If you're from shaolin (staten island, nyc), holla. This is my neglect timeline, keeping it really short sweet and simple...
Method used : Neglect/Separation
Products used : Dr. Bronners/Dreadshampoo.com/Selsun blue (once or twice a month for scalp), Water
Hair type : Curly, I'm puerto rican with hair on the more "kinkier" side for lack of better terms, so hair tends to get dry often, I wet it everyday, But I wash it 2-3 times a week with Dr. Bronners peppermint, sometimes more depending on work.
Little things that help me : Tam. Tam that shit up at night...helped me ALOT. Again don't let hair get too dry...needs moisture, but do not condition! Separate as often as you need because if you have hair similar to mine it will dread FAST. Shake dry out of the shower, let hair in front of a fan for a bit. Oh and if your hair is shoulder long...grow it out longer...I'm telling you, long hair dreads so much faster. at least 3 inches under the shoulders, if you're hair is not dreading very fast, probably because of length.
Advice : I have tried ALL methods...all of which i ended up cutting. I have used wax, i have crocheted and backcombed, I have even gone to a salon where they put fake hair in my hair in order to thicken it so it would dread. I have used beeswax, lime and mango gels...all of that...it doesn't work, only builds up, stinks and oils the hair to prevent dreading. Backcombing is the biggest waste of time, so is TnR...they FALL OUT and THEN start to dread...so instead of waiting for them to fall out and then dread, just leave them for at least 5-6 months. You will see how fast it goes by. Crochet is DAMAGING. Wax.......just think about it.....it's WAX dude....it's friggin WAX. That shit don't wash out! I have attempted dreads many times over, over a span of 6-7 years. This is the first time I love them and I feel confident and happy about how fast they are progressing.
BE PATIENT!!!!! AND WASH!!!! THAT"S IT!!!
Day One/Week One :
yeah i work at trader joes...and i love pizza...and my tam....and my flannel pjs....ok lol
how I wear it at work, just a band to keep it out of my face, let it run wild!
3 Months: LOTS OF PROGRESS BY 3 MONTHS!!! PIC HEAVY!
lots of clumping, loops galore!!! sections!!! I now have to separate after every wash and every morning.
Length...it was soooooo short I'm so happy, will update again in my 6th month!
4 MONTHS!!!! Update 10/28/2014
Just getting tighter and less frizzy by the day. Lots of clumps and loops...lots of solidity throughout the dread. more definition. LOTS OF SHRINKAGE!
some hair towards the side of my head, by my ear, is taking especially long to even just curl, if it doesn't dread that's okay...it's kinda nice to have some loose hair. overall, I'm happy...it's going fast. I'm enjoying the hell out of this journey. I've gotten ALOT of ridicule, stares, and comments but I know I live in a place where ignorance is bliss...every once in a while though when I am discouraged the universe will send a rasta or someone who is free forming my way...very rarely but always when I need to see...and I don't feel so alone. i'm staying strong, and when they are long and mature...I would know I have earned them.
VIDEO UPDATE BELOW!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!5 MONTHS!!!!!!!!!! BUT FIRST! this is me RIGHT at the very very beginning, still brushing at this point!
JUST 5 Months, fresh, just out of the shower...
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> 5 MONTH VIDEO UPDATE here!
updated by @jessica-reyes: 02/14/15 09:49:14AM