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the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
03/15/13 04:14:12PM
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I am also passed a year now, started with mine almost to my waist, most went above my shoulders, Now I am starting to notice a little growth, but then again I started taking Biotin about a month ago to speed up the growth. When I first started, I was aware of shrinkage, but holey shit, not like this!! Somehow it took me by surprise.

Noodle-Doo said:

Thank you! Yeah, they are probably between one third and one quarter of the original hair length now, and that includes the year of hair growth in between. Think it's stopped shrinking and started growing out now.

I was never that bothered about ageing and greying and stuff, but dreading has taught me even more that it doesn't matter. I don't have locks to try and look good, so why should the colour matter? (Though I do like dyed ones on other people, can be really cool). I'm really into the idea of the growth of dreads recording the history of a person, and getting older is all part of that.
the Barrellady said:

Great timeline. lots of shrinkage. Thanks for sharing with us Noodle-do, they are awesome, especially the grey starting. Peace

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
03/08/13 08:36:31PM
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Great timeline. lots of shrinkage. Thanks for sharing with us Noodle-do, they are awesome, especially the grey starting. Peace

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
08/12/13 01:38:58AM
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My Dreadlock Video Timeline.


Member Journals and Timelines

Good way to post a timeline. No pitchfork from me....your choice on how to start yours. Glad you will let them be from here on in to do their thing to become mature dreads. Along the way, you will find that broken hairs from the hook will start to poke out of your dreads. Let them be, they will eventually get sucked back into your dreads, don't let anyone talk you into using a hook to put them back in, it will just cause more broken hairs that will poke out again and weaken your dreads. No wax was used right? (hope not, they are unable to mature if any was used)

Looking forward to seeing your next months update, thanks for sharing....Oh yeah, your beard was awesome there........peace

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
08/11/13 09:42:25PM
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New to dreadlocks


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Hey there, we're gonna have to buy you some of those finger mittens to keep your hands away from your dreads. After almost a year and a half, I still catch myself tucking my hair behind my ears, and because of that, those pieces of hair still have not dreaded, yep, bad habits do slow down the journey for sure. Now that you used the hook and have your dreads, I hope that you let them be from here on in. You will get a huge case of the frizzies from the broken hairs when they start to poke out, but please let them be, they WILL eventually get sucked back into your dreads and stay there. Don't let anyone talk you into putting them back in with a hook, let it happen all naturally. All you need to do is wash and separate any sections trying to join together, that is all from here on in.

By the way, everyday I see T.O. from across the lake, so tomorrow morning I'll wave to ya.....peace

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
08/12/13 01:50:41AM
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recent crochet convert help!


Dread Maintenance

When dreads are just starting out, the roots will be about 3 to 4 inches loose, undreaded hair. Once they are fully mature, they are still loose for about the first inch. This allows the dreads to move about without causing scalp stress. This is how natural dreads should be. Dreads are an amazing thing, they dread all on their own without doing anything to the roots. Be good to your dreads and scalp, don't use your hands to try and change what is happening up there. All you need to do is keep them clean and separate any sections trying to join onto another...that's it. Easy huh........Do you know what caused all those loose 1 inch hairs? The crochet hook breaking them and that is your new regrowth. Due to the hook, your dreads will be mature at about the 2 year mark, so have patience, you will be fine.......peace

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
08/12/13 01:09:04AM
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A tough week with dreadlocks


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Ah shucks, I like "Dread Mom" too. Thanks Jules & HippieHybrid If my husband ever gets a cord for his phone, I can post all the pics of my dreads. They look so different now and I have many pics of the last few months showing the changes. Mine are fantastic now, the messy days are gone forever. A few are mature now, looks like the rest will be mature by my 2 year mark...peace

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
08/11/13 10:26:08PM
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A tough week with dreadlocks


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Growing dreadlocks is a wonderful journey for the soul. The journey to get mature dreadlocks does something to us, teaches us that our hair does not have to look perfect all the time. Many many members on this site have had bad days, bad weeks, but we toughen up buttercup, we get through it. I had an entire month and a half where my daughter called me a Troll, & I did look like I lived under a bridge. What did I do during that time, at home I did not give a shit, but when I went out I just wore a nice loose tam, had a few colors maded for those times.....The journey to healthy mature dreads is not instant, but the reward is amazing. Just think, by the two year mark you will have the dreadlocks you always envisioned, ones that will last you for life, ones that others will admire for their sheer beauty. Hang in there, knit a tam and put in on, or ask an elderly neighbor to make one for you, they love to knit. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. To help you out, just come on here and bitch, complain, get it out of your system...Mine looked so bad that I have no pics of it, to wild for me....but I got through it and love love love mine now.....Here is a hug from all of us...peace

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
08/12/13 01:00:50AM
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Michelle's Twist n' Rip Timeline!


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Great timeline Michelle, glad you shared it with us! Don't you love all the loops that are forming, I found that stage very fascinating when I went through it. I used the BS wash, ACV rinse for my entire first year and loved it. I see you are having a bit of a time with the ACV, so just passing on the ratio and time to make sure you have it right, it just might be as simple as that. After you rinse out the BS wash, mix 1-2 capfuls of ACV with 5 cups of water, pour over head and rinse it out within one minute. For you, maybe try only 1 capful, which is a teaspoon, and also rinse it out right away, not waiting the minute. Try this a couple of times and see if it helps.

Also, if you have hard water, this gives an oily feeling with the BS wash as it does not dissolve properly in the hard water and give off an oily feeling after time. If this is the case, then for the BS part only, either use bottled water...I buy the water cooler size, lasts a long time......or......boil your water first, let it cool down, gently pour out the 5 cups of water to mix with 1/2 cup of BS, leaving the mineral deposits at the bottom of the pot.

Looking forward to more updates....peace

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
08/12/13 02:36:35AM
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how do i get dreads like this?


Dreading Methods

Forgot to mention this to you. We recommend that sections be no larger than one inch where the hair meets the scalp. The reason being is that once mature, the entire dread will shrink and become that thickness. 1 inch (2.5cm) mature dreads will take 24 hours to fully dry inside the core of them. You can certainly have sections fatter than that if you choose, but be aware that really fat dreads can take days to fully dry in the inside core. You can have assorted sizes all over your head, from 1 inch to the size of a pencil or even thinner, they don't need to be all the same size. I don't know if I ever sent you a link to my post, although I started with T&R, many of my tips can be used for any method of choice: http://www.dreadlockssite.com/forum/topics/just-starting-out-what-to-expect

Feel free to ask me questions any time at all.....peace

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
08/11/13 10:46:27PM
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how do i get dreads like this?


Dreading Methods

Hey Sarai, they best way for sectioning is to let it section naturally. By not brushing for two weeks, they will form into sections all on their own. After this has happened, you can control the next part. Is a section bigger or wider than you wanted? If so, then divide it into 2 or 3 or what ever amount you want. The problem lies when you make the sections from scratch, you may put hair into that section and those hairs may not have wanted to be together, so they will divide at the roots even a year into your journey. But, letting them do it on its own first, and even dividing those into smaller sections will avoid future separation at the roots. So yes, you can have control after you let it do its thing for a couple of weeks. Hope this was not confusing.....peace

Sarai said:

So am I completely missing the point of dreads for wanting a LITTLE bit of control over the sectioning?

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