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Dreaducation: learning the hard way.

2011-10-16
By: Dreadfern
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Hello everyone! My name's Caroline and i've had dreads for a little over four months, and am currently in the process of combing them out. My current situation has invaded my mind for the past week and i decided that i really wanted to write it all down, so i can see my thoughts, and i figured i might as well share it with anyone that cares. To anyone considering dreadlock EXTENSIONS; this is for you.

I have been wanting dreads since my senior year of high school (2008). when i would see anyone with dreads i would literally stare at them, admiring them, i thought they were so beautiful and rad. there was something about people who had dreads that i wanted to be a part of. so four months ago, i started researching dreadlock extensions. i knew i wanted long, full dreads with tons of beads and yarn and decorations. I also know that i can be extremely impatient so i decided to do it. 4 hours sitting in a chair and 600 dollars later i would have insta-dreads! ...yep, 600 big ones. it was human hair, which i liked, it felt more natural. Anyways, I was very pleased with the finished product. for the four months that i had them i highly enjoyed decorating them, experimenting with hair styles, etc etc. But just recently i started to feel a void. I joined dreadlockssite and started looking at pictures and watching videos on youtube about people that let their hair naturally dread. And it took a while to finally admit it, but i realized that i had dreaded my hair for all the wrong reasons (so i personally felt). I felt immediately disconnected from my dreads. 50% of them weren't even my hair. Sure it was fun putting beads in and wrapping them with yarn, but i skipped years of the journey. I had instant gratification, and because of that i was bored with them already. I didn't get to watch them grow from babies, i didn't allow them to form their own personalities, i didn't even have a favorite one. they all pretty much looked the same. I didn't love them. And i enviously watched videos of people who adored their naturally grown dreads. After that, my hair felt like straw. it was heavy. and annoying. like a burden attached to my head. which is NOT how one should feel about their dreads. unless they have had them for decades and are ready to say goodbye. I decided not to waste anymore time- i decided to comb those bitches out. and as i write this, i have half a head of dreads and half a head of regular hair. it looks quite ridiculous, honestly. when i'm finished combing them out, (which has taken three days so far and i am half done..) i'm going to leave my hair alone and grown natural, neglect method, free dreadies. I'm anxious to see what they will do, and let nature take it's course.

so children, the moral of my story i guess... The harder you work for something, the more you will appreciate it :)

and if you're considering getting dread extensions, i highly recommend not doing it. unless you are confident that you don't want to be spiritually connected to them, or you don't plan to have them for very long. I'm hoping to reach out to those people because i don't want you to have to learn the hard way like i did. Thank you- if you actually took the time to read my story! :) I hope you have a glorious day.

Kara Simpson
03/15/12 06:17:28PM @kara-simpson:

this story makes me appreciate my dreads even more and I am starting to realize that they truly become an emotional attachment


ExaltHimx7
10/16/11 04:44:02PM @exalthimx7:

xo Chica and God Bless your continuing journey']


☮ soaring eagle ॐ
10/16/11 04:11:03PM @soaring-eagle:

very well said they do gain something along the way that simplty cant be bought no matter how much $ u spend on them


Dreadfern
10/16/11 04:06:46PM @dreadfern:

Blair, yes yes it took me some time to realize that the journey is what it's all about! at first i kinda had this "F that" attitude and didn't want to wait. but i see now that you grow with your dreads, and as they mature they hold something in them deeper than hair or string or beads..


Blair Joseph Ripperger
10/16/11 03:59:18PM @blair-joseph-ripperger:

Just remember that natural dreads take longer to lock up but they are indeed fun to watch andgrow from day 1. so patience is the essence. to be honesti barely can calm my self from what is going to happen in the next 3 years, i just dont have very much patience but i think will survive. :)


Dreadfern
10/16/11 03:59:13PM @dreadfern:

Kelsey thank you so much, I'm glad others can admit to making the same mistake! To be perfectly honest- your videos were some of the ones that brought me to this decision, you helped me long ago without even meaning to and i am so grateful:) your dreads are just lovely. I hope mine look just as beautiful someday...


Dreadfern
10/16/11 03:51:57PM @dreadfern:

Thank you for the feedback and uplifting words:) and especially for the 3 day long hug, I would hug you back, but my hands are busy combing out these awful dread extensions ;) An update is most definitely in order!!


Kelsey Joy
10/16/11 03:51:53PM @kelsey-joy:

our stoires are very simular!! i at first crochet in my dreads and had instant dreads it took me like 10 hours, i had them for 4 1/2 months but all the time i was constanly thinking what it would have been like if i let it grow naturally..so one day i combed them all out on impluse, and 3 days later after i had fun brushing my hair and having it all soft and curly again, i started my natural journey did nothing but stop brushing my hair and wash it... i am now 9 months into my neglect journey and i absolutly love my locks and ive loved every stage of them! new changed every day! :) i know you will be happy with the choice you made aswell!!


☮ soaring eagle ॐ
10/16/11 03:46:04PM @soaring-eagle:

well i understand how you feel so i wont say sorry for your loss and instead just say congrats on a new beginning

i hope in another 4 months you write a new discussion on the comparison between the 2 experiences

i guess ui can give ya a 3 day lng hug to get u through tyhe ret of the combing out


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