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How I started my dreadlocks:

By RBN, 2010-06-26
1. Wash hair.2. Dry hair.3. Section the hair. (anything from half an inch to 2 inch squares)4. Backcomb the sections. (took my friends over 11 hours)Maintaining:For the first month or two I pulled the loose hair into the dreads. Then I realised that it wasn't necessary because the hair does that itself in time.Washing:I use baking soda and tee trea oil in a 1 litre jug mixed with water. Pour it over the head and wait for ten minutes before rinsing well. I let it air dry.
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day 52.... and lots of days before that, photos

By Akal Sahai, 2010-06-19
updated finally with dready photos for my timeline:
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New Here.. Day 3 of Dread Babies!

By That Crazy Family, 2010-06-19
Im new to dreads and to the site! Im loving my frizzy baby dreads so far and am looking forward to each journey that they will go through! I did have a few questions...What should I do about the little stray frizzy hairs that are escaping? Is it best to sleep with my dreads covered to keep from getting frizz?What shampoo's are best and recommended? I have heard great things about Knotty Boy, any other suggestions?WooHoo for finding this amazing site, cant wait to browse around it a bit more!!
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5 weeks almost and lovin it =]

By Cavewoman, 2010-06-18
So I'm nearing a month and I'm pretty excited. most of the dreadies on top are staying together and starting to zig-zag and loop and are getting their own personality =] however a lot of the dreads underneath the ones on top completely undreaded and are just locs of hair holding themselves together.I kind of worried about it, though about re-tnring some of them but decided to leave them. a few of them are starting to kind of get some clumps so I know their doing their own thing, and they'll turn out better if I just leave them.There's even a few that separated some hair from itself and seem to be turning into separate dreads.It makes me wonder what my hair would have looked like had i just not brushed my hair for a few days and let my hair separate itself into the sections it wants (which is what I wish I had done but I still love my babies =] )So basically the top of my head is tnr and the bottom is almost like neglect now, I love it! I'm still fuzzy with a bunch of loose hairs but a lot of the loose hairs are stating to form baby dreads =Dmy favorite one is this hair that fell out a dread but is still connected to it. its very thin but you can feel that its a very thin dread. it looks like a thin little dread congo'd to a bigger one, hehe. This journey's so exciting. and I just wanted to write about it so figured a blog post was the best place to do it =]

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my journey to the locks..

By Ras J, 2010-06-18
to begin with the back story.. i began growing my hair a little bit less than two years ago with the intent to grow dreadlocks... i washed it about every two weeks with head and shoulders to control the dandruff.. and didnt really comb it except the occasional picking of my afro... my hair turned out to be thick curly and wavy which i never knew it was untill i grew it out.. ever since i have not wanted to go back to a clean haircut like a fade.. which i seem to find ironic because i am a barber and thats wut i do for a living.. is give haircuts.. clients always ask wen im gonna cut my hair.. i say never if i can help it.. which brings me to the site.. i wish to never cut my hair again.. and you all seem to give me the support that im looking for.. and that i give thanks.. untill my next post.. peace and love..
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Judging Dreds

By cassie gabriel, 2010-06-14
Why do people judge others just cause they have dreds? I rely dont know. Im new to my dreds but ive been thinking bout if i should get them for acouple months. Im happy that i made the decision to get them. In a way, it boosts my confidence up. When people stare at me, i rely dont care. It kinda just makes me laugh looking at their faces staring at me. I think the dreds rely pulled together my personality. Im alot happier with them in.
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Not sure?

By RagguhMuffyn, 2010-06-11
Not sure what to do. I've been depressed for the past few days, which would be understandable if something had happened to influence these feelings. But there's nothing. And to be honest it's very draining. I feel ridiculous typing this up, but I figure that maybe if I express it some way it will make it a little better and help straiten out my thoughts. I don't have much to be sad about, quite the contrary I have a lot to be happy about. Not sure what to do with myself. Yesterday I was on my way home from work and I felt something hit my seat belt. I look in the backseat and on the floor is this little baby bird. Fortunately, I drive with my window down. What a crazy experience. The birds doing fine, for any with concerns. He's outside and I'm hoping he gets strong enough to fly away soon.I don't understand why I feel like this. It makes sense, but I don't understand. And I don't know what to do about it. I know I'll feel better eventually I always do. But I never know how long it'll last. And I don't really want to deal with it. Don't have much of a choice I guess. Been feeling isolated too. So that doesn't help. Anywho, it can always be worse and it can always get better. Toodles.
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"Just want someone to talk to" Lonely and ranting.. read if you want comments appreciated but not neccessary.

By ☮Izzy-licious☮, 2010-06-11
I really hate being alone... I don't mean alone relationship wise either I mean alone alone... being alone in my apartment because my roommate is working and not having the gas to go hang out with someone else... My roommate and I work opposite schedules so I don't get to see her very much.. then when we happen to have time off together her boyfriend is over or she is with him... lately he has really gotten on my nerves and I hate that feeling. It happened often with my old roomie in Tucson's last two boyfriends. He is just joking but it gets disrespectful about the deaf community I hang out with (im learning sign language) saying that they are retarded and dumb and can't talk... which isn't true...Don't get me wrong sometimes you need to be alone and I enjoy it when I need it. At this point however I have had enough of it. It's been about 4 months since I broke up with my boyfriend and I tried being friends with him. That definitely didn't work out because he wanted more and just does stupid shit and pisses me off everytime even a text or anything comes up about him. In Phoenix I only have about 4 friends I can hang out with (or want to I should say) One I live with and the others are very busy or work opposite schedules. One friend is a guy I have liked since H.S. and when we hang out it always seems awkward like we are both too shy so I feel weird asking him to hang out just the two of us. I am not sure how he feels about me at all so I don't want to mess up the friendship. The others either have a significant other or no car so it's hard to hang out with them.I have watched most of the movies I own several many times and I have started creating hair accessories so I can sell them and keep me occupied. Many times my roomie will be off a night where I am home but she is going out with her guy to one of his friends birthdays or just a party. I've tried dropping subtle hints about wanting to meet new people and all that but I never get invited. It all feels exactly like when I was with my ex and never got invited to hang out with my friends because none of them liked him, now he is out of the picture and I am starting to think it was me they didn't like. I know it's not true but it seems weird. Not even an offer to hang. Part of why I want to get out of Phoenix so badly is I know no one here and the people aren't the kind of people I want to be around. This site is they kind of people I want to be around. Downtown Phoenix has alot of artistic and creative people and I am trying to find a second job down there. I did some work with an art festival and met some great people but that festival is only in April so the rest of the year I have nothing like that.This is all starting to really affect me and put me in a deep depression.. I am trying very hard to stay positive about it all. I know it will all work out and things will change and I am trying to look for the opportunities and not wait for it to happen. I said the other day I don't need a boyfriend but I want one. I miss cuddling and having someone to talk to and make me feel special and beautiful. It's especially hard when my roomie has such a fantastic relationship and I hear them in the other room all the time giggling, talking or having sex. Then get left out of things cuz Im a third wheel. I know it's not their intentions but I feel like they are rubbing it in. (Which is not the case at all but I am jealous)I feel like I need a change of scenery move to a new city or to move back to Tucson. I would do theatre because that always seems to get me in a better mood but I cannot afford to do a show since it eats up my nights and weekends and pays very little or nothing at all.At this point I am just rambling and complaining but I needed to put this down. If you took the time to read this I appreciate it.
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got a dream for the summer and kept my dreads

By Andrew Harder, 2010-06-10
So I know awhile back when I joined this site I posted my intro saying that I was worried I might need to cut my dreads to get the job I was trying to get well a lot of you showed concern and support telling me not to cut them. I sure havent haha. My dreads are growing in great, getting tons of cool lil loops and unique quirks to each and every one of them.Well I interviewed for my job almost two months ago now and I didnt hear back from them for several weeks. I had applied as an EMT for a private summer snowboard camp and I was not certified in that state at the time. I completed all the steps I needed to to take the national registry test, took that and passed my first try! I got home from school and received an email telling me that I did not get the job. I was a little bummed but not too surprised because Id been made aware they receive roughly 5-7 THOUSAND applications per summer for around 100 staff positions. so I just moved on and began working on my parents new house at home and just enjoying life.Well there was a big snowboard contest coming up in Portland and I talked to a few friends of mine who had qualified and my buddy and I decided we would drive down there for the weekend together. I had other friends coming from PA, CO, ID, WA, CA and more (like I said, its a pretty big contest). Well corey and I slept the first night in my civic up in Government Camp at the base of Mt. Hood. Well that just so happens to be where the camp Id applied at is. We got up and went to a lil coffee shop there and chilled for awhile since we didnt need to be in Portland for at least six hours and we didnt have anywhere to go there. I decided I would go by the camp office, put my head in the door, introduce myself, shake some hands and get a face-to-face hoping that would help me get a job there possibly next year. Little did I know what the next five minutes would hold.Since it was Friday of Memorial Day weekend the camp directors were not there but I happened to meet a lady there who had only stopped in briefly(if Id come by an hour later or any other time in the next four days, the entire camp would have been desolate). She told me, Youre not going to believe this but one of our EMT staff just bailed on us and we need another one! I couldnt believe my ears! Well a long story short I couldnt get a hold of the camp directors for the next four days. They were camping and had no service I found out later. I rode on the mt Sunday and then met people and camped out and partied for the next few days looking for other jobs in the area. Tuesday morning I finally talked to the guys in charge and they told me well actually, we are not for sure hiring another EMT, but we might. Call me in two days. So on that note I drove home to Idaho and started working for my dad again. I called them back Thursday and I got the job! I drove back down here three days later.Im currently going through staff training week and getting all the medical supplies organized ect. Every day I realize more so how great I have it here. For one thing the camp buys a season pass for each of their staff. These passes cost $865 for the summer. On top of that as part of the medical staff I get a pass to cut lines. Only a handful of people on the whole mountain get this privilege. I also get paid more than double what a lot of the staff do(I still dont get a lot but its a very expensive operation to run). I share a house with one guy and have a room to myself. Many veteran staff have to share a room with 1-3 people. 8 diggers live in one giant room! Everyone loves being here and wouldnt trade it for anything. I just feel so blessed to be given this opportunity to provide care, share knowledge, and create a fun environment for kids snowboarding all summer. My dreads were not a problem at all and they are just doing their thing and continuing to change and grow. Every moment we are so busy preparing for camp. I'm always trying to offer to help out with whatever i can and try to keep making a good, hardworking impression. Im bursting with excitement to see what the next few months hold.
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The journey begins AGAIN

By Jo, 2010-06-08
So lately, too much bad things were happening around me. I ended up getting frustrated with my developing locks and brushed them out (that took a couple days of combing btw) then I felt like I didnt belong here because I was dreadless. (Which I know isnt the case, but its hard to get over yourself sometimes lol) So I disappeared for a while.Also lately, I've realized that life is too short. I cant keep procrastinating things, because life doesnt wait. It will pass you by if you let it. And I definitely dont want life to pass me by. Lately I've felt like I've just been stuck in limbo. and it's time to get outta the rut and start living life to the fullest again. Which definitely includes a new set of dreads. I read a discussion on here. I forget who posted it. But it was all about parents pushing you to do what they want. And I can definitely relate. I always try and keep my parents happy, but no matter what I do, they arent happy anyways. So I'm living my life for me and my family (my husband and my daughter)As I was writting this my one year old just walked across the livingroom for the first time.I think I need to live my life more like a child or an animal. Living in the moment, not holding grudges and celebrating the small things.
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