Aloha! This is my second set of dreads and I decided on TnR this time around as opposed to the freeform choice I had the first time because I wanted to control the size of my dreads and also shave some time off of the journey... I know, I'm naturally impatient
I'll be trying to keep my timeline updated at least monthly with new pics, as long as I have access to the internet... my fiance and I may be going back on the road and traveling.
Some background on my TnR's... I managed to do them in about 8 hours and my arms were happy when we were done! I kept beads on them for the first ten days so they'd stay put to start. I wash with a BS/sea salt/essential oil and sometimes lemon juice mix, usually letting my hair soak about 10 minutes, then pour the mix over my head and scrub a bit. After letting if set for some minutes, I rinse. I gently squeeze excess water from them with a towel and let them hang down to air dry.
I'll post changes, if any, to my methods as my timeline goes... enjoy
1 WEEK: 8/9/12
11 DAYS: 8/13/12
After about 4 washes now, I'm really happy with how they have maintained. Today (post photo op) I've taken all my beads out except for some specific placed sleeves, cuz I'm ready for them to pretty much let them do their thing now. You can see in the last pic that my ends have loosened a bit, but I still embrace them.
1 MONTH: 8/30/12
I am still so please with my TnR's!! Can't believe they've reached the one month mark, time starts flying by after the first few weeks. They've continued to do their thing and unravel a bit at the ends, but that's to be expected... it just means they are closer to the loops n curls stage I am only washing every 3 days with baking soda now, using essential oils when they are within reach, but haven't used sea salt for awhile... and no more lemon juice ;D
Not the best underside shot, but it seems they are just finding their way. Some already seem pretty tight is some spots while others are quite loose... it's crazy! What I find so cool is how my dreads seem to "move" with me. I feel like I am entering a new phase in my life and my new set of dreads are keeping up and following along with me, sort of like a new friend, always there keeping you company... and I love that.
3 Months: This is where I stated to notice some shrinking begin.
4 Months: And now to the present... lots of length lost! Loving them so much, can't wait for them to finish shrinking and start sucking up those loops. My washing now consists of BS/oils mix, and following up with Nag Champa shampoo (mainly for the aroma). For the past month now, I haven't had to do much separating, it's as if they are staying put and respecting each other.
Peace n love to all!
updated by @hippyfish: 02/05/15 10:12:49AM