By Alejandro, 2012-05-14
By Jeff Mitchell, 2012-05-13
It draws nearer and yet
it fades from view.
The world is new
and old at once.
I brush the trees as I move along,
quickly and quietly;
I'm on the hunt.
I'm hunting it and yet I feel
as if it knows I'm close behind.
I catch a glimpse,
increase my pace
and realize that I cannot find
the trail. Then I
lean on a tree.
Quietly, I wonder if
I'll find the trail or it again.
Or if they will remember when
I don't return.
I move once more towards the sun
between the trees and dew and things
but then I stop.
I feel a whisper of a sort
to turn around and face the world
as I am.
I turn and see it standing there
and then I shake.
On its four legs, it comes to me
like night and day
in the strangest way
and then it sits down at my side
calmly and quietly.
I lowered myself slowly that day
and sat with it.
And here I shall stay.
By Sussi, 2012-05-13
I can't believe it's already been a 1/2 year since I started my dreads. I want to share some very personal experinces with you on my journey that I have not mentioned earlier.
If you have read my first blog post you'll already know that dreading hit me on the head hard and that it took less than 24 hours from the time I even considered dreads to when I started them. It was instant love for me and truly a part of a new beginning in my life.
The same week that I decided to start my dreads I also started a green rehab program that lasted for 3 months. For almost a year prior to that a burnout and a very deep depression had kept me almost isolated from the world. When I was finally able to seek help I met 3 wonderful women (a doctor, a psychiatrist, and a physical therapist) who helped me return to life and helped me get into the rehab program.
I loved every minute of the 3 months. 4 hours a day, 4 days a week we spent time in the woods observing nature and we created beautiful things with what nature provided for us. A lot of the rehab was about acceptance and mindfulness, we started and ended every day with being aware and accepting our bodies and minds.
I am sure that my hair helped me on this journey of acceptance. From day 1 it made me happy and I felt close to nature in a similar way I used to feel when I was a kid. My hair made me feel special, strong, and proud. It empowered me!
The journey continues for me and now I've been workin half-time for 2 months. I love ever second of it and I meet alot of different people every day. Not once have my hair been an issue and I'm grateful for that. If anything it gives me more credit as I'm working in a creative role and I believe dreads do express creativity.
I have my ups and downs regarding my hair just as most people do, but on the whole I love it and I can't imagine ever giving up on my dreads. They mean so much to me, much more than just another hair-do. They are a symbol of me getting back to life and health and happiness.
This photo was taken in January, 2,5 months into my dread journey and a week before my rehab program was completed. During December andJanuarywe had a few bad storms and several trees fell. We used the wood from these trees to make brooms. This is the broom I made.
By Stephani, 2012-05-13
So I uploaded a "4 week progress" video today! So check that out if you get time. Also, I recorded a video about dreads in general. Info as far as wax and ways to dread, things like that. I'll try to get it loaded tomorrow. It still needs edited though so if I get a chance with all of our running around mothers day madness I'll get it up asap.
Okay that was all, just a fast little update. Check out my video if you all get time and let me know what ya think
By ☮ soaring eagle ॐ, 2012-05-12
By Lapis Angela Lazuli, 2012-05-11
By Kuwabara, 2012-05-11
Done worrying about what others think. Dreads have been something I've wanted for a long time and I finally have the guts to do it. Along the way, I want to rediscover myself and sort of change my image to match the person I see inside. I've already gotten shitty looks and comments from people concerning the nappy lump upon my head. I tell them to fuck off. I'm already in love with my babies, and although I want fully matured dreads soooo bad, I feel like watching them grow and form will be a wonderful experience. I'm completely open to tips and suggestions, and I'd love to hear stories from those of you who decided to put down the comb and be completely natural!
By Stephani, 2012-05-10
Today was my second time using my lockin' up liquid dreadlock shampoo and the verdict is in. I LOVE IT! Seriously I'm already noticing my dread babies getting tighter and just 2 shampoo's with it. So that is exciting.
In other news, I went to my nephews baseball game this evening with my sister, mom, and son. Yes that's right I said my MOM! I drove, so we all rode together and while in the car I started laughing out of no where. My mom asked what I was laughing about. I said "you can't even look at me it grosses you out that much" and then to my surprise she laughed and said "No I have to keep looking away because you keep making faces at me" HAHA I didn't even realize it but I really was making crazy face at her. Then we all just kept laughing. I then threw my dreads in her face and said "smell... they smell awesome don't they?" I think I have finally found a way to get over this issue with her and that way is just to laugh about it with her. Laughter really is the best medicine, and if that's what it takes to get her used to the whole thing, then I'm down for some laughs. I even made her touch my favorite dread, she made a cringy face that was probably the funniest thing I've seen in a while.
She did tell me she thinks I've become obsessed with them. I wouldn't doubt that she is right. I might be mildly obsessed.
By Lindsey3, 2012-05-09
Last night i combed out a little section of my hair. I was thinking about taking my dreads out and wanted to see if it was possible. Im thinking about looking for a full time job, and thought it would be easier to do so with out my dreads. I know i know.. i shouldnt compromise my hair for a job. part time just isnt paying enough for everything i need. and id like to find a monday-friday so i wouldnt have to work saturdays so i could spend time with my boyfriend.
Now that ive thought more about it though ive been thinking about going to school. then i could keep them and get a career and not just a job. trouble is ive already been to school and i droped out. It was just really hard and i didnt know what i wanted to do, and still dont. i dont really want to pay an arm and a leg to study things im not even sure i want to do for the rest of my life. so i really still have no idea what i want to go to school for.
and still dont know if im going to comb out my hair or not. i just feel so confused... THIS SUCKS! at least i managed to figure out what to cook for dinner... on a positive note lol
By Ruca671, 2012-05-09
i shud be smart enough... ive gone thru this many times with you. damn -another wasted night waiting for you. ugh -sry to whom ever reads this for the negativity. jus needed to vent.