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Advice given because I / we care

By the Barrellady, 2013-06-15

I just read a post by another member who ranted in part about the advice given on what not to do when growing dreadlocks. Through years of knowledge, members will share the dangers of certain methods. Why do we give a shit??? Because we care, because we want you to be able to grow your dreads for life if you so choose to. You don't have to take any advice given, make your own decision for your own journey.

I am 100% against crochet hooks, YET, I created a group for those of you who choose to do so. Some of you don't have the patience to wait, and that's okay, your hair...some of you only want to grow dreads for a couple of years or so and don't want to wait 1-2 years for them to mature, I totally understand. For those of you who crochet, share your pics, tips etc with others who share the same technique:

I would never add extensions to my own hair (for spiritual reasons), YET, I also started a group for members to give each other how to tips, maintenance tips and for sharing their photos. I have no tips to give on these, but they were made with you in mind, so contribute if you can:

I guess I should end this now, but what I was trying to get at when I started was that I / we are not trying to be mean, or to insult, I / we only have your best interest at heart, we want you to make an educated decision before you do something or continue to do something. Maybe you did not know of any future problems, maybe you do, I / we don't know that. Just be thankful we care and make your own decisions.

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By ChildrenAtMidnight, 2013-06-13

So I'm up to about 25 dreads now. I've been casually adding them in with the t&r method whenever my hair has started to clump together in the back.

Tonight, I'll be giving the baking soda wash a try for the first time. Prior to this, I've just been using theneutrogena anti-residue shampoo to get all the extra crap out of my hair. I'm pretty excited to give this a try, as is my scalp.

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RASTAFARIAN DUO (shuttlelife) music video

By Alexandro Colon, 2013-06-12

thought all my fellow dreadies would def. enjoy this music video of a duo called "shuttle life" coming out of the depths of Miami,florida - #hovermode

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New to the community

By Andres3, 2013-06-12

Hello everyone, I for years been thinking on getting my hair locked. I usually iron my hair but naturally is heavy curly. Am looking forsuggestionsfrom more experience people.

Thanks all \\m//

P.S: ill be posting pictures of my hair soon.

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Not forgotten

By ginger.rose, 2013-06-10
Just wanted to check in with an update - I have not been spending as much free time on the computer, and the phone app pretty much sucks for replies, so I've just been reading everyone's posts here and there.I'm right at 11 months neglect, and finally decided to listen to my hair and let the locks get fatter. I was thinking of what "I wanted", which was thinner and easier to dry, but my hair really has other ideas. Plus that dream a while back where I had these super fat ropes....Anyway, as much as I can, I'm letting some sections wind up together where they want to, and it's making faster progress. I really am not comfortable with the thought of larger locks (normal to some is large to me), so it's taking a lot of reminding myself not to pull every section apart from its neighbor... What a great reflection of my tendency to analyze or as my husband calls it - pick things apart ;)So, all is well; and time marches on. I'll see if I can get some proper photos for the 1 year mark coming up!
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Natural dreads at 4months 2 weeks

By michell loera, 2013-06-10

I havent done an update in a while now. Check out my pics I just uploaded, Im at 4 months and 2 weeks.. All my hair is pretty much dreaded except a small portion on the top right side of my hair but the past 2weeks its been sectioning up and some have knotted up, about time! And my hair has shrank so much.. It sucks cuz I like longer hair but at the same time I am happy that Its gotten this far in only 4 months! I just have a bunch of stringy hairs left at the bottom now. Im guessing my hair will be about shoulder length when Its all done.

I'm also wondering when is a good time to add some wraps to my dreads.. I would assume to wait till they are fully mature or almost but not sure.

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edible Mushrooms list

By jazzymomma, 2013-06-09

PUFFBALLS (LYCOPERDON spp. and CALVATIA spp.)Each puffball should be sliced from topto bottom and the interior examined. It should be completely white and featureless inside, like a slice of white bread. There should be no trace of yellow or brown

SHAGGY MANE (Coprinus comatus)looks like a wig laers wig also called Shaggy manes are best when picked before the caps begin to turn black

CORAL FUNGI (Clavariaceae)They do look much like coral. Most are tan, whitish or
yellowish; a few are pinkish or purple.

MORELS (Morchella esculenta)
Sponge, pinecone and honeycomb mushroom. Morels are quite distinctive, but there is a small chance they could be confused with false morels. Half-free morels may be confused with a mushroom called the wrinkled thimble cap (Verpa bohemica)

Bearded Tooth - (Hericium erinaceus) clumps of hanging white "fur," this tooth fungus looks much like a polar bear's paw

Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus)This large white, tan or ivory-colored mushroom isnamed for its oyster shell-like shape. It has white gills running

Chanterelles (Cantharellaceae)These mushrooms are funnel-or trumpet-shaped and have wavy cap edges. Most are bright orange or yellow, although one, the black trumpet, is brownish-black.

Boletes (Boletaceae) If you can picture a hamburger bun on a thick stalk, you will have a good idea of what most boletes look gills underneath.A few boletes are poisonous. To avoid these, don't eat any boletes that have orange or red pores.

Sulfur Shelf (Laetiporus sulphureus) These mushrooms light up the forest with their brilliant orange-red caps and pale sulfur-yellow pore surfaces. Some specimens fade to a peach or salmon color.The sulfur shelf always grows on wood, usually in large masses of overlapping caps. It has no stem; the cap is attached directly to the wood. The pores are tiny.Other names include chicken mushroom and chicken of the woods.with no poisonous look-alikes. It does cause a mild
allergic reaction (swollen lips) in some people.

Hen-of-the-Woods (Grifola frondosa)This mushroom really does look something like a large, ruffled chicken. It grows as a bouquet of grayish-brown, fan-shaped, overlapping caps, with offcenter white talks branching from a single thick base. On the underside, the pore surface is white.

Black Truffles or Black Perigord Truffles (Tuber melanosporum)The Black Truffle has a thick, smooth to wrinkled outer skin, somewhat rough in texture and is greyish-black in colour with small diamond-shaped projections.

Charcoal Burner (Russula cyanoxantha)distinguished from most other members of the Russula genus by the fact that its gills do not split, but are soft and flexible.are so brittle that they crumble when handled roughly. The spore colour varies from white to cream, or even orange. cited reference there are many more edibles out there. look up guide books local libabries to make secure to be valid information before picking an eating any mushrooms u find. some can kill you.

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Hallucinegentic mushrooms list

By jazzymomma, 2013-06-09

Agrocybe farinacea - collected in Japan. Contains psilocybin.
Amanita muscaria - Commonly used for shamanistic purposes by the peoples of Siberia, Turkic peoples, the Sami people, and others. Contains ibotenic acid, muscarine, muscimol.
Conocybe spp. - Used for shamanic purposes by the Mazatecs of Oaxaca. [7] Contains psilocin and psilocybin.
Copelandia spp. - Commonly growing in Hawaii. Contains psilocin and psilocybin
Galerina steglichii - Rare and rarely collected. Contains psilocybin, alpha-amanitin and other amatoxins.
Gerronema fibula- A tropical mushroom.
Gerronema solidipes - A tropical mushroom.
Gymnopilus spp. - Commonly bitter in taste, recreational use is uncommon with most species. Contains psilocybin, bis-noryangonin, and hispidine.
Hypholoma spp. - Contains psilocybin.
Inocybe spp. - Contains muscarine, psilocybin, and aeruginascine.
Mycena cyanorrhiza - Contains psilocybin.
Panaeolus spp. - Collected and cultivated for recreational use.Contains psilocybin, psilocin, serotonin, urea, and tryptophan.
Pluteus spp. - Contains psilocybin [10]
Psilocybe spp. - cultivated for its hallucinogenic properties. These species contain the mycotoxins: psilocybin, psilocin, baeocystin, norbaeocystin, and occasionally other psychoactive tryptamines.

wanna see what they look like? google image search the name lol:) i dont recomend any use of these just for the record lol


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By Michael Powell, 2013-06-09

Hello all and thanks for all the welcomes, makes me feel at ease already. First time I have joined a Blog. I am a little apprehensive. I have fine hair and only at 4 inches haven't combed or brushed in 4 weeks but no babies. Have found that my hair becomes oily when I reach the 3 day mark and am wondering if the every 2 day wash cycle is ok. Looking for suggestions and advice. Thanks.

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wild edible plants North America

By jazzymomma, 2013-06-09

33 Most Common Edible Wild Plants in North America

Wild Onion (Allium bisceptrum)
Common Burdock (Arctium minus)
Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
Common Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
Lambsquarters (Chenopodium album)
Brambles (Rubus sp.)
Currants and Gooseberries (Ribes sp.)
Blueberries and Cranberries (Vaccinium sp.)
Sheep Sorrel (Rumex acetosella)
Chickweed (Stellaria media)
Red Clover (Trifolium pretense)
Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)
Miners lettuce (Claytonia perfoliata)
Common Plantain (Plantago major)
Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica)
Common Cattail (Typha latifolia)
Wild Ginger (Asarum caudatum)
Wild Strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)
American Elderberry (Sambucus Canadensis)
Wild Rose (Rosa sp.)
Amaranth (Amaranthus retroflexus)
Wild Garlic (Allium ursinum)
Common Camas (Camassia quamash)
Violets (Viola sp.)
Wild Mint (Mentha arvensis)
Common Salsify (Tragopogon porrifolius)
Common Chicory (Cichorium intybus)
Wild Sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis)
Western Dock (Rumex occidentalis)
Cow Parsnip (Heracleum lanatum)
Bull Thistle (Circium vulgare)
Common Sunflower (Helianthus annuus)
Jerusalem Artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus)

there are more if wanna check out photos google image search any of these names :) happy foraging

peace an love


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