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Curly hair actually locks up even better with neglect. You just have to separate them to make sure they don't become one big mat. I posted a video on separating, if you're interested.
Beads pretty much act like imitation knots. If you can get them to stay on when they are just sectioning themselves, go for it. Some people have problems getting them to stick. But be careful, if they are too tight, and you don't move them around a lot, you can make a little weak spot where it compresses too much. And also, hair can knot up above and below it locking it in place. So move them around periodicaly
The roots should always be in a state of constant tangle. So if they are still tangled at the roots after separating, don't worry about it. They will keep trying to tangle up the body of the lock but all you have to do is pull them apart. But leave the roots alone
Dr. Bronners is good if you have soft water. Hard water is when it doesn't rinse out well. The same goes for the BS wash. There are some awesome soaps from dreadlockshampoo.com. They work in all water types, and the makes liquid and bar soaps. liquid is great for baby locks, but you can use a bar if you like it more.
Just wash your scalp, no you hair. When you rinse, the soap will run through your hair.
Have you seen the post on BS/ACV ratios? Baker Street posted a good description. It should be a featured thread.
Wash as often as you like. But make sure that your hair dries completely between washes. Every 2-3 days is good. When they mature, you can wash a little less often, bu try not to go less than once a week.
Totally normal. The average shrinkage people see is a loss of 1/2 - 1/3 the original length of the hair. Picture a string that's a foot long. When you knot it up ad ball it up, it'snot 12 inches long anymore. That's what happens to locks. Your boob length hair is getting knotted and balled up. So it shrinks. It'll probably lengthen again as itunravelsa bit, but it'll shrink again son enough. Locks go through a few major phases. First they shrink a ton. This can last months and months. Then they go through a phase where they seem to not grow at all, bu don't shrink either. This is when the loose hairs at the roots are snagging new growth and creating new knots at the root. This can last a few months. Then they grow like crazy. Sometimes the growth slows down a bit, but it doesn't really stop, like in the second phase, again.
Your locks should always be in a state of constant tangle at the roots. You only want to separate when the body of the locks start to eat each other. If it's just at the roots, it's fine
I think I wrote it in my post, but even though I don't believe in the ethereal soul, anymore, it was one of the things that drew me to locks. When I was studying Rasta, I don't believe anymore, I heard someone say that they longer and thicker your locks were, the easier it would be for Jah to pick up your soul when you died. That stuck with me even when I stopped believing in any single judeo/christian god.
But I had to share this. Just because you mentioned "4am".
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Becsley Q Penguinface said:
Hi! This is a great idea for a threat and I loved reading your reason, and everyone elses!
So here's mine. I've wanted dreads since I was 10 which was 15 years ago (eep!). I liked the look of them, I liked people that had them and I liked the decorations. I've always been a bit of a hippie, I never feel happier than when I'm by the ocean. I love nature and rain, I believe in spirits and energies and the soul. Over the years I've suppressed this part of me, because of the way I was treated for showing it. I would get laughed at, put down, mocked, I even got dumped because my boyfriend thought I was the most stupid person in the world for believing we have a soul. And so I gave in to the pressures of this society and plodded along like everyone else.
Of course, burying your true self can never go well, and so for the past few years I've been depressed, losing "friends" left, right and centre, and withdrawing completely from society as much as I can. It was at the point where I slept around an hour or so per night, spending the rest of my time awake on the computer, painting or writing or playing xbox and I was the most unhappy person for what I essentially thought was no reason.
A couple of times a year for as long as I can remember, I'd get on the internet and look up pictures of dreadlocks and dream. I think they're so beautiful and can speak a lot about the person that has them. But then I'd close the laptop and go back to bed and that would be the end of it. I was worried about what my friends would think if I got dreads, how my old school nanna probably wouldn't dig them, how I would be further shunned from a community that has already shunned me for being fat, for missing some fingers on my left hand, for being a hippie, for wearing glasses, for having tattoos.
A week or two ago, at about 4 in the morning, I stumbled across this site during my bi-annual dreadlock rummage and I made the decision. I'm not going to care about anyone elses opinions, I was going to dread my hair! I'm no longer going to be what people expect me to be, I'm going to do what makes me happy. I'm viewing dreading as much more than changing my hair, I'm using it as a turning point for the rest of my life. Even though I only have one dread in right now, just making the decision has changed my mood completely. I'm more happy, I've been sleeping, I've been talking with like-minded people who are friendly and not superficial and horrible like the people I've been surrounding myself with all my life. My parents are in full support of me and I'm amazingly thankful for having them. They are the two most incredible people. My dreads will be an extension of my soul, and will show all those morons that have made my life a misery that I am confident, happy, unique and not afraid in the least to show it :D
Peace and light to all of you x
And sorry for the super long post! :P
Kelsey, check out Jesusfreedmysoul's video on one of the styles she wears her hair in. It's awesome. I actually stole it for my wedding this past June. I've got a pic of how it looks on me in my wedding album here. I'm sure she's got other good ideas for what you can do with your locks for a wedding, too