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9 months in.. New Dreadhead!!!

By Jody Cruz, 2012-10-02
First blog post.. I'm Jody and I'm 9 months in after starting from double strands.. Before that had braids which were very long. Anybody else started from double strand twists??
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Crazy curls that make me anxious for the final result

By Diego F., 2012-10-01

Hello people! I'm in the fourth month of my journey, i have curly hair, and the lenght of my hair is crazy [varying from 4 inches to 8 inches], wash it every 2 days with bs/acv, and i'm not messing with my hair...

I have only few loops popping since the last 15 days, on the back and on the top of my head [that look a lot like "pig tails", but i find them cute], and the rest of my hair are just these firm sections [far from hard, or knotted/looped, but even the strongest water rinse can't undo them] that now are getting curlier than ever, that's amazing, because, it's like my curls are alive, but i'm anxious of how my hair will look like when it really dreads...

What frustrates me is that... my hair is very curly and i'm doing everything right, in the beginning i thought that in the fourth month my hair would have at least some few things that i could call as dreads [i have 2 or 3 but they are really really thin], but now i have those crazy things...

Maybe it's an lenght issue...

Even annoyed because of this anxiety about my hair and my future dreads, i still love all of my hair, all of my crazy and curly sections, and i don't plan to cut my hair even in the far future!

Let's see some pics!

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Newbie here

By paul karns, 2012-10-01

Hi Everyone,

I am newbie here, Going to start my first post here,

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The early years

By Amber 'Blob' Orpin, 2012-10-01

Alljourneys have to start somewhere.

I can't precisely remember when the idea of having dreds came about, it feels like the idea has always been there floating around for as long as i can remember. Most friday eveings you could find me Plaitting (braiding) my hair for the weekend ready for what ever it had in store. The first time someone with dreadlocks hit my radar was 1999 (making me roughly 10) in the from of Faye Tozer Not the best picture i know. I remember seeing her hair and insatley wanted to know more about dreds. All of a sudden there was a way to have platied hair all the time, and it was beautifull. I always felt a sort of freedom when i had my hair in platis. It's hard to discribe really. Something about it just made me feel complete, free, more myself.

Next up on the dred-sparation was Christina Aguilera and her 2nd album StrippedThe days of 'Beautiful' and 'Dirty' brought dreds back in to my life and there they took a firm hold and i promised my self one day i would have them.

I put the idea of dreds on the back burner of a long time while i was at sixth form then collage, i was taking the idea of becoming a actor very serioulsy so i held off getting the piercings and tattoos i wanted and kept my hair simple to accomodate any roles that might come my way. After collage i went to uni down Devon way and while there re-kindled my love affair with dreds.

To be continued. . .

Safe journey till next time

Blob xXx

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SEBORRHEIC DERMATITIS! :( :( need urgent help, please read this, ANY feedback is appreciated!

By Allan Welch, 2012-10-01

hey guys! this is urgent! i've been using the teatree and romseary bar soap and it's works great for my dreadlocks. but my seborrheic dermatitis is getting out of control. red inflammed flaky skin over my hairline, forehead, nose, eyebrows, inside ears, infront and behind ears, upper neck and most of all over most of my scalp. i really need to find something that works asap. so far here is the things i have tried that haven't worked: tea tree oil, lavender oil, rosemary oil, jojoba oil, oregano oil, baking soda and acv. those are the main ones i've tried others but can't remember them. now when i was first getting it i did actually trying using selsun gold just on my scalp and it worked great! and i am thinking of just trying it again by putting the shampoo into a sauce bottle and squirting it just onto my scalp/face/affected areas and then leaving it in for 5 mins or so then rinsing it off REALLY WELL and then using the teatree and romseary bar and the baking soda with oils in a pitcher and putting only my dreads in it and i'll make sure that none of it touches my scalp/face/affected areas and then i'll leave it for 10 mins then i'll rinse out reallllly good. would the baking soda and the teatree and rosemary wash and rinse after the selsun gold wash get away of any residue from the selsun gold?? I this is a good idea for me to try? I have been putting up with this for a good year now....every morning having to pick big flakes of dandruff out of my dreads and loose and hair at the start of the dread. I'm not going to cut off my dreads for now but I am soooo desperate!! Any feedback is GREATLY appreciated :):):)

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dying the dread locks!

By Javon "Kidd Apollo" Porter, 2012-09-30

I want to dye my dreads lighter..just a bit...i want a natural look to them as it is in my picture althou it doesnt show the lightness unless i am in the sunlight. I want to only die the tips also...let me know of great ways that are not bleaching or dying but more of lightning..i know of lemon juice..i do not want peroxide tho

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Brushing Out Dreads Question *Just Curious*

By Kayla Jensen, 2012-09-30

so I was just curious about something i thought of this morning.. since your hair shrinks when you dread it when you brush it out do you get back thelengthof your hair or does it stay short?

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Got my shampoo

By Shamra Lucky-Rose Chapman, 2012-09-29

Got it finally and used it also got my neem seed oil lavender and tea tree by the way neem seed oil smells super yuk xp my kids told me as well thats okay it will do its job and thats the main point I love the shampoo nag champa liquid and cant wait to use my bar soap godess should be great also go the gel so I can control my natural curls that are up front without having to use something I really dont want near my hair like moose yuks.

Also using the liquid on my son to help his little head dread up a little quicker very very nice and he likes the smell as well so thats good.

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2 month old dreads

By DJ Gord, 2012-09-29
Hey, i've had my dreadlocks for 2 months i am african american my hair is extreamly curly and thick . It seems every time i get my hair retwisted it crawls back aloose? The only part what doesnt come loose are the tips i used the 2 strand method . Any tips or advice about what to expect in the next month?? Help im starting to think this isnt gonna work.
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How I came to the point of dreading: Enjoy loves :)

By Dee4, 2012-09-27

I had lost track on how long I have been dreading had to look back on my calendar to check on the date. April the 9th 2012. Wow I remember thinking about it for a long time till that day I said it shall be done. I was going thru so much stuff that now I can talk about with out becoming emotional and breaking down to pieces. On October 12th 2011, while at work I started feeling chest pain and as a nurse you know that chest pain is not normal or a good sign specially followed by numbness of the limbs. My 12 hour shift started out as usual at the local hospital, then at noon my heart rate went all crazy and my chest began hurting. I spoke to my manager at that time and was sentdownstairs to the emergency room and was seen by the doctor real quick then I strated to become foggy and dizzy.The top of my scrubs were split down the middle and I blacked out for what felt like hours. I woke to the sound of an EKG machine beeping and with an oxygenbeing fed thrumy nostrils.I turn to look at the machine and my heart rate was at 142 bpm. Surounded by nurses I asked what was going on and they toldme to relax I closed my eyes and could feel my heart beating in my head. I though I was having a heart attackuntil the doctor walked in and told me to sit up. He explained that what had just happened was not a heart attack but, a severe anxiety attack. I was so scared because it had never happened before so many questions raced thru my head why me why now why with out a warning what triggered it. So the doctor decided to give me a pill to slow down my heart rate n calm me down. I began to ask so many questions he told me to relax and lay down. Which I did and the pill that was given to me (xanax) knocked me out for two hours I woke up again and my heart rate was at 68 which is in the normal range. Soon after that I was having anxiety/panic attacks several times a day lasting about 2 hours at a time. I tooksick leave for2 months after the2 months were over, I went back to my job and wasconstantly having to leave the floor to relax or take a pill. Soon after that I quit my job and was home for 7 month trying to figure out how to control what my body wasdoing. Eventually I figured I needed a change while meditating I pictured myself with dreadlocks, a state of well being and at peace with myself. Soon after I looked up a person who said" I can make dreadlocks" not really knowing much about the subject I went to see this person. He used back combing and wax in my hair I just let it be as I knew I was starting a journey on a path that I would be walking down on my own. Soon after that I found this site removedthe wax using dawn dish soap and hot water (so glad the wax was not the thick kind but, more like vasaline) soon after I removed therubber bands. Nowmy dreads have been free forming for a little over 4 months I think time really does not matter when it comes to dreading is something I have learned from people that have dreaded for a long time. Now my med intake has reduced drastically and I carry a pill with me just in case and knowing that I have it eases my mind a bit. I rarely feel anxious now and when I do I run my hands thru my hair and I automatically become relaxed. I found a new job whenmy dreads where at a very young stage my boss really did not mind as I control the frizz as much as possible. I love how people take second looks at me when I wear my scrubs and have my dreads down. My patientsget a kick out ofthem. I feelthatI am very happy with myself, my job and my life. I at that point where I know exactly when my body will decide it is going to freak out lmao.. You know I just do not worry about it (anxiety/panic attacks)any more I know what is going on and know it will go as quick as came. Today we had very heavy rain and I stood outside in the middle of the yard anddid standing meditation while the rain poured down on me (glad I was not hit by lighning) I felt at ease and sort of felt like my body was being cleansed of some stress I was holding on to from work. My dreads feel awsome and so soft right now I feel great.. Beliving in a higher power (not just God) helped me a bunch, knowing that my body is just a vessel for my spirit andundertanding myself has changed me so much in a year. It was not just about the dreads or the meditation or medication, this is me at my true form a child of the planet roaming free I constantly tell myself I do what I want to do with out holding back. I have met new friends let go of negative people. I am now know as the free spirit. Ok well to whom ever took the time to read all of this thank youfor your time and may your higher power (which exists with in you) take you to a place of freedom as it has taken me...

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