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Rebekah Shupe
@Rebekah Shupe
02/15/12 09:46:58AM
22 posts

Why Does Our Hair Knot


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I'm not really sure, but I would assume that our ancestors' ancestors didn't have time to sit around and look pretty, at least most of them. Not having the time to comb through your hair 8 times a day probably contributed.

Rebekah Shupe
@Rebekah Shupe
02/08/12 06:55:17PM
22 posts

If you believe in God or in positive energy...


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I know that the situation would have been difficult to think clearly and not panic, but it seemed as if the supervisor was inexperienced. I think it's kind of nuts that it wouldn't be considered a high-priority when he's not supposed to be alone with them and he is refusing to let her in, and she could smell gasoline...*le sigh*

Rebekah Shupe
@Rebekah Shupe
02/07/12 12:23:44PM
22 posts

If you believe in God or in positive energy...


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It is very sad, I can't imagine what her family and even his family are facing right now.

Rebekah Shupe
@Rebekah Shupe
02/06/12 02:45:04AM
22 posts

If you believe in God or in positive energy...


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I'm not sure how much any of you will know about the Susan Powell case. live in Utah, so the case of Susan Powell's disappearance was pretty big news around here. But today her husband, Josh Powell, who was a suspect in her disappearance, had his 2 sons (both under the age of 10) arrive for a supervised visit to his home. He let them in the house, locked the social worker out and lit his house on fire. The bodies of him and his children were found inside the ruin of the home. So, whatever you believe in, some kind of God, positive energy, good thoughts or whatever, there is a family out there that is never going to be able to replace the hole that has been left by the murders of Susan Powell and her sons. Pretty sure they could use anything you've got when it comes to "prayers".


updated by @Rebekah Shupe: 02/05/15 10:12:49AM
Rebekah Shupe
@Rebekah Shupe
02/11/12 08:58:48PM
22 posts

Natural Dreads At Lightning Speed (updated)


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Maybe part of it too, is that women typically use so much product on their hair before they start dreading it, so their hair goes nuts for the change.


updated by @Rebekah Shupe: 07/24/15 03:18:55PM
Rebekah Shupe
@Rebekah Shupe
02/11/12 06:37:19PM
22 posts

Natural Dreads At Lightning Speed (updated)


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Wearing a wool hat would probably help the top of my head get going, that's the one place where I've barely had any change.

Rebekah Shupe
@Rebekah Shupe
02/11/12 06:10:56PM
22 posts

Natural Dreads At Lightning Speed (updated)


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I wash it every other day with the BS wash (I have to use about 3/4 cup) with about 10 drops of Sandalwood and a little bit of the Just 4 Dreads Lockin Up Shampoo from www.dreadlockshampoo.com, and then I do the ACV rinse. I'm chasing 3 boys around all day...nothing special on the diet. I've been trying to go a bit lighter on meats, but I avoid sugar and too much salt now. I don't wear a hat, but I sometimes tie it back for cooking or cleaning or whatever. So yeah, it's always out. I'm really excited with the speed that mine is locking at, but to be honest, I've taken a step backwards with a lot of locks this week because I am still waiting on my beads and the locks have been knotting together so quickly that I've had to undo a few knots to get them out of the congos. My hair has NEVER been very manageable...right after combing (you know back when I used them lol) I'd have tangles forming after 5 min. I guess the one thing that I did the first couple of days was when I'd be resisting combing my fingers through them or whatever, I'd take a second and basically headbang or whip it around a bit to keep me from messing with it, not sure if it helped it lock up or not, but it helped my itchy fingers lol

stia said:

That's one week! What do you shampoo with? What is your diet? What did you spend your week doing? What I would give for that progress. I'm at the one month point (neglect w/ bs wash) and nowhere near your stage. I would love to have the sectioning reveal themselves a bit like yours. Do you keep your hair out all the time or do you keep it under a hat?

Rebekah Shupe
@Rebekah Shupe
02/06/12 02:00:36AM
22 posts

Natural Dreads At Lightning Speed (updated)


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Before I started dreading, I'd have to comb out huge knots that would form in my hair by my neck a few times a day EVERY day...I didn't realize that it was my hair trying to form dreads. It seems like my hair has wanted to do this for a long time.

Rebekah Shupe
@Rebekah Shupe
02/06/12 12:30:39AM
22 posts

Natural Dreads At Lightning Speed (updated)


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SO...I've been having a minor conflict for the past little while. I'm not sure if I want to continue my natural set, or if I want to comb out the current progress and TnR them or have them backcombed. I've heard how damaging backcombing can be, so I'm not sure about going with that method, but my hair is just being so difficult I'm not sure what else to do. I do have a couple of dreads that have been coming together really well, but the majority are forming up funny...just becoming massive balls that climb up my head and I don't want literal hair balls all over the place. So, I'm not sure what to do just yet...I would love a few opinions though.

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Ok, I haven't updated this thing in over a month...oops. My separation problem was temporarily solved by loosely wrapping some of the developing dreads with yarn for about a week until the surrounding ones locked up a little bit more. Result: Wrapped dreads are tighter, and there are less masses of loose hairs to congo. So, I am pretty satisfied with that. I will say that when I mean that I wrapped them loosely, I mean that I had to push the top of the yarn back up multiple times a day, and the dreads were not being squeezed, so there's no pinched spots in my dreads.

Separating is definitely getting easier...I still have to separate daily, but it's gotten SOOO much better from where it was a month ago.

So, as for pictures...my phone camera sucks and I'm pretty sure that my hair is impossible to photograph with it. Try as I may, I just cannot get a good picture of what's going on with my dreads, but I've put up the best I could manage for now. These pictures are from today...so almost 7 weeks now, and unfortunately, they make it look like I've got some serious issues going on with loose hair joining with dreads at all angles...I just didn't separate again before taking the pictures, but I did separate my hair this afternoon, so you'll see how quick it undoes my organizing lol

Alright, just a really quick update, but I'll put up pictures today or tomorrow. I've discovered the way to keep this nightmare separated! I experimented on half of my head first and the results have been pretty good :) I bought the dread locking gel from dreadlockshampoo.com and pinned half of my hair at the back of my head away from the rest and then just kept the locks secured with one large hair band just loosely tied around them. Start at the top layers of hair and sort of work your way back as if you're making multiple rows...mine aren't straight, but it helped me keep track of where all of my dreads were forming. With each naturally forming section, you get it out of the congo it's started forming over the past few hours and take the loose hairs that have been catching the other sections at the root and wrap them around the main section. You are not twisting and ripping, just showing your hair where it's home is! Get some gel and put it along the entire section, root to tip. (I used a lot because my hair is so long) Then you just flip that section over to the other side of your head, pin it if necessary, and move on. The whole process on just one side of my head took .... 2 and a half hours?? But I have got a TON of hair!

After 2 days, most of those sections are still there and I can find them and manage other loose hairs pretty easily. Which is pretty damn impressive compared to how hard it was to section before. I'll put up pictures as soon as I can...happy dreading! --

Ok, so now we're a couple weeks shy of 2 weeks and I've definitely had some progress...some of it was undone throughout the week however, due to knots knotting too quickly...but I'm working on that.

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I started naturally dreading one week ago as of tomorrow morning. My hair has never stayed tangle free in all my life, so I guess letting it go has caused my hair to throw a party. It started out with only the underside of my hair forming a massive knotted mess, and it has sectioned off and spread out into the topside of my hair at warp speed, no joke. I was expecting to have a little progress and some awesome locks at about two months or so, just based on what I'd read and seen on here, so I was not prepared for what my hair has done.

I have to section my hair at least twice a day, more is better though, or I start finding congos forming in it. I've actually got a few locks in there that look like dreads now, crazy. I think it is interesting, because while I am very excited that my hair is all for the idea of dreads, it has made it difficult to keep my dreads small. I intend to have dreads bigger than I am sectioning right now, but I figured that if I start them smaller than I want, I will have less of a chance of having massive locks sneaking up on me between separating, and I can let them join with other small dreads when they stop being this greedy.

That is where I was at the end of the first day, and here is where I am now...

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updated by @Rebekah Shupe: 02/14/15 04:43:06AM
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