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Dreaducation: learning the hard way.

Hello everyone! My name's Caroline and i've had dreads for a little over four months, and am currently in the process of combing them out. My current situation has invaded my mind for the past week and i decided that i really wanted to write it all down, so i can see my thoughts, and i figured i might as well share it with anyone that cares. To anyone considering dreadlock EXTENSIONS; this is for you.

I have been wanting dreads since my senior year of high school (2008). when i would see anyone with dreads i would literally stare at them, admiring them, i thought they were so beautiful and rad. there was something about people who had dreads that i wanted to be a part of. so four months ago, i started researching dreadlock extensions. i knew i wanted long, full dreads with tons of beads and yarn and decorations. I also know that i can be extremely impatient so i decided to do it. 4 hours sitting in a chair and 600 dollars later i would have insta-dreads! ...yep, 600 big ones. it was human hair, which i liked, it felt more natural. Anyways, I was very pleased with the finished product. for the four months that i had them i highly enjoyed decorating them, experimenting with hair styles, etc etc. But just recently i started to feel a void. I joined dreadlockssite and started looking at pictures and watching videos on youtube about people that let their hair naturally dread. And it took a while to finally admit it, but i realized that i had dreaded my hair for all the wrong reasons (so i personally felt). I felt immediately disconnected from my dreads. 50% of them weren't even my hair. Sure it was fun putting beads in and wrapping them with yarn, but i skipped years of the journey. I had instant gratification, and because of that i was bored with them already. I didn't get to watch them grow from babies, i didn't allow them to form their own personalities, i didn't even have a favorite one. they all pretty much looked the same. I didn't love them. And i enviously watched videos of people who adored their naturally grown dreads. After that, my hair felt like straw. it was heavy. and annoying. like a burden attached to my head. which is NOT how one should feel about their dreads. unless they have had them for decades and are ready to say goodbye. I decided not to waste anymore time- i decided to comb those bitches out. and as i write this, i have half a head of dreads and half a head of regular hair. it looks quite ridiculous, honestly. when i'm finished combing them out, (which has taken three days so far and i am half done..) i'm going to leave my hair alone and grown natural, neglect method, free dreadies. I'm anxious to see what they will do, and let nature take it's course.  

so children, the moral of my story i guess... The harder you work for something, the more you will appreciate it :) 

and if you're considering getting dread extensions, i highly recommend not doing it. unless you are confident that you don't want to be spiritually connected to them, or you don't plan to have them for very long. I'm hoping to reach out to those people because i don't want you to have to learn the hard way like i did. Thank you- if you actually took the time to read my story! :) I hope you have a glorious day.

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Comment by Kara Simpson on March 15, 2012 at 6:17pm

this story makes me appreciate my dreads even more and I am starting to realize that they truly become an emotional attachment


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Comment by ExaltHimx7 on October 16, 2011 at 4:44pm

xo Chica and God Bless your continuing journey']


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Comment by ☮ soaring eagle ॐ on October 16, 2011 at 4:11pm

very well said they do gain something along the way that simplty cant be bought no matter how much $ u spend on them

 

Comment by Dreadfern on October 16, 2011 at 4:06pm

Blair, yes yes it took me some time to realize that the journey is what it's all about! at first i kinda had this "F that" attitude and didn't want to wait. but i see now that you grow with your dreads, and as they mature they hold something in them deeper than hair or string or beads.. 

Comment by Blair Joseph Ripperger on October 16, 2011 at 3:59pm

Just remember that natural dreads take longer to lock up but they are indeed fun to watch and grow from day 1.  so patience is the essence. to be honest i barely can calm my self from what is going to happen in the next 3 years, i just dont have very much patience but i think will survive. :) 

Comment by Dreadfern on October 16, 2011 at 3:59pm

Kelsey thank you so much, I'm glad others can admit to making the same mistake! To be perfectly honest- your videos were some of the ones that brought me to this decision, you helped me long ago without even meaning to and i am so grateful:) your dreads are just lovely. I hope mine look just as beautiful someday...

Comment by Dreadfern on October 16, 2011 at 3:51pm

Thank you for the feedback and uplifting words:) and especially for the 3 day long hug, I would hug you back, but my hands are busy combing out these awful dread extensions ;) An update is most definitely in order!!

Comment by Kelsey Joy on October 16, 2011 at 3:51pm

our stoires are very simular!! i at first crochet in my dreads and had instant dreads it took me like 10 hours, i had them for 4 1/2 months but all the time i was constanly thinking what it would have been like if i let it grow naturally..so one day i combed them all out on impluse, and 3 days later after i had fun brushing my hair and having it all soft and curly again, i started my natural journey did nothing but stop brushing my hair and wash it... i am now 9 months into my neglect journey and i absolutly love my locks and ive loved every stage of them! new changed every day! :) i know you will be happy with the choice you made aswell!!


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Comment by ☮ soaring eagle ॐ on October 16, 2011 at 3:46pm

well i understand how you feel so i wont say sorry for your loss and instead just say congrats on a new beginning

i hope in another 4 months you write a new discussion on the comparison between the 2 experiences

 

 

i guess ui can give ya a 3 day lng hug to get u through tyhe ret of the combing out

 

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