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Panterra Caraway
@Panterra Caraway
02/21/14 01:16:02AM
665 posts

Having second thoughts


General Talk

Hello Hannah! I wanted to add a thought...when I started my dreads, my hair was about chin length. I was really worried that once it began to dread that it would be like little spikes sticking out of my head and not the beautiful flowing locs that I dreamed of! Well, my journey was a very difficult one. I had not one knot after 8 long months!!! I felt defeated and sad and there were alot of people here who really had to do some talking for me to even continue. I am a very stubborn, strong willed person. Which can work against me if I decide that something is pointless or a waste of my time. Anyway, I just kept believing in what those locs represented instead of how they looked. And let me tell you...it was HARD! It was sooo hard. And then, my dreads started to happen and then, they shrank...and shrank...and shrank...you get the idea! LOL And I just went nuts. I complained my ass off. And all that struggle and all that complaining was like a tonic for my soul. After awhile, my fears just disappeared. Because that was what all that was about...fear. So, now...my dread will be 4 in June. And this guy moves across the street from me and he has dreads (they are like 3-4 inches long and mine are like to the middle of my back) and the first thing he says is.."Wow! I will never get to where you are! Mine are all shrunk up and weird!" I had to laugh. Please don't feel defeated. Hang in there. Mold can be handled. Don't forget why you started in the first place. Big (((HUG))).

Panterra Caraway
@Panterra Caraway
02/21/14 12:57:42AM
665 posts

crochet dreads discussion and pictures


Dreading Methods

You're welcome! Big love to you SE...keep spreading the word...the truth shall set them free!

soaring eagle said:

thank you panterra ..and welcome back

Panterra Caraway
@Panterra Caraway
02/21/14 12:05:42AM
665 posts

crochet dreads discussion and pictures


Dreading Methods

In the 1970's hair was highlighted most often with a plastic cap and crochet hook...it was called frosting. Frosting was only appropriate for relatively short hair because longer hair simply could not fit into the plastic cap. The problems associated with frosting centered on the metal crochet hook. Even done correctly, pulling strands of hair through tiny holes in a plastic cap via a metal tool was uncomfortable...and many times, (especially if performed by the inexperienced!) quite painful! There was also a very real chance of hair loss from breakage. At the time, it was the best that the beauty industry had to offer. By the mid to later 1980's, a newer, non painful, more natural highlighting method became available...it was called weaving. It involved small sections of hair "woven" out with the end of a rattail comb, covered in haircolor and wrapped into sheets of foil. Many women and hairstylists breathed a sigh of relief! Okay...so that said...why would anyone want to go back to using a barbaric tool that inflicts damage and pain?!!! Nuff said!!!


updated by @Panterra Caraway: 07/22/15 11:56:42PM
Panterra Caraway
@Panterra Caraway
12/11/12 08:33:42PM
665 posts

PANTERRA IS BACK!!!!!!!!!!


Life Issues Facing Dreads

Well, my health did take a tremendous hit. I was in the hospital for awhile. But, maintaining a gluten free lifestyle has been a huge help and I am doing so much better than I was. It is really sad how much stresscan do to you! I was falling apart there for a bit. But I am slowly getting stronger and more focused all the time. I had to get myself together...and you are right...I could have used the support of my dreadie family and I should have let you all know...it was just so overwhelming. Thank you SE for being my rock! It feels real nice to be missed too :)

Panterra Caraway
@Panterra Caraway
12/11/12 08:24:04PM
665 posts

interlocking dreadlocks what it is and why its not recomended ever


Dread Maintenance

I find it incredible that anyone would think that putting undue tension on the hair (most especially at the scalp!) would be harmless. Even wearing pony tails or braids daily causes breakage and in extreme cases...balding. Anyhing that repeatedly compromises the circulation to the scalp causes damage! Wow. Who would think that they need to do anything to lock their hair anyway? Just because someone can physically do something...like force a dread to become a pretzel!...doesn't make it right. My dreads naturally dread almost right up to my head and it is very uncomfortable and I have had breakage in areas. So, why would you want to replicte the situation when you don't need too? I have done hair for 31 years and trust me....there are alot of peple out there who can and do perform all kinds of services on hair and many of them are needless. They are peormed because that iswhat someone wants...and many times, when you try to tell them how harmful it is they don't care to listen....until later, when their hair starts to beak off or fall out. By then, it takes Herculean rfforts to right the situation...if it is possible at all. Why create problems?

Panterra Caraway
@Panterra Caraway
12/11/12 08:08:00PM
665 posts

PANTERRA IS BACK!!!!!!!!!!


Life Issues Facing Dreads

Hi everybody! Some of you might remember me (atleast I hope so!). I am so sorry I was away for so long. As some of you know, I have a mentally ill child. Anyway, during the summer she got significantly worst. On two occasions, the police took her away in shackles for beating me and myother cildren. At one point, CPS was called because the people at the mental hospital assumed her hair was the result of neglect (it was the result of neglect, but not the kind they were thinking!). CPS launched an investigation looking for abuse. Ultimately, after a very hard battle...charges were dropped and my daughter was placed in another mental health facility (this one in Texas). So, she is getting the help that she needs so desperately. I have missed you all sooo much! My dreads will be 3 in June and they are beautiful! I can't imagine life without them. Please know that you are all still my family and it is wonderful to be here once again. Special love hug for Soaring Eagle. Stop by my page and say hi....show me some love you beautiful dreadie people!!!!!


updated by @Panterra Caraway: 11/13/15 07:01:59PM
Panterra Caraway
@Panterra Caraway
05/16/12 12:32:23AM
665 posts

Is it not meant to be for me?


Dreadlocks Journey Emotional Support

Yes, it does feel very much like watery sand! It can work wonders, especially for very silky, healthy, coarse or even Asian hair...which may be a bit more reluctant to knot :)
James Turk said:

I tried a paste too, just out ofcuriosity, feels like rubbing sand in your hair

Panterra Caraway
@Panterra Caraway
05/10/12 09:33:31PM
665 posts

Is it not meant to be for me?


Dreadlocks Journey Emotional Support

So glad you are going to give it a try Butterfly! I am sending positive vibes your way <3
Butterfly said:

OMG, thank you all so much for your encouragement and support. It means so much. I'm going to try everything you suggested because at this point I've gone so long I have nothing to lose, right?

To James Turk - by giving up I mean yes I would just brush it out or go get it cut short or something. I've always had fairly short layered hairstyles. To answer your question about drying, I had been letting it air dry, but recently I started using my hair dryer because I had read on here somewhere that it might help damage it more to help it lock up sooner.

Ok, Panterra I'm going to try your paste idea lol!!! It sounds horrible but I'll do it. And I'll also put some beads in. I don't understand how the beads work because I thought your hair had to be able to move to lock up and if it's in beads then it can't move. But everybody is telling me to put beads in so I will. I have some beads because I use to make some jewelry so I'll use those. I have one month till my one year of no brushing no combing, so we'll see what happens!

Panterra Caraway
@Panterra Caraway
05/10/12 02:20:23AM
665 posts

Is it not meant to be for me?


Dreadlocks Journey Emotional Support

Hi Butterfly! Okay...first...please do not give up! I have looked through what everyone has said and I do agree with almost all of it. Your hair does look very healthy and slick. You have alot of hair and that body you referred to is a bit of wave. But coarse hair can be a challenge...trust me, you and I have very similar hair (mine is just curlier in spots). The first thingI suggest is this...wet your hair thoroughly and apply a paste (yes, a paste!) of BS. Try to avoid the scalp, as it can be very irritating. Leave that paste on a good half hour, then rinse thoroughly. It may take awhile to get it all rinsed well, but rinse the daylights out of it. Now, after that you may find your hair feels horrible...dry, a bit gritty even...good! That is just what you want. You have to realize that a scratchy, rough feel is going to give you some knots. That was my problem. Being a hair professional, I clung to the concept that my hair was going to remain soft and silky but somehow dread...ain't gonna happen unfortunately. If you find that your hair still feels pretty good after the paste...wait a week and do it again. Once you rough up that cuticle, you will find it can begin to progress. It took my hair a bit over 8 mos. to even have one knot! So, I do understand your frustration. Next month I will hit my 2 years...and baby, I have a full head of pretty mature dreads (just some ends sticking out here and there!). I am so glad I stuck it out! Also, for your washing...try a regular size coffee cup full of BS and no ACV, shampoo three times a week and after you are shampooed try spraying your hair with a sea salt solution...don't get it on your scalp and don't rinse it out...air dry. Keep sleeping on that wool. And best idea of all, use those beads! They will work miracles...you won't believe it! Try the wood ones, small as you can go. Contact me anytime you feel discouraged, I will bemore than happy to help. I have been there...truly. I know you want to forget it, I know you feel let down and you think that maybe it wasn't meant to be...none of that is so...I promise. Much love and Big (((HUGS))) <3

Panterra Caraway
@Panterra Caraway
02/09/12 10:45:34AM
665 posts

After 1 year and 5 months of neglect with no dreads yet I finally decided to make a profile


Introduce Yourself

When we sleep and wash, our hair knots the most! Wash 2-3 times a week...not less! My hair was alot like yours...I had not one knot for 8 mos. It was very frustrating, but now, I am at 20 mos. with a whole head of dreads! It seemed to finally get the idea and took off fast from there. You may want to try an old, wool sweater too...just get one from anywhere (even the thrift store!) and put it as a case onto your pillow. The sea salt spray also works wonders. Wherever you have a knot, your best ones, put a bead...I find that helped me :)

Amy4life said:

Welcome to the site!
Yeah, I'd say use a sea salt spray or solution and leave it on your hair for about 2 hours, then rinse it out and wash your hair as usual. If you can get yourself to a beach or salt water pool, even better!
Also maybe consider washing your hair once a week, if you can stand it. Just to really allow your hair to knot together between washings. :)

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