Warning I do not know how to use forum's at all but really wanted a bit of support on this new journey of mine. And also a place to ask questions since I'm also fairly clueless about dreads! Thankfully I found this site right off the bat and even though if already read the "use crochet hooks or twist and rip' but my whole purpose in starting this is sort of in support for the other major changes i've been making in my life the past few years, which has been to embrace a more natural lifestyle.
I got sick a few years ago and literally believed I was dying but medically speaking I was a mess! Too many modern interventions and treatments advertised as The way to deal with my many health issues. Needless to say I suffered the consequences of an arrogant medical community that absolutely has the tech to save lives but has no respect for foundational/root causes nor natural alternatives and are terribly NOT open minded. I'm embarrassed to admit it took me til I was almost 50 yrs old and dead before I woke up.
I don't blame the doctors (our educational system spits them out with a very unblanaced knowledge base!) But a system that's set up to be a business with money at the root, well you can draw your own conclusions but hopefully you enter any interactions with the medical community with a healthy ability to questions and research and confirm before f following along blindly!!
Sorry off that soapbox.
My hair has suffered over the years as well, not just from my lack of ignorance but also from my body breaking down and being malnurished. I've relearned how to best fuel my body and while I'm not a vegetarian I definitely follow a whole foods, plant based diet. And it's been incredible to watch my body respond once it had good fuel!! My hair was still falling out in huge amounts (literally enough to make a small furry creature out of my daily trail!) I stopped dyeing it (but had used all types of colors for years) and had a fair amount of damage from that. I learned to use less toxic products but that's been evolving too. I started shampooing maybe once a week which seemed good enough for my poor hair. Deciding to do dreads was also a process but some of it was practical. I prefer the natural neglect (as I went to not using makeup and allowing my body to grow hair wherever and however it wanted to!) I didn't like to spend much time trying to make it look presentable when most often it seemed to have a mind of its own. And then I thought if I did dreads maybe that would be a good use of all this hair I keep loosing (like let them create some volume by bring used as knots! Maybe that doesn't really work or make sense but it was a thought along the way!!
Sorry too much info im sure. I am an artist so I do need my hair to stay out of my face and way, plus it's fairly hot these days so I do put it up more then I've read is best. That was one of my questions was best ways to not hide it, but to keep it out of the way. I burned the tip of my braid cooking over an open fire so I've learned the hard way to keep it back. It was almost always in a braid and so I'm struggling finding ways to manage it.
I have ordered some dread shampoo but have been using Dr Bonner's diluted while waiting for that. In my past life I definitely struggled with impatience so I knew this might be hard to be ok during the beginning phase but I did one twist and rip' just to have some reference and see what that was like but it felt more violent then I wanted so it was easy to come back to just doing it the natural way!
My hair is rather long (almost to waist) so I'm also wondering if maybe it would be easier to start off with it shorter in length?? I probably would mind getting rid of the last inches of what's left from the day days but only if it actually would help my hair dread up.
So that's enough for now. The hippie inside me who has been begging to come out for most my life is happily content with this new process one week in and not missing the brush or conditioner (ok maybe a lil bit cuz my hair is rather rough feeling and I like soft hair! But it was fuzzy and acting like it was dry and angry before so it's no worse!!)
Good luck to the rest of you brave and beautiful commrades on a similar path!
If I can figure out how to post I have taken a few pix cuz I wanted to record this process but I also am no fan of photos and don't want to get good at taking selfies!! Lol guess I could just focus on just the hair, noone needs or wants to see any of the rest....haha and see maybe there are still leftovers from a life that found conformity a good thing!
Could someone help me change the background to plain so that when I'm typing I can actually see the words?? I'm sure it's "easy" and I do like the profile pic!! Just can't see and hard to edit....
K thnx looking forward to getting to know some of you!