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ladyofthekastle
@ladyofthekastle
06/14/12 12:49:30AM
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Dreaded be The Zombie


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I mentioned the site in one of my posts yesterday, so that may have been it! I accredit my success a lot to this website, honestly, so I wouldn't be surprised if it showed up a few times. :) Thanks for reading it. I'm hoping to keep my dreads for a while and I love how they are looking. :3

ladyofthekastle
@ladyofthekastle
06/13/12 02:42:36AM
18 posts

Dreaded be The Zombie


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I know that you all know that I have done this a hundred times.. Introduced myself and my dreads. Name is Chelsey, nickname is Zombie for many reasons--mainly philosophical and spiritual, strange, I know, but a different post all together. Now, back to my dreadies...Unfortunately, I have never actually stuck with my dreadlocks. I don't know why, maybe I needed the spiritual inclination or some mystical thing like that. Truthfully, I think I wasn't patient enough, or I thought that I had messed it up so I stopped. I have had my current set right now, for a month now. The last time I posted this, I made it seem like I was going to keep the last kind.

I had a mohawk, and then dreaded that. I wanted to keep it, but when I dreaded it it lasted for three weeks and then they washed out when I was in the shower one night. It was sad, and I was severely disappointed. So I left the dreadlock site for a while. Then I got back on nearing the ending of my high school career and said that I wanted to let my hair grow out so that I could do this, and so FINALLY my hair has grown to the point where I can have dreadlocks without them all washing out with each wash. I've had these for a month now, and I am very happy about this.

I made a few mistakes which you will surely read about in my discussions. I have taken care of them, though and they are now on their way to being cute little baby dreadlocks with their own personalities and characteristics that I enjoy very much. They are special to me, and it's something that I've wanted for what feels like a thousand years--to keep and love my dreadlocks. I have acquired this aspect of patience that I have needed to keep them for a while, and I really love them. I know more about dreadlocks than I know about myself almost, and for some reason that calms me, because I like to think that they are a part of me and I will eventually become a part of them, to where me worrying about how I'm going to keep them wont be such a hold on my mind.

Dreads should be fun, and natural. To me, they haven't been in the past, they'e been a hair style and I wasn't really dedicated. But I had waited for three months for my hair to grow out so that I could put them back in, and in that waiting I learned a bit of the patience that I would need to keep them. So, I will be posting here regularly so that you can see how they grow, and see that I, indeed keep them. :)

This site has helped me with a lot of my problems, and assuaged my fears and concerns very quickly. I love how beautiful everyone's dreadlocks are, and how different and personal they are in complete. It is amazing! I have been accepted by so many people and have seen new outlooks and things from others points of views.

This place is fantastic, and I thank everyone here for having the same issues, helping me fix them, and entertaining me and making me smile with your dread stories. :)

This is four days after I did them, and I dyed them, too. The roots were loose and they were just chilling on top of my head.

This is after one week, and four days. The dye had faded, and I had swam in a chlorine pool for about fourty five minutes and then let them air dry. The damage was bad, but they seemed to be forming pretty well.

This is two full weeks of dreads. I took this picture with a flash, so that you could kind of see the loose hair and the color of the hair. It was interesting to see what it was doing and how they were starting to move on their own and things.

I love them. :)

This is the side of my head after two weeks. Unfortunately on this side, is the side that the most forming has started, and the majority of my dreads are on that side lol my part is obvious.

After 3 weeks!!

I was so excited. My nephew and I were outside and I thought I'd take some pictures while the light was showing. They are totally crazy in this picture, and instead of me being weirded out or worried like I would have been, I'm totally loving the way they are themselves now. I will admit the wind was blowing, but it is still cool, to me. :)

Okay, This is ONE MONTH. <3

I was so happy to see how they'd visibly changed with nothing but separating, a little bit of crocheting(which I stopped doing, it was a mistake), and washing.

One Month, and One Week.

Five Weeks.

I am also writing a blog dedicated to my dreadlocks, if you want to check it out.

www.rootsofmytree.blogspot.com


updated by @ladyofthekastle: 02/05/15 10:12:49AM
ladyofthekastle
@ladyofthekastle
06/13/12 12:41:38AM
18 posts

Learn from my mistake,,the crocheting nightmare aka interlocking


Dreading Methods

Unfortunately I did this to my hair. I'm just glad that I got worried and read about it now. :] I hope to just be patient enough to leave them all alone. I hope that things even out for you.

ladyofthekastle
@ladyofthekastle
07/30/10 09:47:39PM
18 posts

The way I do my thang...


Dread Maintenance

Thanks people. :)) It helped, I had all these nerves, but I'm sure it'll be fine now. thank ya!
ladyofthekastle
@ladyofthekastle
07/30/10 09:46:32PM
18 posts

The way I do my thang...


Dread Maintenance

:)) I swim in creeks and junk usually, I hate swimming in pools most of the time. But yeah, I wash my hair really well when I do it. I was just curious, I mean, I've gotta be sure of stuff.neil coe said:
swimming is ok, if your hot go swimmi,ng, just make sure you rinse all the clorine good, and that your hair dries..... and as far as sections go, thats ok, and who said thet need to be in squares.... i think its better when they are not all uniformed in perfect rows.... but thats just me, im going natural/neglect and didn't do anything, my hair sectioned on its own, just leave it alone, only wash and your hair will dread............. good luck
ladyofthekastle
@ladyofthekastle
07/29/10 04:55:43AM
18 posts

The way I do my thang...


Dread Maintenance

Okay, I've posted a few discussions on my last crop of dreadlocks and I decided to post what I do now with my last set. I hope never to get rid of them or ruin them or anything like that... so, I hope that you all enjoy how I take care of my dreadies.

First off, I should start off by saying--You are going to make mistakes. I know I did. I was a fool and did two or three things to my hair that I wish I hadn't done, but was lucky enough to learn that it was bad for my hair before I permanently damaged it.

I crocheted my dreads.--> Now, I didn't crochet all of them. Honestly, I was just trying to see what it would do and how my hair would react to it. Yeah, it felt like it was tightening the dread and it took care of some good loops that I didn't want sticking out (which is dumb, loops are kind of cool looking and eventually go away on their own anyway) but they also felt grainy. Kind of like a cat got a hold of my dread and scratched it a hundred times. Which I guess in retrospect---that's what it was. So, I stopped doing that and left them alone. The dreads that are affected by the crocheting may change later on, I hope they do, but I'm definitely not doing that again, ever.

I swam in some chlorine water.--> Usually people say that's not too horrible if you wash it out thoroughly and let your hair dry. But the thing is, is that I didn't wait a month before I did it. The set of dreads I have now is not an old set, they are still babies and I shouldn't be putting harsh chemicals on my hair anyway. My smallest, newest dreads came out completely and the dye that I'd put in came out, and the hair felt horrible. So, I washed and rinsed so thoroughly you'd think I was trying to get oil off of a penguin in the Arctic. Anyway.. I hate that I did that, so I've swam in nothing but natural water since.

Last mistake, I dyed my hair only four days after getting them.--> I know, and the bad thing is, I didn't even use a natural type of dye like Henna. I used regular hair dye like Splat. I hate that I did it but honestly, my dreads seem less effected by that than the crocheting and the chlorine. I am letting it wash out and am sticking to only dying my bangs (which are not dreaded) and side hairs. I am going to let my dreads mature for about four or five months before I buy some Henna and then dye them again.

Okay so, now that I've told you my mistakes, I suppose that I can tell you my routine on how I maintain my dreads now. Most people say, wash, and separate and that's all you need to do. I couldn't agree more! I'll be honest, I'm a bit high maintenance and it's hard for me not to mess around with them every day. Seriously I wake up every day, brush my teeth, put my skin lotion on. I have different natural lotions for my hands, for my feet, and even for my face. I clean everything as if my body was a temple. I suppose my body IS a temple... A beautifully painted temple. Then my dreads come in the line of what has to be done to them.

Every four days, I wash my hair with Suave Naturals shampoo. I know that it's probably not the best for my hair, people suggest Dr. Bronners or a Baking Soda concoction and I just haven't gotten around to putting the recipe down and doing it for my hair--but my babies are young and I'm trying to give them a while to mature on their own before I start soaking them and things like that. I am also planning on buying me a natural dreadlock shampoo. I've been looking around for some awesome dragons blood shampoo, or tea tree oil and things like that. I want to buy a dreadlock bar shampoo and see if that works.

Now, often, dreadlocks will dry out your scalp and it ITCHES like a mother! However, I have a solution that ceases the itching and also feels rather refreshing. Every two days, on routine, I take a large pitcher and fill it with ice water, and then slowly pour it over my hair. If I have a horribly raw spot, I put it in a water bottle (the cool water) and then put one drop of tea tree oil (you don't want a lot, it will sting) and pour it over the raw spots. That feels refreshing, and gets the oils off of your dreads enough so that they can do some extra locking.

In the shower, I'll pull my hairs apart so that I don't get any congos, because when my hair is dry and I try to separate, it's incredibly painful, and I hate the sound of ripping--but it has to be done unless I want one huge dread on my head. o.O

As for things like palm rolling, I don't do it because its dumb and I don't really see the point in it. If I'm trying to see if the hair next to it is attaching or not I might palm roll it a little but that's not for locking or trying to round the tips.

I tried blunting the tips of one of my dreads and I honestly like the way that it looks, but I was planning on seeing what everyone else liked about that or disliked. I know for a fact I worried about it taking longer for my dreads to dry if I had blunted tips, and I worried about smell and mold and such. But if I wash with a non-residue shampoo the mold wouldn't really happen much if I just took care of it, which I do.

All in all, I keep my hair really "ventilated" by running cool water over it, and letting them get cooled down with the fan when I'm in my room working. My dreads are my babies and I hate that I caused damage, but I have a feeling that they are healing a lot better than usual.

Well,

Love the lovelies, Carpe Noctem <3

Any comments?


updated by @ladyofthekastle: 01/13/15 08:41:59PM
ladyofthekastle
@ladyofthekastle
07/22/10 12:23:31PM
18 posts

Thinking Of Cutting


General Talk

I know I'm young, but, I know what you're going through, the last time I started my dreading process I had just gotten engaged to Mathew, and we were together for nearly six months when his ex girlfriend told me about his son. He dumped me and I stopped dreading. I couldn't take anything else on, I was so frustrated and angry. But In that time I got to thinking about it, and I felt a connection with everyone and everything else--better than I had had before. He constantly messaged me and asked me to come back, but I always refused, I wanted to finish meeting myself. Once I did, I knew that I had to dread again. Recently, I have decided that no matter how this goes, no matter what happens, life is a journey with no boundaries, and it is eternally spontaneous. Again, I know I am young--but my love for him hasn't changed no matter how badly he hurt me the first time, I fear I'll always go back to him, Just, as I will stick with my dreadlocks, because they were there for me through it all---no matter how strange it sounds, I am infatuated with the whole process, and I am, more tolerant. :) So I wish you luck, and want you to know that you have friends here, as I am told many times...just a click away. :)_
ladyofthekastle
@ladyofthekastle
07/21/10 06:55:23PM
18 posts

Hi I'm Undecided =P


Introduce Yourself

You're so cute now, but I'm sure that you'd look even better with locks, ":) go for it!
ladyofthekastle
@ladyofthekastle
07/18/10 09:27:16PM
18 posts

Dread babies resurrected! (Time line. Neglect, TnR, Backcomb)


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Thank you~ :) I think that for the ones that may or may not fall out I'll just let them go all natural and stuff...It's too much work when it'll work when you just leave it alone. :)soaringeagle said:
looking great ;)
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