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Day 10 ramblings

By Autumn2, 2012-10-10

So, no one in real life has noticed (or at least said anything about it yet) that I have stopped combing my hair. It will be very interesting to me to find out when someone is going to make the first comment. (Hopefully it won't be brutal, and perhaps even maybe will be positive. One can hope.)

I did a lot of gardening tonight to try and clean the yard up a bit, and I feel better about it now. Got eaten up a bit more by mosquitoes. Summer is over here now but they are still hangin' on.

Don't think I am going to wash the hair tonight, but I may just soak it in the tub. With perhaps a bit of BS (baking soda, that is) and ACV. Good for the skin as well as the hair! :P So maybe that does count as washing? Anyhoo.

Any ideas on how I could decoratively cover up my bathroom mirrors? I was thinking maybe some nice fabric or something. Or maybe some large posters. That would be cool.

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By Coloursnrainbows, 2012-10-10
This website and everyone talking. Make me feel bad for the choice I had made to backcomb my hair to begins dreads... Now I feel like I have done something really wrong. I have had two other sets that were back combed and they were gorgeous. So why am I know feeling GULITY with this new set... :(.
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:) 1 month 2 weeks and people are..

By Xephyre (Nae), 2012-10-09
Noticing I am starting dreads! Maybe 3 people so far! There were some who just said "cool hair! I like your hair!" :). I am so happy to be doing this. I feel comfortable with the fact that I will have dreads. I was never comfortable with my hair before. I have found my thing :)
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By Autumn2, 2012-10-09

So, I feel kind of depressed right now. I really hope that I am not on a false trail here with the idea of going for these neglect dreads. I mean, many times with many other things I have not been able to follow through. Especially when it comes to patience. But I REALLY want this. So I am going to stick it out for now, even through the rough times. I am going to give everything over to mother nature and just let things run their course.

I am going to drink my hot tea, enjoy not being at work, feel the feeling of my toes in socks without shoes, and enjoy the cooler night temperatures that fall has brought. I am going to cede control of my hair and try to just forget about it for a while. Maybe I will even tape over the mirrors and just let vanity completely go. Isn't that part of the point, after all?

Sigh. There is always so much room for progress. But at the same time, while I realize that, I just want to be in the moment now and enjoy it while it lasts.


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Day 9

By Autumn2, 2012-10-09

Best parts: Not combing hair is great, scalp itchiness and grubbiness issues seem to be working themselves out, enjoying washing every 3-4 days versus every day, enjoying using way less hair products, enjoying more volume. Feels great.

Worst parts: Hair doesn't look like it is necessarily doing anything, but I guess it has its own schedule.

Other observations: I think that my hair sections out better with the bs and acv washes, but the bs really makes my scalp flare up. So far, the best combo was the recipe that I found from nescalocs youtube where the baking soda, acv, sea salt, lemon juice etc. was all mixed together in the sink and used as a soak. That did not bother my scalp at all, in fact, it calmed it down quite a bit. I had a lot of build up from the bs though after only using it for a week and thus had to wash with shampoo 1 time (I bought a special clarifying organic shampoo with no cones or moisturizing ingredients, so hopefully I wasn't undermining my progress). Anyhoo, at least the scalp is at a tolerable level.

I know it's stupid, but the one thing that gives me hope is that even fine, soft dog's hair will dread when it is long. So if their hair can dread, so can mine. I just gotta keep pluggin' along. The combs and brushes are in the drawers for now, but maybe when I get further along in this journey I will just gift them to someone else or otherwise altogether get rid of them. After all, I don't think I will ever be needing them again!

Minimalism strikes again! :P

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Going One By One

By Polly Shalom, 2012-10-09

I've always be a fan of dreads and been on the fence on whether I wanted them or not.
July 31st, I created my first dread on my left temple using the backcomb method. As I did not have a proper comb to do it, I did not get satisfactory results. So I did more research on alternate ways of dreading and tried the Rip and Tear method. On August 4th of this year I uncombed my original dread and did it again. Sadly, it came out thinner due to some pulled out hair.. I planned on only keeping that one dread, but as one of my friends put,

"Dreads are addictive. Once you made one, you'll want to make more."

And he was right. On September 20th I created my second dread on my right temple. They are my two babies and they are the only dreads I have now.

I do plan on dreading my whole head. I just don't know how I would like to go about it. My hair is at mid back and I really want it to grow down to my butt. So I'm stuck with the decision of whether to dread all my hair now, let it grow then dread it, or continue going one by one. As of my maintenance, I was palm rolling them, but noticed it didn't help and after research and this site's Dreaducation, I've definitely decided to just leave them alone and let them do their own thing.

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Hey everyone help support!

By Coloursnrainbows, 2012-10-09
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Taking the step

By hummingbirds, 2012-10-09
Decided 4 days ago to give up on taming my hair and leave it be, and now hopefully I'll grow some beautiful locks! I've tried all my life to make my hair look the way I want it to, which is basically the opposite of what it is naturally; thick, curly like a telephone cord, brown and superdry (wondering where those genes came from since my family is of Scandinavian origin...). I wanted it to be straight, colorful and voluminous so I've been abusing it with straighteners, products, dyeing, hairspray and a lot of teasing, constantly since I turned 13. I've hated my natural hair to death and even straight-perming it which ruined it completely. It's been damaged and torn to the point where I thought it would fall off (which it kinda did to some extent).But now I've realized that there's really no point. Why should I care so much about my appearance, what other people think of the way I look, to the point where I'm fighting my inheritage and destiny, really? I want to be happy. I don't want to spend hours everyday on fighting what grows on the top my head just to fit in to what society claims is "pretty", "normal" and "the way to be or prepare for people questioning you". I don't care anymore what people think of me as I walk past them. I just care about my happiness, health, friends and love.To cut to the chase, I'm taking this step to prove to myself, not anyone else, that I can let go of control, that I can let things be the way they should and that there are more important things in life than what people think of me. I'm not perfect and I don't need to be.I'm looking forward to this journey and to see my hair grow the way it wants to. It will do me good, I think.
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New lox

By Aria, 2012-10-08
So I just put dreads in my hair 33 days ago now. Did them mostly myself other than the hard to reach places on the back of my head. It took me a long time to fully commit because everyone around me was always saying 'are u sure ur ready to cut ur hair off when it's all over?' And 'ur hair is really gonna start to smell' and ' once u do it there's no going back'. I had all these fear inducing comments flying around my brain for almost a year. I wanted dreads but was scared. I was scared because I didn't know enough (anything) :p about dreads. Only what rumors fly around about them. I decided to do an online hunt myself for the truth about dreads. That's when I found out that dreads can be a lifestyle. A hobby. A big change. A project to love and care about and watch it grown and change. And that dreads are NOT at all what people generally think and say about them. After I felt that I understood the more realistic world of dreading and not the rumors and stereotypes. I just woke up one morning and sat on my couch and started twistig'n'ripping my hair into my new dreads. Never made an announcement to friends and family befor I started so they were all quite startled. In fact strangely enough I'd have to say that many people in my life after seeing my dreads for the first time had a look of deep concern as if I'd just made some terrible rash decision that I could never turn back from. As ecstatic as I am and have been since day one of my dreads, there are still people that are clearly convinced that I just haven't woken up to the harsh reality of my dreads. Must point out now that my mother is crazy in love with them as is my wonderful dad, sister,brother, and a few other close family members and co-workers :)
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My Dreadlock Journey

By Kristy B, 2012-10-08
I started my dreadlocks on my own May 16, 2010. I've always expressed myself through my hair, and knew it was finally time to take this personal step and lock my hair as I grew spiritually and mentally. I moved to the White Mountains in AZ and spent a lot of time meditating, venturing into new places, and focusing on myself. It has been 2.5 years since the beginning of my dread journey and I love my head! There are days I want my old hair back, but that feeling quickly fades. Sometimes when I do get tired of the big head of hair I look at others' dread pics. It's so inspiring.My worst experience was when a bee got caught in a dread!! The buzzing in my ear freaked me out! My friend helped get it out :)I absolutely have NO regrets about my dread journey. The longer I have them the more I am connected with them. Whether it be through hair, art, music, style, personality... It is important to always be in tune with expressing Oneself <3
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