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with any method except natural its typical to freak out constantly over every lil unexpected change in your baby dreads, it starts with oh my god they are getting looser not tighter then progresses to oh my god i got my dreads wet then theres a loose hair or a loop or a bump or a bend oh my god what should i do?
then you rush off to the internet and start posting ..ive had dreads for 3 while weeks and they aremnt the way i wanted them helllp
or..ive had dreads a month now whens it ok to wash them..

over and over the answer ya get is..relax, give them time..dreads will do what they do without you needing to fuss over them..
then the next day..maybe 2 your back at the computer with a whole new set of questions..

so how do you break that cycle?
get rid of all your mirrors ..your calanderes too..forget all about your hair about how much time has passed
dont try to dread...try to live without the need to fuss with your hair first..
dreads arent a look but a lifestyle..so stop thinking how u want to look instead start living how you want to live
the 1st day you get "nice dreads" on the street thats the day ya should allow yourself a peek in a mirror


ofcourse feeling instread of looking is ok feeling u can check to make sure sections arent growing together...and that is all the info u need to get great dreads

if you wait to check on progress till others point out the great progress you will be fascinated not frustrated by the proccess

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haha, I remember a couple time thinking that maybe starting dreads was a bad idea, usually when I would look in the mirror I liked how they looked, cept maybe on the sides,

after having them for awhile, I completely love them over my older hair, especially now that I'm noticing its growth. and the numerous changes they've made.

I get a lot of random people that say things like "love the dreads" *and the weird questions "do you ever wash it?"*

but i gotta say I'm glad I didn't lose my conviction and stayed with it.
well that and I don't think I could ever go back to having short hair.

but I don't think its entirely accurate to say that even someone going the natural route the first time through wouldn't freak out about the early stages, I know I did, and a friend of mine who did it natural with her current set, it can just get discouraging,
just gotta remember its inevitable for it to all work out. and you have to go into it knowing that.
I had a younger friend of mine who backcombed all his hair , then took it out the next day or 2 cause his girlfriend gave him shit and he gave up, then asked me to help him next time he did it. of course I tried to remind him of that, its just weird that some people don't realize that this isn't just a simple hair style.
anyway I don't wanna ramble anymore :)
true its just most who go natural expect a long crazy trip they dont expect perfection iin a day so they dont get as disapointed when a hair slips or a loop forms
they become more fascinated with the changes instead of freaking over every lil thing

its a generality though i remember 1 guy 1 week into natural wondering what he was doing wrong cause they werent totaly dreaded already

Iain said:
haha, I remember a couple time thinking that maybe starting dreads was a bad idea, usually when I would look in the mirror I liked how they looked, cept maybe on the sides,

after having them for awhile, I completely love them over my older hair, especially now that I'm noticing its growth. and the numerous changes they've made.

I get a lot of random people that say things like "love the dreads" *and the weird questions "do you ever wash it?"*

but i gotta say I'm glad I didn't lose my conviction and stayed with it.
well that and I don't think I could ever go back to having short hair.

but I don't think its entirely accurate to say that even someone going the natural route the first time through wouldn't freak out about the early stages, I know I did, and a friend of mine who did it natural with her current set, it can just get discouraging,
just gotta remember its inevitable for it to all work out. and you have to go into it knowing that.
I had a younger friend of mine who backcombed all his hair , then took it out the next day or 2 cause his girlfriend gave him shit and he gave up, then asked me to help him next time he did it. of course I tried to remind him of that, its just weird that some people don't realize that this isn't just a simple hair style.
anyway I don't wanna ramble anymore :)
i would like to thank SE for starting this discussion, and Iain for replying as well. because i was starting to feel that my dreads arent good enough (looked in the mirror today lol) because they are very very frizzy. i have had them for just over a month. i know that they're meant to be frizzy but i cant help but just notice how frizzy they really are. i know that in a year i will look back at this and think that i am being silly right now because its all gonna work out fine lol.
see thats just it backcombers starrt off with something and everythinbg like fuzz seejnms like a step backwards not forwareds while natural u start off with nothing and the 1st sign of seperatings a magical leap forward,.thenj a knot..oh yea here we go baby then a straggly lil funky dread and ya know yoiur going good..others wilol look at ya and say oh they look crappy you should do____ but you know your on the right path cause u see em changing all the time..the funky lil dread becomes thicker tighter more dreads foerm u still have loose hairs and your told to crochet but why you know nothings wrong and soon those will become more dreads..you know youir doing right cause all u see is forward progress
Roman Turaev said:
i would like to thank SE for starting this discussion, and Iain for replying as well. because i was starting to feel that my dreads arent good enough (looked in the mirror today lol) because they are very very frizzy. i have had them for just over a month. i know that they're meant to be frizzy but i cant help but just notice how frizzy they really are. i know that in a year i will look back at this and think that i am being silly right now because its all gonna work out fine lol.
yes i would like to thank you SE for starting this. do you get annoyed by questions?
would i create a sitre like this if i was annoyed by questions?


J.D. said:
yes i would like to thank you SE for starting this. do you get annoyed by questions?
i guess not. the way you sounded in the original post just made me think that you were annoyed
you know I didn't really think about it that way, but you do kinda take a step back for awhile with non-natural dreads, kinda doesn't do you any psychological favors when you see that manual labor begin to un-knot in the infancy stages.
im used to ppl from the 1st day they backcombed beijng in constant pannic mode..critik for innstance met him on another forum, had to give him my im and spend hours a day every day from day 1 getting him to relax and go with the flow..

in a way to me forums liker this are a by product of the whole "made" dreads trend of today..when i began mine ..all i knew was stop brushing and dreads happen.. after that i never had 1 question i needed an answer to
i never cared what soap wwas best i never cared about loose hairs otr roots or tips or bumps or ..anything..i askes 1 question of 1 guy only..got the answer stop brushing and tht was thwt..
i never thought of reading up on it..i never thought of going to a salon to get it done right..
it seems to me that these sites that offer a easy way to dread have made ir so complicated that noone can understand how it just happends without effort..and so not everything they do on theyree own seems like somrthing you gotta fix insread of just part of how they become dreads..


im too sleep deprived to type srry
lol it's all good, :)

in a way though the fact that more people are becoming open to the idea of living with dreadlocks is a good thing as in time I think that less people will have to worry about "ohh if I start to dread my hair i won't be able to get a job" or my family will disown or even the stupid stereotype that dreads are dirty.
well said
me on the other hand i was so sick and tired of having to do stuff to me hair i totaly embraced the do nothing attitude from day 1 set 1

and yea looking back at when they started it seemed like 1 day i was dreadless a few days later i hads dreads and it took years to figure out the point where 1 period ended and the other began ..i was in vermont and stuck a few beads in and had dreads before i made it home
haha most of the freak out things sound like me. lol i started off this weekend fine, then last night i went to smoke some stogies with my friends (who were supportive in the beginning) and i just got like verbally assaulted. one of em was like dude we need to turn our lives around, stop sellin and smoking all the time, we need to get back on track. then he blind sides me with a comment about how i should take out my dreads!!! As if my hair has anything to do with the mistakes ive made!!! wtf! then another of my friends says some bullshit about how im starting to become and look more like a fuckin stoner. We are basically alll stoners but the fact that he would stereotype dreads with drugs pisses me off so much. i went home later on feelin really sick (never smoke Kamels on an empty stomache, they are really strong lol) and my mom is talkin to me, we are just having a friendly conversation, then she just blurts out, u look like a bum. wow..................... my own mom. But today is a different story =D i went to the skate park to do some skating, and i happened upon one of my friends who just got back from florida. He came up all siked and saw my hair and was like *dude!!! u started dreading! thats tight, im gonna grow some to when my hair grows out. Then some people that were there were lookin at my hair and some made comments like dreads are tight. I feel 100 percent better now then i did yesterday wooooooot =D

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