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Dready Mimi


Location: Palm Coast, FL
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Grandma's natural, hippie dreads by neglect

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By: Dready Mimi
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Soaring Eagle asked me to post this here after I told him the story on FB. So...because I know in my heart that he is pretty amazing, I decided I would share with y'all! ;o)In the past 5 years I tried 3 times to start dreads by doing the whole back combing method, using rubber bands and wax, and spending a bunch of time with my arms over my head trying to tend to them. All three times I gave up on them and combed them out. (Lost a bunch of hair in the process, too).Two years ago I stopped combing my hair and VOILA! I now have natural, hippie dreads by neglect. For about 18 months my hair just looked like a jumbled up mess. I kept separating them though and wore a lot of hats and scarves. Now they are quite distinct and some are decorated with beads I made. I am even beginning to get some nice compliments on them from some pretty straight folks!Thanks SE for the video about your dreads. Long may they swirl about you! I am ever so much more determined to take care of mine and see what they will look like in another 18 years (at the age of 77!)What do I use for maintenance? You know those little bottles of shampoo you get at hotels? I was a hotel housekeeper during most of the past 2 years and could never bring myself to throw away the partially used bottles. So I stuffed them in my pocket and brought them home. I didn't know if it would work but, hey, free is a very good price! ;o) After a while I noticed the first one forming at the spot where my head rested against the headboard when I read at night. Then another and another and another...I live in Florida so I keep my hair pulled up most of the time. I recently decided that I am going to train my dreads to go back (I like them pulled off my face best). I use a large hair tie or a folded scarf to train them.
Lance Erickson
02/20/11 04:43:42PM @lance-erickson:
Inspirational. I am on my second week of neglect and so far I have only garnered more hostile reactions. But hostility is the fertilizer from the lame and the hairless. I purchased a couple of wool caps but with summer coming, must find something else. Keep it up.

07/16/10 10:31:27AM @naturalwomyn:
welcome! What a great story so glad you saw the light and have some wonderful experience to share with others! I wouldn't use the hotel shampoo if i were you though. It's probably not natural and SLS is not so great for dreads IMO. Plus there could be some conditioners in the shampoo. I use baking soda mixed with water every time i wash. Works great and super cheap. I have a ton of hair so i use 2/3 cup mixed with a gallon of water, pour it over my head and let it sit for a while. You can also add a few drops of whatever essential oils you like-rosemary,peppermint,tea tree are the best for dreads. Many Blessings!

Panterra Caraway
07/07/10 12:44:51PM @panterra-caraway:
Wow!! Very, very cool! WELCOME!

07/07/10 08:17:53AM @che:
Welcome,, Im new here but have already found a place where me and my locks have the freedom to roam and share with dreadies alike... I just know that you are gonna love it here...

07/07/10 04:05:26AM @cavewoman:
welcome to the forum sister ;)that's quiet a journey, glad to hear that you eventually found the way of the natural dread all on your own!hope to see some pictures soon =]

☮ soaring eagle ॐ
07/07/10 03:52:11AM @soaring-eagle:
if only you knew how easy it was to dread when you 1st tried the 1st coupl;e timeshope you can post some pictures sometimewelcome to the community

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