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OliviaJonas Aley
@oliviajonas-aley
05/16/13 11:23:31PM
30 posts

Contest/Challenge Time


General Talk

Before I started my dread journey, I always was distracted by the way my hair sat so flat on my head. It seemed like it just clinged to my noggin, and was kinda lifeless. It seemed like it had no body to it. Now...I am absolutely loving the texture! The density is different and substantial. I literally can't stop touching it. I know that's not a good thing. And actually one downside: I find myself obsessing over my hair now more than ever. that's one thing I don't like. Before, i never really spent a lot of time looking at my hair in the mirror. At this point I am always checking it in the mirror--but it is mainly to see the progress of the dreadies since I am only 6 months in. Hopefully that will lessen as they come into themselves.

OliviaJonas Aley
@oliviajonas-aley
05/16/13 11:18:11PM
30 posts

Contest/Challenge Time


General Talk

That's great Barrel Lady! My family complains all the time about my loose hairs! They (the hairs)are particularly annoying when they attatch themselves to my shirts and insist on tickling my arm until I track it down. I still have quite a bit of loose hairs,,,and I think because I am not brushing them away, they really take their time leaving my person.

I am glad to hear that they will eventually get swallowed up... :)

OliviaJonas Aley
@oliviajonas-aley
05/05/13 09:44:15PM
30 posts

I'm nervous about starting my journey again.


Introduce Yourself

Here's something awesome about starting them now: By the time you are 20...maybe everyone your age will think that dreadlocks are cool, or they may even become interested in them. You will have really beautiful mature, long, established dreads that they will all wish they had!

OliviaJonas Aley
@oliviajonas-aley
04/25/13 12:40:10AM
30 posts

Let the journey BEGIN. (input greatly appreciated)


General Questions

Here is one gem that I have thus far learned...

I did twist and rip. They have all fallen out, and their real journey begins. The last one fell out at the four.5 month mark. Actually it didn't so much fall apart, as divide itself into three sections. I look back and I think that quite possibly my hair would be further along if I just did natural...because it took all that time before the real dreadlocking really began. The only sections that dreaded up quickly were the underside sections.

The tnr method is great if you want some control over where you want your sections. for the most part. Then again, your sections can still reject where you put them!

At this point you should just throw away your hairbrush!

OliviaJonas Aley
@oliviajonas-aley
04/01/13 08:21:13PM
30 posts

i need biblical references to dreadlocks my church kicked me out for wanting to dread


History and Religious Significance

First off...I am so sorry that they were not accepting of you! What kind of church was it? I am saddened that there are still churches out there that are perpetuating what people are so commonly assuming they all are like. I belong to a wonderful Christian church that has been completely accepting of my choice. I even lead in a ministry there, so I have a position that is kind of setting an example.

We are not so much focused on the legalistic issues, but more on being loving, accepting, non-judgmental church body who teaches the word from the Holy Bible.

If you want to base your dreadlock journey on that of the Nazarite vow...there is nothing wrong with that, but most of the references in the bible on the topic of (hair length) are Old Testament, and are not quite as important these days. In a way, that is the whole purpose of Jesus coming into the world.

Please don't give up on finding a church body if that is what you desire in your heart. Your church family is out there.

OliviaJonas Aley
@oliviajonas-aley
03/29/13 10:43:50PM
30 posts

Ignoring the naysayers


Dreadlocks Journey Emotional Support

My own dad said "you look like a dog's butt". Which I know is not true. Some people just grasp at whatever words come into their heads...even if it makes them sound childish. I guess it's human nature. Not everyone is going to understand. But hopefully most people will remember the standard saying: "If you don't have anything nice to say...."

OliviaJonas Aley
@oliviajonas-aley
03/26/13 01:25:16AM
30 posts

Six year old dreads thinning, please help


Help! Save My Dreads

Korey, thank goodness you found this site...please don't give up on it (or your beautiful dreads of course)! I can see where you might be concerned with how your new recovery growth will join your other locks, but you must stop the root rubbing and maintenence for them to get healthy again. This you know at this point :)

They will likely look very different from what you want them to look, but maybe it will be a fun adventure while you are waiting for the growth to catch up. Learn to embrace it...as it is only temporary until you are back to health!

OliviaJonas Aley
@oliviajonas-aley
03/10/13 08:30:27PM
30 posts

researching on essential oils


Dread Products

Ha ha! numbskull!

soaring eagle said:

cloves also numbing (maybe why it helps headaches?) used for toothaches its just likle ambysol so im not so sure about using in dreds

but u can try

worse that can happen is ya literaly will be a "numbskull" for a day

try a drop on your forehead 1st

but if u get a toothache cloves the thing for ya

OliviaJonas Aley
@oliviajonas-aley
03/07/13 11:39:15PM
30 posts

Why did I open my Big Mouth?


Dreadlocks Journey Emotional Support

Well...I know that it's important to some of us to want to please our parents...to make them proud of us, and happy with our choices.

When I started to become interested in dreadlocks, I never thought about actually having them for myself...in part because of what my mom would think. My parents didn't really have open minds about stuff like that However, they would usually accept my choices and still love me.

My mom passed away last June 20... the decision I made about getting dreadlocks has partly helped me to understand my own loss. Much like needing time and patience for dreadlocks to form...I need time and patience for healing as well. My journey now without my mom goes on with God's help mostly, but I also know that she is smiling because she loves me.

My apologies if this is a rambling response to your situation. Your mom will still love you for who you are. She will accept your new hairstyle, and she will still think of you as her beautiful daughter. However if you feel that it will indeed cause a rift, you may need to give a small part of yourself over and wait for your journey to begin sometime down the road.

with joy!

OliviaJonas Aley
@oliviajonas-aley
03/03/13 01:42:13AM
30 posts

Nerves and Questions about starting Natural Dreads


Dreading Methods

You just might be surprised about the job thing! i'm guessing you'd be fine. I had the same concerns as you. My advice would be to not tell them ahead of time that you are doing it. That alone might make it into something "bigger" than it needs to be. I didn't tell my boss...and I have had no issues. Not to say that all bosses are the same :)

One thing I do have to say for your hair type...is to really understand the amount of time that goes into the '"sectioning" phase. Not meaning that you are physically sectioning...although you will be doing some of that. But remember to allow your hair to come into sections on its own. I would have never guessed this portion of the journey is so important...Here I am 3 months in, and am just starting to understand myself that the sections take time, but it's so crucial for the dread process to even begin. Also, I have fine hair that tangles easily, but that's different (I guess) for contributing to the phase I am in now. Oh last thing! Don't be afraid for when you have to rip a section in half! It's kind of satisfying. Taking back a little control. Since sometimes they like to fuse together overnight it seems.

Happy dreading!

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