By ☮ soaring eagle ॐ, 2012-05-27
so awhile back i wrote a blog about a distant relative named terrence macsweeny or mcsweenie or macsweenie (i think is actually right)
for those who didnt read that blog post ill recap it quickly here terrence was i believe a great great uncle or 3rd cousin 4th removed or whatever im not sure how it all works out
but he was like the mayor of cork in ireland around the 1920s he wrote the book on freedom called principles of freedom that inspired ghandi and mau tze tung and others but was jailed as a revolutionary and there went on the longest hunger strike in irelands history and died after 76 days without food. his funeral was bhigger then jfks and maybe even marleys and jah rastafaris..
anyway thats just the recap from the old blog post wich is only relevant to this 1 o]in a way
just now i was tracked down on facebook by someone who found me onyoutube
by seeing a comment i posted on a video about terrenmce macswenie
aparently hes my cousin too i never knew hesz an actor from england but living in nyc (2 hour drive from me)
hes always wanted to go to a gathering but never has yet hes attending juiliard but travels the world alot hes filming in south africa then india so cant make this gathering,,
he said hes never seen dreadlocks like mine so healthy and unfuckedwith (his exact words) so we got to talking dreads and wax and stuff
its just wild meeting family you never knew you had because of random coincidences and online web weaving
think hes even into reggae
we've been talking an hour or 2 now and its amazing how much we agree on things and how simular we are in our thinking
By Breana, 2012-05-26
By Stephani, 2012-05-26
I know I must not be the only one who's hair gets stared at everywhere I go, but it sure feels like it. HAHA. Most days I just ignore the fact the everyone in the room is staring at my hair. It's funny how the minute I glance at them they quickly look away, like they are trying to hide the fact that they were just staring at me for what seems like hours. It's rare when someone says "hey I like your hair" or "wow your dreads are cool" or "you look good with dreads". So this is my question, I wonder if dreads look right on me? Most of the time I'm sure people are just scared to say something to a stranger, but it makes me wonder when they look away so fast, what do they really think?
AND then, my sense of self kicks in and I realize I don't give a shit what they think. Of course, though, there is always that tiny fraction of doubt looming in the back of my mind. The blank stares of random strangers is beginning to get under my skin. I have no anxiety when I go to work, because it is my creative outlet. I don't get judged there, but out in the real world is a different story.
I am wondering what the rest of you do when you notice the stares, and how do keep your focus so those stares don't start to bother you?
By Kuwabara, 2012-05-25
I need itch relief. my hair is knotting beautifully and I couldn't be more satisfied but the with summer coming and having to sit all day in a hot school, my scalp is on fire. Remedies?
By Demi Lauren, 2012-05-24
By Peter Kim, 2012-05-24
After a year and 9 months of growing out my hair I finally got dreadlocks (the soul purpose of growing out my hair). Went from straight buzz cut to about 12in of hair and now to dreadlocks. I honestly didn't think my hair would good for dreads and was getting kind of worried prior to getting them but a pat on the back for my hair, its holding up very good. The guy used the back combing method, crochetted the loose hairs, the whole process took around 12 hours - _ -. I have read all about wax being bad for your hair, but this one times the only time I plan on using it. Hopefully unlike heroin, using wax only one time won't hurt. I will post more pictures when I find a camera to use.
By Hannaaaa, 2012-05-24
So after reading around a bit, and just pondering on how my hair works, I decided it would probably be better for me to, instead of going the neglect route, to tnr my hair. My hair is really crazy and bi-polar, and it varies from matting in the back within a few hours, to staying totally knot free for days at a time, so my hair may turn into one giant dread if I just let it go, or stay in it's naturally wavy/curly state for weeks...
Started on the tnr-ing earlier, have about a quarter to a third of my head done, and have about 13 ish so far, give or take. Some are as thick as my thumb or a quarter ish size, and I have a few in the very front, my shorter layer of bangs, are about pencil width.
I can't wait until I have my whole head done, I already love how they're turning out. I'll post pictures whenever I can, but no camera at the moment, it might be a few weeks/months. Haha
By Tied up in knots, 2012-05-23
It seems my hair was listening to me when I said I didn't want blunted tips. And it decided to teach me a lesson.
A quarter of my dreads have blunted themselves at the tip. All of my fatties and a good batch of skinnies. Some of them have just folded themselves right in half. Still more are very thick or paddle-y with skinny little rat tails hanging off of them.
And I love it. It's ridiculous. I have found the beauty in the blunted tips.
I promised myself that once I tnr'd I wouldn't do anything else to prevent my hair from doing what it wanted beyond separating. I didn't want blunted tips or paddles but I was committed to the journey and letting my hair do it's thing. Well my hair wanted paddles and blunt tips and apparently so did I.
Good life lesson there. I will continue going with the flow and let go of my expectations. The universe will give me what I need if not what I think I want.
By Lapis Angela Lazuli, 2012-05-23
By Rhia Marie, 2012-05-23
Well, my mom gets on me about the loops in my dreads as of recently. Honestly, I love the loops. I wear wooden beads in them when I want a little more of a fun feel to my babies and the excess in which I've been wearing them have added character. I don't want tame dreads that all look the same. I wash them and separate them...that's probably the extent of work I do on my hair. Gah, I'm such a happy camper though.
On another note, I've been quite careful about who I let touch my dreads and what I do during the journey. I've definitely noticed a change in my energy levels and the negative/positive vibes. Some people it's just like a pulse goes through me and it's like whoa!!! Didn't expect that at all! Either way, I'm enjoying every bit of it. I'm also beginning to enjoy educating people on the subject of dreads.