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ClintonC27
@clintonc27
12/06/18 06:55:03PM
7 posts

Greetings


Introduce Yourself

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

The Backside!


Member Journals and Timelines

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:

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

Greetings


Introduce Yourself

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
7 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
7 posts

Time for an Introduction


Introduce Yourself

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
ClintonC27
@clintonc27
12/01/18 03:37:57AM
7 posts

Time for an Introduction


Introduce Yourself

I’ll do some digging and see if I can find some pictures from back then. That feels like it was 2 lives ago - back when MySpace was still a thing, before I purged my life of social media, and a time when people still had physical prints of photographs! Also I am having a bit of trouble attaching photos to posts yet so this can be a multifaceted learning experience.

Thanks for the welcomes!
ClintonC27
@clintonc27
11/30/18 09:56:15AM
7 posts

Time for an Introduction


Introduce Yourself

Hello.  My name is Clinton.  I've been lurking for quite some time and mining this exceptionally useful resource for all the info I can ingest.  Now, I feel it proper to finally introduce and share a bit of my story.  This is my second attempt at locks and I'm taking the correct approach this time.  The first attempt was probably about 10 years ago and the only information on how to do this came from the web, which, at that point, consisted almost solely of companies pushing product and disseminating terrible misinformation.  So my first attempt was a batch of back combed, fat, lumps which I then proceeded to drench in wax and spend countless hours palm rolling, root rubbing, dread balling, and obsessively pulling in every loose hair I could find with my hook.  1.5 years later I had no trouble whatsoever combing them out almost as if they hadn't dreaded at all.  Still, I thought nothing of it and for the next decade dreamt of the day I could resume pursuit of my true self.

10 years later I have decided I am at a point in my life to take the journey again and luckily, thanks to wonderful collections of information and dread communities such as this, I am heading down the right path.  I used the twist 'n' rip method in september to initiate and have left them alone since then.  Nearly three months old now and my hair is seeing more advancement towards dreadlocks than my previous attempt after a year and half.  I currently am admiring and gushing over all the lumps, zigzags, and loops that are forming.  Almost every morning I wake up and find new loops and lumps that I could swear weren't there yesterday.  A unique expression of my own personality. No more obsessing and attempting to control that which I cannot.  

This is all new to me.  I never once saw a single loop or lump in the waxy nightmare that was my first attempt.  I wasn't even happy with or proud of my first dreads.  They were just "bleh" and not at all as inspiring as I thought dreads should be.  This time around I am absolutely in love with my hair.  The development and journey is everything I originally thought dreadlocks were supposed to be. I am eternally grateful for places such as this that have shown me the light.  Who would have thought the answer would be so logical; so simple?  Just let go.

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