By ☮ soaring eagle ॐ, 2012-08-09
dreadlockssite celebrates its 3 year birthday today aug 9th
so i wanted to share a lil of the history and landmarks we've encountered along the way.
First off the humble beginnings. I was on a site called hipforums that got less and less hip all the time, it got downright ugly in fact. so i stayed in the dread forum only and avoided the other 400 forums, but even that was full of sarcastic replies troll like behavior and silly arguments and abusive behavior. I then along with slang came up with the concept for dreadlocktruth and i made tge 1st donation to get that started however after trying to join many times but having trouble i gave up.
after awhile i got sick of hipforums so found a new site dreadlocksforums but there were hardly anyone there, 8 out of every 10 that tried to join couldnt, and the admin who started it spent 5 minutes on the site the 1st day then vanished for over a year.
o after posting the original version of dreaducation there we held a meeting of all the active members and decided to hold a mutiny of sorts and recreate tge site here, or to be more precice create a better version that people could join, had an active admin and would provide only the best info we could.
early on we were a group of maybe 100 that moved from that site to here. but a comment on dreadheadhqs myspace page about the evils of wax soon changed that as a couple hundred former dreadheadhq customers flocked to us.
by the time we reached 800 members or so the sitemap had grown from roughly 2000 pages to 50,000 and i remember thinking (and posting) that we were officialy a large site at that time
who would have guesed that in the next 2 1/2 years we'd reach 1,118,695 yea over a milion pages (that was last nights sitemap update total)
since then we held a debate with jonny clean which he failed miserably to defend his products, even using his incredible powers of nonsense confusion and lies. he then came back to us a month later admitting that wax doesnt wash out of dreads, and that when waxed no new knots form after day 1!
we pushed him into promising a free wax remover to anyone who used hi wax (ofcourse hi ax removers c[-very expensive, not proven to be effective, and harsh chemicals. he also has a long lit of requirements in order to get it free, so much so that every wax victim has just opted to buy the all natural wax b gone instead.
during year 2 we expanded alot, adding the dreadlocks dating site, as well as offering fre shops to members who are crafty or creative.
this lead to creation of a dread wax remover made by a couple members who were originaly dreadheadhq "sponsored" members (they now say dreadheadhq supporters are very cult like and the "sponsored" meant they were never alowed to tell the truth about the products.
unfortunately due to life issues they discontinur]=ed the wax removal soaps, byt along came a new member who makes awesome dread soaos who developed a new wax rejkmover thats even more effective.
We've saved thousands of dreads along the way, from wax, crochet, twisting causing baldness, and much more. over a million dreadheads have visited the site, and hundreds of thousands (at a gurss) use it regularly as their ony reliable source of dreadlocks info.
in the past year weve witnesed the top dread sites fall from grace, as dreadlocks.com wich has held the number 1 position in google has 1/100th the trafic we have, and almost 100% that viit read only 1 page then leave in disgust. the other "big names" dreadheadhq and knottyboy now combined get 1/5th the traffic we get thats both sites combined.
in the past year 1/2 we've seen a reduction in wax use, where it used to be 1 out of every 3 that joined had used wax, now its closer to 1 in 20!
unfortunately thanks to youtube though crochet use has gone way up as wax use went down.
thanks to all the wonderful members and their dedication to this site we have earned a reputatiion thats lead to almost 1/2 our search r=traffic searching fir info on our site specificly like 1/3 traffic is just searching dreadlockssite and alt more searching stuff like best shampoo for dreads dreadlockssite or loose roots dreadlockssite proving that they feel we are the authority and most reliable source of info.
ofcourse we hac some try ti give us a bad reputatuon toosaying we werent accepting because we wouldnt recomend harmful methods. especialy those who proffitted from the harmful methods.
but then there were others in the industry that recognized the value of the info we provided and many reformed their businesses
one worth mentioning ragingrootsstudios formerly the dreadqueen refuses to provide services like interlocking or wax use instead provides a list of less then ethical locticians willing to do them.
we as a community have had a profound effect on dreadlocks worldwide
and this is just the beginnibg, just 3 years in by the time we reach 10 years i'm certain we will be blown away by how far we've come.
today, on our 3rd birthday as a community i want wach and every 1 of you to turn on the facebook autoshare thing (floating over there on the left)
and share as much of the sites content as you can for the day and lets see if we can't kick off the 4th year with a bang, and double the number we reach for the day.
By shaina, 2012-08-08
By amanda11, 2012-08-08
before i started my locking journey, the color of my hair was a mash-up of a few colors: blonde, red, and light brown. now, my hair seems to just be plain brown. im sure it's just because of the locking process and less light coming off of myhair, making the blonde look dull..i know it's not dingy either...my locks are soft and clean and i wash every 3 days.but i was wondering if making a chamomile tea spray and being outside would help lighten up the color of my locks. i've read places that chamomile tea is good at bringing out the blonde in hair...and i thought it'd feel nice on my locks cuz my scalp gets itchy sometimes...idk i was just curious if anyone has any info feel free to let me know!!!
~peace, love, and dreadlocks~
By Amber 'Blob' Orpin, 2012-08-08
Well hello there! Thanks for popping by
So im hopeing to get dreding by the end of the month, twist and rip mainly but possibly a bit of backcoming as well, but more on this later
I have been using baby shampoo for around 3 months now and after lots of research moving on too Baking soda wash soon. but im a bit confused as to a ratio for it. (any sujestions) and why the vingar wash after the BS? just trying to get a better understanding of things that i can before i dive in (and my friends all want to know)
Sum up to my ramblings:
Ratio for BS wash? Why the vinegar wash what does this do?
Please turn a blind eye to all my spelling and/or grammar mistakes
Safe journey till next time Blob xXx
By Nogawar, 2012-08-07
Today marks my 99th day of natural dreading. Aside from a matted spot where too many locks locked together in "H" forms, my hair is coming along nicely. I'm not sure what to do with the matted area, and my husband (who has a much better view of it than I do) is loathe to mess with that section. So for now, I pull my dreads apart as often as needed (about once a day) and hope the back works itself out somehow. Patience, patience.
By amanda11, 2012-08-07
for quite some time now, my boyfriend and i have been wanting to go on the road. we want to go anywhere and everywhere! see the world with our own eyes we've been doing a ton of research and have been saving money to get ourselves the ultimate van...and as i've searched and read, i've come across a lot of information on rainbow gatherings across the country. my question, to anyone who can answer, is this: do they happen year round? is it possible to travel from gathering to gathering all across the country throughout the year? is anyone has any information on rainbow gatherings, i'd love tohear it i'd like to know anything and everything i can about it...so any information is good information.
if you know anything about living on the road/in a van, i'd love to hear it, too! i'll take all the advice i can get before we set out on our journey
~peace, love, and dreadlocks~
By The Knatty Lioness, 2012-08-07
I initially started my dreads in 2006. A friend spent 4 hours braiding my head. I kept it covered and waxed down due to my job. They locked quickly but I found them to be very heavy. So tyme went on and in search of other ways to cover them I started buying hats. BIG MISTAKE!!!! I bought one at a yard sale. (never buy used) by this tym my locks were down past my shoulders and very very knotty
. My kingman was gone and when i spoke to him about itchy scalp he said "this sometimes happens just keep them covered and oiled if needed.
After 2 months I couldn't take it anymore i went back tp my friend only to find out i had LICE!!!! I went thru 3 months of pure H%$LL trying everything to save my locks, for cutting them to me was not an option. Everything was tried but they just kept coming back, afterresearchingol I found that they were probably laying eggs inside my dreads that couldn't b gotten too with regular treatment. so they kept rehatching.
Finally I let my sister n law treat them with a homemade solution. It was only after it was done that i was told she had injected a weed killer mix into my dreads with a hyperdemic needle. I was shocked a female to a rastaman had used chemicals?! But n the end it did kill the lice it also killed my hair.
Slowly they started falling out they became dry and brittle and nothing helped them. But still i fought to keep them. when my king returned home in 2008 he started treating them and with his help they stopped falling out but could not b healed.
Life went on and so did I just keeping them covered all the time but I noticed no new hair was coming in it was like a dead garden and nothing new was growing. I went back to skewl and got my Associates Degree in accounting. my counselor point blank told me. "you will never get a job in yourfieldwith your hair looking like that, no one will take you seriously"
My kingman told me to ignore her and toper suemy dream after several failed interview I cut my hair n August of 2010. I let my peersconvinceme that they were holding me back. Against my now husbands wishes I went to my daughter and told her to take them off quickly before i changed my mind. Not wanting me to b bald it took her awhile to pick out the front so i would have some hair and she chose the Kate Gosselin cut so that i wouldn't lookbutchered.
I cried like a baby for days i couldn't look at myself in the mirror I just felt plain naked. Like there was a piece of me gone.I take care of his dreads using natural oils when they become a little dry and i have to admit I had started to become jealous of his locks, In the back of my mind I wondered what mine would have been like had i left them alone.
Finally at my husband insistence I stopped going to the salon for trims and just let my hair grow.I keep it in a ponytail or bun because it is so fine and thin. He has been back home for 4 years and i have slowly made my way back into the rastafarian lifestyle, little things like diet and getting back to nature. Finally finding my faith again after denouncing god in 1985. I believed he had turned his back on me so I did the same thing. ( sum pain a 13 yr old child goes thru just can't b healed I struck out at the only person i could and that was god) I also still haven't found a job in myfield (so much for the western hairstyle). But I am working pt..
He came to meSundayand said have you ever thought about regrowing your locks, after a feirce hour arguement of pros and cons. I kept saying you don't have to be dread to be rasta he kept saying it's the only step you have't taken. u know the usualargumentbetween man and woman lol. in the end all i could say is "I couldn't bear to go thru the loss again" Being the kind man he is he simply said "I'm home now and I ill help you take care of them and you won't go thru that again"
10 hrs later there we sat with sore thumbs, tired backs and me with a head full of dreads thanks to the twist and rip method. I feel whole again my hair has so much body and fullness. He laughed when I tried to use a ponytail holder and said "You have way too much hair for that band now" He looks at me in a new light almost and I have a new found respect for myself.
So my advice to anyone with dreads NEVER put used items on your head not hats, wraps or anything else.
Blessed Be The Knatty Lioness
By Myschyf, 2012-08-06
By Obby Lightstick2, 2012-08-06
By Simon Raye, 2012-08-06
Recently I have been thinking more and more about combing out my dreads. School is starting back up soon and I don't want to go through my first year of high school getting so much hate. It would make me sad if I combed them out, but I can't imagine going through a year where all the kids hate me because of my hair.
I mean, maybe dreads just aren't for me.