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    I thought I would share some of my dread journey in the hope that it might help someone else who is considering going to a salon. I started my journey with the neglect method initially, about Sept-Oct of 2014. I had found several videos on YouTube by NatureLover, a member of this site, and thought her free form dreads were so beautiful, I decided that was the way I wanted to go. But several months in I started hearing that sectioning was really important, and so I made the mistake of going to my hairdresser to have that done. She was just supposed to section, nothing more, but before I knew it she was sectioning, twisting and ripping, and backcombing. Even though I protested at every step, she assured me that she had training in making dreads, she knew what she was doing, and that she wouldn't do anything that would be bad for my hair (she had been my hairdresser for eight years). Even so, when she said that she wanted to use wax on my hair "Just to hold the dreads in place," I put...

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    ☮ soaring eagle ॐ

    My dreadlocks 25 years growing natural dreads


    Posted in: Dreadlocks
    In about a week my dreadlocks will be 25 years old, they started growing naturally at the Vermont rainbow gathering.  What my dreads have taught me. Growing dreads naturally has taught me a lot of patience. It has taught me to just let things happen instead of trying to force them. It is taught me that those who will hate you just the way you look don't matter. His taught me that people's worth is deeper than just appearance as taught me that many people are very superficial and vain. The history of my dreadlocks. My dreadlocks began at the rainbow gathering in Vermont when I traded for some beads and stuck them in my hair, I also added a few hair wraps. This began the dread within a week, maybe week and a half. The rest of my hair was shorter so took a little longer to dread. It may have been a couple months before the rest of started to dread. I've never done anything to my hair except for wash it and separate the dreads that were forming too thick or combining. After 18...

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    Tessa Smith

    Accepting my dreads for who they are


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    For four months of my dreading process I wore synthetic dreadlocks in my hair to make my hair appear longer instead of doing the right thing; what I should've done from the start... accept my short dreads for what they were. I feel as if by wearing those synthetic dreadlocks I've missed out on the growth of my own dreadlocks and being able to see them mature and become the dreadies they are today. When I go back to reminisce about my dreadlock experience from day one, I won't be able to look at pictures of MY dreadlocks, all I have are pictures with the synthetic dreads. When I started dreading my hair back in January my hair was just barely touching my shoulders. As they got older they started shrinking which I knew was going to happen but I figured I would accept it better then I did. I was self conscience of my short dreads and felt that wearing synthetic dreadlocks would be the only way to feel less embarrassed. By the time my dreadlocks were six months I finally decided to...

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    Trina Sandress

    The Longing for Long Dreads


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    A lot of people talk about how they wish their dreadlocks were long and can't wait until they get long. I thi nk that if these people would focus more on having healthy locks before they know it they have long locks. Just revel in the naturalness of having dreads in general. That is positive energy at work. My lock process started with a twa(teeny weeny afro)and just enjoying my head being free of chemicals and other toxic substances. As I began to truly love myself more and more my locks absorbed this love and became long very fast. Putting healthy foods and drinks into my body has helped tremendously. I have increased the amount of raw fruits and vegetables in my diet and all of the vitamins and minerals were vital and still are to helping maintain a healthy head of locks.Just my two cents worth from growing my locks for 13yrs now.

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    Mudas Dreadnought

    Why dreads?


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    I love my dreads......but not because they aren't perfect in the eyes of others....but not because they don't have the same size and shape....but not because I don't use wax.I love my dreads......because they're all mine....because they are clean....because mine are different than yours....because I don't care about what others say....because it feels right.

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    Tessa Smith

    Accepting my dreads for who they are


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    For four months of my dreading process I wore synthetic dreadlocks in my hair to make my hair appear longer instead of doing the right thing; what I should've done from the start... accept my short dreads for what they were. I feel as if by wearing those synthetic dreadlocks I've missed out on the growth of my own dreadlocks and being able to see them mature and become the dreadies they are today. When I go back to reminisce about my dreadlock experience from day one, I won't be able to look at pictures of MY dreadlocks, all I have are pictures with the synthetic dreads. When I started dreading my hair back in January my hair was just barely touching my shoulders. As they got older they started shrinking which I knew was going to happen but I figured I would accept it better then I did. I was self conscience of my short dreads and felt that wearing synthetic dreadlocks would be the only way to feel less embarrassed. By the time my dreadlocks were six months I finally decided to...

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    Trina Sandress

    The Longing for Long Dreads


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    A lot of people talk about how they wish their dreadlocks were long and can't wait until they get long. I thi nk that if these people would focus more on having healthy locks before they know it they have long locks. Just revel in the naturalness of having dreads in general. That is positive energy at work. My lock process started with a twa(teeny weeny afro)and just enjoying my head being free of chemicals and other toxic substances. As I began to truly love myself more and more my locks absorbed this love and became long very fast. Putting healthy foods and drinks into my body has helped tremendously. I have increased the amount of raw fruits and vegetables in my diet and all of the vitamins and minerals were vital and still are to helping maintain a healthy head of locks.Just my two cents worth from growing my locks for 13yrs now.

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    Mariah Mae Stone

    Nearly 5 Months :)


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    I have had my dreadlocks for five months (in a few days)! I get super excited every time I look in the mirror They are changing a lot. There's two dreads at the base of my neck that have sort of congo'dtogether without me noticing, so it's toolate toseparatethem. It's going to become a very thick dreadlock over time My natural hair color is pretty much completely grown in, but the tips of my dreads are still very blond which caused a really cool affect on the color of my hair. It almost looks like I have highlighted dreads, but they all have some blond and mostly my darker brown color. I used to really hate my brown hair, and I would always dye it when I had regular hair. BUT ever since I've started the dreading process, I've learned to love my natural color. It makes me feel a lot better about myself too. I'm still washing once a week with Dr. Bronners although I usually go a week and a half before I wash them now. I'm not sure if that is just because I'm more comfortable...

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    rose@teavana

    What is Kombucha?


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         For the last four months I have experimented with making Kombucha. For those who do not know, Kombucha is a fermented tea full of probiotics and enzymes. The tea is brewed as usual and sugar is added. Then, once the tea is cool a scoby is placed inside. A scoby is a Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast. These are living organisms. This scoby and tea are allowed to ferment for an allotment of days. This is the first brewing.  At first, I stuck to the first brewing of my Kombucha batches. After a few weeks, I started to pour the finished product ( minus the Scoby) into sealable mason jars with flavors of fruit tea. This is the optional second fermentation that will increase any carbonation in the beverage and add additional flavor. So far, I have made Kombucha out of English Breakfast Black Tea, Pu-Erh tea, Jasmine Green Tea, and Yerba Mate Teas. My second fermentation has included teas from Teavana: Citrus Lavender Sage, Lavender, Dosha Chai, Fruita Bomba, and Sakura...

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    Cupcakegabbi

    Starting my Dreadlocks


    Posted in: New Dreads
    Hello Everyone, So I am starting my dreadlock Journey. I am using the twist and rip method and it is taking forever! which is what i expected since i have so much hair and i already knew getting dreads was going to be something that takes time and patience. I was actually Just wondering if anyone had any advice to give me for starting out. Like what kind of shampoo to use? Where i can find essential oils locally? I have 4 or 5 sections twisted and ripped and knotted up. I was wondering how i can go about keeping the knots there while they lock up and just little things like that. Im really excited to start this journey. and can't wait to share it with all of you.  Thank you. 

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    Hi all, just want to share some photos of my dreads. Only started this week. I'm going for natural/neglect. Enjoy. X

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    Evan Knapp

    Let go


    Posted in: Free wheelin
    Stop, drop , and dread. That is, stop worrying , drop the comb.. And boom, they begin. Slowly blooming like the flowers of the Forrest moments before summer. All our planets flowers need are water and heat. We humans don't go into the Forrest to water the plants and tame them and give them heat. They grow beautifully as they are, left alone and over time and patiently they sprout with unique shapes and sizes. Treat your hair as these flowers and plants and trees that dwell in the natural sections of the earth. Wash them with nature. Use friendly products with only our earths finest herbs and flowers found inside and keep the attitude of a true natural spirit. A soul who keeps it simple and let's your life sway happily in the breeze as your dreads will begin to do. The back starts first working its way through the rest of your jungle , vines tightening and taking root. Enjoy the ride friends! It's a cool one

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