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.
By Nogawar, 2012-05-08
I have not brushed my hair in 7 days. :0)
By Nogawar, 2012-05-07
OOOO I'M FREEEEEEEE! Until August, but it's a much needed brain break either way. I've been going strong since the Summer of 2008--every semester since Summer of 20008.
Last week I had the idea that I would not let my bangs dread up with the rest of my head. My bangs have different ideas. They are almost as long as the rest of my hair, so it's a chore to keep them separate. I'm just going to let them go--they will probably dread up the fastest!
By Stephani, 2012-05-07
That is exactly how many dreads are on my head. I find it truly hilarious that I once heard Johnny Clean claim that a person should have around 100 dreads on their head. My dreads are all smaller then a pencil (except for a few big ones which are my fav's) and there is no way I could have fit 100. Anyway I thought it was funny...
In other news: I am officially finished dreading! I TnR'd my whole head, not including my bangs which are still too short. I am so happy! In a way though I'm mad at myself for having layers put in my head 2 months before I made up my mind to dread. Now my whole top layer is short and I feel like I have a dreadie mullet. Maybe I just need to get my beads back in. Who knows?
I used my dreadlocks shampoo today! I ordered the liquid in dragon's blood and the bar in tea tree rosemary. I was worried that I wouldn't like the dragon's blood because the scent seems so strong, but once it's on and lathered it smells really nice. My dreads smell so good still! I used my tea tree bar on my root and scalp area, and my scalp didn't itch for the first time since I started my dreads. I still used conditioner in my bangs to smooth them down. They wont be long enough to dread for a while anyway.
I did notice that my dreads look less frizzy, and my son felt them while sitting by me and sad my hair was soft. Also, I just walked into my bathroom since showering about 4 hours ago and is still smells awesome in there! Vicki sent me a sample of the locking gel. I haven't tried it in my dreads, but I did put some on my fingers and it left no residue behind so that is great news. Has anyone tried the gel?
Oh also, I colored my hair back to my natural color. That way I don't have to deal with having color differences when my hair grows out. I had highlights before this and they has already grown out and the new growth was driving me crazy. I have noticed though, that going from that light back to my natural dark (which I haven't been in SO long) is kind of shocking too. Maybe a little depressing.
By christina popejoy, 2012-05-06
Here I am reached the end of my first month! So happy, I'm not gonna lie the first few weeks we're really tough, my insecurities we're trying to eat away at me. I truly didnt realise how much of my identity I found in my image, or should I say the image I constructed. I am on the road to finding my true self again. Away from the fads, fashions and concepts of my culture. This is soooo freeing to me.
I'm begining to not be afraid to show me The Real me to the world.
Its so crazy that growing your hair different and not brushing it could bring so much change to my personality, Maybe its just because to grow dreads you need to learn to be free and learn to drop your worries and stop comparing yourself to what society says how we should act, look, conform ect.
I'm really happy I made this decsion to start this set, and this time the natural way. I can allready see a change in me and my lil hairs and its only been 1 month. Long may this jouney continue!
Thankyou all for your support and replies to my many questions
By Lapis Angela Lazuli, 2012-05-05
By Joelle2, 2012-05-05
Hi everyone! I am attempting to dread my hair for the second time. The first time I tried was about 6 years ago and I used wax. They were like little candles so after a month I combed them out and gave up.
I went to a friend of a friend at a salon who backcombed them for me - I am a teacher in a NYC school so I need to have them manicured at all times! I am 7 weeks in and they are starting to smooth out and are tightening every day! I'm really pleased with the progress.
HOWEVER, I started with my hair bleached platinum blonde, and slowly, some spots of my hair are turning GRAY! It's gross! I wash my hair 1-2 times a week and do not put any product in it (other than lemon juice occasionally) - I don't know what could be causing parts of my hair to fade and change colors. Has anyone else had this problem?
I am getting the roots re-bleached this week, but I was hoping to avoid bleaching everything again!