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Little Wing
@Little Wing
04/05/14 09:49:44AM
41 posts

My timeline - Asian hair / Backcomb / T&R / 1 month


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Well, actually I would recommend you not crochet anything. I did just once and I think for straight haired people is pointless. At least for me, was like... I always had stubborn hairs which just refused to knot in despite all the times I tried to attach them to the nearest dread and all.

I guess also with straight hair, maybe are gonna be always fly aways (I guess you already have seen the dreadlocks from a girl who writes a blog called "Galapril", she has straight hair and her dreads were done with T&R method and she has lot of loose hairs and they look super cool). And yeah, after doing crochet, backcomb or t&r they are gonna change... a lot! I've read with the T&R method is probable that it shrink less than with any other method. I started with a hair chest size and it ended up to my ear size.

Actually, if you just let them be, they are not gonna be like those super neat dreads we see everywhere from people who do lot of maintenance on them, but in my opinion, dreads that don't look all the same, have more "character" and it's kinda funny and interesting to see how each one is getting different shape and stuff.

Also... I think a mistake I did with my first set of crocheted dreadlocks was to cut some hairs from the roots that were coming together. I think I will never to that again.

I also had lot of problems with dandruff and itchiness that I kinda relieved a bit with tea tree essential oil. I also began to use knotty boy peppermint spray for "the itchy scalp" but I personally don't recommend you to use any of those products (maybe you already know that). It kinda felt cooling effect probably because of the peppermint, but afterwards my hair felt a bit sticky... So after that I learned on just rely myself on essential oils, haha.

And I know now, straight haired people have to be overly patient with dreadlocks. I have already one week without combing and I look like... nothing had happened. I even saw today some people on the test room who probably combed this morning and who looked even messier than me, and that was kinda funny. :D

Little Wing
@Little Wing
04/05/14 09:23:22AM
41 posts

Teachers with dreads


dreads jobs employment issues

Yeah, actually... I've seen a lot that people who share dread pictures on messy stages, they even dare to say "those are not dreads", that they have to look perfect, same size, without fly aways, neat and all...

Or if you have them, immediately people think you don't take showers and stink. The funny thing is that often deadheads have the better smell because of the cleaning method used or because essential oil use.

Actually the thing that worries me now a little bit is because I am starting my freeform journey and then if I have to tie my hair, who knows if it's gonna be more difficult to create knots. My hair is super straight that anyways is gonna take me ages, I think I'm already mentally prepared for that, haha. I have already one week of not combing my hair and it pretty much looks the same that no one have noticed it, so it's gonna be interesting what would happen with it in the future.

Little Wing
@Little Wing
04/05/14 09:05:30AM
41 posts

It's not a race


Introduce Yourself

Well, I loved this entrance. I just wished I found dreadlockssite before getting dreadlocks done. Actually, before even get them done, I did a bit of research about methods and so on, and read already that putting strange things on the head was not a good idea, so thought that crochet or backcomb it was not thaaaaat bad, since was "natural".

I had to experience myself that even doing that kind of methods was a bad idea (at least for me), I can't tell about everyone else, since I think it depends on lots of factors but most important is probably the type of hair. At least from the girl I read who had her dreads crocheted after 3 or 4 years of having them, to my eyes they looked good, so I kinda trusted in the method... But afterwards I read she wrote she got them from time to time "fix" on salons (thing I never did, I just got them crocheted once and that's it).

My dreads started "nice", but as Baba wrote, after washings and time they changed a lot (you might see some timeline I still have on my profile page), some roots got thin, dreads got on my opinion overly compacted I could barely bend them, major shrinkage, my hair in general looked like a rat nest... So, because I didn't know if they would sometime recover from that, I decided to comb them out. After combing out my 6 months and a half dreadlocks, I found my hair damaged so I decided to cut everything short... I even thought about shave my head at some point.

Now, after 2 years, my hair has grown again... And because of some changed happening in my life and so... I decided to start a new journey, this time... freeform. I don't even care now about the time it's gonna take me.

I think, if I let my hair just do its thing and dread on its pace, it's gonna grow healthy and happy dreads. This journey is gonna teach me patience. I think is gonna teach me lot of things, to be true to myself, to see myself in the mirror beyond the hair appeareance and that I have to embrace them in all the stages. I maybe can't call it a spiritual journey, or maybe I can... I don't know, but what is true is that is gonna challenge myself, make me realise lot of things about myself and perhaps my environment, I don't know. For that reason, I want this journey now... Back then I guess I "got them" from the wrong reason and maybe that's why I had to comb them out so now I would be able to have a fresh start.

I guess people can do whatever they want with their hair. If I have the chance to spread the knowledge I now have, I do it... If they wanna listen and take advice, is nice, if not... then is their choice.

I think after all that's all about. And now I think I kinda understand better the deep reasons lot of people have with their dreads, the connection with them and all... And it's really a journey that every single person who grows dreadlocks for sure learns valuable lessons.

Little Wing
@Little Wing
04/04/14 06:21:06AM
41 posts

Teachers with dreads


dreads jobs employment issues

I actually wonder what would happen now that I'm starting my freeform dread journey and I'm about to look for a job as a cook, haha.

Probably they won't tell me anything, since I won't be seen by customers. But I've seen lot of people in the country where I live with dreads in the schools, also as teachers, in stores, bars, restaurants. But maybe in the country where I am from, people tends to be more close minded on those aspects and there it would be "a problem" to get a job.

Little Wing
@Little Wing
04/04/14 06:13:59AM
41 posts

My timeline - Asian hair / Backcomb / T&R / 1 month


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Nice!

I think also I have an "asian like" hair, but I decided to go now on freeform, because 2 years ago I went through backcombed/crochet method and my dreads on the 4th month turned out extremely hard and compact I could barely bend them, major shrinkage and also some problems with the roots (some thinning and others coming together).

My theory is that if I let my hair dread on its own pace, then they might become good dreads. The downside is because my hair is sooooo straight, is gonna take me ages.

Sometimes I feel tempted to try on the T&R, in case I notice I can't make any knots. So would be cool if you continue updating your journey to see how it turns for you, I might use the information as a guide too!

;)

Little Wing
@Little Wing
09/13/12 09:10:35AM
41 posts

Sussis T&R timeline 3 years


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They look great!. Why do you use the rubber bands?, for keeping certain shape?. Mine are getting quite funny shapes, I have one with a kind of circular tip, another one split in two tips, another one has blunt tip but also a whispy tip (two in one, really weird). And also I have looooot of loose hairs. Mine are already tight, but I don't know how tight is enough; some are really really compact, so I don't know if my loose hair is gonna join to them.

Actually I left some side bags loose, and believe me, I haven't brushed them and they just don't knot. I believe my hair is just not meant to know naturally :(

Sometimes I think about brush them out, I'm about to have 6 months and they look super messy. But then I come to your timeline and see how you embrace the stages and how patient you are and I think about keep going.

Yours look so cool!.

Little Wing
@Little Wing
08/21/12 01:18:02AM
41 posts

some new dread questions


Dread Maintenance

They look good!. At least to me. Your hair is gonna change a lot, just be patient. :)

Little Wing
@Little Wing
08/11/12 06:58:13PM
41 posts

Messy Stage?


Dread Maintenance

Just embrace it.

You should see my pictures, hehehe. Mine are extremely messy and more since I started with crochet method (I'm going for my 5th month dreadiversary in 2 weeks approximately).

Most part of the time I let my locs to fly free and just when I go outside and I have to look "nice" I just use a piece of fabric I use as a hairband and nothing else. You can try with that :)

We just have to be patient with them, in the end they are gonna look pretty, each one with their own personalities, they are gonna be unique.

Little Wing
@Little Wing
08/11/12 03:00:57PM
41 posts

dreadlocks crochet recovery timeline


Saved Dreads Success Stories

Wow!, I'm amazed about the look of your locs this days!. They look amazing.

I am just about to have my fifth month and started with crochet. Haven't done anything since then and I'm wonder how they are gonna look at the end. I hope good.

And yep, looking at your pictures it gives us lot of hope!.

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