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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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baking soda

By Alejandro, 2012-05-14
I washed my hair for the first time with baking soda and I have to say I don't think I've ever felt my head and hair so clean and chemical free before. For anyone who hasn't tryed it before, u are missing ouut!! Go grab sum from ur fridge and go put it on ur head when uu shower. That's not how it works but its pretty close. Jus mix suum in sum water then pput it on ur head.
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The Hunt

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
behind me,
within me;
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.

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Getting back to life

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.

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Quick Update..

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 :)

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I thought alot of people talked about my dreads but today I found the truth

By ☮ soaring eagle ॐ, 2012-05-12
So we spent the day at the beach today walking the boardwalk and of course about 25 people asked about my dreads. Our friend Rachel was with us but walking bout 20 feet behind us... So when we were all chilling in te shade she said "I see a lot of people ask about your dreads does that happen all,the time?" I said yea usually...then she surprised me and said "u know is not just the ones that talk to u..... Every single person that walked by you was talking about your dreads...I'd hear them saying stuff like that must have taken 80 years to grow or wow did you see that guys dreads"I guess it's more then just the ones I hear commentingI.ll have pics from the trip when,I gets home
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they are coming along just fine :)

By Lapis Angela Lazuli, 2012-05-11
I am very excited about my hair, day by day.After I got rid of the residue that was built up in my hair, my hair has been so much better! They seems to be getting fuzzy and frizzy :)And I know that I have about 17 babies(give or take), and they aren't going anywhere! Some parts of my hair seems like they are trying to section themselves together which is wonderful!I know that my hair is short, but I see some progress and I am just so excited and happy :)After I am able to get the dreadlocks shampoo, I am thinking about coloring my hair either copper red or cherry red :) maybe I'll wait till majority of my hair is dreaded, so I can color the tips one by one, and with few different colors :)Anyways, good night world...
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