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New here, Let me introduce myself!

By Elizabeth2, 2012-05-19

Hello, It's great to be here!
I've been No-Poo for a little over 5 months now, I've just recently stopped brushing my hair in hopes to naturally grow beautiful locks.
I've been doing quite a bit of research and watching videos and was brought to this site and definitely love what I see.

I do wonder though, I absolutely LOVE my coconut oil and wondered if that would help the process of getting my dreads? Has anyone used Coconut oil?
I'm trying to keep this as natural as possible, But of course, I'm impatient :P
Feel free to add me if anyone likes, I look forward to chatting!

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Learning to tackle another fallacy of thought- Over-simplifying your reality by categorizing others and yourself.

By Brittany Marie, 2012-05-19

Since I began my dread journey about one year ago, I have experienced a major shift in my consciousness and witnessed many amazing changes in my reality because of this shift in thought. Not all of these changes can be attributed to my dreadlocks, but one significant change has a direct correlation to them, which is the categorization of people based on religious belief, skin tone, ethnicity, working class, and lastly and most relevant to my interests, style (particularly hair style).

This topic is not new to anyone whom is currently reading this because, well, everyone who has ever been in a social environment has witnessed this remarkable fallacy of human thought.This categorical way of thinking is remarkable because, though we are social creatures who are all in search of love and acceptance, we choose instead to build up metaphorical walls around ourselves to barricade us and the few others 'like' us within them, which, of course, leaves everyone else in your life somewhere outside of these walls and susceptible to judgement by you, leading you to push them further and further away from your being. In some cases, you may push people so far from you that you dehumanize them in your mind simply because there are so many differences between you and these people (i.e. resenting homeless people for being homeless even though you know nothing of their personal struggles, or our soldiers resenting the citizens of the countries that they are invading simply because their way of life is so different from our own).

These are blatantly fallacies of thought! We fool ourselves into categorizing people because we want life to be simple, we want PEOPLE to be simple so that we can better understand them, so that we can know before getting to know them whether or not we can relate to them. The truth is that life is not simple and neither are people. The truth is that you can relate to anyone if only you focus on what you share in common with one another instead of what sets you apart... Not all Asians are good at mathematics, just as not all dark-skinned women with kinky hair are crazy, not all business men are soulless prudes, not all environmentalists are 'hippies', and not all dread-heads smoke weed and discuss political conspiracies.

I have met businessmen that have done Ayahuasca with Peruvian shaman, dread-locked brothers and sisters that have gone to school to be businessmen. Each of us has something to bring to the table, some knowledge or trade that we can contribute to better the whole of humanity. When we focus on our differences, we separate ourselves from one another and lose the other's contribution in the process. Instead of having a well-rounded and balanced society, we have a society that prizes science but belittles art; Logic is rewarded while emotion and creativity are suppressed. My hope for those who are reading this is that you will embrace both sides of your mind, using both intuition and intellect to reach and maintain balance within yourself. Namaste`<3

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1 Month In

By Topher Rowe, 2012-05-18

Hi all,

So about 5 weeks ago I decided to bite the bullet and start dreading my hair. After quite a bit of reading I decided to go with the Twist&Rip method because it was the fastest way I could find with the minimum damage.

These are the first 3 days of my dreads:

I will have to get some more photo's of the progress but my dreads are starting to loosen up quite a bit and I've researched ways to tighten them up but I can't find any that don't also have extreme consequences.

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Day 17

By Nogawar, 2012-05-18

My hair: I've never been able to style it, it laughs at hair products and tools (curling irons and such); it's always had a mind of it's own and disagreed with everything I've done to alter it (dye it any color, even black, and in no time my natural red-gold highlights are shining brightly through.) So, dreads--it seems this is what my head has been waiting for. It's cooperating so well, with splitting into tinier sections and beginning to dread up with little help. I have been separating some of the bigger clumps, and TNR here and there, but really my hair is happy to be doing this and is moving itself along quite nicely. I've added some beads just for the hell of it, and I salt water spray it a few hours before I wash it (every three to four days.) I am loving it. <3

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My crappy sections...

By Stephani, 2012-05-17

So as most of you know, I started my dreads as a partial head. I still had A LOT of loose hair in the beginning. Because of the way I started them as a partial, sectioning perfectly never crossed my mind. I literally just grabbed hair and twist and ripped it. Never thought twice about it until now that my whole head has been finished for about 2 weeks now. My sections are all woven together and they all want to congo. I spend a lot of time trying to separate them, and when I don't separate for a day I will have TONS of sections matted together. I don't want them to look real neat or uniform, which is why I like my random sections but it's becoming a pain. The sections are so woven into each other that it's almost like all my hair at the scalp is becoming matted. The only place it isn't matting together, and staying in separate dreads is at the very top of my head because I could actually sectioned it since that portion didn't already have dreads in it.

If this has happened to any of you, or if you have any opinions or things you would recommend me doing, I'd love to hear your idea's!

As much as I would like to avoid taking them out and starting over with neater sectioning, I'm thinking it's almost necessary. Otherwise I feel like I'm going to end up with one big lock coming off my head.

I'll try to attach some pictures so you guys can get a better idea of what I'm talking about.

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First day

By thomas richard greene, 2012-05-16

So im ganna start my dreads today. Should i do a bs wash to start off?

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The IGNORANT people of

By Stephani, 2012-05-15

They say ignorance is bliss, but I believe it is a burden. Being close minded about any one subject shows just how soulless a person is, in my opinion anyway. Today, while searching for pictures of beautiful hair and Dreadlocks on, I came across This Photo. The comments infuriated me. I know everyone has their freedom of speech, but I don't understand the point of leaving a negative comment just for the sake of being negative. I was going to look past it until I read further down and came across a comment left by hairstylist. I had to stay something. This subject is so near and dear to my heart I could not pass up the opportunity to possibly open someone's eyes to a new idea. You can read her comment and what I said to the her in the link above, or just read it here:

Enelrahc Etraud
Im a hair dresser & have been for many many many years.. It's impossible to clean you scalp to what I would consider "clean" & the matted hair is just a collection of hair & skin & blanket lint that should have been shed.. I've had the great pleasure of removing them from several peoples head over the years.. & might I add.. I was delighted to do so:)

Stephani Chavez
Enelrahc Etraud I too am a Hair Stylist. I also have dreads. You my dear are VERY VERY misinformed, as are many others who think Dreadlocks are "dirty". You CAN get your scalp clean while still having dreads. Dreading a natural way of wearing ones hair, it is the way hair was intended to be. You lose your comb, you gain dreadlocks over time. The fact that you were happy to remove ones dreadlocks is a disgrace to our profession. As a stylist, we should encourage people to live outside the box with their hair, and educate them in ways of taking care of their hair. Unfortunately though, there are hairstylists who are VERY uneducated and misinformed about dreadlocks, and they are 9 times out of 10 the reason most people end up cutting their locks off. Your years in this business mean nothing if you've not continued to educate yourself in EVERY aspect that you can, INCLUDING Dreadlocks.

I vow that some day I will be educating my fellow hairstylists on everything there is to learn about our business, and I will not stop until I've penetrated one thick minded person's head and changed their point of view about things. If I can reach just 1 person, I've done my job, but I will not stop at just one.

I just wish every hairstylist had a PASSION burning inside of them like I do for this industry. We need more stylist that have a deep love for hair, and that includes hair in EVERY form.

Okay this concludes my rant for the night :)

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I need help.

By Miranda Green, 2012-05-15

How do I get the roots of my hair to dread? Please, help. :3

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I combed out my dreads

By Camilla, 2012-05-15

My dread jouney has ended. Its a lillte bit sad.I startedtolose hair so I wanted to save it and I combed it out.A lot ofhaircame loosewhen Icombedit outand then some, I gottocut off. But I still have som hair of my head, but I miss my dreads.

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By Stephani, 2012-05-14

So far so good. I'm almost at the 4 week mark and a majority of my family have seen my dreads. Everyone likes them, it's shocking to me lol! Yesterday my MOM even told me they looked pretty, and she MEANT it!! HAHA. She even wants me to grow them super long! This is such a big change from where we started at, but I think she knows that this wasn't just a spur of the moment decision for me. I think she can finally respect my decision, and she even likes it. I wasn't expecting her to warm up to my dreads so fast, but I'm glad she did.

In other news, I have a dread on the right side of my head that is trying to split and it's kind of starting to pull so I'm going to comb it out and separate it into two. I hope that will help it because it's hurting my head as it is.

Sorry this was a short little update. I hope all the mama's out there had a fantastic Mother's Day.

Oh, also I'm still working on editing my other video, I had zero time yesterday. I will try to work on it tonight after work. May not be loaded until tomorrow or Wednesday though.

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