I knew you would give me just the perfect advice, Taye. :' ) So...no extensions for me! No Ma'am...no how! hahaha You are so right, and you have put it all into such reflective perspective for me. I am loving my dread babies more every day.
As for the squigglies; my hair is naturally doing that. That and the flat dread, thedreads that stick out like Pippie Longstocking, and the ones that are flat like silver dollars on the end. They all havetheir own personalities. : )
Thanks again, so much...for being herwhen I needguidance. Big Hugs, and many...many Blessings your way.
I have a couple of dreads that I did an x wrap on when they were babies. There is a strange squiggle to the shape of those dreads but it did not keep them from knotting up. I have noticed that they are not as fat as they would have been if they had not been wrapped. I would only put in one or two until your dreads become more mature. I do not like extensions. I know it is very tempting but it is not a good idea. A few of those reasons are 1. It puts weight on your dreads that your scalp is not used to /adjusted to. It can actually pull at your roots and cause pain and damage to the hair. 2 It looks fake. Dreads are the epitome of natural so fake just doesn't look or feel "right" It can also keep your hair from knotting properly.
Dreads go through the ugly duckling stage. Use this time to discover how beautiful you are inside. How special you are. Step away from the mirror. It is almost like a time of fasting before a feast. It is human to be vain but this gives you an opportunity to lose it...or at least some of it. Extensions are a way of cheating. Mostly you would be cheating yourself. I think the journey is too important.
Thanks Taye. : ) I really like the Renaiscence (spelling?) look. Besides, I don't want to smush my little dread babies.
Which brings me to my next bewilderment. What do you think about dread extensions? And do you think the wrap will hinder my natural dreads? I'm really tempted to tie on some extensions to get my hair through the crazy days. : p But I wonder...which would be best: wool or synthetic fibers, or none at all?
For now, I'll be getting Hubby to tie an X braid of hemp (ordering in a few mins) twine, and decorate my dreadies with a few rings I have; one with a 'peace' sign, and one with colorful little beads. What d'ya think? : )
Oh...! Btw, my hubby counted my dreads last night...and I'm up to 24 (26/27, if you count the little tiny ones that are forming now). Just last month, I had less than 10 full dreads...give or take.
Instead of doing a tight embroidery thread wrap, try and "X" wrap with hemp. It is simple and easy. I tie in an assortment of bells into my dreads that way. I have been told that I can never be a ninja because you can hear me coming
I am so looking forward to my dreadie future! : ) Besides one bit of hair that seemed to fall loose last week--and I quickly did the ol' T & R on it), I see I have more dreads now, than I did a few weeks ago. I still haven't been able to get Hubby to wrap a few dreads, or put some jewels or beads in. I tried to do it myself, and it became tangled up in knots. : / Hubby had to cut the twine out for me. Yikes! hahaha
Before my hair knotted up, my ponytail was about as thick as a dime is round. My hair is very thin and fine. Now each lock is thicker than a dime. When some of them anyway. It amazes me still how thick my dreads are. At times I forget what it is like to not have dreads. I can not imagine going back to that. Your dreads are going to be glorious. It just takes time. The one thing that I wish I had done/known when I started was to keep the dreads on top of my head smaller. Because my hair is thin...I do have a very defined part. If my dreads were smaller, I would have more to cover my scalp. Hair is thinner on top for everyone, but when a person has thin hair to begin with...there will always be a bit of scalp showing. Smaller dreads would hide it better.
Thanks so much, Taye! You've given me much insight into the future of my dreads. I really do love having my little dread babies, but I was just feeling like something had gone wrong with mine. My lack of experience had me wondering what was going on with my dreads...basically.
Either way, you are such an inspiration to me! I too, am not worried so much about my looks these days, but Hubby loves me anyway; I'm so happy to say. : ) He didn't really want me to grow dreads, even though he had natural dreads for several years. He let the remarks of friends and family get to him...and one night, he cut them all off. I was heartbroken. Now, I think I've talked him into letting them form again. He has super curly hair, so it's rather easy for him. My hair is fine, and getting thinner with age. I'm loveing the body and seemingly thicker head of hair I have with my dreads.
I'll be posting some pics of my wonderful mess of dreadies...hopefully tonight. If my pics will load. Either way,you have given me so much to look forward to. So...if-ever I'm having a discouraging dreadie day, I'll think of you and your lovely locks. Thanks so much for your encouragement and insight. Blessings & .V.. your way.
Gypsy Vin Rose, I think the craziness is what makes them so beautiful. Not many people have the patience for dreads. I am told almost daily "I used to have dreads". In other words...they had the start of dreads for a few weeks or months, They never really had dreads. They did not like the messy stage, or they let people make them feel bad. For what ever reason...they just could not stick with it. Yes my head was a mess for the first year or two. If I could do it over, would I do the same thing? Yes!!!! Is it worth it? YES!!! I lost my vanity during that time. I stopped looking in mirrors and started looking internally. And then one day it was amazing. I went from the ugly duckling and found me
Taye. I'm trying to view your pics...for a bit of encouragement on my own dreads (now only 4 months in full neglect with a few T & R). Your dreads are so beautiful! I feel better already, about my own mess of baby dreads; that someday they'll mature to even half as lovely as yours.
Blessings! Thanks so much for the comments you have offered. I'll be posting new pics soon. Been trying to keep a month-by-month photo journal going. I just wish my dreads would flatten down a bit, and not stick straight out so badly. : /