How much do you care about sectioning?
Lol. If I had more dreads I probably wouldn't care as much. I have 36 and am happy with that.
How much do you care about "clean" sections in your dreadies? When they were younger I was a huge stickler on making sure that there weren't any shared hairs or hairs coming from goodness knows where.
Now my dreads about about 1.5 years and they are acting like teenagers again. I try to remember to pick through them once a week and they are always super messy. between 10 months to recently I used to be able to go through them maybe once a month and had barely any co-mingling.
Anyways. since it's become an "issue" I've taken a more lax approach on my sections. As long as they aren't matting together I don't care if say, there are 30 hairs mixed up between two because I'm worried about cutting them away. Could this create a congo problem later on? I wouldn't mind as much if it were my small dreads that are getting mixed up in each other but of course it's my monster ones that are eating everything around them.
I use Dr. B's for everything except the dishes. Sadly with my stupid harsh city water it leaves this obvious film on everything except the utensils =/
I plan on using some sort of cup after I have my baby next month. Elaine, I would also be interested in some cloth pads! I can't put anything up there for 6 weeks and have been trying to figure out what I want to use sans huge gross maxi pads.
Ranging from 6 months to a 3 months I believe. I just went through a manic episode and pulled them apart. My suggestions to others with the same issue:
Jojaba oil. Seriously, I didn't use this until like the 4th one and I really should have started out with it. Only issue is it makes the subtle differences of the hair colors blend more =/
Seam ripper: Makes it so you can pull apart extension by individual hairs.
Insane pregnancy hormones: Now I don't suggest getting knocked up just to take your dreads out; however, transferring that insane nesting urge tometiculouslypull apart dreads is helpful.
I'm surprised that only took me a little over an hour. I got 6 extensions out with surprisingly minimal damage to the loc. I'm not sure if this is a common method or not but it seemed like they were only held on in certain areas and I could pull apart the ones that were involved by default rather than completely knotted in.
Maybe I will regret it in the morning because my hair is much shorter now but at the moment I feel a weight lifted off me. I enjoyed having my husband's hair locked with mine but the energy was so different having just a few crocheted in vs. a while bunch.
So I have several crocheted extensions that I would like to remove. I noticed that some would, thankfully, be pretty easy to cut out without ruining the integrity of the original dread but some are pretty good in there.
Does anyone have any suggestions on how to remove them without simply cutting the dread above? My friend seemed to put the extension hair up about an inch or two on the original dread on some, making it impossible to just cut without cutting my own hair in the process.
You read my mind. I am having the same "problem" with my dreads as well. How much did your hair shrink? I've noticed my ones that shrunk the most are super fat on the bottom and not as much on the top. It doesn't seem like I am loosing hair so I believe it to just be that my hair doesn't want to dread up as thick as it did in the beginning.
Another thing is look at your sections and see how/if they have changed. lots of ones that have morphed over the last year that were originally small that got larger or got smaller from other sections eating hairs.
There is a section on the right side of my head that used to be huge but now it's average almost on the small side because the two next to it ate a lot of hairs and as Iseparated(didn't notice until recently) I favored giving more to the other ones rather thanpreservingthe original size.
If it's the ends I wouldn't expect it to mess up your hair. When my stick together sometimes I just pull them apart without thinking about it. It's joining at the roots that you have to worry about. If it's at the tips then I wouldn't think it would affect the structure of the dread.
Going to the national gathering is def. something that I am going to have to meditate on. On the one hand it sounds amazing once I'm there, but there are tons of things I can say to rationalize not going too. One of them being then why am I driving an hour and a half for my midwife visits just so I can give birth in a moderately OK hospital setting? then again , there is noguaranteethat LO will want out during the gathering anyways. Babies come when they want to.
I'm sure I'll make a decision by June but going to the gathering anyways is def. something that keeps popping in my head. I'm going on a meditation retreat in May, maybe this is one thing that will be revealed to me.
I'm hoping to make it to a regional this year. I've also only been to one but I'm going to be super pregnant this year on July 4th and even though I LOVE the idea of my baby possibly coming into the world during a gathering my husband is a little worried about complications and stuff. If something were to go wrong then I would need to be like life alerted out of there since it's so far out into the woods.