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Update 18 mos

By ginger.rose, 2013-12-05

Just checking in, because I haven't been able to look at this site in an age Missing the community. My knots are coming along slowly, but surely -- I think I have about 10-20 knotting up now (maybe more?), and a few are noticeable, but the only person commenting so far is my mother-in-law, haha She asked if it was a braid, and I told her it was "an experiment" Not satisfied with that answer, she asked if she could touch it, and I said it was knots. I'm sure she'll ask me about my knots every time she sees me now ;)

I'll put some photos up eventually, but there's still not much to see from a distance. I have 3 in the front/center, but most of the others are hidden in the back underneath. Not bad for 18 months! haha.

I'm honestly glad they are taking so long sometimes I think last year would not have been a good time for a head full of knots. This year will be stellar.

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Help!! I found lice!

By Ashley Lewis, 2013-12-02
I read some of the things to do with dreads and lice. So today I got some neem oil, 70% alcohol and Saran Wrap. I have all types if essential oils. Just wondering when I put the neem oil into shampoo how much should I be putting? And does it have to be a special kind of neem oil I just got some from a plant store. And then after I do the alcohol for 30 mintues I rinse it and then do my shampoo with neem oil and rinse. Then I do the apple cider vinegar full strength does that mean straight acv with no water? Also should I be putting my essential oils in shampoo neem oil mixture and acv?
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Sad, but hanging in there...

By Kerry LoCo, 2013-11-29

Journey is 9 months plus now, backcomb with wax at the beginning but the wax is gone. I wash my hair with BS/ACV once a week and just plain water the rest of the time. I do separate the strands often. I see progress but my husband doesn't.

We are seeing his family tomorrow for a mini-reunion and he asked me this morning if I was going to fix my hair before then. I don't know how to describe the blank look he gives me when I tell him that there really is no "fixing" it. I can not only see the progress, but I can feel it all over. I guess because my hair was always so "neat" that he's having a hard time with this.

I'm dreading tomorrow (hah, pun not intended). Last time we saw some bonus relations (not blood, but marriage), a couple of girls close to my daughter's age made some snide comments about my hair where she could overhear. She's not disposed to liking those girls anyway (preppy/snobby) and this didn't help any. I told her that mean kids are always mean and just don't let it get to her. Kids at her school know about me & my hair - dreads are no big deal there, they just think it's amusing because I'm white and that goes against stereotype.

This time around, it will be my husband's mother & sdad, his sister and her husband, and most likely his brother and family. I'm sure it's all gone around the grapevine what I have done and they've gossiped. I don't want my husband's feelings hurt and I definitely don't want to put up with mean people crap.

Oh well, I'm an adult and I'm going to act like one. Just smile and be friendly and if they do say something to my face, remind them that I am old enough to do what I want with my own hair. LOL

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By anyssa perez, 2013-11-27

would anyone reccomend using aloe vera in dreads? I heard it sticks loose hairs together and is safe because it is all natural. My hair is naturally straight. My dreads are two months and theres still straight hair everywhere :/

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hairdryer or natural?

By Amanda Esp, 2013-11-21
Ok so id like to wash my hair today but it's really rainy. My hair is by my buttocks and will take extremely long to dry. I also trying to treat dandruff so I don't want them remain wet for too long. My locks are only 2 weeks old I did tnr. Do I wash and blow dry although the heat I've heard causes open pores and hair loss or just stick it out n Wait for a warm day?
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By YU, 2013-11-16

HI. I've been wanting dreads for a long time so i decided i would try it out. i decided i wanted to do the neglect method.

For about 1 month i washed my hair with just normal shampoo, no conditioner, and i didn't brush my hair at all. my hair is naturally really straight and after the first month nothing really changed other than a few tangles in my nape. I became a little skeptical about the neglect method with my really straight hair so i asked my girlfriend to do a twist and rip dread just to see how it would turn out. after a day the root slowly started to come undone and after another day the whole t&r dread fell out.

After a while i came across this website which was very helpful i decided to try the shampoo they recommended from I have only washed my hair 3 times so far since i got it (once every 2-3 days) and from what it seems its helping my tangles in my nape turn into baby dreads. but other than that all my other hair is still pretty straight and not really tangling at all compared to the other pictures i see on this website (for 1 months time).

I just washed my hair this morning with the shampoo and this is how it looks as of now.

please help me!!!!!!!

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T&R best method for me.

By Jessica Owens, 2013-11-16

Today I'm starting over!

I like the thought of the neglect method because the individuality of each dread but I decided to go with the twist and rip. Reason being is because I love conditioning my hair. I love not having tangles. I hardly ever brush my hair but Neglect is a problem for me because if I wash my hair I have to condition it (if I don't have dreads). I don't like the feeling my hair has without conditioner. Every time i get in the shower I will condition it and it will be a constant cycle of "I wont do it next time". I also constantly put my hair in a bun, so I know that would also prevent the dreads from forming.

I loved having dreads the first time because I didn't have to use conditioner. Knowing it was best not to use it because it needed to knot and conditioner prevents that. I didnt want to mess up the work I had done by loosening them up to where Id have to start all over.

Also the neglect method would have gotten me to brush my hair. Too messy bothers me lol

I love T&R and the process and making the dreads. Its fun for me :)

Does this make any since?

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Starting the Journey

By Jessi Rich, 2013-11-12

It's the second week of neglect for me. I've been washing my hair with baking soda and acv once a week and using my fingers to separate the sections out. I did a little twist and rip on some front pieces last night but when I washed my hair today it pretty much undid itself. I'm excited that I'm already starting to see some dreads! I can't wait to watch this evolve =)

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Home burning dread beads

By Patrick4, 2013-11-07

Hello once again... So, in the inspiration too decorate a bit as well as help keep things at least a little orderly, I wanted to try making some dread beads. I went to the local craft store, and was rather disappointed with their selection of wooden beads, but managed to get some wooden spindle-style pieces to work with. They work just fine so far, but I got some inspiration to pull out the old wood burning kit again and do some designs. Turned out better than I could've imagined, and I love wearing them around. They're keeping some of the more awkward spots in order, but only if they're already well dreaded and definitely dry.

Keeping them on isn't a problem, and by folding the ends I can push them through without too much trouble. My one concern is that the holes are rather small, is this a bad thing? I don't want to constrict them too much, but they seem fine for now... Anybody out there have any experience with smaller beads in the earlier stages of dreading?

Thanks all.

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Twist and rip/natural?

By Lisa6, 2013-11-06
Hi everyone,I'm 5,5 weeks into the natural proces now.And my Hair didn't change in the slightest.I haven't got any loops, bumps or tangled hairs.Now I know 5 weeks isn't that long, but my I think my Hair type just isn't that suitable for freeform dreads.I have curly thick Hair. My Hair is sectioned though, but curly Hair is Always sectioned!My Hair is super super soft, not a knot to be found.I wash my Hair 2x a week with baking soda. week ago I stopped using ACV in the hopes that my Hair would become dryer. IT didn't, now I just have a SALT layer on my Hair but my Hair itself is still soft.I sleep with a woolen sweater on my pillow to get my Hair tangled. But iT doenst Seem to help Either.Any suggestion?Should I twist and rip my Hair and let I go from there or just leave iT?
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