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i need help with my dreads

By newbke, 2013-05-15
so i got my dreads done by her making a braid and using a crotchet hook and twisting my hair and she put a lot of gel but looking on here i decided to wash that out so ive been washing my hair 3 days a week (my dreads are only 10 days old) and now the roots are loose and the rest of it is still twisted and poofy im guessing (i also use mango and lime spray on my hair) so should i keep twisted them or let them grow on their own and leave them alone ?
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3 months!

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!

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By Esheda, 2013-05-14

Hello Dreadfriends !

I send you a photo of my first 2 weeks natural dreads, letting wind and sun and sleep sculpt my coming dreads.. what a voyage !!

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It's like watching a beautiful garden grow... from seed!

By Nicole V., 2013-05-13

I'm only three weeks unbrushed at this point, but I am finding that every day there are these beautiful changes to watch. I am really enjoying that part. I'm also really amazed to see how quickly little baby locs are being born.

I have relatively fine wavy hair, but I have A LOT of it. It's always been a little on the "dry" side. I feel like maybe this is helping it to start knotting up so quick? My theory... could be complete rubbish for all I know. You can see in the photo below there are 4 or 5 baby dreads in the center, on the under part of my hair.

I never enjoyed brushing my hair, nor how my hair looked when it was brushed. Brushing killed the wave/curl in my hair, added frizz and generally gave me this look of "I didn't care shit for my hair today."

In fact, the only time that people seemed to say: "Oh, I like your hair" or "Your hair looks pretty today" was on days I woke up in the morning and didn't bother .

It must be a perfect fit... like it was meant to be that some day I would throw away that cursed brush forever.

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Dread Update!! Natural Locs 7 long spiritual months

By Eric Andrikowich, 2013-05-13

7 months natural in these photos

2 weeks after backcombed

7 months
Fresh after wash

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Great Journey

By James11, 2013-05-11

So its been 3 months since I started dreading and it's been a joyful time, some negative comments about not brushinh my hair but its ok.

It feels so fine when I see some baby dreads forming, sea salt mix has been a great help, my parents say I'm a hippie they want to cut my hair.

this little one started with about 5 strings of hair, it's gettin bigger.

so withoutfurther ado here are some pics. That's all, and happy dreading to all.

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Is this gross?

By Coloursnrainbows, 2013-05-11
So I was brushing my cat. It is an activity he absolutely loves. And I was thinking about all his hair that comes when I brush him. I thought I wonder if I can make a dread out of his hair. So then I got to rolling it in my hands. And here is the finishes product. Now would this be disturbing to anyone if it was attached to me own dreads? Obviously on a non permanent wayJust wondering what your thoughts are.I would love to have a peice of him and his energy with me all the time. And in the tarts that he won't be with me anymore. I do not want to think about that but he is 9 years old now.
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may 10 2013

By ☆starslingr☆, 2013-05-10

Just feel like writing...
I've started the dread process again. I've been dying for this and I'm glad I had the time to think about why I want dreadlocks to begin with.

I wasn't really upset when I cut off my hair last time - as I was truly just overstimulated - but I regret that I do deal with issues of being easily overwhelmed. It's definitely a result of this crazy lifestyle, go-go-go culture, worrying, and too many things to do that just cause stress. I definitely suck at coping.

I want my dreads to be a thing of beauty (to me). I know hair won't actually change my biochemical makeup, but I'm hoping it will be a step in the direction of a more simplified life that I desperately crave and need.

The last time I attempted my dreads I must admit that I was a bit obsessed with the way they looked. I was constantly fussing over them. This time, although I'll be "putting them in", I refuse to worry about them afterward.

So I've put in quite a few dreads at the front and along the sides. But now I have reached that back section of hair where I can't see or section my hair cleanly. Instead I've been letting the hair run free and section itself. Then, when I have the time and energy, I just grab an already sectioned bunch of hair and TnR it.

It all looks shit right now ;p but even my husband has noticed how relaxed and patient I've been about the process. Already that's a good sign.

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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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