By Psybin, 2014-09-11
By Sarah18, 2014-09-10
Sneezing, snotty, coughing, headache, body aches. Yech. My daughter is home sick after only three days into the school year. Neither of us is happy about it but I don't want to be infecting everyone else.
Dreadlocks though...yes...a few days ago I was feeling all down about it. I've actually been wondering if synthetics braided in would be a better idea, but I know I wouldn't feel the pride of knowing they were mine and had my history inside them. Plus, what a pain in the butt-to braid them in and take them out and braid them in again. Screw that.
My hair is doing really well. I thought the Dreadlocks Shampoo was too conditioning at first because my hair is all loose and soft after washing but it still tightens up nicely the next day. I still don't love the smell of it but I'm also using the tightening salt spray and that smells really nice.
Is it possible to use that spray too much? It's got essential oils in it, can it still be too drying to use daily?
On Friday I'll be one month into free forming! Woot woot! And today, for the first time, I was able to take two small dreadlings and tie the rest of my hair back! Craziness! I'm going to have my daughter take a video of me tomorrow showing my progress tomorrow. You just can't see it in pictures.
Oooh...and a new picture of my guinea pig. I love her so much!
By Sarah18, 2014-09-05
Anyone have a little dready motivation they can pass my way?
It may be because I've got the flu and feel super shitty, but for some reason I started stressing about my hair today. Are my dreads going to be too small? What if I don't like them that small? How can I fix it later? Blah blah blah.
My hair has sectioned itself but sometimes those sections merge and I'm losing where to separate them. I take the path of least resistance and often end up with pretty small sections and worry they'll be super tiny. I know, it will do what it wants and it will end up fantastic anyway, but I can't help look at pictures and think "awww, I want my dreads to look like THAT!"
So tonight I'll dig through all the beautiful pictures of everyone on this site and tell myself that they will end up gorgeous and exactly what they were meant to be.
By Keilaina, 2014-09-05
A little history...
On August 21st, 2013, I started my partial dreads using the TnR method mainly because I wasn't doing my entire head. I wanted a clear line of separation so I could use different shampoo and conditioner on my free flowing hair while protecting my dreads and finishing with a residue free shampoo for just the dreads. This also made it easier to keep the rest of my hair from joining the party.
I did all of the actually twisting and ripping myself but I had the help of my husband and a friend with the sectioning. I started with 3 rows in the back totaling 32 tiny dreads. They were extremely thin because I kept hearing about how much they would thicken up over time. One year later and they've thickened up a bit but not too much.After combining several baby dreads and adding two more rows, I now have 5 rows totaling 40 dreads. I'm considering one more row of 8 but I'm going to sit tight for a while and see how things progress....
8/22/13 - Hair down and dreads pulled over my shoulders
8/26/13 - 5 days, after first wash
*Sometime between two and three months I added a fourth row and combined several super tiny ones for a total of 36 dreads.
12/8/13 - 3 months, a friend's snapchat
12/11/13 - 3&1/2 months, ponytail using my dreads as a hair tie
12/11/13 - 3&1/2 months, getting thicker
12/11/13 - 3&1/2 months, more loopies
1/28/14 - 5 months, hair up in a bun with dreads down
5/26/14 - 9 months, I added one more row and combined a couple more, 40 dreads total. I also cleaned them up a bit. I had so many loose hairs that were wreaking havoc on everyone and trying to combine themselves at the roots. Hopefully I won't have to do that again for a long time.
7/28/14 - 11 months, dreads wrapped around a bun
8/21/14 - One year! As of right now I have 5 rows and 40 total dreads.
As you can see I still have quite a lot of free flowing hair. I'm considering doing one more row of 8 for a total of 48. I want to get my hair cut first though (not the dreads). I haven't had the rest of my hair of my hair cut in over a year so I'm way overdue. I want to keep it fairly long but do something that will accentuate the dreads. Not sure what that would be... Any suggestions?
Don't mind the maternity jeans... I'm eight months pregnant.
Thanks for checking out my timeline! I'll be sure to update after my haircut.
By Casey3, 2014-09-03
for a month and a half i've treated my daughter 4 xs for lice with RID, vinegar, alcohol... lathered with conditioner. comb comb comb comb. treated her again today after finding 1 adult and a couple eggs again today. I' found a knit in my roots up front when i treated her the first time and vinegar/grocery bagged my hair. couple days later did the same thing. after she came back with them again I just soaked my roots all i could with RID too. then 5 days later vinegar/grocery bag again. All this time also using a mix of essential oils that are supposed to keep them away on both our heads. right now i've a mix of vinegar/rubbing alcohol on my hair for 30 minutes and it's burning so bad after 5 i'm questioning my sanity. I've all our couch pillows/most blankets/stuffed animals in bags in garage until this all disappears. vaccuuming. changing pillow cases every day and bottom sheets. we both may end up bald after this. I CANT TAKE IT ANYMORE!!!! Tonight I will bag my hair up and put a hair dryer to it until it makes me scream for mercy. I want to keep my dreads. I don't want to cut, it takes too long to comb out I cannot do it by myself and have no one to help. If anyone is reading this please send waves/prayers of death to the lice. Thank you.
By Sarah18, 2014-09-03
I used the Dreadlocks Shampoo for the first time last night. I'm not sure what to think. I love strong citrusy or flowery smells and they didn't really offer any in the liquid shampoo, so I figured Dragons Blood would be the closest to something I'd enjoy. It's definitely not a smell I enjoy.
But I used it anyway and I was shocked at how conditioning the shampoo was!! I was using a face bar soap from One Hand Washes the Other before and things were really tangly. After washing with this it feels really smooth and is less separated. I'm not sure if I like that or not. I'm considering just washing with it once a month or so, and the rest of the time with my other bar.
I also bought the salt spray and used it last night. Maybe the combination made my hair too conditioned? I enjoy the scent of that a lot more than the shampoo though. I'm definitely spraying perfume on my hair to cover some of the shampoo smell.
By Life With Full Hands, 2014-09-03
The back, and top views. You can see how loose they are. Here is a thought/question...I spent a year washing my hair with only baking soda and ACV. I know you want to stay away from conditioners, and though I know that the ACV is *not* a conditioner like from the store, during that year of using the BS and ACV I had a ton of comments about my hair being so shiny and silky. Granted I have straight, straight hair, but wouldn't this hamper the locking process if the ACV makes my hair all silky? Does it help the hair move, without the build up? Just wondering. I'm still using the BS and ACV, put a bit of tea tree oil in it for good measure. I live in the South, and it is *muggy*!
Well, I was trying to put space in between the pictures, but that didn't happen. So this is the start of my dreads. The first 2 pictures are before, the next is of my hubby, lovingly sectioning my hair. This was a labor of love, because when it comes to hair, he has two left hands The next few are half way done. With a bunch of kiddos, and a bunch of animals....well, hair just wasn't the priority. I have about 5 left, so very close. The roots are loose, and the ends, totally loose. They. did. not. want. to. be. TnR! Oh, well, so be it, I will let them do their thing. I counted 64, that's without the last five. I have thick hair, so they are not as thin as I had expected with that count. We shall see how they grow
I tried putting the most current pics in here, would not work, will try another post.
By Sarah18, 2014-09-02