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Earth Rose
@Earth Rose
06/13/14 10:46:03PM
38 posts

Let It Go [Warning, LOTS of photos] TIMELINE


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I kind of thought it might inspire those who are starting their journey, or are down the road a little, that aren't feeling confident about the way their dreads are forming. This is my extensive journey, mapped from my awful "rats' nest" -as I'd been told - to beautiful, mature locks, that I love more and more each day.

My method, "let it go"....completely natural/neglect, with some string and beads here and there, to completely naked dreads.

This journey has been a beautiful and mind expanding experience, and I'm glad to share it with you all now.

5 and 1/2 years of Letting It Go begins here....

Before letting it go...

And it's going....


updated by @Earth Rose: 02/05/15 10:12:49AM
Earth Rose
@Earth Rose
06/11/14 09:56:49PM
38 posts

Managing my neglected dreads....


Dread Maintenance

I just thought this was funny, the other day I was at the river, and my baby hairs were drying out - which means curly and frizzy - and some guy said "Whoa, looks like you need to work on your hair a little.." to which I responded, "I took the neglect route for a reason..."

It goes either way, some people will ask if it's a lot of work to have my hair look like this too.

But really, I just was sick of painfully finger combing [since I've never used a brush] knots out of my mess of hair in the first place. So I let it do it's thing. I guess OCCASIONALLY, I'll pull some apart, but only if the big ones are trying to get bigger or grabbing a dread that's not right next to it. Other than that, they're their own thing doing as they please.


updated by @Earth Rose: 02/05/15 10:12:49AM
Earth Rose
@Earth Rose
06/11/14 09:16:44PM
38 posts

Second thoughts


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That is apart of the journey. Shit gets real, and quick. I think it took almost two years for my hair to start looking nice, to me and other people...for the first couple years it was a rats nest on my head that was absolutely out of control. It's a beautiful learning experience. Growing locks definitely brings up a lot for people, with strangers or even those they're close to, but I believe it's worth it.

Earth Rose
@Earth Rose
03/27/14 08:12:05PM
38 posts

So I back combed my dreads before I signed up here


Dread Maintenance

I'd say just let 'em grow... you should be fine. You should post photos too.

Earth Rose
@Earth Rose
03/27/14 01:20:41AM
38 posts

dread wraps?


Dread Accessories

Personally...I'd avoid wrapping your dreads...when you get them wet they'll retain more moisture and make you more susceptible to mold. When I had my dreads wrapped they'd stay wet for days...and some eventually developed a slime to them...I took all my cords out and had to do some serious washing. Just sayin....

Earth Rose
@Earth Rose
03/26/14 10:16:29PM
38 posts

Grey hair? Mildew? Or Baking Soda build up??


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There is also the factor that a lot of the hairs within your dreads are not live, attached hairs anymore and may lose pigment after dettached from your head! I think that's what mine is, I don't use BS just Dr Bronners....and it's not my tips that are grey, it's interwoven into my locks - no mildew or mold present either.

Earth Rose
@Earth Rose
03/27/14 01:30:41AM
38 posts

Do early wraps help lock your hair? and other wrap concerns...


Dread Accessories

Oh...but if you really want to wrap to help with the dread process, I think it's much more effective to tighten already matured dreads...not babies.

Earth Rose
@Earth Rose
03/27/14 01:29:19AM
38 posts

Do early wraps help lock your hair? and other wrap concerns...


Dread Accessories

For myself, I think the dreads that were wrapped before they were mangled didn't really dread faster, and had some parts that didn't dread at all....the roots of the wrapped hairs went nuts though, and once I unwrapped the hair they had established sections, if you will..

I personally wouldn't recommend wrapping dreads at all, I've had many wraps, of many different materials, some for years, some for short amounts of time. I notice they stay wet much longer than any other dreads...and eventually the string kind of melds with the hair and becomes slimy....I think it puts you at risk for mold. When I finally got all my wraps out I had to do some pretty serious washings to feel like my hair was normal again and not housing any fungi.

Earth Rose
@Earth Rose
03/27/14 02:14:24PM
38 posts

Hair elastic alternatives?


Dread Accessories

I just use a cotton/spandex headband as a giant hair tie. Simple!

Earth Rose
@Earth Rose
05/22/11 12:48:15PM
38 posts

Heading to NorCal!!!


Introduce Yourself

From San Diego, I'm heading up the coast, I know there's a ton of you Cali dreadies on the way, let's meet up and play!!!!
updated by @Earth Rose: 01/13/15 09:02:32PM
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