By ginger.rose, 2012-07-24
I guess I'd better write something, rather than just lurking around!
Here's my natural/neglect experience so far - pictures are already in my albums, and I'll look at how to post them here for future entries. I stopped brushing in the second week of July, and have been washing every 3 days with BS and using ACV with EO or tea rinses. I had been no-poo for maybe 6 months already, so my hair was pretty healthy, shiny and tangle-free to start with...
Progress has been stop and start, and I have had to let go of expectations. Just when I see the knots coming, it's time to wash and they tend to mostly fall out. But today I found a real baby forming! I had to separate it from another section, as it was too wide and thin to allow, but it was pretty knotty before that. It is good to see some more concrete action beyond the separation and frizz. Also, I keep getting the ends caught on things, because there are little knots in there which did not exist before. The ends are looking skinnier by the day, which I assume is a good sign.
I am trying to avoid beads and other "helpers" for now, but occasionally add a little salt water before a shower, since I'm not near the beach to take a dip. I want to see what my hair will do on it's own, and it's a nice test of willpower. I separate the sections, because I definitely want to have some control over that, being a business owner and needing a somewhat groomed appearance.
Another point I wanted to write (to get it out of my head and recorded), is that I am not interested in calling these "dreadlocks" (I don't care what you call them, though!). It just doesn't feel like the right word for me. Nor does jata or even just locks. I guess something will evolve over time as they start to show up.
I am really enjoying looking at everyone's photos and reading all the forum and blog posts - thank you for sharing your experiences, and answering so many questions.
By Kika Moonh, 2012-07-24
By Tiffany burney, 2012-07-23
By Beijaflor, 2012-07-22
Hi guys! If I am creating this post than I have surpassed my second month of loc bliss. This month has been to say the least.. exciting.=) My roots are locking wash by wash and the loose hair is starting to feed in. Progress is happening alot faster than I expected. I havereceivedgreat compliments among peers and strangers has given me a great push to keep striding on. The support from this site has been a great one. I have met great people from all faces of life and its been awesome. I also indigo'd my hair this month and it was pretty cool , it made my strands stronger and my hair color richer.. which is a cool bonus.But I have to admit that I have had a couple of minor bumps but they have also made me stronger:
-At one point I waned to redo them but I left them be because I felt vanity kicking in and I am stronger than that. I want this to be an accepting journey not a perfection journey.
-Ive had two dreams where I had straight unlocked hair that was really long, but then I wake up and I laugh. It was hard for the first couple of seconds but I know those dreams are tests and I have surpassed both so un-consciousbring it on!
So all in all thats been about it Ive been enjoying both the transformations and bumpy roads (literally and non). So third month, show mama watcha got! =)
By Cassie3, 2012-07-21
By Pixy, 2012-07-21
i do believe i am taking my nose ring out..i just really enjoy my nose better without it
myy dreads will be 2 months the 26th of this month..i honestly like have really washed them 4 good times
i did a sea salt wash and have been using baking soda and apple cider to wash me hair..i mean they are coming along pretty well..we counted I HAVE 43 DREADS..makes me happy i still have loose hair and what not
some are trying to split at the roots i was going to either wrap them or really let the do their thing and when they get long enough ill make it into its own dread if its still split
buttt i also have congos at the roots that i want to grow together so i could really use advice on how to wrap them with sayembroidery threads would be helpful!
i rant btw.
a friend said to maybe put some wax on the split roots to help them..i just dont feel toooo down with that?
By christina popejoy, 2012-07-19
Okay so since I started dreading I have been thinking alot about my impact on the planet and the way I conduct myself, my ethics are being challenged and im glad.
I have been vegetarian before quite a few years ago. And without too long I became anaemic. I dont know if this was due to just eating vegetables. I mean I was the only one in my household that made this choice and I would usually just have more veg to make up for not having meat. But my mom and I didnt really have a clue. She was supportive but we just didnt do our homework.
I have been careful to buy free range eggs and RSPCA Freedom food meats. But I am still saddened to find that even these animals are stunned before they are fully dispatched and mechanical sorting devices can still be used to move animals through the process. To be honest it makes me feel pretty sick and I dont quite understand how that comes under the 'Humane slaughter' braket. I mean the conditions seem very strict and clear but it is still a killing factory.
I definatley am thinking of trying to eat the vegetarian way for now. And I will be looking at this time as meat fasting! Where I can search my soul and pray about this. Does this keep in line with God' plan and the stewardship we we're given over the earth and the animals. To protect it and care and love for it???hurrrrm a ton to think about! I still dont know how I feel about slaughter done by a farmer on small local organic farm we have many here in England. Something still to ponder!
But for now after watching the From farm to Fridge documentary on You tube I amdefinitelyput off.
By Jordan Toler, 2012-07-19
By Charlie Boston, 2012-07-19
Im a newbie to dreading, a friend recently cut hers off as she was having a baby?? (not sure there what her dreads were going to do to her baby but anyway). As soon as I met her I knew I wanted to dread my hair it felt so natural! we've know each other for nearly a year now so Ive been keen on getting my hair to dread for a while. When i decided a few months ago I turned into an impatient child... When I decide on something I'm normally ready and I go for it but I had short hair, not short for me but extremely short for dreads! So for the past few months I have been patiently nurturing my hair and helping it grow.... probably not with all the crap Im putting in it to be honest! anyway.. I looked at the websites, looked at knotty boy and dreadheadHQ, the latter having me more sold but still sold. Then I stumbled upon these forums and you've stolen it from them all!
I not only want, I NEED advice on how do I start this without looking like a compete bum to work etc and how can I speed up the process yet still be natural and get the best looking natural dreads possible?!!! Im not asking too much am I ha ha ha. Oh lamens terms if possible, newbie
dedicated "ready to be dreaded" dj Charlie B
By Michael Engbersen, 2012-07-18
my hair is about 5 - 6 inches long so im pretty sure its long enough now. What i want to ask is what is the best way to dye or bleach my hair blonde before dreading? My hair is brown naturally but I want to blonde it before dreading. Any help is welcome