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By Alyssa Danielle, 2013-05-07

My loops are getting absurd The entirety of almost every dread its a ball of loops. I know I just need to wait for them to grow out but I'm getting more and more impatient. Every day my mom says she wants to comb them out and redo them so they are straight again. I'm always like noooooooooooo cuz then I'll have to do this all over again.

The only thing that really makes me nervous is that some of the ends have been eaten into the loops, I'm not really sure what that will do later but I guess we will find out.

Most of the time i put the dreads and my regular hair up into a fancy bun when I'm going out. I have a hard time leaving them down under my straight hair because they are just a fluff ball around my neck which looks real awkard. Also I'm in a sorority and idk what it is that sorority girls love touching each-others hair... that gets weird quick when they feel my dreads and beads under there.

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MSG- Monosodium Glutamate-THE HIDDEN KILLER!!!

By Lovely Angel, 2013-05-07

A silent killer thats worse than alcohol, nicotine, and drugs is likely lurking in your kitchen cabinets and even your childs school cafeteria. Its monosodium glutamate (MSG), a flavor enhancer thats known widely as an addition to Chinese food, but thats actually added to thousands of the foods you eat.

MSG is used in countless foods in your supermarket, local restaurants, school cafeterias, and more. Everything from soup to crackers to meats may contain it because MSG, as dangerous as it is, makes food taste good and it is dirt cheap, just like sugar.

Incredibly, even infant formulas and baby food contain this poison, even though babies and infants, who are four times more sensitive than adults to the toxic effects of this chemical, are the most at risk.

There are a couple of main reasons why MSG is one of the worst food additives on the market. First, as Dr. Blaylock, author of the highly recommended Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills, says in the video, MSG is an excitotoxin, which means that it overexcites your cells to the point of damage, acting as a poison. The second part of the equation is that MSG can be literally hidden in food labels, under names like broth, casein, hydrolyzed, autolyzed, and more, making it extremely difficult to identify.

MSG is also a probable cause contributing to the obesity epidemic. As the FDA continues to vouch for its safety, scientists have known that MSG causes obesity since the 1960s!

It is clearly not worth a few bites of tasty junk food to give your body the green light to produce visceral fat, the most dangerous type that surrounds your organs and increases your risk of heart attack, stroke, insomnia, type 2 diabetes, and more.

Yet, that is exactly what youre doing when you eat foods that contain MSG.

Eliminating MSG from your diet is a wise choice for everyone, including pregnant women. To do so, stick to natural, unprocessed foods. And, if you do eat processed foods, be on the lookout for the many hidden names for MSG on food labels. They include (but are far from limited to):

Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (HVP)
Yeast Extract
Malted Barley
Rice Syrup or Brown Rice Syrup
The dangers surrounding MSG are, perhaps, most concerning for new moms who are unable to breastfeed, and are looking for an alternative to the MSG-laden infant formulas on the market. Fortunately, women who are unable to breastfeed can make an extremely nutritious, MSG-free infant formula for their baby using raw milk.

Remember this seasoning in my own and grandmothers cabinet as the first seasoning on our foods and its PURE MSG.

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Natural Dreadhead

By Cat Telfer, 2013-05-07

Hi Everyone! I made a post about my dreadlocks (crochet) last year. And I did brush them out, which I think was the right thing to do. I have now been during the Neglect Method for 3 months and I feel great. This is truly the BEST way to go, no doubt about it. If you are on a spiritual journey to find yourself, throw your brush away, honestly. You will find yourself. It is truly an amazing feeling. I feel alive finally. This is what I've needed, all these years. The Egyptians believed that energy flowed out of their body through their hair, so they would let their hair begin to knot up. This caused the energy to stay within them because their hair kept it from flowing out. That story is so special to me and it is one of the reasons I wanted dreads in the first place. To conclude, if you are someone who wants to become one with nature, obtain peace and harmony, truly discover yourself, and feel positive about life then I strongly recommend this method and hairstyle. It's so important to me and my hair is my one true love and I see it grow more and more everyday. Plus, dreadlocks are like the sexiest things ever, who wouldn't want them? Peace Love and Weed my fellow hippies.

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First blog entry! Yippee!

By Nikki Hall, 2013-05-06
Hey everyone! I'm Nikki. I'm a 20 year old from the beautiful island of Newfoundland, Canada. I'm a mommy of the most beautiful 9 month old girl I've ever seen. I'm a breastfeeding, co-sleeping, dreadlock loving mom. I'm not exactly sure what people write about here so I'm sorry if this seems like rambling. Just trying to give a little info of myself!Much love <3
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I'm so proud of my hair

By Siri Nam Simran Kaur, 2013-05-06

I'm so proud of my dread's, I was looking around on the T&R timelines and realized that my dreads are looking great. At a month I have no unraveling, few loose hairs, some have a noticeably twisty look, but most are dreading and round. This is my first time using the T&R method and I'm glad I did. Aside from T&R all I've done is swim a lot, wash a few times a week, throw some rosemary oil on it and sleep in from time to time. Keep it up little locks. Pictures will follow soon.

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please help 7-8 months in and getting discouraged

By Marq Mutant, 2013-05-05

7 months in and im starting to b worried i have maybe 7-8 dreads then the rest is regular hair basically i wash with the nag champa bar from i wash 3 times a week when i wash i rub the bar on my head in a circular motion to dry i wrap a towel on my head or let it air dry i wear a tam daily but i also put my hair in a ponytail a lot everyday can anybody help me please im getting discouraged

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My first youtube vid at 2 weeks

By Sunshinelove, 2013-05-03

Im pretty excited about them :) I Just hit my one month with dreads and Im about to make that video here in a minute, I will post that as well

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Mental health stuff

By JavaLizard, 2013-05-03

On a side note, mental health is a crazy subject. Did you know that the effects of cocaine on the brain are the same as pornography? Did you know that more than 75% of the population have experienced a traumatic event that leads to PTSD like symptoms including depression and other mental health disorders? And that bad oral hygiene is connected to heart disease? Sorry just sharing my reading today.

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Of dreads, and fear

By Nicole V., 2013-05-03

It is not possible to recall the many times I've changed my hair. How often without a thought I've slung various chemical concoctions onto my hair, with results every color on the spectrum.

So why is the choice to start growing dreadlocks so hard, so filled with emotion and with so many internal questions? Fear even? Is it theresidual ignorant fear that once you dread to go back you must shave your head? (I know this not to be true)

I've spent the majority of my adult life struggling with society's version of "beauty". I've always been chubby. I've never been interested in hair, makeup and fashion. I've spent so much time letting the world convince me that I'm not beautiful, no matter how perfectly coiffed my hair, no matter the thickness of the layers of makeup.

About 6 years ago, I started losing weight. 100lbs... gone! I discovered belly dance. I found that men were finally discovering... me. I was finally discovering MYSELF... hidden beneath years of shame, years of asocietal SCREAM that said: "YOU ARE NOT BEAUTIFUL... THEREFORE YOU ARE NOT WORTHY!"

Now there is this tiny voice inside of me that says: "Why are you doing this to yourself? They will judge you again, if not by your weight than by the style of your hair. They will think [insert random stereotype of someone with dreadlocks] of you."

I look in the mirror, and *I* really like the changes I'm already seeing. This is what should matter most to my heart.

I release my fear into the wilderness to roam... far, far away from me.

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Drugs that harm dreads

By Jahma, 2013-05-02

I dont know about a list of drugs that hurt dreads. I just know that I found myself with a period that my hair would no longer lock up.Doctors found I was diabetic not long ago and they started me on insulin and Metformin.

Every once in a while my hair might get a couple inches out without locking. But I had 4 inches not locked at all. It was just sosmooth and silky unlike mytypical hair. It was getting scary that I might lose my dreads. I lived on the road for years and have hung out with some tuff characters who made keeping my dreads a real feat at times but Icame closest to losing thembecause of the metformin. I am on a slue of drugsbut narrowed it down to it being that drug. My fingernails where also splitting severly at the time. I am vegetarian but I was even eating jello every day to try to get them to start back up.

I told my doctor that my dreads are more important and quit the drug. They started to lock again within a month and I just have a little narrow spot from when it happened. I am just sayin'.

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