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ClintonC27
@clintonc27
03/06/19 10:20:54AM
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11 days away from the 6 month mark


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Thanks! That puts it in perspective.  I never thought of them as trying to blunt themselves.  That's a bit easier to accept. 

ClintonC27
@clintonc27
03/05/19 09:43:58AM
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Head candles thanks to dreadheadHQ


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Not a problem! I was sitting here with two windows open comparing them :P

ClintonC27
@clintonc27
03/01/19 01:05:00PM
12 posts

Head candles thanks to dreadheadHQ


dread wax and dread kits recovery

I have stumbled upon a couple more pics from the first go around!  It blows my mind the difference from then and now.  How completely disappointed I was then to how absolutely elated I am this time to look at myself in the mirror.

As per request, I have a before and after style layout!

               First Waxy Set:                   Now, Sans Wax:

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just after back comb.JPG9-19.JPG

first day dreads.JPG11-1 drying.JPG

later dreads.JPG6 month front.JPG

IMG_2352.JPG6 month left side.JPG


updated by @clintonc27: 03/05/19 09:28:00AM
ClintonC27
@clintonc27
03/01/19 11:06:55AM
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11 days away from the 6 month mark


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almost forgot!! my first congo!!

6 month first congo.JPG

ClintonC27
@clintonc27
03/01/19 10:58:57AM
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11 days away from the 6 month mark


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So, as the title suggest, I am just shy of my 6 month mark.  I haven't been doing well with keeping any sort of timeline updates but I figured 6 months is a good point to throw one in. (along with a need for some sage wisdom) 

6 month front.JPG6 month Right Side.JPG6 month left side.JPG

6 month back 1.JPG

So there's the general overview.  I'm overall super pleased with the progress these little guys are making.  I swear I still see changes occur on a daily basis.  The scalp spots from my sections are almost gone. Hooray!  I seperate just about every day.  Sometimes a couple times a day.  These kids are HUNGRY.  So there lands my first question.  I have scoured this site and good ol google for answers and didn't find much but I'm wondering, is there such a thing as separating too much? I assume not since my dreads haven't fallen out yet or anything but I can't help but wonder.

Moving on:

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I recently watched some videos of some individuals with some extremely light, fluffy, and soft dreads.  It got me to thinking "well shit... some of mine are getting extremely stiff and dense... some unbendable..." so I started another data mining adventure here on this site.  I found some folks talking about the same issue oh so many years ago.  They were talking about how some loops don't get sucked back into the dread but fold over and get tangled into the outside "not really dreading" but causing some really hard spots.  Now, I question this because I have yet to have a loop get sucked back in.  As you can see all my loops just get bigger and bigger until they fold over.  I personally feel like that is technically dreading and I don't sweat it.  However, I'd still like to hear an official ruling.  

Also, through these forum topics, it lead me to a nice write up on why dreads get hard/stiff.  The only category I fit into on that write up was the "dreads are overly dry" category.  So I decided to utilize the advice provided.  I condition the trouble dreads with some natural oils and it really has seemed to relax them.  It even unleashed some of the loops that had folded over.

Here is my most troubled dread.  I call him the War Club:

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I wish I had taken some photos of him previously but that really dense spot between the first two inches of dread and the little tail was a huge pile of about 10 different loops shooting out in all directions.  They all folded over and wadded up then began to suck the little tail in like spaghetti.  As you may be able to see in the picture, the dread has been sucking in the tail, getting shorter and shorter all the while getting fatter and fatter at the loop site.  In between my last washing I've been dumping the pure coconut oil and jojoba oil to it.  I've been bending it and flexing it and also tugging at the tail.  It seems to be relaxing a tad and letting go a little bit.  I'm not super troubled by it but I would like some advice on the direction to head with this big clubber.  On the same note, a lot of the dreads on the back of my head are in a similar situation.  Not only are the loops turning to super hard spots but the flat dreads are starting to curl at the edges and fold back into themselves as they round off.  I mixed up a nice spray bottle of some essential oils and jojoba.  They also seem to be softening.  Should I even worry/bother?

Just for some reference, I have been completely neglecting them.  No rubbing, no palm rolling, nothing besides washing and separating.  I recently got a bottle of vicki's dreadlock shampoo (which I absolutely love) and alternate washings with that and my other bottle of trader joe's tea tree tingle shampoo.  I've been doing significantly less baking soda washes since I first suspected over drying.  I also have halted my sea salt spray.  However I did go to the Bahamas last week and was so stoked to dip my hair in the salty blue water.  It was amazing!

Anyway, thanks for checking this out and any advice is appreciated.  Like I said, I'm not really stressing too much, just curious.  It's been an amazing journey thus far just letting things happen as they may and not worrying in the slightest.  My hair seems to be absolutely soaking in the oils and seems happier already so I think that was a good call.  Thanks!


updated by @clintonc27: 03/01/19 11:08:35AM
ClintonC27
@clintonc27
12/06/18 06:55:03PM
12 posts

Greetings


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I can already see it sectioning itself!! I think...
ClintonC27
@clintonc27
12/05/18 01:52:00PM
12 posts

The Backside!


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Since I can't necessarily see the back of my head, those dreads tend to get forgotten about.  Out of sight out of mind I guess.  Well, I recently have been loving what I feel going on back there so I just had to look.  I discovered how truly gnarly things are getting!  I am absolutely loving it.  They are almost a month younger than the oldest ones and are showing more signs of progress.  A couple factors that contribute to this, I believe, are 1) The back of my head gets the most friction from sleeping on my back and the headrest when I drive. 2) It's exceptionally challenging to T'n'R the sections on the back side so those ones didn't get nearly as tight as say the first two I t'n'r-ed in the front.  I see now that it was probably better to not rip them so tight.  It is an absolutely gnarly birds nest back there but I feel like that's what is required.  They feel like they are loosening up and looping up.  This has got to be a good sign!

Almost 8 weeks old now:

Back 1.JPG

Back 2.JPG


updated by @clintonc27: 12/05/18 01:53:23PM
ClintonC27
@clintonc27
12/01/18 11:54:56PM
12 posts

Greetings


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Welcome, enjoy the journey, and share your progress! Also, I really enjoy hearing the lessons and insight learned along the way. Best of luck to you!
ClintonC27
@clintonc27
12/01/18 07:16:38AM
12 posts

Head candles thanks to dreadheadHQ


dread wax and dread kits recovery

After some serious digging, I was able to locate one picture of my first go around at dreads. The picture is a little limited in quality and detail but I think you can see what I’m describing here.  I have some of my college friends digging around too and if I come up with any other photos I’ll post them up.


A little background: some 10+ years ago I decided to finally take the plunge into the dreadlock adventure. After some research online and sifting through some very limited information, I stumbled upon a website: dreadheadHQ.  All the lovely photos of people sporting what I thought at the time were beautiful dreads along with resounding testimonials was enough to convince me.  I purchased their dread kit equipped with wax, locking powder, a hook, shampoo and locking accelerator.  All the essentials one needs to achieve the dreads like the ones pictured on the site... or so I thought.


I’ll save some of the juicer details for a blog or something. But here are the pertinent facts:


I had roughly 27 back combed lumps.  I was absolutely disappointed with the finished product and spent countless hours palm rolling, dread balling, and pulling in every loose hair I found with that stupid hook. I was obsessed with “making them perfect” and also with blunting the tips. I used up almost the whole container of wax that came with the kit. And as you can see in the picture the end result was 27 heavy, hard, head candles. After 18 months of hating what I saw looking back at me in the mirror, I brushed them out. It took me a measly 4 hours. My hair had NOT dreaded at all!


[side note: the crap that was inside my dreads was disgusting! A matted slury of wax, dread powder, and anything that came in contact with those sticky lumps.]


A decade or more later I’m ready to try again. This time I’m doing it (almost) the way nature intended. I’m 10 weeks into it now and I’m already seeing more progress than I did after 18 months.  I’m absolutely thrilled and proud of my babies. I’m loving the visual proof of progress I see every day.  I’m no longer hung up on trying to control the situation.  I’m not obsessing over the loose hairs, the fuzzies, or the paintbrush like tips.  Hell, I twisted and ripped but couldn’t do anything about the last couple inches so I just left them loose.  I’m absolutely in love with my lumps, bumps, and loops.  Something I never experienced the first time. 


The sad thing is I never even realized the errors of my ways until about 4 months ago when I decided I was ready to try again.  I started to doing research and found this community. I was still skeptical though! Do nothing??? That‘s ridiculous! But I knew one thing: I was never going to use wax! The installation process took about a month. During that time, as I watched my hungry babies swallow up any loose hair they could find, it clicked. Holy crap. They were right. Hair wants to be dreads. If I had just stopped brushing and conditioning my hair this would have happened without any influence from me.



So here we are. Taking the amazing journey towards dreadlocks as naturally as I can. I love and appreciate the uniqueness and beauty of what I see happening. Every lump and loop is like an expression of my own personality. Not to mention, they are soft and light and flow in the breeze. I know I’ve made the right choice. 

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ClintonC27
@clintonc27
12/01/18 04:07:27AM
12 posts

Time for an Introduction


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Ok I’m not sure what picture even attached here. I’m using my phone and it’s presenting some real challenges.


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updated by @clintonc27: 12/01/18 05:18:33AM
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