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Nicole Binns
@nicole-binns
03/16/11 01:13:15AM
22 posts

this is not a neglect dreads site


General Talk

I agree with everything you said here. It looks like your goal is to accept all kinds of dreads, but at the same time, to show that there are better and worse ways of doing it, and some of the ways can cause terrible disasters, and other ways of doing it can give you dreads that are lightweight and comfortable and natural feeling.

People are taught to always wash and comb their hair a certain way, and when they see dreadlocks for the first time, they wonder, 'How did you do that to your hair?' People are just ignorant - they don't know any better. And everyone is ignorant. I don't mean it's bad to be ignorant, I just mean, you can't help it when you don't know something, and nobody ever taught you. So nobody knows how to get dreadlocks unless somebody teaches them.

Then they look it up on the internet and they see all these products and waxes and they think that's the only way to do it, because that's the only thing they see in the internet results (at first glance, unless they do a bit more research). So they think that's how everybody does it, and they think that's the ONLY way to do it.

Your goal is to make a site that shows a variety of ways to do it, and some of those methods are the neglect methods, and some of them involve making the dreadlocks manually, but you are showing a variety of methods that don't involve spending a lot of money on waxy products and other products that will make your hair stiff or damage it so it falls out. You are trying to show that there's more than one way of doing it, and to bring together a lot of different people with different experiences and different knowledge.
Nicole Binns
@nicole-binns
03/16/11 12:54:18AM
22 posts

I'm Back just have a couple questions!


General Questions

I have tried to see how locks work by looking closely at my own. It looks like the hairs wrap around each other in both directions, clockwise and counterclockwise, and they crisscross over each other. This happens during the movement of the hairs, and while showering.Then if only a couple of hairs get tangled into a knot, it keeps them all together in a strand. It doesn't take very many hairs to cause a strand to tangle and stay that way. Maybe only two or three hairs tangled around the strand are enough to hold that strand together.Once you have a strand wrapped with a tangle, then the hairs underneath those hairs have nowhere to go. As they grow underneath the tangle, they wad up into a messy, crumpled, mat of hair. I'm trying to understand how the process happens over time, and this is what I imagine it looks like inside the dreadlock, hairs trying to grow up underneath an existing twist that is blocking them.That's how I would describe the process, if you are wondering how it happens by itself.

Amadu Jalloh said:

but how would they lock without me doing that......

Nicole Binns
@nicole-binns
03/16/11 12:21:40AM
22 posts

balding


General Questions

Oh, and oops, when I say I kept my hair braided, I mean, I kept it in one big braid. I don't mean I had it in lots of little braids. Anyway...
Nicole Binns
@nicole-binns
03/16/11 12:18:10AM
22 posts

balding


General Questions

I looked at your pictures on the other discussion. I'm not sure how old you are, but I have heard stories of people going bald at an early age (like around 20 years old) and I've heard of people starting to go bald around 30 years old. I think if you haven't lost any hair by age 30, you probably won't go bald... but I could be totally, totally wrong about that - I haven't talked to a lot of balding people (although I would like to) about the process of going bald.I will tell you something about my own feelings. This is just my personal opinion. There are some women (such as, myself) who love long hair on men so much, and are so desperate to see more of it, that we even enjoy the sight of a bald man with long hair (and a beard - I always have to mention that too). There will be people who tell you exactly the opposite of that - they will tell you that going bald, and having long hair at the same time, looks horrible. I know lots of people say that. But there are some people who feel exactly the opposite. Anything is better than short hair! Men don't understand how it feels to be a woman who LOVES long-haired men, but can't find many of them anywhere. It's very frustrating. So I am very pushy: grow the hair long even if you go bald... just keep going with it. I have to be pushy about it, because I'm like, begging, for lots more guys to grow long hair, even if it's bald.That's my personal opinion and my big long rant for this evening.As for whether your hair will dread easily, I can only tell you about my personal experience. I am using a 'no shampoo' neglect method, and it was the easiest thing I ever did. A lot of people think it's disgusting to totally quit shampoo, and they can't stand the way it makes their hair and scalp feel. But based on my own experience, if you shampoo your hair one last time, and then quit all types of shampoo forever, your hair will lock all by itself as it sticks to your own natural grease. (I know... most people are horrified by this idea.) That is how mine worked. I did NOTHING to it - no twisting, nothing at all. It looked like greasy strings for a couple of months and I kept it braided because yeah, I was embarrassed to be seen that way. Then after a couple of months, there were mature locks developing at the roots all by themselves - I didn't do anything, just rinse them with plain water in the shower, and nothing else at all.So that is the 'no shampoo' method which is too disgusting for most people, but I have gotten used to it and it worked great for me. I think humans always had effortless natural locks before soap and shampoo were invented, and nobody had to do any backcombing or any twisting. Like the animals that have locks - donkeys and dogs and any other animals that grow them. They're not twisting or backcombing.Would your hair be easy to lock? I think you would be able to do it if I am able to do it. I'm sure that everyone else on this forum would have faith that you are able to do them somehow, even if you don't choose the particular 'gross' method that I am using.Sorry, I can never just answer in ten words or less, lol.

errol said:

looked him up he has pretty cool dreads and if you just wear a bandana to hide the baldness then your good to go could you tell me what you think of my hair on my other discussion how long b4 balding you think my hair would be easy to lock up or ?
Nicole Binns said:
I would like to see more men growing long hair and locks even after going bald. I don't know what you could do to stop yourself from going bald. But you can view dreads as a spiritual commitment, instead of an image, and so they'll be something you continue to do, no matter what happens.

This is actually a big issue to me. I think that if men could accept the idea of growing the remaining hair (and beard) while they're bald, then more men might lose their fear of growing long hair.

You could look at images of Devin Townsend. He was a musician (I think? I can't remember if that's what he was) who grew locks while bald.

I probably can't say anything to make you feel better about it though.
Nicole Binns
@nicole-binns
03/15/11 11:51:19PM
22 posts

Balding?


General Questions

The name of this is 'traction alopecia.' It means: baldness caused by pulling tightly. This can happen if you do anything at all that pulls very tightly on the roots of your hair for a long time. It happens to people in the Sikh religion who wear their hair tied up tightly in a bun on top of their heads, for instance. It happens often to black people who have very tight braids or cornrows.And it could happen to someone with dreadlocks if your locks are made so tightly that they are pulling painfully at the roots. If you actually feel tightness at the roots, all the time, you might be making your locks too tight. If your locks are natural, then the roots will have a couple inches of loose hair that hasn't locked yet, and that's good - that looseness makes the hair flexible and it doesn't pull tightly enough to cause traction alopecia.To prevent it, you have to make sure that you don't pull the hair into an unnatural, strained position where you can feel a lot of tension. If your hair hurts, you need to adjust it somehow so it's looser and so the tension is distributed over more of the hair.The lady with the longest dreadlocks in the world, the lady with the Guinness World Record - I saw her picture and somebody commented that she had some baldness up at the front sides of her head, and I could see it. (I forget which web page this was on.) It was probably traction alopecia. It gives you all these short hairs that won't grow long anymore - they just grow a couple inches and then fall out.I don't want anyone to worry about seeing lots of short hairs on their heads, though. The short hairs are new hairs starting over. I just mean if you see a large patch, usually up at the temples and the top of your head, where large areas of hair won't grow long anymore.You can google 'traction alopecia' and see pictures.
Nicole Binns
@nicole-binns
03/15/11 11:12:35PM
22 posts

Is That A Penis In My Dreads?!!!


Life Issues Facing Dreads

It's possible that she sees herself as 'unique,' and that she has to be different from everyone else around her in order to feel special. If someone else looks like her, that is threatening. She doesn't want to be part of a group of people, she wants to be an outsider. She might be thinking, whatever her reasons for dreading are, they must be different from your reasons, and everything about her is different from you. This is just my theory.
Nicole Binns
@nicole-binns
03/15/11 06:38:51PM
22 posts

Cutting by force.


Life Issues Facing Dreads

OMG, I have two stories to tell about this. The first one happened to someone else. I had a co-worker who said that she had very long hair, down below her waist, I think it was actually to her knees. It was extremely long. She went to the hospital for a serious illness, and spent some time unconscious and on drugs.When she woke up, (I know, you know what I'm about to say), her hair was all gone. The nurses said that they cut the hair off because they 'couldn't brush it' or something because it was 'too long.' It was up to like chin length. It was totally gone. I am not f*****g kidding you. Gone.There is NO REASON why they had to even TRY to brush her hair while she was unconscious for a couple days. A person will survive a couple days without washing or brushing their hair in the hospital. They could have tied it back somehow.This lady DID NOT sue them. I don't like the idea of randomly suing people for every little hangnail or stubbed toe that I get, but if somebody cut off all of my hair while I was unconscious, you cannot imagine the hell they would pay. I don't know why she didn't sue them. She never bothered to grow it back - she said she likes it short now.The second story happened to me. I was with the guy who was my boyfriend at the time, and his daughter who was young, like 8 years old I think. She was just a hyper little kid. One day I was sitting down while she played with my long hair. I didn't notice when she picked up the scissors off the table and cut off a long, thin piece of it. It wasn't much, just a thin strand.But I was furious. I turned around, saw her holding the scissors and the strand of hair, and said, in shock and horror, 'Did you CUT that?' She was terrified and she said 'No,' even though I could see the hair and the scissors in her hand - you know how it is when they're a little kid and they're scared and the only thing she could do was deny it. She was just fooling around and she didn't know that I would be that upset about it.Instead of yelling and screaming, I got up quickly, went outside, and took a long walk by myself. I walked and walked until I cooled down. I didn't scream or anything.When I came back, we apologized to each other, and she cried a little bit, and I told her how I felt and we were okay with each other after that. She understood that she had made a mistake and she never tried anything like that again. It was an accident. She felt terrible.Nothing else like that has ever happened to me and I'm glad of it.
Nicole Binns
@nicole-binns
03/15/11 06:19:07PM
22 posts

dreads and jobs


dreads jobs employment issues

This is in the 'you can do it' category. Today I finished filling out the paperwork at Manpower, the temp agency, to get hired for a second job. I already have one part time job but I need another.I had an advantage because I had a job with them in the past, so they already knew me. I wasn't applying for a job with total strangers. But still, I felt insecure because I have locks now and I look even LESS 'neat and tidy' than I used to look. (I've always been a little sloppy and have always had 'non-mainstream grooming.') I wore my locks in sort of a french braid wrapped into a bun and it looked about as neat and tidy as it's going to get (other than, say, wearing a hat over them, but I can't stand hats, and the most I might wear would be a loose kerchief or something.)My locks are messy because I am doing a no shampoo neglect method, and I don't twist or do anything to the roots. So I have loose hairs, which don't bother me - I sort of like them that way. But the only thing that makes me feel insecure is the greasiness. You can't tell that the locks or roots are greasy, but the loose hair strands look greasy. So I did the best I could to just tuck the loose hairs back over my ears. I was feeling anxious and insecure at first.I didn't get the 'ick' look from either of the neat-and-tidy office ladies who helped me finish filling out my application and doing the tests that I had to do. They were pleased that I did well on the computer tests and they didn't seem to express much disdain or displeasure about my hair. I didn't get the 'We need to have a talk about your hygiene' feeling from either of them. (Note: I am not merely wearing unwashed locks, I also have a female mustache and I don't wear deodorant, so, just about every possible thing that can 'go wrong' with my hygiene has indeed gone wrong.)I am proud to be natural, but very insecure and self-conscious when I go into environments where everyone else looks tidy, especially if it's other females. I feel much more secure when I'm with other people who are also natural looking or sloppy or long-haired. There are some jobs where they tolerate a variety of grooming styles, like computer programmer jobs, but I never did finish learning computer programming (I have learned only a tiny bit, in the past).Before I left my apartment, I was looking and looking and looking in the mirror, trying to arrange this or that strand of hair, and taking photos of myself. I guess I was less scared than I have been at times in the past, though, when I used to have to apply for jobs when I had no work experience. At least now, I have experience and I can pass some tests.I got through the paperwork and she offered me a temp assignment right away, but I have to work out the schedule with my other job, so I might not be able to take the assignment just yet. But still, I will have a second job soon even if I can't take this particular assignment.So it is a relief. Now I will have less worrying about money and paying my bills. I will go into the temp job and I'll worry about my looks for a couple days, but I'll get used to the people there, and they'll get used to me, so hopefully I will calm down and not be so anxious soon.I posted this because I've seen other people sometimes worrying about what will happen when they apply for jobs while wearing dreadlocks. I think that many employers are surprisingly a lot more tolerant than you think they are. Maybe not all of them, but lots of them, will hire you anyway.(On a totally irrelevant side note, my Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince audio CD came in the mail today! Yay! So I have something to listen to tonight. I've been listening to all the books on CD and really enjoying them.)
updated by @nicole-binns: 07/22/15 05:21:47AM
Nicole Binns
@nicole-binns
03/11/11 03:18:44AM
22 posts

Misguided racism (well isn't it always?) towards caucasian dreadies...


General Talk

This article assumes that locks are something that people can only grow deliberately. They assume you can only grow locks 'on purpose' and so it's a sign of your 'culture.' While it's true that you can view locks as a part of a particular culture, locks are also just something that happen automatically by themselves regardless of what culture you belong to. The author of that article is ignorant of how natural locks work. She must be assuming that all locks have to take hours and hours of work and constant maintenance, because they couldn't possibly happen all by themselves!Dreadlocks belong to the whole human race.
Nicole Binns
@nicole-binns
03/11/11 02:54:39AM
22 posts

What are your reasons for not growing a beard?


General Questions

I think you'd have to find a way to either braid up the beard or twist it up into sort of a bun, because it might snag on things or light on fire if you leaned over the stove. D: I know someone who (briefly) lit his hair on fire when he tried to light a cigarette, while holding the cigarette in his mouth, by leaning over the gas burner on the stove! A beard would be even more likely to do that sort of thing. So there has to be a way to confine the hair in dangerous situations.
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