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August West2
@August West2
08/28/12 12:00:22PM
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Solace of the Solitary


General Talk

My most recent ancestors most certainly had dreads, it's been confirmed by older family members who have passed and some of them had dreads at age 84. my great grandfather had locks when he passed. my family doesn't call them dreads they call them locks. i'm actually the first in my family since the passing of my great grandfather to continue with locks. i've spent time researching and talking to elders in my family about our past. i don't think they would lie, plus their locks prove it. this discussion is going no where i'm backing out of this, i'm not in a mood to defend family nor traditions, spirituality, and why i dread to someone who doesn't really know me nor my family. have great day.

peace
Adam Kelly said:

Your most recent ancestors didn't have dreads, and if you go further back they lived in trees. Further again they lived in burrows, and even further in the sea. Why stop at the point where they didn't have combs?

I live in a way that has similar connections to the way my ancestors did. I grow food, keep animals, trap animals and forage for food. But this is not spiritual. its a way of having food to eat.

I really do not understand the spiritual connection with hair.

As social animals, we conform to social norms. Having a particular hairstyle separates you, somewhat, from the group. Why not go against all social norms. Be a racist, rob people in the street, give away your home and yourpossessions, stop washing yourself and kill neighbourhood animals for food. People willundoubtedlyjudge you and you will no longer be a part of the group. This must be the ultimate spiritual experience, right? Or, you could live like a true human, and conform to all the social rules, as youundoubtedlydo to most of them. Would you consider living like this to be spiritual? In reality, it doesn't really matter either way. Hair is hair at the end of the day, no matter how it is styled.

Now, you are right in saying that we all have our own experiences and opinions. All I'm doing is voicing mine.

August West said:

Dreads may not be spiritual to some people, and most may think they are just a hair style, and some may do it to just because they think they are a cool hair style, or to fit in with their hippy friends they met on tour and that's fine, that is their reasons. To me they are spiritual, because my ancestors wore dreads and i'm not a Rasta and at least one person through out the years in my family has carried that on and it brings me closer to where i came from in a world and society where we are very easily able to forget who we are and where we came from. The discrimination i catch and the solitude at times from having dreads in a society that does not really except nor understand them makes me a stronger person and if becoming a stronger, better person from life experiences is not a spiritual experience to some people then so be it, that's their opinion and i respect that, it's a free world.

Peace

August West2
@August West2
08/28/12 09:10:37AM
10 posts

Solace of the Solitary


General Talk

Dreads may not be spiritual to some people, and most may think they are just a hair style, and some may do it to just because they think they are a cool hair style, or to fit in with their hippy friends they met on tour and that's fine, that is their reasons. To me they are spiritual, because my ancestors wore dreads and i'm not a Rasta and at least one person through out the years in my family has carried that on and it brings me closer to where i came from in a world and society where we are very easily able to forget who we are and where we came from. The discrimination i catch and the solitude at times from having dreads in a society that does not really except nor understand them makes me a stronger person and if becoming a stronger, better person from life experiences is not a spiritual experience to some people then so be it, that's their opinion and i respect that, it's a free world.

Peace

Adam Kelly said:

I still don't understand what is so "spiritual". Hair dreads when not brushed.. That is it. It's a natural thing. Why should it have such an impact? Sure, you will have a different public experience. People willautomatically judge you and you will get both positive and negative comments.It is the same with any form of hairstyle. Bowl cut, mullet, mowhawk... Whatever style you may choose.

Maybe you all do have profound internal experiences which change your whole outlook on life, but it doesn't change the fact that it is still just a hairstyle.

August West2
@August West2
08/26/12 09:12:35PM
10 posts

Solace of the Solitary


General Talk

Dreads for me are a spiritual journey in so many ways. i know what you mean about the loneliness, we moved and all my dready friends live along ways away and i live in a small town where dreads are frowned on, but it just makes the journey more interesting for me because i learn a lot about people, society, and myself most importantly.

August West2
@August West2
08/21/12 10:51:30PM
10 posts

Hey! I know this might not be the best way to intoduce myself but..


Introduce Yourself

Welcome aboard and i'm another fan of Vikki and Dreadlock Shampoo, great people and product. Nag Champa is my favorite.

August West2
@August West2
08/21/12 10:40:56PM
10 posts

TnR vs natural neglect


Dreading Methods

You could always try putting a bead or 2 on the zig zaggy ones. Beads seem to straighten out my locks, i'm not sure you will have the same results as i do but it's worth a shot. I'm not really going for straight dreads but i like to put beads on the crazy ones and it straightens them up.

August West2
@August West2
08/21/12 10:12:55PM
10 posts

Separation and beads


Dreading Methods

I tried putting beads on hair that had not sectioned yet and they kept falling out and not holding. To be honest i felt like it set me back some because i wasn't able to let those hairs go where they naturally wanted and section on their own. When i finally let the those babies section where they wanted i had better results.

JustSomeChick said:

Thanks everyone! i have another question lol. can i put beads on hairs that havent sectioned themselves yet? I guess that would be creating my own sections. Or would that be a bad idea?
August West2
@August West2
08/21/12 12:15:29PM
10 posts

Separation and beads


Dreading Methods

I use beads to keep unruly sections from taking over and it helps a lot. I've got 3 dreads that i almost have to leave a bead on them all the time to keep them from swallowing other dreads or newly forming dreads. Unruly little guys. The beads should also help sections dread up faster i know they help with mine.

August West2
@August West2
07/19/12 11:18:45AM
10 posts

What's Up?


Introduce Yourself

Yep, just wash when needed and try to tame the big ones, but the big dreads that eat small dreads hasn't been an issue this time around. They have sectioned them selves off into the perfect sized sections for me and they are not eating each other. Which is much different than my last experience where i was constantly separating on a daily basis, but things could change as they develop more.

Patience has been very rewarding.

August West2
@August West2
07/18/12 11:38:10AM
10 posts

What's Up?


Introduce Yourself

What's up i'm new here and just wanted to say hello. I'm not very computer savvy, i'm a low tech guy in a high tech world, so bare with me. I heard about this site through Vikki at Dreadlock Shampoo and i'm glad she recommended it to me. Everybody here seems so friendly and positive which is hard to find these days.

I've been dreading for 12 years i guess you could say. I had to cut my dreads a few years back because of hard times and having to take a job that was not tolerant of dreads nor respectful to the reasons i dread. After a long bumpy journey i made a promise to myself to never allow this to happen again because dreads are a part of me, so i started my second set.

My first set was a mix of back combing and natural. The first few dreads I started out back combing but didn't like the few that were done so i let the rest dread naturally. My second set is all natural and i'm not sure how long they have been going maybe 3-4 months give or take i would guess???? after my last experience with natural dreads my impatience drove me crazy so with my second set i told my self i was gonna forget about time and just worry about when i need to wash my hair and i have to say my nerves are much better and it is rewarding when one pops up. I don't plan on fully dreading but leaving some room for Celtic braids like my family has worn for years.

anyways hello!


updated by @August West2: 01/13/15 09:31:06PM
August West2
@August West2
08/28/12 10:08:04AM
10 posts

Natural/Neglect Timeline


Member Journals and Timelines

Awesome! Your hair is just like mine, i'm further progressed but not by much. when you posted your very first picture when you decided to let your hair grow some more i started dreading mine when it was that long. like Soaring Eagle said, it was slower but it sectioned pretty quick and i do not seem to have to rip them apart as much as i did when i had my first set of locks. great time line keep it up.

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