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ClintonC27
@clintonc27
05/03/19 11:30:37AM
15 posts

Am I ready for bars?


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Just my two cents, because I just went through this!  When you order get one of each.  I tried the bar because I thought mine might be ready.  The dreads may be and the bar is AMAZING but I still feel like I need the liquid.  I just have been switching them out. 

Take it for a spin.  A couple washings and you'll know if you're ready.  That will save some time in case you decide your dreads still need the liquid.  Plus, I would find it hard to believe that mature dreads don't appreciate the occasional liquid locking magic.

ClintonC27
@clintonc27
03/27/19 02:14:25PM
15 posts

Dread Head HQ


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I used HQ products back in the day.  Their shampoo is probably the least harmful product but still contains sulfates.  You typically want to avoid these.  They are not only bad for dreads they are bad for hair and scalp overall.  Sulfate-free shampoos maintain the natural oils on the scalp and hair.  M ight I recommend Vicki's dreadlock shampoo ? I just made the switch myself and I am absolutely in love with their products.  If you need some other options let me know.  I have found a few good products on amazon I will vouch for.


updated by @clintonc27: 03/27/19 02:16:37PM
ClintonC27
@clintonc27
03/27/19 01:47:11PM
15 posts

Growing my roots, a personal and spiritual journey.


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I thoroughly enjoy watching the nature progress.  Thank you for sharing.

ClintonC27
@clintonc27
03/06/19 10:20:54AM
15 posts

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
15 posts

Head candles thanks to dreadheadHQ


dread wax and dread kits recovery

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

ClintonC27
@clintonc27
03/01/19 01:05:00PM
15 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:

backcombing day.JPG9-26.JPG

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
15 posts

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
15 posts

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:

6 month folding loops.JPG6 month folding loops (1).JPG6 month back lumps.JPG6 month hard lumps back.JPG

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:

6 month hard lump.JPG6 month war club.JPG

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
15 posts

Greetings


Introduce Yourself

I can already see it sectioning itself!! I think...
ClintonC27
@clintonc27
12/05/18 01:52:00PM
15 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
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