By the Barrellady, 2013-05-20
Well my friends, here I am at 14 months into my journey, my dreads are finally not so wild looking anymore. Hopefully in 6 more months they will be fully mature. My bangs aren't dreading, but that's okay, maybe one day they will. Enjoying everything I have been through so far, wild ride and all, everything I have learned and everything that has yet to come....Peace
By sofie johansen, 2013-05-20
My dreads is werry fine and i still love them so much! But my problem is my hair is growing like everybodys hair do. and i have lose mycrochet hook to fix it so i can make new hair to dread also. Is there a way to make new hair to dreads whitout things or i am need to buy?
By Sunshinelove, 2013-05-19
The ones on top are all coming apart at the roots and at the ends and meeting like half way, I think imma brush the top ones out since my hair is super soft still up there and would only take about 2 hours maybe. Then Imma bleach the top to match my bottoms and re T n R the top part. :/ sighhh curse my hair for naturally being straight and super soft. I will dread yet, I will have my beautiful dreadies <3
By Kelsey2, 2013-05-18
So I have been dreading for almost a month and my hair is just frizzy and crazy in the back... any suggestions on how to tame this? I have thick THICK wavy hair.
By Love Bug, 2013-05-18
I thought I posted a blog already sort of explaining why I started to do dreadlocks but I guess it did not post so now I am going to try it again.
I started my dreadlocks on March 11, 2013 after thinking about them for many months before going through with it. I tried the backcomb method, TnR method and now am finally going to just do the neglect.
I will not lie, I used to think that dreadlocks were really gross...I had heard so many horror stories about them. I have always struggled with my hair. It is naturally curly (super curly in spots and only wavy in others) so I have been straightening my hair since I was 11 years old!! This has been extremely harmful on my hair so after it grew to my chin I would cut it off, and I mean SHORT! I have never liked my hair...especially long because it is just too much maintenance.
Then I met my husband and he loves long hair...so I decided to grow it out, however I feel so awkward with long hair unless it is pulled back in a ponytail. So after growing my hair for 4 years it just stopped growing once it got to my shoulders...it was so damaged from being washed daily (it is extremely oily) and straightened daily (if worn down).
Back in October 2012 I saw a guy who was about my age and he had dreadlocks pulled back in a tie and then tied again in the middle because they were sooooo long and I became fascinated. They were so gorgeous! So I started researching and fell in love.
The first loc I had, I had backcombed and it looked good at first but then turned all gross looking...so I took it out. Then I decided that I would twist n rip one and it eventually unraveled so I decided that going all natural was definitely for me...especially considering that I feel a person looks their best when they are in their natural state (no make up, natural hair, etc.).
Since I have started my dreads I have gained more confidence in myself and have truly started to love who I am. I have been able to understand people for who they are and accept that. I am currently working myself up to a full 2-3 week detox fast as I want the best for my body. I am growing so much mentally, emotionally and spiritually and it feels amazing!
My hair is still sectioning itself out but you can tell it is doing what it is supposed to be doing!!! I love not using shampoo or conditioner as they were so expensive!! Instead I just use the baking soda wash and ACV rinse. What a difference that made with my oily hair and my scalp has NEVER been so clean and healthy! I was only washing once every 3-4 days, however, I noticed that the progress was verrrrry slow as far as my hair knotting up so I have gone back to washing daily or every other day and it is a definite difference. I love it so much.
Well this is my explanation why I started dreadlocks. If you have any questions, feel free to ask
By flowerchild, 2013-05-18
By Maliba_Live85, 2013-05-15
I have always wanted dreads. Mostly out of vanity, because I love the look of them, but also for other reasons I couldn't quite put my finger on. So, 8 or so days ago, I went to a salon to get a consultation for a stylist to put in dreads for me. I was quoted a price of $125 an hour. I made an appointment (I can't believe that at that time I was willing to pay that much money) I am ashamed to admit that, but I now realize was a part of this journey that was supposed to happen. Anyway, I then I decided I didn't wanna wait til my appointment, which was a week later. About 5 days ago I decided to put in dreadlocks myself. I knew about the backcombing and dreadwax method and immediately went to knottyboy saw their "starter kit" then went to amazon and ordered the kit which got to my house the very next day because I have amazon prime and paid about 5 dollars for one day shipping. That 5 dollars, not to mention the almost 30 I spent on the kit could have been used for a much better purpose than that. Lesson learned. Anyway, so I backcombed and waxed and put in 4 thicker ones that I was only happy with for about 2 days. Scouring the internet for help, I found dreadlockssite and did lots of research. I decided to just take the ones out that I made and give up. Washing them out was a long, tedious process, and damaging to my hair. I lost a lot of hair. I freaked out when I finally started gathering up the brushed out hair because there was SO much of it. I then got back on dreadlockssite, even though I had decided to give up on the dreads, and was drawn to the natural method when I read about it and decided to do that as I figured out the details of making it work without having just one big rat's nest of hair. I also had the realization that the reason I wanted dreads (looks) was not really the reason and I just couldn't see it before. Still after having that epiphany, I realize that I am not able to to fully live that out yet, because I still care about the look, although much less so than before. Due to my impatience of wanting the look, I made 4 or 5 thin dreads with the twist and rip method I found out about on here, with the intention of doing the rest freeform (which oddly enough, I already have one freeformed lock) I didn't realize then, but do now, that those 4 dreads will serve as a reminder of where I started from, mentally and spiritually. I also learned what to expect during the process and that it would not be an easy thing to do. So, I spent the last amount of money I will spend on the beginning of my dreads and bought the wax-be-gone (I got most of the wax out, but I am sure there is still some residue) and a shampoo bar from the store on dreadlockssite. I also bought sea salt and clove oil (for the scent and the antibacterial and antiseptic properties) for a refresher and locking spray. I believe that growing these dreads is going to change my life. Here are my reasons and convictions at this point as to why I am starting my dreads for real and using the natural way.
1. To learn to not expect things, but to still have hope and optimism (because I want to learn all of these that are lessons and in reality I may or may not. But I hope I do)
2. To learn to not to care what other people think. I will be criticized a lot I am sure and probably made fun of, which is not easy for me to accept, but I will learn to be stronger and accept it. And even not to care what people think that like them.
3. They are a representation of my dislike of societal norms and a reminder to refuse to conform (it is expected and normal and common to brush your hair, I am not. Even small rebellions are important ) for ANY reason.
4. It is an aspect, reminder, and representation of living a more natural life, which is my intention that I tend to fail in action a lot for whatever reason. I am hoping this will be a kick start to acting on that intention more.
5.The 4 I started on my own were due to and represent my impatience, and vanity really (because I really do love the look, and that's ok, but I now I realize is not the most important part, in fact, it should be the least.)
6. If and when I learn all these lessons and during learning the lessons I will learn, whatever they may be, those 4 non-grown but made dreads will serve as a reminder of how far I have come, mentally and spiritually.
7. To learn patience, which is one of the things about myself I need to work on majorly. My extreme level of impatience about most anything is what causes a lot of problems in my life that could have been and would be very easily avoided if I could have just been able to "wait and see".
8. To better learn to just let go, let it be, and nature and life will do what it does on it's own.
9. To better learn to really "go with the flow"
10. To learn to get through frustration (when and if I think the dread process looks like crap, frizziness etc.) and accept what IS.
11. To learn not to give up, as I have a feeling at some point in this journey I will want to for whatever reason(s). I will be strong.
Ok, so far there are my reasons for wanting to dread the natural way now. I am sure during the process I will learn more lessons that I didn't know I even needed to learn and experience life in a different way. And I will document that here as best as I can. Please excuse any grammatical errors, as this has been a very stream of consciousness piece of writing.
Here's to new beginnings and to better learning the true meaning of peace!
By Sergio Gonzalez, 2013-05-15
This loose hair is killing me! WHat can i do about it:C
By newbke, 2013-05-15
By Maleny, 2013-05-14
Tomorrow it will officially be 3 months with my (soon to be) dreads! I am just a bit concerned that they are not growing properly. They have gotten more loose and I do not know if that is normal. A few people offered to tighten them up, but I am not sure if that is a good idea. I just want my potential dreads to be healthy. If anyone has any insight or advice, it will be muchappreciated! Thank you!