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Considering Dreads Again

4 years ago
7 posts

Hey guys!

I used to be on this site a few years ago when I decided to try out dreads. First I tried to crochet my own, hoping for the "instant dread" effect. They were nasty, so I combed them out and tried T&R but eventually I felt my hair was just shrinking up too much for the length I started out with, and I combed them out after about 4 or 5 months.

Now my hair is longer and I feel like I'm better prepared for the emotional ups and downs that dreads can bring, you know the "Oh my god I look like crap!" to the "I love how my hair just does what it wants!"

This time I'm considering the natural process. My hair is currently just around armpit length, bleached and dyed purple and teal. Part of me feels I need to let it grow A LOT more before I'd be comfortable with all the inevitable shrinkage. I already only wash it a couple times a week already, so my color stays bright so that wouldn't be too hard of an adjustment.

My main concern is that I live in an extremely conservative area and have a 10 year old daughter. She's very secure in her momma's funkiness but I worry about embarrassing her during the long awkward dreadie phases. It's definitely something she and I would have to discuss and plan to have scarves and hats on hand. Luckily (I guess), I'm a single mom and disabled veteran. I support us on my meager VA payments so working and juggling dreads isn't an issue.

I know my dreads will do what the please, but of course I dream of these long, soft, fat locks just circling my head. Patience has never been one of my strong suits. Committing to this is also committing myself to changing for the better...

Looking forward to poking around a bit and meeting everyone! Love seeing your dread journeys!


updated by @cb: 01/13/15 10:05:15PM
☮ soaring eagle ॐ
4 years ago
28,589 posts

welcome back

lil tip the lonfger it is to start the more it shrinks

wether u start at chin cyhest or waist its probly go0pnna shrink to chin

and all parenbtsembarrass thier kids//if u dont embarrassthem they will livein yoir basement into thier 60s

27 years growing dreadlocks the natural way
My dreads are over 9 feet long

also on the board of, and a student glider pilot with freedoms wings international
Arkynstone GypsyFae
4 years ago
37 posts

Welcome back Sarah! I say go for it! My hair was below shoulder length when I started my natural dread process eight months ago. So far I've had some shrinkage but noticed a a larger amount this past month. Still have ends that are long and shoulder length but many locs have shrunk down to about 5-6" in length. Just remember, depending on your hair type, even if your hair is butt-length it could shrink a lot more than you expect it to. Happy dreading! Looking forward to seeing your progress!


Elizabeth Tyler
4 years ago
9 posts

shrinkage is something most are worried about it seems. But honestly its all apart of the process. They shrink so that they can then grow and become beautiful long locs. :) embrace the shrink!

4 years ago
7 posts

Thanks everyone! I'll just have to figure out how to deal with it and teach my daughter to brush off embarrassment at the same time. Scarves and hats, along with some dready education for her friends!

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