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Aspen
@Aspen
07/06/11 08:09:08PM
6 posts

should i dread my bangs??


Introduce Yourself

I like having bangs. I think it looks kinda neat with the dreads. Had mine for 5 months and it's been pretty easy. I don't really do anything to them or the rest of my head. I like having a bit of smooth hair and they'd take some serious coaxing to actually lock up anyways.

If you like your bangs, leave 'em, if you want to dread them go for it. They'll be lovely either way

Aspen
@Aspen
07/06/11 07:58:46PM
6 posts

Are all Knotty Boy and DreadHead products bad for dreads?


Introduce Yourself

I wouldn't call them harmful but I would say they're mediocre and overpriced. My favourite shampoo is actually just natural bar soap that people in my community make. It's pretty easy to find something like this no matter where you live, and then you're supporting them as well as saving money, being more ecologically responsible, etc. Baking soda and vinegar works really well too if you do it right. There's no reason to spend a lot on cleaning your hair.

I also make hair rinses with herbs and plants near me (horsetail, rosemary, chammomile) and a bit of sea salt. Pretty much everything on their site you can find a better version of closer to you, or make yourself.

Aspen
@Aspen
03/17/11 09:17:06PM
6 posts

How many dreads do you have ?


General Questions

I just counted yesterday. I have 55, but might have more eventually. They're pretty new and there's still a lot of loose hair

Some are pretty fat, some really tiny, some I swirled together


updated by @Aspen: 07/13/15 10:28:28AM
Aspen
@Aspen
12/09/10 08:11:52PM
6 posts

the truth about crocheting dreadlocks


Dread Maintenance

so this doesn't actually surprise me. sticking a needle in and out of a dread and disrupting the natural process and breaking damaging the hairs doesn't seem like it would work well over time

but i'm wondering... what about just for starting dreads? it does seem like it could speed things up initially

Aspen
@Aspen
03/18/11 03:31:04AM
6 posts

veggie vegan omni ital? whats your diet and hows it relate to your dreadiness (if at all)


Dreads and Diets

Ok. I just read through this and it's silly.

Most people don't need meat. Most people in north american society are also pretty clueless as to how to get protein from other sources because the north american diet is ridiculously simplistic and very limited. A huge portion of meat is coupled with some veggies on the side, and that's about it. The rest is usually made up of bread, rice, pasta, or other grains.

What this means is that it it's pretty much impossible to get a complete protein in the typical north american without eating meat. What comes with this is that meat is eaten at just about every single meal, or at least daily, which is honestly completely ridiculous and unhealthy. It's very, very easy to get your daily protein without meat (all you need is a grain and bean, or just a seed, depending), but most people don't. Most people eat too much meat, and a few don't eat any. I mentioned in my other post that I don't have a problem with people eating meat if they do so responsibly (ie, not going to mcdonald's or buying prepackaged garbage loaded with artificial hormones, etc. etc).

Are people naturally meat eaters? Kind of. I mean throughout most of our existence we've lived as hunter gatherers, and because of our physiology (particularly our brain to which we devote a huge amount of energy) it is, in the wild, difficult to sustain ourselves without the consumption of meat. And incidentally people have seemed to have always eaten meat, however in much, much smaller quantities. People might have meat for one meal out of a week, and the rest is usually composed of plant matter. Dental records and the diets of modern food foragers do confirm this.

Do certain people need meat? I have to say that some people probably do, and it tends to correspond to blood types (specifically people who are O tend to need meat), it's for some difficult to get enough iron and vitamin b12 as well some other nutrients without occasionally eating meat. And again, this I don't really object to. If you do it responsibly and don't overload your system with meat, then that's just fine with me.

I will say that dairy is absolutely not natural for us to eat, because we lose our lactase (the enzyme for digesting lactose) after we've been weened off our mother's milk.

Aspen
@Aspen
03/18/11 03:00:45AM
6 posts

veggie vegan omni ital? whats your diet and hows it relate to your dreadiness (if at all)


Dreads and Diets

I'm a vegan, which was the case for a year before I started my dreads (and I was vegetarian a year before that).

A big part of it is that I'm an environmentalist. I have a huge problem with the agricultural industry (and how much of it is devoted to the feeding of meat), and also because I think that anyone who can't deal with the killing or dressing of an animal shouldn't eat meat. Also because the meat industry is screwed up ethically. I actually don't have a problem at all with eating meat if done so without endorsing the industry. I have friends who hunt responsibly, one of my best friends eats road kill, and also I know a bunch of freegans.

I strive to be less distant from the earth and live my life harmoniously, and I guess my decision to start my dreads did have a bit to do with that. So it's all related vaguely. I do think it's sort of a natural progession given my views.