By Australe, 2012-02-26
So today is the first day of the rest of my life, also the day I start my journey with dreads... No more frustration and heartache about having frizzy out of control hair, wanting to shave my head because I just can't figure out what else to do with it!
I'd been debating for close to 3 years now wanting dreadlocks... and now that my husband's dreads are going on 3 years old this summer it kinda hit me that if I had started them back when I was first thinking of it I'd have an awesome set of dreads by now.
We learned A LOT when it comes to my husbands dread journey, had quite a few bumps and back slides. I'm happy that we learned so much and finally found a place with some good solid information from this website, not to mention a ton of awesome people! I know that I have no intentions of starting dreads like we started my husbands by back combing. Of course that was after we went to a woman who "knew how to do dreads" and she twisted and gobbed his hair up with a crap ton of gel, after two weeks he STANK because she told him not to wash his hair. From there we combed them out and bought a dreadheadhq kit, fortunately we used minimal wax on his tightly backcombed dreads. We've learned better now, I look forward to seeing the difference in our results! And also this helps us learn that much better so in a couple years when our son wants a set of dreads of his own our now 19 month old little boy will be set up even better for some nice dreads.
So it starts, today I'll be washing my hair with Dr Bronner's to get it stripped. I know its not ideal because we have hard water, but I already have it on hand and don't want to spend money on something special when I only have intentions of using it for this first time. After today I'll be going to baking soda and apple cider vinegar with essential oils. I figure any residue that the Bronner's could possibly leave behind should come out with the next BS/ACV wash. We will follow my wash today by some air drying time and start the rip and tear process, I plan to order some of this locking gel from dreadlockshampoo.com that I've been hearing people rave about. From there I don't think I'll be doing anymore rip and tear, we will just let them become the awesomeness that they will become on their own, with a little extra help from the locking gel when I get it! And also my husband has some difficult spots that might benefit from some help of the locking gel.
Wish me luck! I'll also be starting a project shortly of making a crocheted tam for myself out of some merchandised cotton yarn that I've been wondering what to make with it. Again I hear wool is ideal, but this will be something that will be cooler to wear in the summer time if I need to put my hair up. I should have enough left over to maybe make a visor for myself too!
By Ricky Aka Ricky, 2012-02-25
So i've been dreading for about two or three months now...my hair is about 6 inches, and I have not gotten any results at all! Like literally nothing. Maybe 5 or 6 dreads the size of a needle...But like damn, It's really really discouraging. I was talking to some people on youtube, and they were completely negative towards me. Saying that only black peoples hair will naturally dread and i need to quit trying. I could get dreads with palm rolling or twist & rip...but I don't want that! this is a journey to me, and I want to make it all the way, but it's so so discouraging to see little to no progression I wash two times a week usually...using dr bronners. I sea salt it occasionally but not too often...It's really really starting to get to me guys. I know it's all about patience, but ive been wanting dreads since my hair was short, and now it's finally 6 inches lol. A year later!
SOMEBODY PLEASE HELP ME!
By Camilla, 2012-02-24
Dreads , yes its really a journey ! When can you call your hair dreads ? When you stop comb your hair or after a year ? I dont know....
My journey its not so long yet , but it has already changed from the start...First I was thinking of everything I was doing....I washed my hair with a special soap and I used saltwater spray....But I missed so much to wash my hair with normal schampoo. I didnt think my hair was fresch...
So now I started to wash my hair with normal schampo again and it feels so great , fresch and smells good....But I dont comb my hair, just separate it and let it be ....
My hair is free , and i feel free and I am very satisfied now....
By Sussi, 2012-02-23
It's been 3,5 months now, and the one "problem" I have is that I can't stop playing with my hair. My hands and fingers find their way to my dreads without me noticing. I think I'm developing a tennis elbow from bending my arm to much...(Or maybe I should call it a dread elbow but that just sounds wrong.)
I've been wondering how this affects my dreads. Would they be moredreaded without my tender, loving touch? Would I have less loose hairs? Would the dreads be prettier? You know what, I decided that I don't care. I love my loose hair and if it takes me a little longer to get mature dreads, that's ok. I want to be able to feel the progress.
I don't look at my dreads a whole lot butevery time I do I'm so surprised that they're not more visible. When I touch my hair I feel the dreads much more than all the loose hair, when I use my eyes all I see is the loose hair, not the dreads. So touching beats looking, at least at the stage I'm at right now.
I love finding a new loop with my fingers or a dread that all of a sudden feels thicker and more mature. I love the volume and the "fluffy" feeling when I squeeze my dreads and I really enjoy playing with the beads that decorate them. I just can't get enough.
MaybeI have developed into a dreadaholic???!!!
By Kara Simpson, 2012-02-23
By Ali Rush, 2012-02-23
iv always wanted dreads, and now, thanks to someencouragementfrom somefriends, seems like as good a time as any >.<
i haveshoulderlength REALLY curly hair, and wasattemptingto do the "neglect" method by washing it every 3 days and just letting it go .... but alas , then i just get one giant mess so from what iv read im guessing this is where the "ripping" comes in
... last brushed on the 20th Febuary
By Katelyn Demidow, 2012-02-23
By Gene Thompson, 2012-02-23
Bless'd love to all my dreadies! Man its been a long time since I've been on here, I see some new features (soaringeagle) youre awesome man! Anyways the last time I was on was a few weeks after I cut my first pair of locks I know, I miss them like you wouldn't belieVE. Many circumstances contributed to that, but I've reasoned with myself and jah and realized that it is the whole essence of my being, what I'm meant to be. I'm in the process of growing my hair again, I have a little fro right now lol. I'm desperate to have my locks back so I'm eating healthy, drinking lots of water, I've even started taking b vitamins and biotin supplements! lol, but ultimately I know that time is the master. Any suggestions as to what I can do to keep my hair growing steady and strong while I grow enough length to lock? I appreciate it you guys, one love. Oh yeah, and I'm mixed black and mexican so I have kinda curly wavyish hair. Peace.
By Kara Simpson, 2012-02-22
I wore my hair up today, just because my hair looks a wreck... I know its suppose to but I slept on it last night and iit already started matting (mainly because its really damaged at the ends) Should I not put them up at all? will it mess up the process?
I want to speed up this process a little and I was wondering if beads would help?
and when they say, "Don't wash them!", is it bad to get them wet in general?
By Jimmy DC, 2012-02-22
Yo i want some help on this dreading process, I am ofHispanicheritage with curly hair about 4 inches long and i have no dread experience but i was thinking on travelling and thought this type of hair would fit my experience, I am 16 years old .So i was thinking on doing the backcombing process but some ppl said i shuld go natural but idk, I wanna know which one is better quality and how long it takes for the process. Thank you for the help