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


Introduce Yourself

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
08/11/13 09:42:25PM
1,302 posts

New to dreadlocks


Introduce Yourself

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
08/07/13 12:17:43AM
1,302 posts

White strands of hair in dreads


Help! Save My Dreads

No, if your hair is healthy, sunshine is fine for you. I am not sure on the ratio percentage but it is 3 1/2 tablespoons to 5 cups water.....peace Ahmed, have a great day

Ahmed Abdellah said:

Oh, that's outdated, they're 1 year old now, pretty mature, I do 1:10 ACV/water, I will try to leave it for less.

Would staying in sun for long periods cause such damage also?

the Barrellady said:

Ahmed, you are only 2 months into your journey. The ratio for ACV is 1-2 capfuls of ACV mixed with 5 cups of water. Pour over wet hair once you rinsed out the shampoo or BS, then rinse it out right away or within one minute tops....Don't leave it in longer than that, 5 minutes is too long.....peace

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
08/06/13 10:38:54PM
1,302 posts

baby dreads, questions :)


Dread Maintenance

You will love the Himalayan Sea Salt from her site. My only regret was not buying two of them when I ordered, as I got hooked on the stuff. Great for problem areas that don't want to dread. Yes, you can keep it in due to the added natural ingredients used...peace

WC~baby~dreads said:

thanks :)...I noticed on www.dreadlocksoap.com they have a salt accelerator, is that a leave in product or should you still wash out?


updated by @the Barrellady: 07/23/15 03:54:39AM
the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
08/06/13 10:36:58PM
1,302 posts

baby dreads, questions :)


Dread Maintenance

Twist & rip dreads are a method to future dreads. They will not stay looking as they do, they will not stay as long as they are right now, they will not stay as thin as they are now. Many of mine did stay in, but they did also loosen. They are a starter method. When you see a few months down the road all the action they go through, you will be amazed how different they are. Once mature, then they look like actual dreads. Check out this link to see the crazy shapes that happen during the journey: http://www.dreadlockssite.com/forum/topics/weirdest-shaped-dread-competition?page=6&commentId=3754945%3AComment%3A1684846&x=1#3754945Comment1684846

These shapes are all from members journeys to mature dreads, whether it be neglect method, T&R or back, combing....peace

WC~baby~dreads said:

thank you!! I will wash my hair tonight! I only waited this first week so hopefully that didn't mess it up too much...so when you say that twist n rip isn't actual dreads....how does this work then? will each one come undone and redread sort of? but they kinda stick to the original sectioning?...I guess it is confusing to me to hear that they are not real dreadlocks when it is called the twist n rip dreadlock method LOL...now im confused!

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
08/06/13 05:43:18PM
1,302 posts

baby dreads, questions :)


Dread Maintenance

This is the best site on the web for all the truth you need to grow healthy dreadlocks. I will answer your questions for you:

  1. Don't touch the ends at all, they need to loosen up in order to dread. Twist & Rip are not dreads at all, they are only a starter method to your future dreadlocks. If you retwist, you will set back the maturing stage each and every time, always taking a step back. You did the roadmap, now let them be.
  2. The best dread shampoos out there are from www.dreadlockshampoo.com. They were created by a member on this site. You will find many testimonials on her shampoos and bars, made with natural ingredients. There is also a baking soda wash / apple cider vinegar rinse you can use, I used it for my entire first year: http://www.dreadlockssite.com/forum/topics/ratios-baking-soda-wash-apple-cider-vinegar-rinse-sea-salt-mix You will find that with dreadlocks, you oil production will slow down. I had oily hair also and now I do not, only around my hairline. In the beginning months you do wash 2-3 times a week. Why? Hair dreads quicker when getting wet, dreads love clean hair. Any oils in the hair will cause knots to slip out, so you don't want oily hair. The more you wash the faster you dread. It is only when dreads are mature that you should wash once a week as they can take 24 hours to dry. But not so when starting out, they dry so much quicker.
  3. Yes, this method: XXXXXXX allows the hair to still loop and shrink to become mature dreads. If wrapped completely tight, the hairs in the sections are restricted and can't turn into dreadlocks. That is the best way to wrap them XXXXXXX You can use embroidery thread or hemp. You can't avoid the frizzies, just part of the process we all go through. It will only last about a month.
  4. Aloe only lasts a few hours, so great for a special occasion. The best Aloe is right from the plant, next best can be found in health food stores in the refrigerated section. But dreads don't need this daily. If you want to use a conditioner, use the ACV rinse as listed on the link I gave you.
  5. Sea Salt sprays work fantastic, it is an accelerator to dreads. Again, the ratio is on the link. You live in BC, the ocean water is the best to use, so go for a swim! If you do, just remember to rinse out the salt water within 2 hours......

Hope this helped you out...peace

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
08/06/13 05:15:41PM
1,302 posts

Yay for baby dreads!


Introduce Yourself

go up to where it says home at the top, hover over that and underneath it will say Dreadlocksite 3.0. That is the new one still getting the kinks worked out of it. Soaring Eagle created it to work better with mobile phones etc. Once it is all completed, the two sites will merge into one. Go ahead and join up there now if you want, or just wait for the two to merge....peace

WC~baby~dreads said:

thanks! I just read that post actually a few minutes ago :)...what is the new beta site

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
08/06/13 05:04:27PM
1,302 posts

Yay for baby dreads!


Introduce Yourself

That is wonderful that you took the journey using a healthy method. So many hairdressers encourage the crochet hook to start dreadlocks. Many changes will happen within the next year or two. Don't worry when your sections loosen and even if some T&R fall out, that should happen. Did I ever send you this post: http://www.dreadlockssite.com/forum/topics/just-starting-out-what-to-expect It lets you know what to expect with twist & rip dreads. This may answer many of your questions.....peace

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
08/06/13 03:51:49PM
1,302 posts

Time to the Line. 4.5 Month Update. :p


Member Journals and Timelines

I did a few thin ones too tight, not knowing what I have learned since starting them. They are the only ones that are not close to mature dreads. Those will dread in time, but will take much longer because they are unable to loosen and knot differently. ...peace

the Barrellady
@the Barrellady
08/06/13 03:48:20PM
1,302 posts

Dreads look like they are filled with dirt...


Help! Save My Dreads

Hi Adrian, I was just wondering if you tried the Dawn dish soap wash yet or Wax B Gone? Hope you get everything settled right for ya.....peace

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