looking great. I love that folding loopy one too. It's been so long since I was in that messy stage. I miss it sometimes
Same here taye. I have a friend who shaved his head cause he didn't think he could comb them out.
As for blunting, everything I was going to say was said. Blunted tips add hours to the drying time. Even if they feel dry to the touch, there's still water trapped deep inside. Some of my locks blunted on their own, and now they take about 8 hours to dry even if I hit them with a dryer for a while.
The less maintenance you do, the healthier your locks will be. If they want to blunt on their own, they will,but blunting them does not help them lock faster or protect them from falling out. All it does is help make them look more uniform and "made" rather than grown
I just set my blow dryer on cool and prop it on an angle and sit down and read for a while moving my head around a lot so it doesn't just hit one area a ton
As far as teachers burning out. Teachers don't just burn out over time because they do. They burn out because of the stress they are put under to stick to a curriculum that doesn't work well. And they all know it. Teachers get tired because their hands are tied by the administration. If they could actually teach your kids, they would, and they would for 50 years. But since the tests have become so important to our government, teachers get fed up and retire after 30 years. 1 in 2 teachers don't make it 3 years.
It is few and far between teachers who are bad teachers. The overwhelming majority of them really do want to help and are good teachers. The problem is not the teachers, it is the administration, and what they allow teachers to do in their own classroom. Administrators who left the classroom because they hate dealing with kids, are the ones calling the shots on how to deal with kids.
If you wanted to make a stink and yell and get something changed, start with that. Start with getting schools to listen to their teachers and do what they say. Because as of now, the teachers are the scapegoats.
Ok, I'm just going to say one more thing, and then let this discussion go back to what it was meant to be for.
You're right, the problems aren't ONLY about money. But you're taking one situation and generalizing it for all schools. Charter schools are not usually a good thing. In fact more than half of charter schools are doing worse than public schools. Only a handful are actually doing better. And charter schools don't hand pick their teachers as a general rule. You apply to them like any other teaching job. You either get hired or you don't.
My girlfriend use to work for a public school, but Philadelphia laid off thousands of teachers last year, and she got a job at a school that was flipped. this is their first year as a charter. Hopefully it will be a good school.
But money does play an important part. If you go to Bucks County, Pa you'll find schools that spent $100 million on their high school, while the schools in the inner city have holes in the walls that never get fixed, water fountains that have signs that tell kids not to drink the water, and lead paint on the walls from the 70's that have never been repainted since then. If kids can not take pride in their school, or education, they will do bad because they don't care. If you spend money on them and give them smart boards, classroom laptops, new books, desks, chairs, and whatever else you can think of, they will be more inclined to care about their school, and about their education. They try harder if you show them you care. That's not the teachers part of the job, that that's the administrations job. And the admins don't think that stuff matters.
As far as streamlining teaching. That's the worst idea ever thought up for education. That what they do now in order to teach to the test. If you go into any inner city school, you re supposed to be able to walk into any classroom at random and they will be on the same page in the text book. How does that help kids? There's no personal touch that the teachers can give to their class that will enable them to answer questions or get into more detail about the topic they are teaching.
What about suburb schools that have the money to spend on tests that will determine if a kid has a learning disorder or is slow? Those kids get pulled out of the regular class and put into a slower class. In the City, those kids are overlooked and left in with everyone else. My girlfriend has kids in one class that are on 12th grade reading levels and some that are one 3rd grade levels. If she had to streamline her teaching, the higher level kids would get bored and not listen and fail, and the lower level kids would get confused, lost in the material, and fail. What they do is called differentiation. It's what little they can do to help kids of all levels. But it's not enough. City schools need more money to be able to hire teachers to teach special ed classes.
In the future, teaching will not be a competitive job. It will be a job that you do for 5 years, and get fired and have to find another job, not because you are a bad teacher, but because they are paying you too much for what they believe teachers should make. Teachers get paid the bare miminum and work an average of 60 hour weeks. There's no summers off, either. The majority of teachers have to work summer jobs just to pay the bills.
Ok, I digress
Honestly, I can't stand coconut milk. Don't know why. Something about the taste. I know it doesn't really taste like coconut, but I can taste it enough, or at least think I can. Plus it isn't thick enough for the purpose I need it for, and I refuse to add corn starch to it tothickenit
I'd leave them hanging freely as much as possible, so I wouldn't tie them back when you sleep, but like Eagle said, I don't like the lumps under my back and they are long enough that if my weight is on them, I can't move my head around, so I just toss them over the end of my bed. Don't know what I'll do when they're long enough to hit the ground. I don't have a headboard
And the sea salt should only be used about an hour or less before you wash. Otherwise it'll dry out your scalp and cause them to itchuncontrollably
So they are looking really good, but don't be scared when they fall out. There's really no need to re do them every time they come undone. It's part of the process. If you keep forcing them to tangle by tnring them or back combing them every time they untangle, they will take much longer to knot and mat on their own. With how they look now, I'd just let them be.
Keep washing them, but what you are doing with the baking soda is not going to help you. The way to do a BS wash is to get about a liter of water and mix in about 1/2 a tbls of BS and let itdissolve. Then pour it over your locks, let it sit for about 10 minutes and then rinse it out.
As for the palm rolling, I started mine with it, and to be honest, It takes forever to do and they'll just come undone when you wash the next time, so why spend all that time palm rolling your hair. I'm sure there are other thing you could be doing with your day.
At the age that your locks are at, you should be washing more than once a week. The more you wash then faster they will knot. 2-3 times a week is better for young locks. When they mature, you can go down to once a week.
I'll let Eagle go into the hazards of Knotty boy products. he knows his stuff. But before he does, I'll just let you know that that stuff is pretty harmful to your hair.
I hope I wasn't too harsh. I tried to be polite, but there were multiple things I figured I could help you out with
Same here Sam. I make an awesome rice pudding, but the astronomical amount of milk and heavy cream that go into it is too much for me. I can taste just enough to tell when the flavor is right, but I can't, for the life of me, get down a whole cup of it myself anymore. I can still eat cheese, but as far as milk and cream go, my stomach can't handle it anymore.