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Levi Caribou
07/20/16 07:10:30PM
6 posts

2 Yr 8 Mo progress! Mostly neglect, some twist n' rip

General Talk

Hello! I first posted here close to three years ago about starting a neglect method from relatively short hair. I've lost photos from that time, although my profile picture on here can give an idea from where I started!

The first year and a half was completely neglect method, however I began to get a bit impatient. About 1/3 of my dreads are completely neglect and they are the noticibly stronger, bigger, and dreadry dreads. Still I had a friend make some twist in rips which really helped speed up the process. I haven't done anything with them sense. Most of the twist and rip went away, however it made some pretty good "dread seeds" which have taken nicely to the process. I think it'll be two to three more years before my dreads are for now, a lot of them are big ol' flat guys with many loops and swirling knots. I seperate congos every once in a while, when I fear the dreads will be too big...but otherwise I have a lot that are growing together happily. I also still have a lot of loose hair, but Im very satisified with how things are growing.

I try to wash my hair with baking soda and essential oils (tea trea, eukaliptus, mint) at least once 1-2 months in hot water for ~30 minutes with an apple cider rinse every 3 months or so. I also try to wash my hair once a week with a bar soap safe for dreads *no sulphate or perfumes* and wash my hair with only water about twice a week. I've never had a problem with bugs, lice, oder, or fungi!

I've had two jobs, attend college (with scholarships), and have quite the messy mop! However, I love my hair and I always get completes on its original look, especially when I'm dancing. I don't comprimise my hair for work or anything, I just look else where. If it's a concern for you, understand there are still many ways to make you hair look neet and profensional, even when you have a ton of fuzzies stickying out! Aloevera is a good place to start. Nonetheless, I've also been out right rejected from certain people, clubs, and events. For some people, it seems unhygenic to have hair like I do (and more over sometimes people just dont mix). But that's just fine, it's my choice, and there are still many people and places ready to accept a dready friend!

I encourage everyone interested in dreads to go the neglect method! They're my best dreads! I'll try and get some betetr photos so you can see the full scope of my dreadbabies, but here's an idea:

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updated by @levi-caribou: 07/20/16 07:23:30PM
Levi Caribou
11/19/13 03:48:01PM
6 posts

Life after Locks

General Talk

Just curious, has anyone on this site kept dreads for a long period of time, then got rid of them? I'm asking because I am curious what happens to hair after dreads. I'm not sure how long I plan to have dreads for (a good while, I'm sure) but am curious what happens to hair growth after dreads.

I've heard it permanently changes the way your hair grows (which is fine with me), I just want to hear what life is like after locks!

updated by @levi-caribou: 01/13/15 09:59:45PM
Levi Caribou
11/18/13 05:18:14PM
6 posts

Diluting shampoo and sea salt use?

Dread Products

I'm planning on buying some liquid shampoo from and have a couple questions:

1) I understand prefference comes into play here, but is it better to start with liquid or bar shampoo? I've just made my dread lock pact last night using the organic method and am not sure which would be better to start with.

2) in the event that I buy the liquid shampoo, would diluting it be a good idea? Or is its default concentration the best to work with forming dreads?

3) Can their sea salt accelerator be used right from the get go--or should I wait for dreads to already being forming before tampering with sea salt?


updated by @levi-caribou: 01/13/15 09:59:44PM
Levi Caribou
11/18/13 01:21:58PM
6 posts

What do you wash with?

Dread Maintenance

Awesome! I wasn't sure if I should start my washings with the BS method or just buy from now I know!

I'll be buying a bar asap. However, in the mean time, is it alright to wash with Bronner's? I have just begun my dreading process, and so none have formed yet, so it doesn't seem like build up will be an issue just yet.

Levi Caribou
11/17/13 11:53:55PM
6 posts


Introduce Yourself

Hi all, my name is Levi and I've been told about three or four times out of the blue that I would look good with dreads. But alas, that is not my only reason! It is but a seed to this journey of liberation for my head of hair! My mom was (and still is) a Dead Head--my dad a biker--and so I fit in a somewhat strange category in how I've been raised and how things have affected me.

I attend the University of Arizona and am majoring in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology--I'm a sophomore and 20 years old.

Today (or rather, tonight), I start the organic process of dreading and am nervous/excited in how this will work out!

Here's some photos of my beginning--I have a mohawk thingy and plan to keep it that way, even with dreads! I'm not sure if my hair is long enough, but from what it sounds like, this natural process just kind of happens at any length. Am I wrong about this? let me know what you think! Here we go!

updated by @levi-caribou: 02/05/15 10:12:49AM
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