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Baba Fats
@baba-fats
08/25/12 09:41:02AM
2,710 posts

Curious Questions about how you face things with dreads


Life Issues Facing Dreads

There are dozens of posts here asking the same question, so you're not alone. I live in the city, and All I get around my area is some people calling me Bob Marley. It's not so bad. In Ireland, I had one women look me up and down with disgust, but didn't say anything.

I just smile at them and say hi. If they look away, I just go about my business. They don't effect me.

What I do get often, is people asking me where the drugs are at. To them I just say "Do I look like a pot head?" Then smile and laugh. This usually breaks the ice. They end up laughing too and if we have anything in common, it becomes a conversation. If not, they say thanks, and go their own way.

The only people I get negativity from is my family. My mom always wants me to cut my hair and says she'll pay for me to go to a salon and have them "done" neatly. I laugh, and tell her how damaging that is. My wife sticks up for me because she used to have locks too.

I always tell people in your situation to be very basic when explaining locks. Don't go into detail unless the person you are talking to asks deeper questions. Just tell them that you do wash your hair, and explain how you are growing them. Don't,necessarily, demand that locks happen naturally. Some people are not ready to hear that, and will get defensive. Once they wall themselves up, they will not hear anything you have to say, So be as general as possible and wait for them to ask the questions

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
08/25/12 08:11:15AM
2,710 posts

Feeling Discouraged.


Help! Save My Dreads

Sorry I wasn't around last night. I was at a juggling show that some friends were putting on.

I interlocked and tied knots in some of my locks years and years ago. If they can come out, great, if not, just let them be. Hair will start to tangle around those point, but you'll always have a hard bump there. It's not great for your locks, but mine haven't had any major issues at the spot I did that to. There's 1 lock that is a bit skinny and weak right below a knot, but that is due to when I palm rolled back in the day, and not due to the knot. The knot just didn't help it the way I thought it would.

You should be fine. Just stop messing with your hair as much. Only separate when they really need it, and they will heal themselves in given time

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
08/24/12 04:36:10PM
2,710 posts

Dry Dreads/ Fine hair/ Separation


Dreadlocks Journey Emotional Support

BS doesn't rinse out well in hard water, either. Do you ever have white flakes or gunk left over, that's not dandruff?

Also, greasy or oily hair comes from it being too acidic. The ACV might be too much right now. How much are you using?

You should try only using it once a week in tiny amounts (1capfulfor 1 gallon of water). This will help push your pH back to the slightlyalkaline side of the scale. When it stops being oily and greasy, you could reintroduce the ACV to your wash regularly, but still in small amounts.

Also, this wont help the fact that BS doesn't dissolve well in hard water. Have you tried boiling your water first? If you boil it and very gently pour off the pure water (don't pour it all off, leave some at the bottom, because this is where all the undissolved minerals sank. You don't want to reintroduce them to the pure water) you can try washing with that and you may see a huge difference. Try doing this until you get the dreadlockshampoo.com soaps

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
08/24/12 03:14:23PM
2,710 posts

Dry Dreads/ Fine hair/ Separation


Dreadlocks Journey Emotional Support

Just what I figures. Wisconsin has a mix of Extremely Hard/Very hard/ and hard water. The Bronners is just not rinsing out. How many times did you use it or the Knottyboy stuff? If once or twice, a couple of rinse with ACV should help get the residue out. If multiple times, you may want to do a residue removal session to help clean it up. A good clarifying shampoo will do the trick. But don't over use it. Clarifying shampoos leave a residue of their own, but that can be washed out easier with the dreadlockshampoo.com soaps

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
08/24/12 02:12:42PM
2,710 posts

Dry Dreads/ Fine hair/ Separation


Dreadlocks Journey Emotional Support

Eagles right. And if you don't mind letting us know, where in the US are you? Some soaps, like Dr. B's and BS, don't like hard water. They just don't rinse out well, and Dr. B's leaves a heavy residue. That could be why it makes your hair feels heavy. The soaps from dreadlockshampoo,com are designed to work in hard or soft water.

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
08/24/12 01:26:38PM
2,710 posts

New here and to dreads


Introduce Yourself

That's ok for squeezing excess water out, but are you lust squeezing them, or are your pulling the towel down while around them?

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
08/24/12 08:00:05AM
2,710 posts

Just wondering


General Questions

Welcome. Check the list of top 5 most toxic shampoos. Neutrogena is number 1. It is known to cause different types of cancer just from exposure to skin.

There are other soaps and shampoos out there that are mush less harmful, but almost every popular shampoo sold leaves residue in your hair. Locks will not form healthily when residue is present. You want something that won't gunk up your locks.

Dreadlockshampoo.com sells great products, Dr. Bronners is really nice in soft water. And the BS/ACV wash is very popular around here

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
08/23/12 08:26:33PM
2,710 posts

New here and to dreads


Introduce Yourself

Gotcha. The curliness from an afro will tend to help knots for faster though. Do you blow dry your hair, or just let it air dry?

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
08/23/12 07:47:05PM
2,710 posts

Backcombing Vs. TnR


Dreading Methods

Well... They'll never look matureimmediately They won't even look mature in a few months. The 4th month tends to be the messiest for most people. So you really are looking at a process that'll take around a year for them to be mature. The only way to get mature looking locks immediately is to destroy them with wax or crochet hooks.

You're probably not separating enough, or at all. That one in the back is just a bunch of different ones tangled together. If you separated it, you'd have thinner ones. Al you have to do to get the desired thickness is to separate them into sections. However big you want them to be, make the section at the root that size

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
08/23/12 07:07:43PM
2,710 posts

New here and to dreads


Introduce Yourself

Yeah, just wash 2-3 times a week and let them go. When they start to section themselves off, just separate. I posted a vid on basic separation. It's worth a look when they start to come together.

What gunk is in your hair?

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