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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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Where to get good dreads near Clarion, PA

By Tyler Silka, 2014-02-10

I'm looking for a place where I can get dreads for the first time. I have thick hair and its auburn. Thanks

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Has anyone gotten the question...

By interrstella, 2014-02-09
Along the lines of "are you dreading your hair" and your respond with something along the lines of "Yes, I am LETTING my hair dread," and their all o.O
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By Montrel NappyBoi Freeman, 2014-02-07
Do anyone know how to upload pic on here i want to show my dreads and my jouney off # Nappy Boi
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Just a little bragging

By interrstella, 2014-02-06
So, to start all the people I work with and the regulars I serve keep asking me if I did something to my hair and that they really like it :)Second, today I tried and succeeded in tying my hair up with my own hairYayay thanks /rant
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Got my first compliment in person, awesome - by Mrs. Spivey

By SimpleSpiveys, 2014-02-05
Up until 6 months deep, anyone that saw my hair in person didn't know what was going on with it. I got a lot of "did you just wake up?", "Nice Bedhead, it looks good on you", and the awesome "Been getting busy I see". No. I just don't brush...So I was in a thrift store, and a man passed me from behind mumbling " I like your dreads". The music was loud so It took me a few seconds to compute. I just smiled at him and then I realized I got a positive response from a guy with a low cut and I wanted to say thank you but he was working in the back room by that time.Then, it happened again a week later, this time from a cashier with super long twist method dreads. I made sure to tell him I appreciate the compliment. It is nice to get compliments and not harsh words from people of different backgrounds and professions. I never want to offend anyone with my hair and unfortunately in our 2nd month (I had no dreads yet)but somehow managed to. Someone hiding behind the internet said " gtfo with your sh*tty white dreads" on our blog. My response was simply "no" because they wouldn't have been worth dreaducating.I'm believe hatred only breeds more hatred, and I try to stay away from it but sometimes it cannot be helped.So If your dreads are looking too funky for your liking, dont give up cause one day when you least expect it, they will grow on you (literally) and look awesome. Remember, it's all about the journey, not the destination.
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A knotty head looking for some natural help

By interrstella, 2014-01-30
Over the past two months I've been riding myself of all the useless products that have been cluttering our bathroom. I switch to a no poo hair care system, using only honey "shampoo" which is only I part honey, dissolved into 2 parts warm water. Over the past 2 weeks I did switch back to a lush soap bar I had been given over the holidays because the honey shampoo has a softening and moisturizing effect. I have read through the shampoo FAQ and there are tons of information that is all over the board. I do work next to an herbal hop that sells some shampoos I will be checking there soon but I would like to know of any SLS free shampoos or herbal mixtures that are safe for me to use regularly, no just as a monthly deep cleaner.Also, can I brag on how much I love my hair right now? I have super thick curly hair. Washing it has always been such a hassle, and I don't even want to get started on the styling process. I would only brush my hair when I washed it, which was about 2-4 times a week. In those days in between I've always had "neglect" dreads start to form and a few years ago I even decided to just let my hair do what it wanted and I loved it for a while, however I was living in a hot desert with no car and was on the verge of collapsing on a regular basis when walking to work (I was walking in miles of 110+ degree weather regularly.) so at that time I cut and brushed them out :(My hair WANTS to do this and I love it so much. It's in the "crazy" stage but is by far more tame and manageable than I've ever known it to be.What's a lion without a mane? :)
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dreads coming undone

By Grace Reynoso, 2014-01-23

I so farhave had dreads for 18 days and I don't know if this is normal but the bottom of my dreads have come undone. I don't want blunt ends, but Ido want my dreads to go all the way down. what do I do?

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How to start off on natural dreads

By Nevada Gunn, 2014-01-22

Hi, I just joined this site and was wondering if anyone out there could give me suggestions on how I should start off; I am clueless but have been reading things on here which has helped ALOT and making me excited to do the natural way on my own rather than a salon.My hair is meduim curly hair. Should I comb after I wash or at all; Do I use specific shampoo(s); NEVER leave it in a bun or pony tail; is there teasing that should be done; should I leave it down the whole time during the first few weeks; could I put beads in them in the first month; do I keep my hair away from all products; I have so much questions but Ill leave it at that, any pointers are welcomed and appreciated. Also, I don't know anyone with dreadlocks because I live where they are not very popular so I need all the help I can get. Planning on starting as soon as I think I know enough to get started.

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dreadie tippies

By flowerchild, 2014-01-17

a few of myendsare blunting against my will what do I ddddooooooooo :0

pease help

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