By Jaquie Farmer, 2013-07-01
By Chloe, 2013-06-30
Hola Dreadlocks Site!
Today I am so excited as 3 weeks ago I took out all the twists I was trying so hard to keep neat and in place everyday, washed my hair and haven't styled it since just wash a few times a week and let it dry and today....... today I came across my first errr knot? I don't know what to call it but its definitely knotted and looking dread like!
Wahooooo! The rest is still either frizzy, tight little coils or loosely coiled - the strangest thing for me is that it is now definitely more curly than when I used to use curl shampoo and conditioner everyday and then top it all of with tonnes of curl enhancing gel! I don't think its suffered from not conditioning either!
I'm really happy with my hair now for the first time in my life - waking up and not knowing what its going to be like that day is really cool and I'm even enjoying the weird looks I get on the really frizzy days! I still want to cry though when I think of the months I wasted trying to get 'perfect neat dreads' through interlocking, braids and crochet!! I had a narrow escape and from all that craziness though thanks to this site and Soaring Eagles good advice and now cant wait to see what happens next!
I also read a really great book by Adette Wellington called 'How to Grow Amazing Dreadlocks' She has 12 year old natural dreads starting from an afro - her advice is to basically keep your hair clean and leave it alone!How to Grow Amazing Dreadlocks
By Sierra O-H, 2013-06-30
I'm oh so baby fresh as a member, but I've been brought back to this site every time I've had any inquiry when it comes to my dreads, I figured it was time to join.
So, a question, or rather a plea for suggestions:
As a young dreader (as it goes in both ways), I've tried a lot of different things for locking my smooth hair. 6 months ago a "professional" dreader crocheted mine and left them really nicely locked. I love that they are locked much better now, but as they grow out, I don't want to crochet them anymore because my hair breaks easily under the needle. So, what have you, oh people with soft fine hair at the roots, done to help them lock? I don't want tight roots, but I'm having trouble locking them as they grow out.
Gratitude to you all,
By Julie Dunham, 2013-06-29
So after some advice from a few users on the site I threw away my DreadHead HQ shampoo and got a Bucks County Soap Factory Tea Tree and Rosemary Shampoo Bar. I just used it for the first time and OMG IT SMELLED SO GOOD. They also sent me an even better smelling sample. You just felt the love in this soap. Very pleased with the purchase so far.
I also went out and got an aloe plant. I ran the gel through my hair after I showered. I'm wondering if anyone has a recipe for a better application. Awfully goopy and I don't have my own blender so I kind of just get it on my hands and run it through my hair. How do you use aloe?? How often do you use aloe.
Finally I went and got natural sea salt. I used two tablespoons and a squirt of lemon juice in a full spray bottle. I think I'll use it once a week.
I'm hoping this regime helps my dreads soften up a bit and get my hair healthy and happy. My next question is, how do I get rid of my part. My hair is separating and my part seems to have gotten much bigger. I also have a chunk of hair in the front that I call my "bang" theres a part forming there too. Any ideas?
By Mary6, 2013-06-27
My grandmother is hard of seeing, so I can basically get away with having any tattoos, piercings, and weird hairstyles, and she'll probably not notice.
She noticed one of my tattoos a few weeks ago (I have three). She's 84.
She said, "Well, it's your body. And you have them in places you can cover up. Whatever makes you happy... BUT, in my day, the only people who had tattoos were whores, sailors, and carnies!"
I don't think she's noticed my nose piercings (I have a nostril and septum).
She recently noticed the texture of my hair was different and asked me about it. I didn't say anything about having dreads. I just said, "I'm trying something new with it."
Well, I asked my mum to pick up some baking soda at the store when she took my gram grocery shopping.
My mum told her, "She needs it for her hair." And my mum spilled the beans about the dreads.
My gram was unloading groceries, and she said, "Mary! Here's your baking soda."
I thanked her, she walked away, but walked back in and said, "You know, I love your normal hair, it's very pretty, but I'm sure I like this too, even if I can't see it.
I'm very blessed to have so much acceptance, even in the older generations of my family.
By Ixchel, 2013-06-26
I figured it would come, i knew to expect it, the post partum shedding. I did shed more than normal after i had my girls but nothing like most other women said they experienced & it never really bothered me. I had seen a few ladies decide to delay dreading until after the shedding would happen, i figured i'd be knotted up enough by then & lose so little that it wouldn't matter. Well i'm losing a lot of hair, all the time. I wake up & my bed is covered, i'm always picking my stray hairs off my babe & my clothes, when i wash my hair i'm surprised that i have much left lol. I'm not concerned about it though, it's just another part of my individual journey dreading. The hair everywhere is annoying but it will pass in time. I trust them to do what they need to without me interfering, they haven't steered me wrong yet
By ChildrenAtMidnight, 2013-06-26
Back from Florida and missing it horribly. My hair seems to agree as well. The ocean water felt amazing on my scalp and my dreads seem to be much happier after.
I've been washing my hair more often with the bs mix and started using the acv rinse as well. My hair has never been this happy. The dreads are getting frizzier with each wash and are clumping up well. The also seem to be much softer. I have noticed that some are trying to split in two again so I've been assisting them.
Other than that, everything seems to be working out well.
And for those who are curious, this is what I used for my bs mixture:
- 3/4 cup of baking soda
- 15-20 drops of tea tree oil
- a small cap full of lavender oil (it didn't have a dropper end)
- a couple squirts of lemon juice
I put this all in my blender, filled it the rest of the way up with water, blended, and then dumped it on my head and let it sit for 20 minutes. Followed that up with a acv and water mixture. Rinse rinse rinse with super cold water (miserable but worth it) and instant happy dreads. :D
By Vandreren, 2013-06-25
I often get trapped in a loop of thought. An argument with myself about liberty and what it entails. Two broken records bleat on and on, to the point where I get disgusted with myself. What affirms life? The act of protecting it? The act of building peace between those you love and living in the golden, primal structure of family? Does the knowledge of its fragility, the fragility of all those moments affirm life? I try not to contemplate mortality. Instead I look for in life what reinforces life. Yet that is what puts the needle to the seconddesire and fulfillment. Does attainment affirm life? It seems to be the popular idea. Life has no meaning, so fulfill yourself. Why? You lose the moments. You lose the surprises and the illuminations. You lose the wholeness that comes from the chaotic struggle for living and replace it with a slogging through the calculated wants of an untested mind. You live in mental construction, trapped in the neurotic structures of your desires, which are barrier to the living world. You need rawness to feel life. You need to be surprised and changed and broken down and reforged. You need to be able to prove yourself and acheive honor. Honor affirms life by building a person into something that touches more than the individual. Desire is to touch oneself only in fulfillment and attainment. Honor is to touch many, to live in many forms and in many hearts. An honorable deed sparks life in others. So where does this put liberty? What does freedom mean to a person trying to continuously affirm life? What does freedom mean to tight-knit groups of people, constantly reinforcing the lives of one another? How does it limit them? How does it enable them?
By LadyDreadedStardust, 2013-06-23
I joined dreadlockssite with a full head of artificial, synthetic dreadlocks. After TWO DAYS, I decided to take out my falsies, which gave me extreme confidence and made me feel, well, beautiful, in favour of starting my actual dreadlocks, using the natural method.
Well, you can guess how surprised I was when, as one by one I took out my false locks, a little tuft of hair stuck up, unfurled and...wait for it, PINGED UP as if to say "ello mam, why you been hiding us?"
My face was a picture. It is like I grew dreadlocks out of sheer will of wanting with a couple of days. Having my synthetics in for 12 weeks probably helped too (but I'm going with the "sheer will," theory)
So now I have afro roots with little dreadlocks hiding within. They're sticking up all over the place, like a multi-limbed star fish. Some are skinny, some are a bit chunky, but they're MINE! HA, and I was surprised by my little fluffy babies being born from synthetics.
Peace guys, hope you enjoyed this
By GoldiLocs, 2013-06-22
So I have let my dreads form naturally with separation and washing alone over the last 14 months. I had soft, smooth, very fine, bouncy, weightless ringlets when I still combed my hair and my hair naturally sectioned daily before I even considered letting it dread.
That said, many of my sections are naturally small and horizontal, especially in the back. My dreads are semi mature, with thinner and flatter ones in the back of the top layer of dreads. The underneath dreads are almost all fat and round with larger natural sections. I realize those have matured faster, but the less mature top ones (the ones I am slightly less than happy with) have much smaller sections and with the experience I have thus far, I realize they are not going to be the size I want. If I combine some of them, I am looking at closer to an inch by an inch instead of half inch by one inch sections. I love fat dreads, especially on women.
So, my question to all of you beautiful fellow dreadies with combining experience..
Should I use beads or hemp? Something else?
(Oh and I should mention that I have of course tried just not separating but they aren't joining on their own)
Thanks in advance!