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Gavin Parsons
@Gavin Parsons
05/01/13 11:50:40AM
8 posts

I'm starting to struggle with my journey :(


Dreadlocks Journey Emotional Support

Just keep going :) I get some weird looks when people figure out what im doing. I have to pull my hair back everyday for work.I love the idea barrellady came up with! I am only 3 months into my journey and I can tell it is going to take me longer, but I dont care I plan to have them for MANY years to come. Dont be in a rush. People giving you a hard time should motivate you! Them saying you cannot finish anything should give you all the reason to say HA! That and looking back in three years and saying, I accomplished something beautiful :) I work at a Hospital so Tams are out, you cant wear "headgear." I cant wear it down because Im a male with a big fluffy beard...I look crazy with a tucked in shirt and slacks, but this is me and I love me :) They cannot discriminate you based on your looks and if somebody really wants to start something just say its your religious preference. Everybody on here has been so encouraging, we all need it sometimes. Stay strong and post some progress pics. Mine are on the way!

Gavin Parsons
@Gavin Parsons
04/02/13 09:14:08AM
8 posts

DANDRUFF!!!


Help! Save My Dreads

So I was wayyyy off...Ok I will have to givethis a shot. Maybe cut the EO's back by half?? 5 cups of water seems lowbut I knownothing about this...my hairis downto the middle of my back. I love the rinse because of the way it makes my hair feel/smell but the flakes gotta go!Thank you very much for responding!!!

the Barrellady said:

1 Gallon of water = 16 cups of water. The baking soda ratio is 1/2 cup of BS to 5 cups water. Your ratio was very weak for the BS to do it's job. The apple cider vinegar is 1-2 capfuls to 5 cups water and leave on head for less than a minute. I only do my final rinse with cold water, when I am finished everything, still shower and wash head with a normal temperature otherwise.

So, without the right ratio, your scalp is not exfoliating how it should.

Since your dreads are not mature, I am not sure if you need that many drops of essential oils yet. ...Peace

Gavin Parsons
@Gavin Parsons
04/02/13 09:11:19AM
8 posts

DANDRUFF!!!


Help! Save My Dreads

Thanks Heather...I have been skeptical of the shampoo tothis point but I may give the soap a try. The main thing is I dont want to rub thebaby locks out ya know? The BS/ACVis nice in that its just the pour over method and it feels so good after.Do you massage your head at theroots and then let it drain down?

Heather said:

bs/acv wrecked my scalp. i tried all the combination of oils and none of it worked. i finally switched to a ph balanced shampoo and my dandruff got better but my scalp would still itch.. i then tried the dreadlock shampoo bars and my dandruff is 99% gone. they really do work. my scalp hasn't been this calm and not itchy in over a year. if your dreads are new then i would bet the locking up liquid shampoo would work just as well. good luck!

Gavin Parsons
@Gavin Parsons
04/01/13 09:49:54AM
8 posts

DANDRUFF!!!


Help! Save My Dreads

Ok...so like many people on here suffering from the drying effects of washes we use I need help!

I have been on my dready journey for less than a year now and have been following 1/2 Cup Baking Soda, 10 Drop Tea Tree Oil, 20 Drop Rosemary, 20 Drop Lavender wash to about a gallon water. Leave this in for around 10 minutes or more. I recently moved to only cold water to try to combat this flakey takeover! For a rinse, I only had white vinegar at the start added to the same essential oils to the same large Gatorade bottle. Leave this infor about 3-5 minutes. I have done two rinses with the Apple Cider Vinegar recently but to no avail. My hair looks and feels so amazing (besides the flakey/waxyness) and I am making great progress even pulling my hair back in a pony tail for work...I understand this could slow the process but I cannot wear a Tam at work and my hair is seperating fine anyway. I have read so many posts and looked at some of the PH balances but maybe its over my head. I would love any input and advice from the dready phamily out there!


updated by @Gavin Parsons: 01/13/15 09:50:20PM
Gavin Parsons
@Gavin Parsons
03/31/13 08:57:38AM
8 posts

Dreadlocks & Discrimination: Interview Questions


General Talk

I am pretty much a noob but I feel like I can contribute :) I started dreads less than a year ago using neglect so I am still in the earliest process. I work at a hospital,at an inpatient surgical unit so I have to keep my hair clean, neat and tidy. The main discrimination is the questions like, ewwe do you wash, are they dirty, etc. Truth is my hair is cleaner and healthier than ever. I wash with Baking Soda, tea tree oil, rosemary, and lavender every 2 days or so. You know when your hair needs washed...I mean, even before this I didnt wash every single day. Its unnecessary and flat out bad for your hair regardless if you have locks. Sometimes I rinse with vinegar and the same essential oils but my hair is naturally oily soI dont use thiseverytime.Sometimes I can get flakey and Iam looking intocorrecting this. Soaring Eagle or Baba Fats probably havea post I havent discovered yet. I live in FL so I dip my hair in the ocean for added "spirituality" :) The salt water is goodfor baby locks but jeez you cant leave it in long. I love feeling like I am a part of nature and this journey has opened me up to so many people living more naturally. I am not a druggy. I started growing my hair out because of the"JerseyShore" look. Everyone had fades and lineups and I was just flat out over it. Once my hair got longI found out I had really thick and wavy hair.It just kept getting longer and at the same time I started living a more natural lifestyle.Once I started looking into products we use everyday it was quite disheartening.Shampoos,Conditioners,Soaps, even toothpasteallhave harmful additives.Long story short, in myjourneys to living more naturaly I discovered this site along with an"altenative" lifestylewhere people actually give a damn again. People probably ask me more now if I have"drugs" when I am out because of the long hair and beard. Granted I smoke a joint or two from time to time but in my opinion is the most natural thing to put in your body. If man has touched it, its probably bad for you. Think of all the stuff they put in beer, cigs, food,and whoa on the pharmaceutical companies...smh. They should be ashamed. I love my life and feel like starting dreads is more of a start to a different way of life, a different state of being. In this fragile state in America you have to stand for something, or fall for anything. Unlike some people, I didnt start this journey as a hairstyle or a way to look cool. I started living more naturally and did my research on the history of locks. I am glad you are doing more research as well and hope to see you post on the drealocksite again!

Gavin Parsons
@Gavin Parsons
04/22/13 01:56:31PM
8 posts

essential oils for dreads and scalp health


Dread Products

This is so informative...I immedietly got on here freaking out because of dandruff but if I would have just read a little more, smh. Thanks everybody!


updated by @Gavin Parsons: 07/23/15 08:56:19AM
Gavin Parsons
@Gavin Parsons
03/25/13 11:18:36AM
8 posts

the beauty of the early messy stage of natural neglect dreadlocks


Dreadlock Picture Gallery

Due to my job I have to pull my hair in a pony-tail...when its down it looks sooo good.Its in the "crazy" stage and sadly corporateAmerica isnt as accepting asid like it to be. Plus it gets in the way... (I work at a hospital)Will pulling it back tight have much of an effect? This site is so amazing, thank you SE and all the people contributing to this. I love this journey and have NO plans on ever cutting/hurting my hair again. The BS/ACV was forum is great. I am using SE "recipe" with tea trea oil, lavender, rosemary and following the updates. THANK YOUZZZ!!!


updated by @Gavin Parsons: 07/22/15 11:27:15AM
Gavin Parsons
@Gavin Parsons
05/16/13 06:49:47AM
8 posts

before and after dreadlocks pictures comparing dreads no dreads


Dreadlock Picture Gallery

I love watching the progressions from what looks like sad faces to happy, smiling, andliberated dreadheads! This has been a long journey to get where I am right now so now I appreciate everyone so much more. This is a lifetime of becoming better people on the inside and then out!