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1 week mark

By Patrick4, 2013-10-02

I'm right around the 1 week mark on my freeform dreadlocks, and loving every minute of it. Seems like my hair was much more frustrating before, and I never liked the look of it. But even now, it seems like it suits me a lot more, perhaps now that I'm just not fighting it.

It seems to be coming along very quickly. The soap seems to help. I'd actually been using an organic herbal hand soap that we found at the grocery outlets, I checked the ingredients and it works quite well. But now I've also got a jar of my own home-made shampoo that I'm testing out. I made it with some lavender, pennyroyal, and a bit of rosemary, all picked by my own hands, and some of that organic soap mixed in as well as some Castile bar soap I shaved into it and boiled for a while, and finished with a pinch of baking soda. It seems to do well, and I'm keeping my eyes peeled in case of residue. If it turns up I'll do a good deep cleanse without much trouble, but it makes them very easy to wash with good lather but a natural feel.

My hair has dried out a lot. It knots all the easier now, especially if I keep to my old habit of sticking my head out of car windows to give it some exercise. I let it go free a lot more than I used to, and I'm loving that. Otherwise a bandanna keeps it in order, and it comes out with some knots. There were a few awkward knots that I gently untied as they did not look right, but the others I'm leaving alone, apart from separating a bit. It already seems to like staying in different locks, so I'm wondering what things will be doing in the next couple of weeks. I'm a lot happier letting it do its own thing!

Any tips on the more bothersome, awkward, bunchy knots would be very much appreciated.

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Something sticky!

By Kato, 2013-10-02
So I found something sticky at the end of one of my dreads. I was feeling optimistic so proceeded to wash it, no success, so tried some dish liquid, some tea tree oil, some eucalyptus, still no result. By this time I was really annoyed and probably to everyone's horror cut the end of one of my dreads.What was this sticky demon? Is a relic of wax that's worked it's way out? Was it something gross from one of my small tribe members? I can't be sure. I did dissect the inch or so of dismembered dread and found there to be nothing but knotty hair inside, so despite the sadness of cutting one of my dreads I was happy to find nothing sinister inside.My poor sad dread has since recovered and the end has curled back up to form a nice normal end. Yay!
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Just startin my locks, again, lookin for any help or advice and if you live on maui that would be a huge help too

By Khalib McAdams, 2013-10-01

Like i said im starting my dreads fresh again and would like to meet some people or talk to some that can help with new growth and any advice

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dry hair

By marcus dawkins, 2013-09-29
Can anyone tell me wat i can pt on my hair to keep it frm gettin dry lik a oil or sumthang i am 2 munths into freeformin
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Jane Carter Solution: Twist & Lock

By Zachary C., 2013-09-28

Hello Everyone, I was wondering if anyone has ever used Jane Carter's Solution Twist & Lock and have had success with it, thanks for the comments!

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My youtube channel

By James holyland, 2013-09-25

Hey you guys can check out some of my videos on dreadlocks ( there not all on my hair ) if you want of course :D

Thanks :) Heres the link:

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Is mixing neglect in front and tnr on back ok?

By Tina Mother's Milk, 2013-09-25

As some of you know, I am in the process of salon recovery. The last week or so I have been brushing out manufactured locks from the rear of my head and breaking them up into smaller locks, then tnr them.

Today, I decided to try to brush out the front ones. To my surprise, they came out a lot easier than those in the back . . . except for the roots that were completely matted. Anyway, would it be ok to leave the front to neglecteven though I already tnr the back?

I never imagined I would do this. I was only going to do 3 or 4 all together. But one day at a time, two locks a day, I eventually went from 30 locks to 57. Now I have another 25-30 in the frontthat need to be done.

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Brushing Dreads Out / Salon Recovery

By Tina Mother's Milk, 2013-09-22

I have been brushing (forking) my dreads out one by one and re dreading them by tnr evey day. maybe one or two a day but reducing each one to make them into three. The locktition that did my original locks tied these tiny little knots throughout, where I could not even get close to combing out so I ripped or cut them out. I still had plenty of hair, but of course I lost quite a bit too. The hair that I brushed out also was very damaged, frizzy and brittle. I have only had them for three months. Is this normal? Did she make the knots with a crochet hook? Will my dreads recover? Is this normal in this situation? My sister just cut her dreads out all together. She didn't have the patience to work them through.

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By Tina Mother's Milk, 2013-09-22

Anyone know of a place I can get a quality swim cap? I like to swim and I hesitate because I don't want to sit with a blow dryer every day. I looked at Is that a good cap?

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Trying Apple Cider Vinegar!

By Derrell, 2013-09-21

First time doing this I grabbed all of the details from a specific user on youtube. Seeing all the build up get removed had me really curious. I normally have been going to a stylish once every 2 months. She just deep cleans it and styles it after. But the water is never too murky looking. So I want to try this out and see if it will be worth continuing since I normally see the stylist.

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