By marisue, 2013-02-12
my first dreadling (hopefully) tell me what you think hopefully the pick comes out don't know why its upside down though Ill send another of a different view I put beads in so more hair wouldn't get in it and make it to big but they slipped out is there a certain way to put them in so they don't slip out
By jackie blumer, 2013-02-11
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By CzCacher, 2013-02-11
By Annina, 2013-02-10
I've started my natural dreadlock journey after all, though I had many doubts about it. Today is the 5th day of not brushing or combing my hair. So nearly a week, which isn't much though but it's an accomplishment for me. I have a couple parts of my hair that has formed tangles and even small loops but the rest of my hair is just staight. It's weird when the ends of some parts of my hair are tangled but rest of the hair is untangled. My hair gets tangled pretty easily, it has been a nightmare to brush my hair for my entire life. But I guess it's useful to have hair that tangles easily when growing natural dreads. It feels so liberating when I don't have to brush my hair anymore. I haven't had a single thought about brushing my hair and I hope that I never will.
I've now washed my hair every other day (like I always have) with an organic shampoo bar (from a Finnish brand). I think I'll start washing it less frequently, like 2-3 times a week. I've thought also about switching my shampoo into baking soda and apple cider vinegar rinses.
It's been such a short time so I'm not making an official timeline yet, though I take photos of my hair nearly everyday. :D But it's just for myself, I just love recording every minor thing that happens in my hair. Here are some bad quality photos of the very beginning of my dreadlock journey:
This was taken on the 3rd day of not brushing my hair. I don't have bald spots though it might seem like it. :D The photo was taken with flash and my hair is pretty thin.
The second photo was taken yesterday when it was the 4th day of not brushing my hair. Not much to see, you can see the length of my hair though,
So yeah, I think this is a good start, now I'll just keep waiting for more progress. I'm feeling so happy that I decided to start the natural journey and I hope I'll get some awesome dreads in the future.
By Shaun2, 2013-02-10
For me, dreadlocks were less a matter of chasing a hairstyle I'd always wanted to a desire for having my long hair again. I grew up with long hair--my mother didn't let me cut it so I experienced some pretty awful hair days for a while and defintely very awkward hair moments. I do, however, think there's something appealing about long hair. It looks good to me but because I'm mixed, long hair was always an issue. My mother was fond of vaseline as a hair product.
When I got older I began straightening it, both physically and chemically, and I liked that a lot. Growing up in suburbia, the general idea of attractive was that norm and my hair was more "party store afro" when I let it be. Although I liked the look of it aesthetically, it was a time-consuming and expensive process. Beyond that, I always had dandruff and scalp burns. My hair was just not happy.
Recently, I've been trying to go natural. I needed to come to peace with my heritage, even though a large part of it came from a mother I was never comfortable with. I grew out an afro and (to my suprise) it looked good. Not only that, the dandruff I'd had for years left with some less stringent washing routines and became softer than it had been in years. I started growing out my afro because I missed long hair but realised that there's only a finite amount one can go with that hairstyle.
Dreads became my solution. They were a long hairstyle that could grow indefinitely. I also began looking through Hindu philosophies and though Shiva, found added beauty to locks. To connect my hair with the image of the Ganges spilling over half-opened eyes was a joyful one, and my desire became concrete.
My journey began about a week ago on 1/26/13, here's hoping it continues for many years to come.
By James11, 2013-02-09
I'm new and I want to start locking my hair, i want to make it the right way so i choosed the free form method, So I want you to tell me how I start, what i must do and what i must not do.
By CzCacher, 2013-02-09
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