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Crystal O.
@Crystal O.
07/12/11 09:24:53PM
137 posts

Dread tips keep coming loose


Dread Maintenance

All of mine came loose, they are all dreading well now. I agree with SE, they dread great when left to knot up on their own, it just takes time. Loose tips make a good path for water to drip out of them after a wash too.
Crystal O.
@Crystal O.
07/12/11 09:20:58PM
137 posts

Love your dreads and they will love you back!


Dreadlocks Journey Emotional Support

Awww thank you! You and this site are the reason I got through my first couple months with little to no fear. From then on out it's pretty much been well this is it, no turning back and I love it! I just hope everyone else can find some peace through their journey and not let it cause them stress. It is the most enjoyable and freeing decision I've made. It can be easy! <3 :)
Crystal O.
@Crystal O.
07/12/11 09:07:58PM
137 posts

Love your dreads and they will love you back!


Dreadlocks Journey Emotional Support

Hey people! I just want to say that if you really want dreads, you have to know that you want crazy messy hair that does what it wants when it wants. No matter the method you use or how you "maintain" them, your dreads will lock up how they want and you don't have much control over it at all. Trust that if you just love them they WILL love you back!

It is a beautiful thing! I often see people posting about how they think their hair looks "bad" or it "isn't locking" and worry if they are "doing it wrong"... If you stop brushing and wait long enough, they will become dreads. Keep them clean and separate if needed and let them go, it feels sooo freeing. That is all. They will lock up, in time, maybe not all at the same time. They will look like dreads someday. I promise.

You don't have to twist or backcomb or crochet, but if you have, it's ok. Let them be and they will please you! I am almost 8 months into my journey and I won't lie, I had concerns. My dreads aren't yet mature, but I can see them well on their way. The best part is, moreso now that I've left them alone to do their thang. :) The less you worry, the more suprises you get the next time you think to check 'em out.

It's ok to wash whenever you feel the need, it's ok to separate if they start clinging together, it's ok to have loose roots and bumps and loops, they will lock up, they really will. They will look kind of crazy for some time, but they will turn to dreads, these are all good things.

It's ok to put beads on whenever you want, to take them off, just if they are long beads make sure you move them occasionally to prevent mildew. (Lavendar also prevents mildew spores so it doesn't hurt to add a few drops to your wash).

You can wrap and unwrap them, but if you want a long-lasting dread wrap, maybe wait until they mature. You will know they've matured when there isn't much change happening any longer. This can take up to a year or more if your hair isn't coarse.

It's ok to hear people saying ignorant things, you don't look like everyone else if you have dreads and that is OK. It is allright to educate them or let them be. You aren't everyone else and they don't have to approve. I hope this helps alleviate some concerns even a little if at all. Love your dreads, don't let anyone stop you, they will love you back!


updated by @Crystal O.: 02/14/15 03:49:08AM
Crystal O.
@Crystal O.
06/15/11 11:01:31PM
137 posts

Loose dreads


Introduce Yourself

I did TnR and I'm almost at 7 months now. They came out almost completely within the first couple months, I tried re-twisting at first and did some damage. I let them go completely and now I have all I can do to stop them from dreading together or "congoing"

Really, the time flies once you forget about them and let them be, you stop noticing any frizz and start seeing and feeling them really dread and it gets exciting. Letting go may be the hardest part, but the most rewarding. I'm well on my way to having crazy beautiful dreads and think you will be too. They do what they dojust let them do it and separate if they start to tangle together. Best wishes to you!

Crystal O.
@Crystal O.
06/14/11 09:05:33PM
137 posts

Loctician dreads vs natural dreads: my journey and my (strong) opinions


Dreading Methods

I think you only need to wash your hair when you feel the need. I wait until the first day it starts to feel oily at the scalp, which now can be up to 4 days. The less you wash the more your scalp gets used to not trying to replenish the natural oils as much and the longer you can go. Some people only need to wash once a week, others 2-3 times, some even every day due to a lot of excercise or work. It really it up to you and how you feel, the hair will dread if not combed as long as it is not oily or conditioned. Good luck to you and your new dreads! :)

Kary Audrey Myers said:

I started with the backcombing method, i didnt do alot of research before i started, i have only touched up once siince i started only back in April. This site has really encouraged me to go natural. I havent messed with them since. Im making my own shampoo out of oils and water. i havent used it yet, because im still trying not to wash alot since its only been 2 months. btw, am i on the right track by not washing so much this soon? and i am with you crystal, i am really smiley when ppl tell me they are messy and what not and what i can do to fix it, because the fact of the matter is i am in LOVE with my messy new hairdew, and no one can change my mind even if they look horrible to the next person, it is our opinion on our hair that matters!!! from here on out though, i will not pick that comb up again! thanks to all of you for ur imputs!!


Crystal O. said:

It makes me smile to read that you love your messy dreads, I love mine too! I get comments where people tell me what I should be doing, some people that don't have dreads, like maybe you should put rubberbands in or don't you need wax? Even people on here sometimes...nope, gonna let them be what they want to be and just keep them clean. :)

Yeah, I also see the people that do go to the salon regularly and they aren't really dreads, they look good, but not what I'm going for, I want lower maintenance, not higher or more expensive.

And I don't want to do it, but I gotta: Natural, apparently is a term some people are going to have to agree to disagree on, I started mine unnaturally, I helped them knot up with TnR, and now I am letting nature take it's course, with some assistance like washing and decorating. :) So more natural than going to a salon or loctician, semi-natural, not neglect, TnR, what have you, my dreads are dreading and I am concerned with keeping my hair healthy, not withwhatterm I'm using to describe the method.:)

Brandon Arnold said:

So, is this turning into another debate about what the definition of "natural" really is? :P

Nahh but in all seriousness, it bothers me a lot when people comment on how awful my hair looks and that they know people who can "fix" it or "make" dread locks for me.

I still can't fathom why people insist on paying money for salons and stuff to "maintain" your hair to look matted.

But I know that most of the black people I know who have "dreads", don't even look like real dreads, and I don't think they want to have "real" dreads, like different shapes/sizes and stuff. It's like a normal hair style that they go to the salon monthly for, like people who get there hair cut or braided and stuff.

idk, but I love my messy dreads, and all the messy baby dreads and the mature ones I see on here!

and IMHO, hair always gets knotty and locks up, naturally. You can comb it out, or let it stay and become dread locks. So, I think "going natural" is just not combing or kickstarting your dreads. Simple as that! :)

Crystal O.
@Crystal O.
05/28/11 10:19:17PM
137 posts

What do you think?


Life Issues Facing Dreads

If it was because of religion, I'm sure that "God" would frown upon the violence, I think it was personal. I think that people can be ignorant and cruel andjust don't think before they act! I am sorry, but happy you and your love were not hurt.Things can be replaced, people cannot. I hope you don't have any further trouble.
Crystal O.
@Crystal O.
05/28/11 01:21:42PM
137 posts

Lumps and mold


Dreads Hair and Scalp Health

If I had a spot that really looked like it swallowed a plum and wouldn't dry, I would be concerned honestly,
I might have to help that spot a little, I'd probably pull it apart. I think if it looked like it swallowed a grape, I'dleave it be. :)

Rain Bow said:

I also think it is important to understand what we meant by lumps- as Sissemor said, we are not talking normal, charming bumps and zigzag, but giant lumps that makes the dread look as if it swallowed a plum.

And I believe there is a big difference between phatties/ fat spots that are propperly dreaded and locked and then the lumps we are referring to, where the hair is just layered and compressed.

Crystal O.
@Crystal O.
05/28/11 12:40:02PM
137 posts

Lumps and mold


Dreads Hair and Scalp Health

I have one of those I think. On one of my straight dreads, right in the middle two loops popped out and are starting to fold over, I can't fit a bead over. He he it kind of looks like my dread has wings! (I should post a picture). I'm ok with it though, the spot does hold water, but I think since I am conscious of it and hold the dryer to it or squish it a lot after washing, it'll be fine :)

Sissemor said:

I know you do :-) And I also know that not everyone does.

Perhaps a definition of "lumps" is missing from my first post. I'm not talking about bumps and zigzags, which should be obvious. I'm talking about real lumps - areas on the dreads that are at least 3 or 4 times the width of the rest of the dreads.These are indeed huge lumps, to me at least. And they're not really dreads at all - at least mine weren't, they were just hard and made up of overlapping loops with minimal knotting, extremely different from the rest of the dread.

Yes, tighter and looser spots on TnR is exactly what I thought might be able to cause the types of lumps I mention.

Crystal O.
@Crystal O.
05/28/11 12:22:43PM
137 posts

Lumps and mold


Dreads Hair and Scalp Health

I forgot to mention that part, I love the way natural dreads look with the lumps and zig-zags! Maybe to some they are not easy on the eyes, but I absolutelyadore them! If you are looking for pin straightuniform dreads, you would be unhappy to find lumps. I think that would be those who dread more for the "socially acceptable" look.

soaring eagle said:

who says lumps are aesthetically not pleasing?

i love my lumps

i dont think any of those factors matter whatsoever except s=light possibility if u tnr too tight and theres looser and tighter spots

lumps would need to be huge to cause trouble

ive never had any issues with lumops getting musty

only beaded areas

and parts i might have slept on or hadd in a thick pile while drying

Crystal O.
@Crystal O.
05/28/11 12:17:24PM
137 posts

To undo what I did & thinking truly let it be? thoughts & opinions,experiences :)


Dreading Methods

Well now you know that they won't look like everyone else's and if you are content with that then all is well. :)

spirit~being~ said:
Thank you Crystal for your kind thoughts!! :D It's neat there are people who've had the same emotions because it's kinda of hard to explain but more feel.. I see what your saying about the guiding by eyes,hands with the spirit, but starting my journey I started with the intention to basically have them 'look like everyone else's' ya know what i mean? :P Kinda of silly but at the time I did not understand but knew I had to start dreading my hair.Your dreads are lovely & I hope you have a wonderful journey! We are always learning, beautiful thing :) I don't want to be fifty and not have learned a thing -take care & peace


Crystal O. said:
In my opinion, your eyes and hands are guided by your spirit, so your spirit had quite the influence on what you began to create. Truly it is up to you, I hope you find peace with whatever you decide. I felt the same around this time in my dread journey. I decided to just let it be from there. Still traveling along, still learnin

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