By Mariah Tyner, 2014-06-27
By Melissa5, 2014-06-23
Are you part of an outgoing and fun couple or family who have dreadlocks?
Does it drive you crazy when people assume that just because you or your family member has dreads you should act a certain way?
Do you want them to know that you defy the stereotype?
If so, we want to hear from you!
Eastern (Love and Hip Hop) is looking for THE NEXT TV FAMILY!
Do you think your family is more fascinating thanThe Kardashians?
Is your family authentic, hilarious, complicated, fun, loudand most importantly easy to love?
Does your family of DREAD HEADS deserve their OWN SERIES?
If so, we want to hear from you!
Please email a brief description of your family along with everyones names, ages, location, contact info and photos email@example.com
We look forward to hearing from you!
By Kat Richtman, 2014-06-23
What a great way to kick off summer! Spent the solstice camping in the outdoors and playing in a creek! We took our kids camping for the first time of their little lives, overnight at a friend's family's farm! It was so wonderful. The best part was getting to share that experience with my children. They had such a blast, makes me excited to be able to do it again. Hopefully, very soon!
Hope everyone had a great solstice and is enjoying summer in their own special ways!
On a side note I have completed week 3 of not brushing! Off into week 4 now. Posted some new pics, but haven't been able to get pics of some of my hair that is underneath that has begun to knot up nicely. Will most definitely try to get some today or tomorrow!
By Destiny Marcano, 2014-06-22
My dreads turned 3 weeks today! They're starting to lock up more, especially the dreads at the bottom of my hair. the thinner ones towards the front are taking a while, but i'm being patient. the ones at the bottom are starting to fee like rope i love it. there's still just some loose hairs around them but they're getting there!! I finally bought Dr. Bronner's castile soap, the peppermint kind. since my scalp is so sensitive and just not in a good state..the peppermint feels SO good on my scalp. I have a lot of dandruff, but I do have apple cider vinegar so I'll do a treatment on my scalp with that in a couple days and see how that goes.
In my personal life: got my nose pierced (yay!) hit my two week mark of NO RED MEAT in my vegan journey (also yay!) and I'm looking into the rastafari movement to see what that's all about and if it's something I'd like to be a part of. so we'll see!
By coheteia, 2014-06-20
I love looking at other people's timelines. They help to give me hope, patience and inspiration so I thought I would share my experience so far.
This is my hair before starting dreadlocks. It is naturally straight/wavy in front and naturally curly in the back.
This is my hair about 2 weeks in. It took me about 1 week to put the twist and rips in. I think I had about 150!
~I am not sure why most of the pics inserted sideways. Sorry.
Many of the twist and rips were falling out so I put some beads in.
At about one month most of beads had fallen out or I had taken them out because my hair was eating them. Sections in the back have started to lock up.
I decided the front sections were too small so I took out the rest of the beads and removed the twist and rips in the front. About 1/2 of my hair (the hair in the front and back) is freeform and the top/middle section is twist and rip. I have stopped expecting to have control or even predict what might happen with my hair. I am trying to be okay with that.
My hair is locking up quickly in the back. Especially on the right side. I think its the shape of my head, how I sleep or something, or possibly my hair is just curlier on that side.
I left the windows down on my car while driving around town to try and give the left side some extra movement. I have also made an effort to sleep on my left side. My hair in front still looks completely normal and unlocked. My guess is it might stay this way from looking at other peoples timelines. However, I have super thick hair which I purposely thinned on top where it was thickest, to keep the weight of my hair down, before putting in dreadlocks. Perhaps the hair in front is too short or too straight.
By DRS, 2014-06-14
Dreadlocks show strength, and as mine grow, my psyche becomes less penetrable by negativity. Only strong winds can break an old tree, as it's roots mature. When I see someone with dreadlocks, I see a part of myself. Someone who is either transitioning into a new life, or a strong spirit. Not trying to get all preachy here, but a lot has changed in me since starting my dreads 8 months ago. I've opened up doors that were never opened. I can't imagine I'm the only one.
By Destiny Marcano, 2014-06-09
My dreads are one week old now! They're going through some changes, they're starting to get tighter, a couple small loops and bumps are forming here and there. my scalp is punishing me right now, so itchy and dry...I've only been washing with water, haven't had time to buy the shampoo i need but hopefully i can in a couple days. I plan on jumping in the pool again in the next couple days and then seeing what happens, I have a lot of loose hair, it's really annoying! hopefully they'll just get sucked in though..and soon. lol.
By Kat Richtman, 2014-06-09
I've made it to the end of week one! I was planning on taking daily pictures, but life catches you up!
My kids and I have been having fun! Playing outside, visiting their grandparents, bbqs!
I'm just really happy, starting to feel like my old self! :P
I have been wearing my hair up a lot, but have been changing the style everyday to keep it from getting too much together all the time. Every night I sleep with it down. Hope this will help from keeping too much getting dreaded together, but I also figure I have a while before that's an issue.
So all of my conditioner has become dedicated to untangling doll hair! Works wonderfully and this way it doesn't go to waste! Yay!
Well, I just wanted to through up a quick little progress report and blog entry! I will try to post pictures later today!!
By Destiny Marcano, 2014-06-04
I'm Destiny. This is my 3rd time around with dreads. The first time i did them completely natural. I brushed them out because my "family" did not support me and I had the words "hair" and "marriage" in the same sentence which is ridiculous. It's been a few weeks since I've left my awful marriage that used to be incredibly abusive. I have all this new found freedom to do what I want, I don't know why I didn't do it sooner...I'm liberated.
With that being said, of course the first thing I decided to do as a free woman, was to get my dreads back. I did the twist and rip this time, I'm not patient enough for full natural. I'm very excited about this life journey I'm about to embark on, I'm looking forward to the people I'll meet and the places I'll go. Talk to me!
By Kat Richtman, 2014-06-02
So, in the early summer of 2012 I had done t&r dreads. My hair was about to my chin and I thought I would be in for the long haul. Then I found this community and thought to myself that I had started my journey off on the wrong foot by going with twist and rip.
After having my dreads for 6 months, I made the decision to brush them out and look for a job. I got a job in April of 2013. I worked there for over a year until I made the decision to quit that job, because of health issues. No job is worth my health or my family's happiness!
Now I seem to have come full circle and I miss my dreads. This time I will be starting my journey off the way I need to. I have decided to go freeform/neglect this time. Figure I am going to properly track my journey this time around as well!!
So as of June 2nd, 2014, my journey begins!