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Gemma
@Gemma
02/01/13 06:13:17PM
16 posts

My hair is just about long enough now.


Dreading Methods

Thank you, Amanda, that is very kind of you x Did you do the TNR on your friends hair?


Thanks again for the advice, Kelly. From here on, i won't be combing the sides of my hair, so it'll be interesting to see how it seperates itself. It seperated well when i first attempted the neglect method with my longer hair x

Gemma
@Gemma
02/01/13 04:34:08PM
16 posts

My hair is just about long enough now.


Dreading Methods

Kelly, yep i actually measured it for the first time since cutting it and it is exactly 3" :( My hair is extremely curly/wavy naturally, it'd just been straightened in my avatar picture (that was a couple of years ago when i had lovely long hair!) so it will definitely take to naturally locking up much faster.

Thank you, i really appreciate the advice! x

Gemma
@Gemma
02/01/13 08:41:47AM
16 posts

My hair is just about long enough now.


Dreading Methods

I started trying out the neglect method several months ago, but after struggling with depression and anxiety, the scraggly hair on my head was really affecting my confidence. I had a really difficult time and i ended up taking all of my hair off. I just got the hair clippers to it and took it off (it used to be at my shoulders). It ended up just longer than a buzzcut. It was awful.

Its been growing now for 4 months and its finally back at a length where i can start doing SOMETHING with it. I have been shampooing it like normal, but at the length it is now, it isstartingto naturally curl again, and this short natural curly business looks terrible whatever i do with it.

As my hair grows out, i'd like to keep the top of my head combed as i don't want short and spikey dreads sticking up whilst its this short. I have been toying with the idea of using the twist and rip method on the hair at the sides, and washing with my oils and bicarb, so that the hair will lock up as it grows out (whilst keeping combed hair on top).

Its nice to be back on here, i had missed reading about everyone's dread journey. :)

If anyone can offer any advice on how to manage short hair dreads i'd appreciate it. x


updated by @Gemma: 01/13/15 09:45:28PM
Gemma
@Gemma
09/12/12 06:30:31AM
16 posts

Unsure whether to carry on with neglect dreading


General Talk

I used to have really long hair, but a year and a half a go i chopped it all off in a crazy pregnancy hormone rage (it wouldn't do what i wanted, so i got rid of it!). Ever since then i have missed my long hair so much. I am happy that its growing out in better condition, but i miss it.

Straightened, it is about an inch below my collarbone, so its getting long again, but since i have started neglecting my hair (washing, not combing) its sitting wellabove my collarbones/on top of my shoulders. Its very curly and its tangling really well. Its only been just over two and a half weeks, but i am starting to doubt going ahead and allowing my hair to dread.


I fear it shrinking again, and i fear going through that same stage of feeling really sad about my hair. Every dread picture i have saved on my computer for inspiration is ladies with long hair. Last year when i first started thinking about dreading, it was because i had seen a women with waist-length dreads and they looked wonderul.

I know that in years my dreads will grow longer anyway, hair grows, its inevitable, but i know it will take longer to gain some real length because of it being all locked and tangled.


I guess i'm just typing this down because i feel i have a dilemma. I don't want to give up as i love the new found appreciation for my hair, but i don't want to find myself giving up in a few months time when it shrinks back up to my ears and i feel even further from my long hair.


I feel like my long hair was always a part of me, its nothing to do with vanity really. I chopped it all off and i lost a part of me, i know that sounds silly - slowly but surely its been growing back and i wonder if i am making a mistake by dreading :(


updated by @Gemma: 01/13/15 09:35:23PM
Gemma
@Gemma
09/10/12 11:15:53AM
16 posts

ITCHY! :(


Dread Maintenance

No worries at all :)

Gemma
@Gemma
09/10/12 09:15:40AM
16 posts

ITCHY! :(


Dread Maintenance

I remember reading it in pregnancy, it shouldn't be used on babies for any reason and if they breathe it in it can cause respiratory problems. Of course its more a case of 'don't let them smell the stuff out of the bottle', but i wouldn't particularly want it on my head when i carry her close to my hair all the time :)

Gemma
@Gemma
09/10/12 09:05:42AM
16 posts

ITCHY! :(


Dread Maintenance

I use Tea Tree and Lavender, i just bought some Rosemary too so i'll test that on my skin soon. I can't use peppermint oil because itcan bedangerous around babies (i have a one year old daughter).

I use a big standard mixing bowl, i've not measured it out exactly, but i think i amusing too much BS according to your measurements, next wash later i will reduce the amount and see if it relives this itching!

Thank you!

Gemma
@Gemma
09/10/12 08:14:39AM
16 posts

ITCHY! :(


Dread Maintenance

I have a mixing bowl size of water with two small lid-scoops of BS to which i add the oils. I leave that in for several minutes and stand under the shower for a good while rinsing, my showers such crappy pressure so it seems to take forever to get it all out. I then wash the vinegar (one small lid-ful to a big jug of water) through.

I put more vinegar in first time and it made my hair really loose and fluffy so i am putting less in now. I'm not sure if i'm using too much BS, or if it is not rinsing properly (sometimes the tips of my hair feels quite clogged up) - but even so thats not on my scalp :(

Gemma
@Gemma
09/10/12 07:59:18AM
16 posts

ITCHY! :(


Dread Maintenance

I haven't combed my hair in two and a half weeks and have been washing with BS/Oils and ACV regularly, but my scalp is sooo itchy and very flaky :'(

I suppose my scalp is adjusting, but i feel dirty when i sit there scratching my head, its not very pleasant.

Should ibe doing something differently and will my scalp adjust in time and stop this horrible itching!?


Thank you!


updated by @Gemma: 01/13/15 09:35:14PM
Gemma
@Gemma
08/27/12 01:08:27PM
16 posts

My hair story! :)


Introduce Yourself

I got it tangled in the brush because i was trying to curl it haha, never again!

My hair definitely tangles up when its left to its own devices. I took a stay in hospital once without brushing and i remember it was crazy trying to untangle it all!

Thanks for the link,fantastic stuff!

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