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Life Is A Gift Not A Privledge


By Cameron Zion, 2012-02-15

So it's been a while since the last time I wrote a blog. I was at work today painting and had some thoughts I need to get out of my head. It's been over a year now since I forgot I had hair on my head and my dreads are getting tighter and shorter as the days pass. I can't imagine not having them at this point, but that's not why I began writing this. At 23 years of age I feel beyond ancient. I have written about my life in other blogs and will reiterate some thing's but only out of necessity. In my short 23 years my mother was raped in my bed, I was homeless for 3 years, had a stroke, almost lost my arm from heroin, got my life together and almost started a family but she decided otherwise to get rid of our child. After starting a career in carpentry I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and chronic nerve pain in my legs. After that I was left with all the bills because my girlfriend couldn't deal with my being sick. Then my closest and best-friend passed away. We had talked almost everyday for 17 years and was really my only constant. I was promised financial stability through a project which was a sham and have had to return to work regardless of whether or not my body can handle it. There's more, but no need to continue. What I am trying to get it is that sometimes it takes losing everything to appreciate anything. I have spent the past year starving in the woods because of bills and my condition and at a point I wasn't sure if I was going to make it. I have become so tired of completely grown and able people complaining about everything that is beyond their control. Or not perfect in their own eyes. It's not what we're given, but what we do with it. Simply a reminder to be thankful that you are alive instead of dwelling on the troubles of life. Not everyone gets to stay as long as those reading this. There is no need to compare lives or troubles as we all feel the same emotions. I hope that one day everyone can appreciate and find joy in simply being alive. When you've lost it all you realize you never had anything but yourself in the first place. If you don't give love, you don't get love.Slinte - Cameron

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DFW Braids


By Charlie2, 2012-02-15

Anyone know a good place to get braids done in the DFW area?

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Hi!


By Kristi Diane Sweet, 2012-02-14

My name is Kristi, and I'm interested in dreading my hair. I just have a few questions. I started to do it tonight, and totally chickened out and brushed them back out [I did the twist and rip]

Is there any way you can dye your hair while it's dreaded?

If I only want them for like a month, how hard would it be to remove them?

And, last but not least, how do you wash your hair and scalp?

I'd really love to figure these things out so I can start my hair tomorrow hopefully. I ask about the hair dying because my hair is currently black and pink, and I don't want it to look funny when it grows out.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Trying out the baking soda wash/rinse


By Red Dreemz, 2012-02-13
Hello there my fellow dreadies. I hope you all are having or have had a good day.Well today is the day I tried the Baking Soda rinse/wash. This was my first time so I am hoping I didn't mess it up!But one thing I did notice when pouring the rinse in my hair was that I can see a light cloud of dirt in sink.. I thought that was pretty cool. & it made me think that I should have found this site when I started my dreads.But is the rinse supposed be clear or cloudy?How often should I use this method?I just want to see if I can get my dreads back on the healthy track. Because I have been noticing my hair is drier looking then I would like.Wish me luck on my road to recovery!
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What is Your Favorite Dreadlock Nickname?


By Kid Ayn Gibran, 2012-02-13

We've all got one. As soon as we decide to dread an show some dread progress people begin to call us something besides our name. I have been called damn near everything from Marley or Bob Marley, Jesus, and of course Rastaman, but my all time favorite is definitely Sideshow Bob from The Simpsons. I personally don't like nicknames, in general, but the Sideshow Bob made me laugh. I wanted to hear any nicknames people on here have been called.

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Updates


By Katarina Marie, 2012-02-13

It has been three months or maybe 4, I have lost track to be honest lol. My baby dreads are forming at lightning speed and over one night I notice my loose ends have almost completely been eaten by my babies! They are hungry!! nomnomnom!! I have noticed that even though I am brushing my loose hair every other day that my loose hairs are wanting to form more dreads! I'm thinking I am gonna add a new dread to my head every now and then until I feel like it! ;p I havent used the baking soda wash and I'm not sure if I will. I have been using paul mitchells tea tree shampoo (washing every 2-3 days)and occasionally using the conditioner when my scalp is dry and so far so good! I try to only suds up my scalp and let gravity do the rest. I have also been using a palmade to keep em tamed when I go to see the family. I'm still just experimenting with them! The big thing that has been on my mind is that my boyfriend is about to be my fiance and that means I get to plan a wedding :DDDD and part of a wedding is getting your hair all curled up and what not and I can not make up my mind if I want to have a full head of dreads for it or if I should just keep a few like I have now. IDK its a pretty important decision and this is going to take some time to figure out! Well I'm out

~PeAcE~

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7 months


By Panga, 2012-02-12

Hit the 7 month mark last week. I can't put my hair in a pony tail anymore without it falling out in a matter of minutes. Too many shorties in the middle and bottom that are causing the massive amount of "volume" I have in the back. My front ones are starting to loop and dread up (finally!). Since I can't really do any updos with my dreadies, I have been just wearing them down, occassionally putting a tam on. I made one tam a few months back and love it (crochet). I also made two crochet headbands, and my very first knitted headband a few nights ago. The only problem I have with headbands at the moment is that it just doesn't feel comfy. I made one headband too big, thinking that would be better and it didn't matter. I think since I always wear my dreads down, having them pulled back just feels funny/odd. Plus, there is so much bulk already with dreads, having an added band of yarn feels like my head is massive. Hoping I can get over it and just start wearing them since I love knitting/crocheting them. I also added some more pony beads on some of the smaller dreads, hoping they will start to knot up some. Realized though that I can't keep them in for too long because they will get sucked in and stuck on the dread like my little blue star bead did.

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Can I dye 2 Week old dreads?


By Melissa Waggoner, 2012-02-09

I have naturally straight hair and my dreads are only 2 weeks old. I have always dyed my hair previously back and forth from blonde to brunette. One reason I put dreadlocks in my hair was so I could stop any further damage to my hair. But since ive been using residue free soap to wash my hair some of it has turned a weird grey color...
Any advice about dying it? Would it be too soon???

Help please! :)

-Melissa

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Dry Dreads


By Red Dreemz, 2012-02-08

Hello peeps I am new to the site and enjoy so far... But I really need some help! I have been growing my dreads going on 2 years and now all of a sudden I am noticing that my dreads are dry. gross I know... I want to know if this normal, only because my scalp is not dry I do not have dandruff, flakes or itchy scalp. I usually use the Jamaican Mango & Lime products & I have recently started greasing my scalp with olive oilmoisturizer. I wash my hair weekly andmoisturizedailyI just want to understand what is going on and how come my dreads feel like sand paper!!!! Please Help.. Thank you

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Chlorine and salt water


By anna b, 2012-02-07

ive heard loads that salt water is super good for dreads and helps them lock faster but what about chlorine? does it make them lock, untangle or nothing? im guessing normal water does nothing. and just while we're talking about locking, does palm rolling actually do something or just temporarily push down fuzzy hairs?

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