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Baby Dreads

By Ella Mckenzie Spencer, 2014-02-27
Hello everyone (: I started growing my natural dreads about 6 days ago and I'm at this awkward stage of weird and random looking hair! Would it be bad for me to out my hair up in a bun when I sleep? I find it helps give my hair a natural wave in the morning. Or could this prevent the, from knotting properly ? So excited to enjoy this spiritual journey!
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Almost a Year

By Kerry LoCo, 2014-02-27

I'm close to a year (at 50 weeks right now) and it's slow going. Still lots of loose ends, frizzies, and tons of weird knots. I do see progress though. I love the fact that I have let go of a lot of mental hair issues that I have been carrying around with me for decades. LOL

I do bs/acv wash weekly and the rest of the week, if needed, just just plain hot water. I've been taking the biotin supplement for quite a while now, and I think with the combination of both the pill and the washing, my scalp has been healthier than it has been in a very long time. I don't know if the biotin is encouraging hair growth, but it is working on my nails quite nicely and I am grateful for that.

I plan on posting some new pictures at the 52 week mark.

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2 Month Update - Beginnings of Blondeness

By Heidi Jensen, 2014-02-22

I decided to go blonder!! And... red? For some reason... Actually I had fallen in *love* with pink hair, but i had to bleach my hair over a period of several weeks, so as not to damage it. Oils (coconut and olive especially) help a lot!

Before Backcombing

And after

After two weeks I bleached some more:

And experimented with wool extensions :)

This was mostly spurred on by the annoying gap by my neck... It was fun, but too much upkeep. I'm not a high maintenance sort of person :) I shall have to be patient :)

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Where to start?

By DRS, 2014-02-20
I wanted dreadlocks in highschool, but I'd probably have cut them off early because at that time it seemed more like a fashion, as opposed to spirituality. I think a lot had to do with my love for herb. In short, dreadlocks looked cool and it was a stoner thing.

Now, it's so much more than that. I started my dreads before I started smoking again, so it's not a stoner thing for me anymore. It's a tattoo on my hair reminding me of spiritual growth.

4 months ago, I started asking around about dreadlocks, and found varying, sometimes contradictory information. I put wax in my hair, peanut-butter, and whatever else I thought would work. 1 month in, no progress, I was introduced to two awesome people. They sat me down and worked on my hair for an hour or so. I was told that the Rastafarians believe as their dreadlocks grow, they are lifted closer to heaven. I am finding that to be true. Don't get me wrong, I'm not here to preach, I'm just telling my experience. Thank you for reading :) I'll get some pictures up soon.
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6 week update - Heidi's Timeline

By Heidi Jensen, 2014-02-18

I know these things ordinarily go by the month, but well... me and ordinary don't get together that often :)

I got a bunch of beads to help guide things along... especially since I have quite a few strays... so they don't fraternize too much... Just have to remember to slide them a bit up or down so as not to create weak spots in the dreads

Gosh darnit... that damn neck part! Never really got it right... This is one of the areas that suffered the most losses at the Great Culling. Now there's kind of a giant gap there... Grrr!

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Dread Day - Heidi's Timeline

By Heidi Jensen, 2014-02-18

Allrightey.... Back to square one, more or less all unravelled... a few of them did survive ^_^ I should name them something warrior'ey...

And here we go - December 6, 2013!! Under a waxing Aquarius Moon

Yeah, I know.. that's some rough quality there...

Little babies...

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Prelude - Heidi's Timeline!

By Heidi Jensen, 2014-02-18

Aaaaaallrightey!! ^_^ These shall be the official records of my dreadlock jouney... take three :)

I started dreading in 2010'ish, this is what i had going on

I only use backcombing. The importance of natural sectioning has become increasingly evident to me, as my locks simply will have their way! :) They are just not happy if too thin, too thick, or forced into unnatural groups. Not in the long term.. which is what i'm interested in. Best strategy for me by far is to let them form in the sizes and with the 'friends' they want and then take it from there. This means having strays and random smaller locks of undreaded hair, but it's worth my dreads being happy and I kinda like the diversity lol:) I like braiding too, so it's nice still being able to do that.

Anyway, I did not know just how important this 'listening to my dreads' was before, and it was just giving me grief, so autumn 2013 the command decision was made to unravel all of this... (pictures taken on decent days.... oh how they can turn :) )

Oooh my little fabric-flower creations ^_^

.... And start over. Some had gone to neglect, and I just don't like it when I can't get a comb through 'em.. feel like they don't get clean and dry enough... so I chopped off the dead weight, and tried to give it a rest and let some parts grow out a bit before starting over.. couldn't stay away long though.

So - This time I shall keep a log of this great adventure. I'm so grateful to all those out there that bothered to do the same - it's a thrill to watch unfold :)

Here we go!

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pursuing dreams to

By Kelsey Joy, 2014-02-17
I am trying to get to India in October to pursue my dream of becoming a yoga teacher and opening my very own yoga studio.. so i am turning to you fellow dread heads to help support me and follow my dreams!! a nickle, a dollar, $5, anything to get me feet going in the right direction!! love and light my friends<3

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damn this weather (probly be without power again)

By ☮ soaring eagle ॐ, 2014-02-12

this winters sicked

last week we had an ice storm that caused us to npt have power for 4 or 5 days heat except 1 lil propane heater for a big house

2 days after getting power back the heater system died wich wasnt as bad as no power cause we had 3 or 4 electric heaters so can heat more then 1 lil room.. except they keep blowing the circuite breaker

but now

starting now were getting 10-14 more inches of snow (ontop of the 4 that hasnt melted yet) and...lots more ice

last week 450,000 in this area lost power

thus storms already knocked out power to that many down south and will be many times stronger when it hits us (wich is now)

so i totaly expect to be without power..and heat for a week

i made naturaldreads01 a temp admin so let him know if u see any issues

im gonna curl up under 5 or 6 blankets in case the power goes out b4 morn

send me warm vibes

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Dread babies, frizz, and general unruliness

By DreadfulWishes, 2014-02-11

Ok, I bit the bullet about 3 weeks ago and decided to dread my hair! I used the TnR method.

In the beginning I absolutely loved them - they looked SO good!

However, they're getting to be very frizzy, seem to be coming loose near the roots on top - they don't want to stay on either side and have bumps that make triangles on the top of my head - and have lots of loose hairs.

I've already had to redo a lot of them because they started congoing in bad places and some of them just came out completely on their own.

For about a week and a half I used the baking soda method followed by an ACV rinse and it seemed to get things really clean. For the last week or so I have used the Goddess dreadlocks shampoo. It smells wonderful!

I can't help but wonder - did my dreads come out because I was too rough on them while washing? Should I avoid the Goddess shampoo and continue with only baking soda for a while until they tighten up? My husband hates the smell of ACV, so I will only use it when absolutely necessary.

It could also be that I wear my hair pulled back in a ponytail fairly often for my job....

My hair is naturally fairly curly - not pencil thin ringlets, but more than wavy - relatively coarse with varied texture, and extremely thick, so I was surprised that they came out so quickly since they like to stick together in curls anyway.(I'm about a 64th Native American mixed with almost every kind of European you can think of and it all shows through in my hair - it varies from smooth and blonde to coarse and almost black). Oh, and it's just past my shoulders in length.

Do I need to chill out and just let them fix themselves? Or is there something I can do to help them along?

Not only do I love the way they look, I also really want to dispel the misconceptions about dreads where I live - conservative Oklahoma - but I'm worried that no one is going to take me seriously unless they clean up quick....

Anyway, thanks in advance!!

Love and Peace

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