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Sorry. I'm down in Philly. I know someone up there. But haven't been to visit since he moved there
Yeah, It just occurred to me that recently I've been just accepting friends without much hesitation. So I started going back through and checking out pics, groups and other discussions. I figure while we're all here we should know each other a little better than just by our thumbnail pic
Ok, I'll be the first to ask... I hope you're planning on throwing away your crochet hook? Crocheting is probably the next worst thing you can do to locks next to waxing them.
Second... Take the rubber bands out. They only cause damage. You might think that they are good because the progress you made in the beginning isn't coming out in the shower, but really, bands cause weak points, kinks, and can get sucked into your locks and rot there. If you are really against taking them out, at least take the ones off at the roots. If you leave the ones at the tips, your hair won't untangle. But then again, that the point of locks. Your hair needs to be loose and free to tangle and untangle. That how locks form. Plus if you take the ones at the roots out, you won't look like sideshow bob. And they will actually start to look like you are growing locks.
Third... Your sections are massive. I hope you are aware that as the mature and grow out, you will have locks that wide. It looks like the bigger ones in the video could be around 2 inch sections. That the width of your wrist. Your locks will end up being as wide as your wrist. Not sure if that's what your going for, but, just to let you know, washing and drying them that big is a huge pain in the ass. I know. I have a few of them. If you want advice on how to care for locks that big let me know. If you didn't realize that they'd get that big, and don't want them that big, comb them out and start over. And if you do that, don't use the hook.
I'm glad you found us. Everyone hear is friendly and willing to lend a hand. There's tons of info all over the place. And almost no question, no matter how many times we've heard it, is left unanswered
If it's a public school, they have no legal ability to stop you if they are for spiritual reasons. You're not allowed to wear hats in school either, but if you are an orthodox jew or devout muslim, they can't legally stop you from wearing theheadpiece. Dreadlocks can be counted in the same category. They are your crown. It might be hard in Georgia, because they may only associate locks with Rasta, but you will be able to argue your case, and like Eagle said, win.
Take down or cover up your mirrors. When you don't look at yourself and your progress every day, you won't feel like there's something you should be doing. Only look at your locks in the shadows they make on the ground or in passing reflection in car windows.
This seemsbizarre, but it really worked wonders for getting me to stop caring about how mine looked. Plus I worked for UPS when I was first starting. Being in a truck all day with nothing to look into made it all the easier
Ok, who runs the school? Aspira, Excel, etc... Many alternative schools are still in some sort of partnership with the state. In that case it'll be easier to fight the system. If they are a private, like the 2 I just mentioned, There might be a harder to fight legal way around it. My girlfriend works for Aspira, and they are more tolerant even with the teachers. On of her coworkers even has a mohawk. But Excel tends to be much more strict. Their students walk in the hallways in silence, hands behind their backs. It's verymilitaristic there. It's necessary for their students though, and works wonders.
Even if it is hard to fight, it's never impossible. What you need to consider is what your locks mean to you. Are theytruly a spiritual/religious gesture? Most people with locks find that they do bring out some sort of spirituality in them, but their locks, themselves, were not grown for any particular reason such as that.
Is keeping your locks worth the time and expense of talking to a lawyer and working out the legality of your situation? Yogi Sunshine may not have locks yet, but does bring up a valid point. Education is VERY important. And your hair will always be there when you get out of school.
That being said, If you are seriously growing locks for a religious/spiritual reason, and not just going to claim it so you don't have to cut them, then they are protected under the first amendment.
I'd like to know more about who owns your new school. I'll look into if there are any laws/ dress codes they may have.
There's a good chance that the principal might just be very conservative and doesn't like long hair on guys.
Dr. B's needs to be diluted anywhere from 12-40 times. I used it for a long time, but I know what you mean. I loved how it smelled when I used it as soap, but when I washed my hair with it, I ended up with a mild wet dog smell for about a day. It went away as soon as my hair dried, and it was so mild that no one could smell it. But I could because my nose is right there.
The dreadlockshampoos soaps smell better but I have been having trouble getting all of the residue out from it. That's my problem, though. No one else, who uses it, has seemed to have had that problem.
I'd recommend using it as is. You could mix it with BS, but like Eagle said, if you have hard water, it wont rinse out well. And the ACV rinse wont get the rest out either. So find out if you have hard water first. Wash you hands with it. If they feel dry as a bone afterwards, you should be good. If they feel even a little slippery, then you might have softer water