DREAD HELP!! does this look right?
Help! Save My Dreads
They're going to look funky. I wouldn't worry about it and just let it do it's thing. There's nothing that can really go "wrong" if you don't interfere with them.
lol That's not strange. I have the first 4 days in blog posts. Here's a link to them
Really enjoyed reading this! I just started my neglecting about 5 days ago but damn if I'm not all full of knots in the back already.
I'm in the same position a couple of you are-loving my fatty foods and having a really hard time focusing on bettering myself. For the last year or so I've been going off and on vegan but over the next month of so I'm going to do really hit it hard and go plant based. I need to lose about 100 pounds and want my 10 year old daughter to learn to treat her body well.
And the best coconut water I've ever had, if you can't get it straight from the coconut, is Harmless Harvest. Oh my god I love that stuff so much. I can only afford one or two small bottles of it a month because it's so expensive but it's totally worth it.
I just started my neglect dreads today. Last night I used my normal face/body soap to scrub my hair and it turned out amazingly clean and separated today. I only used it because it was the most natural clarifying product I own right now. I'd love to keep using it on my hair but I'm not sure if it has any residue depositing properties that would make it bad for my dreads? Here are the ingredients...can anyone give me some feedback? It's Black Magic soap by One Hand Washes The Other on Etsy. I've used it for years on my skin and I love it.
I used to be on this site a few years ago when I decided to try out dreads. First I tried to crochet my own, hoping for the "instant dread" effect. They were nasty, so I combed them out and tried T&R but eventually I felt my hair was just shrinking up too much for the length I started out with, and I combed them out after about 4 or 5 months.
Now my hair is longer and I feel like I'm better prepared for the emotional ups and downs that dreads can bring, you know the "Oh my god I look like crap!" to the "I love how my hair just does what it wants!"
This time I'm considering the natural process. My hair is currently just around armpit length, bleached and dyed purple and teal. Part of me feels I need to let it grow A LOT more before I'd be comfortable with all the inevitable shrinkage. I already only wash it a couple times a week already, so my color stays bright so that wouldn't be too hard of an adjustment.
My main concern is that I live in an extremely conservative area and have a 10 year old daughter. She's very secure in her momma's funkiness but I worry about embarrassing her during the long awkward dreadie phases. It's definitely something she and I would have to discuss and plan to have scarves and hats on hand. Luckily (I guess), I'm a single mom and disabled veteran. I support us on my meager VA payments so working and juggling dreads isn't an issue.
I know my dreads will do what the please, but of course I dream of these long, soft, fat locks just circling my head. Patience has never been one of my strong suits. Committing to this is also committing myself to changing for the better...
Looking forward to poking around a bit and meeting everyone! Love seeing your dread journeys!