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Almost one year old: feelings

By ashley walker, 2012-10-14
This blog is brought to you by my phone. So if this fucks up that's why..Next month it will have been a year since I began dreading and it's sort of an anticipated day as if something magical will happen to my dreads. But anyways I'm still being patient on the growth I'm pretty sure that they're done shrinking. I have not time for maitnance in college, which is good and bad. I'm washing less frequently and separating less frequently so that can be a problem. It would be easier if I could use bar soap but I dont know what would be good to use. I have an all natural bar soap I use for my body but I don't know if that would be good for my hair. Maybe I'll post ingredients later. I get compliments all of the time here I've even gotten sang too. There's only one other person who has Caucasian hair with dreads on campus, hers look really new still, kinda cool maybe we will talk. Sometimes I feel a bit self conscious about my dreads even though everyone seems to like them, but I think it's just the fact I don't do much with em anymore. I'll never get rid of them but sometimes I wonder what it'd be like to shave my head. I think it's just a mental phase. I remember about four or five months in I was a little bummed about having dreads. But it passed. I can't wait for them to start getting long though I'm tired of this short hair. Well short for me. My hair is kind of thin in the back and I don't really like that what can I do? I guess that's just the way it is I dunno.
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End of Day 12

By Autumn2, 2012-10-12

So there have been some big developments. Turns out, my baby dreads have started to affect me from the inside before they start showing on the outside. Because today I did two things that I would not have had the braveness to do previously.

First, I signed up for a yoga class and went. (Had a great time.) Then, I ended up staying for a kirtan afterwards. It was the first one that I ever went to, and I had an even better time! In fact, the guy that was playing sitar / guitar even mentioned the Rainbow Family. In so many ways, I just was being sent messages from the Universe to unblock my mind and heart and to embrace my true self. So awesome. Seriously. And it all started here.

So thank you.

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Antler beading blawg

By Adam ford, 2012-10-12
Soooo... I'm gonna show y'all how to make some ringlets... :)
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Day 12

By Autumn2, 2012-10-12

So day 12, and it seems like my hair is finally starting to really section and knot up. However it is only sectioning and knotting up from the bottom 1/2. Is this normal?

At any rate and regardless... it is another good hair day. I washed this morning. Gently shook dry and I was off and ready to go for the day. Feel great. And I am off from work today and tomorrow. YAY!

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Anthropological Study of Dreads

By Star Gryphon, 2012-10-12

I've already mentioned several times in different comments that I have made that I have a bachelors degree in Anthropology.

This is just an idea....

But I think it would be interesting to do some sort of research paper/study on the culture of dreadlocks. You need to have an unique thesis when you are a masters student. To earn your masters you have to be contributing something new to your discipline.


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By TR, 2012-10-12

can anyone show me what a loop this size will look like eventually... Will it ever fix itself? Does it depend what method my dreads were done?

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New to this and need advice :)

By Breanna2, 2012-10-11
So I'm only about a month and a half in with the neglect method. I have been using Burt's bees gud shampoo and washing once a week. I'm starting to see them forming which is awesome but I've been having a very annoying itchy scalp and dandruff. I've never had problems with dandruff or anything before and don't really know what to do about it without using a shampoo with residue in it. It's starting to drive me crazy though! Brushing my hair at this point is not an option, I'm along for the journey. :) any advice??
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One of those days...

By Marlee Batchelder, 2012-10-11

Hey all,

This post is more of a relieved rant than anything else. Today was horrible. I get back a test which I failed and have very little faith in passing when I take it again. I realized that the college of my dreams may flat out be too expensive to be realistic (even though it was practically MADE for me and I am absolutley confident I can get in). I had a counseling session for my non-existant drug/alcohol problems-apparently whether or not it was my fault, when I am in a car accident and have minute amounts of weed and wine in my car I still have over a THOUSAND dollars in fines and fees to pay. (There goes what I did save all summer for college) I got absolutley nothing done academically because I had too much other shit to do. I could continue...but I'll spare you...

There were only two things that got me through the day.

1) Trevor Hall

WATCH THIS^ This is not a question or a request.

2) My dreaddies :) someone came up to me today and asked if I was dreading my hair..which means my hair is forming enough for people to notice. Which is amazing.

Also, another story I hope you guys can appreciate the way I do....

I have a buddha necklace that is leather and the pendent is probably 2 by 2 inches wide/tall and maybe an inch deep. I've had it for months. Its made from just an old buddha that these two guys found and made into a necklace (it's what they do). And I lost it last weeknd. I took it off to play frisbee with some friends and ended up forgetting it in the grass, going back an hour later to find it already discovered by someone else. I was really upset at first. And then I realized- I didn't love that necklace because I enjoyed posessing it. That necklace was important to me because of what it meant, what it stood for, what it reminded me of. Maybe it had already taught me what I needed to learn from it. Even though I am still sad that I can't proudly wear it around my neck and enjoy the aesthetics of it,I wonder who gets to wear it now with enthusiasm. Maybe my buddha can teach someone else all that he taught me. Maybe more, maybe new lessons. I think it was just time for it to leave me. He was ready to seek out his next student.

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Starting to hate my hair...

By Rainbow Fortune, 2012-10-11

Well, it's 14 months for me today. I love my dreadies, even though they are not really that.

They don't look like that. At all. When I lift a part of my hair up, you can kinda see them, but when my hair is down, as it normally is, it just looks messy. Now, that wouldn't be a problem if I was at, I don't know, 6 months, or even 9. But I'm 14 months in, and for the past 4, nothing has happened.

Literally - nothing. One of them has maybe moved a loop a bit up, and that's it.

I am unemployed, and I really need a job. I realize they cannot discriminate against spirituality/religions, but I'm not even sure there is something like that in Serbia (regarding the law), and even if there is, they would never tell me I did not get the job because of my hair.

After the interview, they just don't call back. And even if I were to ask, the valid reasons they can give me is that I have no working experience in that field. Which is true. But in order to get experience, somebody has to hire me. And to get the job, I have to have experience... And so on. Catch 22.

So, I love them and I hate them.

Aaand, winter is coming, and I can't sit indoor all day drying my hair.

This is my hair last night,

and this is my hair 10 minutes ago, sunlight an all. And it's wet, so it's supposed to be more defined than usual, but... Well, you can see.

If I were to comb them out, which I believe I will do, I will keep a couple of them. The two behind my ears which are the the only mature ones I have (they have been that way for a looong time), I sometimes tie them back to keep the hair out of my face. And maybe a few more special ones.

But I'm afraid I'll regret it. On the other hand, I've been thinking about this for months.

It kinda frightens me that I used to break up with boyfriends and completely cut them out of my life after only a week of doubting the relationship, and I cannot bring myself to comb my hair after months of thinking about it. That sounds rather wrong...

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By Brooke McGibben, 2012-10-10

I think I am being overly paranoid I posted another picture and this is just after I rinsed them. Is the root suppose to look like this?

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