By Vincent Cleveland2, 2014-01-09
So upon, some kinda fate or something, I have decided to stop retwisting my dreads. My loctician was great and she never did any harm to me, but now she has moved into another state and I was retwisting on my own for a while. After joining this site again (I was a member once before), I realize that I always wanted free, strong, uncontrolled dreads, but I kept being told that I have to make them look better by retwisting and such. Today I have made the choice to stop and just let these babies do what they do. I'm nervous about this because I'm making a lot of changes in my life that might make keeping them all natural a difficult task. Can anyone offer any support/tips? I really want to start this journey off right. Let me know what you think. Thanks and blessings to all of you.
By Meeoko, 2014-01-05
Okay, let's do this!! Blogging - yeah man! Woo!
So, I started my dread journey on 5th January 2014.
I had originally had locks for about five months prior to this but (stupidly) had gotten bored of them, taken them out and then immediately missed them. Because the first time round I had done the T&R technique, I wasn't so sure that the way the locks had formed were for me. I've seen lots of beautiful pictures of women with neglect locks and I loved how their dreads still looked a lot of my normal non-dreaded hair whilst maintaining that gorgeous dreaded look to.
So, I tried my luck with the neglect method and this blog is to show my progress as they begin to mature.
Firstly, here's my natural hair as I started out on day one.
Okay so I haven't brushed or shampoo'd my hair for a whole week now and my hair is starting to seperate itself into sections. Not a great photo but you can see at the ends that the hair is starting to come together.
There's already a little bit of knotting going on beneath my neck because I sleep on my back, but haven't needed to do any separating yet. So far just happy to sit back and let them do their thing.
So I've made it to the full month mark! My hairy babies are now one month old.
As you can see I've now got quite a bit of definition in my sections of hair, aside from on the underside of my head on the right hand side which isn't really doing anything at the moment particularly. I'm washing my dreads once, maybe twice a week and am also using salt washes twice a week between that.
Luckily I have quite knotty hair as it is so things are starting to tangle up rather quickly. Having to separate them twice a day now as my hairy babies are all determined to congo already! :P
And here's the underside.
Okay, so here are my hairy babies at the two month mark. Hooray!
Starting to see more definition in the sections as the hairs start joining up and trying to congo but this isn't reflected that well in the photo because the frizz has also started to get a bit mental.
So lots of frizz going on, still seperating twice a day to make sure they don't all blend together though only washing them about once a week now and only doing salt washes perhaps once every two weeks. I should probably get back to doing that....
A few sections are starting to loop and go lumpy, which is awesome and they're beginning to develop their own little personalities. Here's hoping to see more interesting loopies and zig-zags in the months to come!
Starting to see some cool lumps and bumps as my babies dread up
So the goal now is to reach the three month mark and see what happens next! I love seeing the weird and wonderful new things my dreads have been doing step by step so looking forward to the next stage!
By Mauro Duran, 2014-01-04
By Ana2, 2014-01-02
So I've been dreading for about 20 MONTHS NOW ..and I feel like I did something wrong. I look at pictures online of people who have been dreading for 10-15 months and their locks look great, some even perfect. So why are mine taking forever? I told myself I was gonna wait as long as I had to, and I am a patient person. However, my folks have been bothering me left and right sayin' they're not going to lock, and that's its been more than a year so to cut them off. Let me say this, when I first started them, I used the twist and rip method, and some backcombing, no wax, no products. All natural. I haven't touched them in 15 months, I kinda just let them do their own thing. So what's up? Why are they taking forever? Am I doing something wrong? ...I wash with acv and tea tree and some lemon for the flakes ...another reason why my folks told me to cut them off is because ever since I got em, I've developed some bad dandruff on my scalp and it's pretty nasty. That's why I wash 3 times a week.
By Kayla4, 2013-12-31
Does anyone have any suggestions for a good dreadlock moisturizer or what I could do to make my own? It's very dry where I live and I have been using diluted (with water) coconut oil that was working over the summer and fall but now that it has gotten so dry it doesn't seem to work anymore.
By Kayla4, 2013-12-31
I can't believe it's been over a year that I've had my dreadlocks now. The dreadlock journey was so frustrating but rewarding. I learned patience(which is something I totally lack), and I had to learn to cope with rude comments, assumptions, and my family's reactions. I live in a small town, and I have only met 3 people in my entire state so far that have dreadlocks. I don't regret having these lovelies one bit. I have spent so much time and energy into these, and it just feels right. I made dreadlocks not for anyone but myself, because I wanted to, it was what made me truly happiest. And so I want to thank everyone in the dreadlock community for your support and for being so helpful and accepting. Much love.
By SimpleSpiveys, 2013-12-29
Today we've been married six months. We started our dread journey a week after our wedding since both of us were sick of our long hair knotting, go figure. The past six months have been pure wedded bliss with lots of interesting lessons thrown in. We're on the journey of life and dreadlocks together, which is pretty interesting in itself. Having "started" to grow dreadlocks has really been an eye opener. The journey can make things fall into place believe it or not. It shows the true colors of others when they are judging you, no doubt. The modernization of people and constantly striving for perfection is so overrated, but many people we see and know fall for it and continue to live a facade, rejecting their human traits.
By this point in time, my hair has done some strange things. Things I never thought it would do. It's climbed up on it self at least double so I've got blunted ends with strands sticking out like tails which gives the impression that it's longer than it is, or that I've not actually got dreads at first glance. The top half of my hair is taking a while to catch up since my nape was always knotty, even when my hair was brushed daily. Since I used to be one of those change-my-hair-color-with-the-seasons and blow-dry-flat-iron-every-day type of gals, it's a bit frustrating to have to look the same all the time. I'd be lying if I said I was patient. I am so, so, so glad that I wont be doing that anymore but the transition has got me a bit bored. I do miss pretty "straight hairstyles" but since it will be quite a while before I can do anything but TRY and put my hair up, I'm going to have to learn patience. One of the many things that the journey teaches: to be patient.
There are so many great things about having neglect dreads in the beginning. The pros always outweigh the cons. The volume is one of them. That stage where the hair is puffy looks really cool. Not having to wash everyday is a given "pro". The get up and go is pretty awesome( though I'd like for my short locks to grow so I can actually put all my dreads up if needed). Getting strange looks is kindof entertaining, people thinking you just rolled out of bed is funny. If you're also feeling a bit discouraged, don't give up. If you do, you might miss an important life lesson.
Peace, Peace, hair grease.
By Jay TRAIN INSANE!, 2013-12-29
Wow ive only been here a day and ive learned SOO much already! You guys are so awesome here Thanks again Soaring Eagle and Baba Fats Goodnight all
By Salem Haley, 2013-12-17
hey! Its actually been a very long time since I've been on this. (tried to go a couple months with not using technology, only here & there). BUT I am already going on my 5th month of natural free form dreading! last time I was on here it was only 1 month. My hair feels free, I feel great. I always get negative & positive feedback. I've had people tell me to cut off all my hair, I've had people tell me they're just excited to see my progress. I have a bunch of fat big dreads, to little lumpy ones. My hair has shrunk SO MUCH. My hair first starting was almost down my back. Now it is up to my shoulders.Such a big difference. Really have to thank this site for all the information and tips and answers to questions. I'll definitely post some pictures up soon. Also wanna wish everyone a blessed holiday.
By Dine' Candy, 2013-12-15