drying very long dreads
I've always wondered about how you get your dreads dry SE. :D That's a smart technique, maybe one day I'll have awesome long dreads and use this!
What makes me sad is that people who actually want dreads and start researching "How to get" dreads online end up stumbling across places like DreadHQ, and then they truly believe that you HAVE to do all of these things to grow your dreads. I've had quite a few people compliment my dreads at work and say they used to want dreadlocks. When I asked what stopped them, they would often say because they were TOO MUCH WORK. I mean... wow. And when I told them I do nothing but wash mine, they look at me like I'm crazy lol.
Also, It wouldn't be as offensive if the money DreadHQ was STEALING from people went to something useful, like a charity.
I hate that I can't afford to help you SE, we almost lost our apartment several times over the past couple months. Things just hadn't gotten back on track since my husband and I lost our jobs. Without our tax return we literally would have been on the streets. So I understand what you're going through with struggling with the bills. It breaks my heart that you're sacrificing so much for this site though. I hope people who truly can afford it on here can see what a great thing you're doing and help if they can, too.
Wow, this post is so inspiring! I'd like to take this moment to thank SE also, for saving my dreads. If not for this site, I would have also fallen victim to the "dread-kits" people on youtube and google swear by. I symbolize my dread journey with letting go, and if not for learning to let go both in and out of context over the past year, I would have probably been lost.
Love you, SE! <3
I just wanted to show this image my friend posted on FB of his crochet hook after he used it on his dreads. D: He's awesome though, I'm not pushing any ideas onto him about maintenance because its none of my business and I understand some people just prefer the crochet look. I just thought this image would be good in this thread to those who are opposed to the crochet and agree that it can damage your dreads. It boosted my pro-natural feeling of dreadiness!
I think it looks awesome And I believe that it will straighten out over time, it looks like your dread is just trying to pull in the rest of your loose hair at the bottom. Try looking at it differently, don't be discouraged. Your locks are beautiful and its amazing what your hair can do when given patience. Maybe trying to slip a peyote sleeve over one can help you feel better, and it might even smooth that lump out some. Good luck!
Hai! Welcome to the site and best of luck to you on your journey!
Well I started out T&R, but they fell out and I went natural afterwards. I could when they started to section by turning my head sideways and seeing how, instead of a curtain of hair, small sections would more or less stick together. Also, if you gently grabbed the tip of a piece of hair and lifted it up, extra hair that was "sticking" to it would come with it.
Baby dreads, for me, was when I would notice the clumps of hair getting a bump or a loop. At that point you can kind of feel up the section of hair and tell where the dread is starting to really form. The tangles are firmer and, if you weren't trying to dread your hair, you would have an extremely hard time brushing that knot out!
And as they mature you notice that the majority of section of hair is now a firm clump, and really fun to squish with your hands. :D