By Cheekychu, 2011-12-17
Time flies! It's been a while since I've updated as baby boy is keeping me very busy! He's 11 months old now and started walking at 10 months. I can't for the life of me remember his name, but I was watching a comedian who said that when you have a baby you basically spend your time saving them from certain death every other minute. Lol, truer words were never spoken..
Anyway, on to the baby dreadies! I'm still a very happy camper, love them. They're actually becoming recognizable as dreads as people have actually asked me questions about them, how I did them, when I started, etc. Pretty cool. Still washing with baking soda and I add a little tea tree oil from time to time as my hair takes a while to dry and I figure it helps keeps the environment healthy and clean. That's all I do! I'm so happy with them and when I look at them now I think - it's amazing how I tried to separate them in the beginning and when they resisted and I finally let them do what they wanted they did a beautiful job. They're really pretty uniform in size. Have I mentioned I can't believe I didn't do this years ago? It's just so right. And with what little time I have on my hands these days I can't imagine having to find time to "do" my hair. I'm proud of them ^_^
I managed to upload pictures as well, they're from today. Thanks for reading.. hope you enjoy!!
By Cheekychu, 2011-08-13
By Cheekychu, 2011-07-20
beach, beach, beach! saltwater! yes : ) my babies have tightened up and shortened dramatically. good stuff! it's pretty amazing. i've browsed through so many photos seeing dreads at all different stages of growth and i'm going through all of them! i'm glad to report i still have a happy head, still washing with baking soda and water. though not as often because it's a pain in the ass and i'm lazy. probably because i've been to the beach often and i do wash it thoroughly every time after being there. it's extremely hot here now and the thought of sleeping with sea water in my head is gross and irritating :/
not much else to say right now other than i love them!! the proof is in the puddin'. i'll post pics in a day or two and you can see for yourself ^_^
By Cheekychu, 2011-05-22
Hey everyone ^_^
Well, I'm on my third month and going strong. My babies have separated in their own way and found their home. They're pretty uniform in size, though a few are thicker (about a pinky's width) and a few are thinner (mostly in the back.. ). Also some are dreading from the bottom and some from the root. Oh, and one flat one - good excuse for a nice bead
The baking soda wash is great. Love it. I think I've said this before, but I wonder how much I've saved on shampoo and all that other hair gunk. The time saved is invaluable. This has got to be one of the best things I've done for myself. All in all this experience has been great so far. I'm having a ball watching and feeling it work its way into its own thing. Feels very... natural!!
Baby boy is all about grabbing these days, so he loves to get a handfull ..and I know it's bad but I can't seem to keep my hands out of it myself, it is fun to play with.. my daughter hated the idea at first, but the other day she said she liked my dready thingies. So that's what's going on!
Usually when I look in the mirror, I don't feel like the person I see looking back at me. Lately, I find that to be less and less the case. Interesting and nice it is.
I've uploaded some more pics. Gonna try to get a good bed head pic in there, it's pretty crazy. I'll tell you they didn't call me amazon woman when I was a kid for nothing lol.
That's all for now folks, thanks for reading!
By Cheekychu, 2011-04-09
i've added some clearer pics of the overall head situation ^_^
By Cheekychu, 2011-04-04
and things are going well this is definitely a real test of patience. i am totally ok with that. there's a lot of symbolism going on here. i'm 34, i have a ten year old daughter and i just had a second child. i'm on maternity leave from work so my day to day has changed drastically. i'm just home with my little one soaking up every moment. i wish it could last forever. no running, no rushing, just trying to keep the little man happy so it's been a beautiful time to embark on this journey. i'm loving this.. when my daughter was born i was young and a first time mom and i was so neurotic! and now that i'm older and i know what to expect it's such a different experience. i'm able to really enjoy every moment and take things in stride. your outlook plays such a major part in how things progress. patience is definitely a virtue!!
so! my hair has re-separated on it's own into skinnier clumps. i uploaded a couple of pics. i'd like them a bit thicker in the end but for now i'm just goin with it. i think when my roots grow in they'll get thicker on their own. i wash once a week with neutrogena. no conditioner, just rinsing really really well. i figure i'll do that till i kill that bottle and then probably just use baking soda and acv. and still, my scalp is very happy.
on a side note, i posted a pic of my ex-bf's dreads as well. they're 11 years old and beautiful. though he had them "done" in the beginning and has wax and god knows what else in there. though, i'll give him credit, he started his dreads bc he literally got tired of combing his hair (the lazy bumb..) and at least walked into the place with a pretty good mess in progress. despite that, they're still gorgeous, but i was always compelled to pick stuff out of them. lol, he hated that and thinks i'm crazy for not going to a salon. we shall see.. i'm confident i'm on the right track
By Cheekychu, 2011-03-05
relief is all I've felt since i started dreading my hair. i actually feel a weight lifted off my shoulders. i've done just about every conceivable thing to my poor head. my dad is black and my mom's white. i have my dad's hair.. mostly - parts of it are really tight curls, some of it is straight, some is just frizzy, it's really all over the place - but i was raised by my mom and she didn't know what the heck to do with my hair. so it's been straightened, relaxed, rollers, flat-ironed, blow dried, dyed, i've rocked a fro, i've chopped it all off and it spent about 5 years braided. it's been burnt, fried and destroyed and took my scalp along with it.
so i'm one of those people that does something crazy to their hair when something crazy happens in life. i think i find it somewhat therapeutic to make such a change. i have a 10 year old daughter and an 8 week old son. the last time i chopped all my hair off was after my daughter was born. i took all my braids out and was left with a GIANT mane of hair that hadn't seen any relaxing in 5 years. there was just no way i could deal with it at the time, so i stood in front of the mirror and cut it all off. all of it. as close as i could get without being bald. so here i am 10 years later and i just had this beautiful little boy and it's about that time. just don't want to deal with hair. too time consuming, too expensive, too DAMAGING!! so i was faced with the choice of either cutting it all off again or dreading it. obviously dreads won
i'm a week in right now and i'm loving it. my scalp is happy, my hair is soft and my head is a lot healthier. i've discovered that conditioner is horrible! lol, at least my head thought so - it feels much better without it. i have A LOT of hair and it's THICK. so when i started, i separated it with those tiny little hair bands. i did that because i have so much hair, i know i'd have ended up with 3 giant congos on my head. then i took them out 1 by 1 while doing a little twist & rip to keep them separated at the roots. i've given it a good wash once since i began with neutrogena and that's it! i'm leaving the rest up to my hair to do as it will.
as far as reactions from people, i find those closest to me are most opposed. it's interesting.. anyway, so begins my dread journey. thanks for reading! and by the by, i love this site, i'm lazy but i'm going to try to keep updating about my journey. i think it'll definitely be cool to look back on some day ^_^