Originally Posted by MoonStarFalling View Post

We've been on the road for three months and it's been fun finding things to make beads out of. DH made me a piece from some driftwood we found on the west coast. They're such nice reminders of places we've been.


MoonStar, Your bead hunt sounds like fun. I love how your DH has contributed to the ornamentation of your beautiful locks. I use to have long beautiful braids, I loved them so much. I have been wanting to rebraid again using the box braid method but it takes two pair of hands. I figure I can convince my 13 year old son to help out. He is fabulous with assisting me on such projects.

 

Have you ever tried paper beads? I wonder if they were coated in a waterproof glaze they might hold up to rain, swimming, ect? I love making paper beads. I love love love the assortment and variety I can whip up using magazines.

 

Perhaps you can even have a natural bead round robin with other lovers of unique and earthy beads. I have bags and bags of sea shells I collected from my local beach here on Long Island. I plan to create bags and bags of artsy pendents with them. I would love to share with anyone interested in a round robin, but not until after I deal with the recent aftermath of Hurricane Irene.

 

Anyhow, enjoy your dreads!!!

 

09-13-2011 06:12 PM
dinan6

Hello Dready Mama's.

I'm wondering how do your dreads feel to the touch? Mine are itchy, dry feeling, scratchy. I sometimes put conditioner on them some natural stuff I have. My dreads are 18 months.

But I'm wondering if this is how they are supposed to feel.They don't feel that much softer after using the conditioner. So if you do get them feeling softer how do you do it?

MoonStarFalling I totally get the wanting to shave the head. At times even this early on in my journey I have thought "Oh I'm just going to comb these out" but I don't and I'm glad.

I'm bothered still with my roots growing together and my head is TENDER at times. OUCH!!! hopefully that will get better. And I really don't like the way my dreads look when down. I'm hoping that when they get longer I will like it better. That's it for now.

09-13-2011 08:55 AM
Chicky2

Glad things are getting better w/your psoriasis, IJM!

 

MSF, what kind of conditioner do you suggest?  Glad you didn't shave your head!  I love your dreads!

 

YH, my dh found some of those roots in mine, too, but he said he can't see them unless he's right up digging in my dreads, lol.  I can't see them at all. 

09-12-2011 07:01 PM
MoonStarFalling
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Originally Posted by yippiehippie View Post

I really need help, I'm close to cutting mine out,

After three years I'm just now feeling like my dreads are becoming low maintenance. Dreads really haven't been much less maintenance than my brushable hair. After 18 months or so a few of my ends dreaded up along my nape but I helped the rest a long with a crochet hook. They still aren't all nicely rounded. I like tails though. People make dumb comments. My dreads were almost two and I had someone ask if they were brand new babies! People don't understand how long it takes. Palm roll a couple times a week and I did embroidery floss too for loops....aloe gel to tame the frizz. The white bits are a big problem and I suspect more if your hair is darker. I dye my hair so I don't really notice them.

Conditioning: when I felt like mine were pretty much fully locked up I started conditioning them. I'd say it was shortly after 1 year.

So ladies I really wanted to shave my head for my birthday last week. I just figured it would feel like a fresh start and it would get me motivated to do something crazy. DH talked me out of it. I'm glad. I do love my dreadies. And they're getting nice and long now. smile.gif And like I said they are finally sort of low maintenance. They're not all growing together at the roots every week! I've got some frizzy issues probably due to dry hair but an apple cider vinegar rinse helps.
09-12-2011 08:41 AM
inkedmamajama

I have dreads the same age, and I used some conditioner last week on a few of the really bad psoriasis spots of my scalp. It was just some regular conditioner that I rubbed into the spots-I had no issues with any sort of 'undreading' 

 

If I were to use conditioner on the bulk of my dreads I would use either avocado peels (we go through a lot of avo around here and I am always rubbing the peels on everyone-waste not want not!) or perhaps some coconut oil.

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Meanwhile, on the psoriasis front, I have won an important battle and hopefully this means the war will soon be won! I am using pascalite clay. I have started making a paste with it, and rubbing it into the worst spots. The redness, scaling and flaking have all improved and gone away in some spots! The stuff is a godsend. The place I got it from is http://www.pascalite.com/ and they also have a Pasca-Pak that has Pascalite powder, water, glycerine, aloe vera and rosemary oil.  No preservatives added. It has been great.  

 

I would suggest this to anyone with a scalp condition! (Read the website, it has also been great for my chronic ibs-d, my daughters eczema, my kids acne, my husbands hemorhoids, and the psoriasis on my face)

09-09-2011 03:48 PM
Chicky2

Ok, so now that I'm 13 months dready (I can't believe it!), I feel my dreads are probably plenty "done" enough to condition.  What is recommended?

09-09-2011 03:41 PM
Chicky2

I don't know that the ratio is super important, but someone feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.  I'd just put a tsp or two in a spray bottle and go to sprayin'.

09-08-2011 09:31 PM
crunchymama19

I am in a landlocked state but would love to try the salt water treatment. Anyone know how much sea salt to add to water to get the right concentration?

09-08-2011 10:33 AM
Chicky2

http://youtu.be/nuHmVeVbIys

 

You can do this all up and down the dread, and I promise you it is fantastic for making your dreads look a bit more tidy and for the loops.  It works better for loops in skinnier dreads, unless your hands are stronger than mine, lol.  Do it when they are wet, or you have a bowl of water and wet your fingers before each round.  also, when I switched our pool to salt water my dreads shrunk up about 2 more inches in a day or two!  Soak your head in sea salt water and let it dry and do some palmrolling/thingy in the video...  And do some wrapping on those really stubborn BIG loops!  Besides, it'll add some cute colors!

 

I'm so glad your hubby said he likes them.  I know how big a difference it makes to have your so onboard!  My dh loves mine.  He just wants them to be longer already (we both love my long hair).  I told him I'm going to do 2 things when they are really long.  1) I'm going headbangin', and 2) I'm going to get a cute cowgirl hat and boots 'cause no one can slap just one label on my butt!  (see siggie)

 

I wish you'd post a pic of your dreads!  I'll bet they look just like everyone else's at that stage!

09-07-2011 01:11 PM
yippiehippie

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Originally Posted by Chicky2 View Post

yippiehippie, for the loops, I found that palm rolling in the shower works very well.  Also, that video from farrensquare that's been posted on here more than once works great for loops, too, esp. in the skinnier dreads, I've found! 

 

Other than that, for the loops, you can wrap the loops w/embroidery floss and leave it for months and it will help the worst loops. 

 

No clue about the white roots, except to carefully trim them out?  I never noticed any in mine. 

 

Oh, and for the ends, I ended up taking some of the  longest ones and folded them up towards the rest of the dread, wrapped the long end around the dread (like I was using embroidery floss) and then palmrolling the snot outta them while wet.  If they were ready, they stayed.  The others I just pulled up thru the middle of the dread w/a child's plastic beading needle ('cause you can open up the eye). You may have to do a bit of extra palm rolling for a few washes, but really, when they are ready, they'll stay.

 

By the time I hit 8 mos dready mine all of the sudden were very low maintenance!

 

This too shall pass, Dreaded One!

Sweet, thanks. I'm gonna try all this. Thanks for the encouragement too, I need it! After I posted this I told DH and he said he loves them anywayheartbeat.gif so that was good to hear too.

Do you know is the video on this thread?
 

 

09-07-2011 11:45 AM
Chicky2

yippiehippie, for the loops, I found that palm rolling in the shower works very well.  Also, that video from farrensquare that's been posted on here more than once works great for loops, too, esp. in the skinnier dreads, I've found! 

 

Other than that, for the loops, you can wrap the loops w/embroidery floss and leave it for months and it will help the worst loops. 

 

No clue about the white roots, except to carefully trim them out?  I never noticed any in mine. 

 

Oh, and for the ends, I ended up taking some of the  longest ones and folded them up towards the rest of the dread, wrapped the long end around the dread (like I was using embroidery floss) and then palmrolling the snot outta them while wet.  If they were ready, they stayed.  The others I just pulled up thru the middle of the dread w/a child's plastic beading needle ('cause you can open up the eye). You may have to do a bit of extra palm rolling for a few washes, but really, when they are ready, they'll stay.

 

By the time I hit 8 mos dready mine all of the sudden were very low maintenance!

 

This too shall pass, Dreaded One!

09-06-2011 03:15 PM
yippiehippie

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hydrogen peroxide scares me-I have jet black (and grey!) roots and I would worry that it would bleach my hair. Also, the BURNING!! I have a some raw spots (one morning I woke up to my scalp on fire and my fingernails drenched in blood because I had been furiously scratching in my sleep!) and the peroxide canb be quite burning.

 

But hey, If i can use my own urine on my scalp for a month, maybe peroxide shouldn't scare me so!

 

 

Yikes, mine's not that bad, but I do have very dark brown hair and the h2o2 didn't dye it at all:)

 

I really need help, I'm close to cutting mine out, they've looked so bad the last couple months I can't go anywhere w/out covering my head AND tying my hair in a knot (and I don't normally care at all what ppl think, but this is BAD).

Here's the problems...I'm at 6 months, began w/T&R with smaller than average sections. I have huge loops everywhere and stray hairs and it's completely frizzy. The top of my head looks like someone sprinkled a bunch of powder on it, not just b/c of the mild psoriasis, but when the dead hairs (that normally fall off your head) come out and stay in the dreads you can see the white roots. How have I never heard of this issue? Does anyone else have this? I have lots of little white roots on the top of my head:(

I know I could palm roll more and crochet strays in more, but, really I chose dreads b/c I didn't want to have to mess w/my hair. I just don't have the time to keep up with it. Please tell me this stage goes away fast? I feel like I have a rat's nest on my head. Those of you that chose neglect, how in the world did you do it??

Oh, and when the hell do the ends start dreading up? If I cut it will it look better or just unravel? I've had ppl ask me "I thought you dreaded your hair?" and Are you trying to dread your hair? Oh, it's dreaded alright, the top is tight with tons and tons of huge loops. It's just so ugly...
 

 

08-30-2011 07:47 PM
inkedmamajama

hydrogen peroxide scares me-I have jet black (and grey!) roots and I would worry that it would bleach my hair. Also, the BURNING!! I have a some raw spots (one morning I woke up to my scalp on fire and my fingernails drenched in blood because I had been furiously scratching in my sleep!) and the peroxide canb be quite burning.

 

But hey, If i can use my own urine on my scalp for a month, maybe peroxide shouldn't scare me so!

 

 

08-30-2011 08:19 AM
yippiehippie

inkedmama- I have the same issue. I've heard hydrogen peroxide can work. I've only tried it once and it didn't seem to do much, but might try again. It's cheap enough! Update after you use the clay!

08-29-2011 02:34 PM
inkedmamajama

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Originally Posted by CrunchyMama19 View Post

Neutragena T-Gel works really well for flakes and psoriasis scalp. I know a few dreadies that swear by it. I use it too and it works great!



thank you for the suggestion, I have tried that shampoo like I said-but my sister just told me she is going to send me some pascalite clay to try, so I will try that next! "just keep swimming" lol

08-28-2011 07:03 AM
crunchymama19

Neutragena T-Gel works really well for flakes and psoriasis scalp. I know a few dreadies that swear by it. I use it too and it works great!

08-27-2011 04:49 PM
inkedmamajama

Its been 11 months since I started this dread journey...the only thing that frustrates me is my psoriasis. I have flaky/crusty/scaly spots all over. Usually when I have brushable hair my scalp goes through cycles-I have never had to deal with nonstop flaking. I think the only thing that is really different in that I do not use conditioner anymore-I wonder if that was actually doing my scalp some good? 

 

I still have a crazy amount of loose hairs that need worked in...but I have been having a hard time doing that myself.

 

As far as psoriasis treatments, I have used so many different things-GSE, Tea Tree oil, prescription medicated lotions, coal tar shampoos, every version of head n shoulders/selson blue/neutrogena shampoos, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, no poo regimes, even using my own urine as a scalp treatment (i was advised by a person with horrid psoriasis that this keeps her scalp healthy. did not work out for me)

 

I just don't know what to do next.  I no longer have medical insurance, so thats out.  I dont care about the itching, that I can manage-its the FLAKES that is killing me-I have black hair and flakes show really well-its quite annoying.

 

Help? anything I havent thought of?

 

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Other than that, I absolutely love my dreads.

08-27-2011 11:17 AM
Sharlla

23 weeks

 

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