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Baba Fats
@baba-fats
03/02/12 08:05:31AM
2,730 posts

Short hair, Twist n Rip??


Dreading Methods

Not a mistake at all. Twist and Rip is good for any length hair. With hair that short, though, it'll be some time before you see any real progress. I'd recommend TnR and then if you have some beads, put some them on a few. That will keep those ones sectioned away from the ones without beads. They will knot up a little faster that way.

Get yourself some Dr. Bronners or Dreadlockshampoo.com shampoo. Or you can go with the Baking soda/apple cider vinegar wash. Just keep washing to get your hair nice and ready, by stripping the oils away. Liquid is better for when you are starting out. Once they are mature, you can use a bar.

You might here people recommend a sea salt spray, but not how to use it. Do not EVER leave it on your hair for more than an hour. I spray my hair really well with it about an hour before I wash it. Then rinse it out really well. Then use soap to wash.

You should start a journal/timeline. I'd love to see your progress from short hair to locks to long locks.

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
03/01/12 09:11:12AM
2,730 posts

4 months of natty dreads!


Introduce Yourself

Looking good. After coming them out, your hair was probably so much more kinky and ready to knot. I'm sure that made the process much easier and more smooth. Keep us posted.

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
03/01/12 09:06:14AM
2,730 posts

Advice on natural method


Introduce Yourself

I could go the whole wax is evil way too, but really, It's not worth it. Pus it can sometimes come off like a "holier than thou" way.

So yeah there is a new wax remover soap from dreadlockshampoo.com. But you could get some anti bacterial dish soap and lots of hot water. Make a pot of water as a hot as you can handle and squirt a ton of the soap into it. Dip each lock in individually and with your hands work the soap into each lock for a few minutes each. When you dump out the water you'll see how nasty it looks. Just imagine that all that gunk was once in your hair.

Wash your hair afterwards to get the soap out. You will have to do the process before you wash every time. It can take weeks to months get get all the wax out. If even a little bit is left, it can cause mildew and mold in your hair. So even if you think it's all gone, do it a few more times to make sure.

Once all the wax is out, you'll realize that your hair was not that locked up in the first place. After 3 years, there might be some knotting, but no where near as much as you thought.

Like Tara said, the natural method is easy. Just stop combing or doing anything. Just wash and separate. If you need them to look tidy, tie them back or wear abandanna. But just so you know, tieing them back will slow the process down. So whenever you can, let them hang free.

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
03/01/12 07:31:50AM
2,730 posts

dreadlocks changing more than your hair


General Talk

I love that you mentioned how they have made you talk to more people. It really is that way. People that normally would never talk to you come up ask have all sorts of questions. Once you get started one the topic of you locks, it's easier to transition into a different topic.

Don't feel odd at all about bringing up not shaving or plucking. My girlfriend only shaves her legs once in a while, and more so in the summer because she'll sweat. She might not have locks anymore, but she's still a beautiful dirty hippie anyway.

And as for having a crown, get a picture of yourself with the sun behind you at around 6 in the afternoon. Thats the perfect time to take pictures anyway (called the golden hour. it changes with the seasons). As the light passes through your hair it'll look like a halo or aura surrounding your head

Amelia Nantume Marie Mayer said:

Hey, what a great question to ask!

I have become waaaaay more self-confident. This might be too out there, but I'm gonna say it anyway:

I have always felt that shaving my legs and arm pits was sexist and totally unnecessary. Sooo, after having my dreads for a couple years, and gaining all that self-confidence, I have become much more comfortable with my whole entire body, as well as my thoughts. I have gained the confidence to walk around campus in shorts/skirts and raise my hand in class in a tank top, and now when people stare, it cracks me up! They have NO idea what's going on! It's great!

But aside from that, my dreads really have helped me mature a lot. I live in a pretty conservative town, and people have confronted me about my dreads quite often (thankfully more are simply trying to figure out what my hair is up to rather than insulting me!), so it has forced me to talk to lots of people I wouldn't normally be in contact with.

I also feel much more beautiful. I used to dye my hair all sorts of wacky colors, and it was sleek and very straight. It did not flatter my face at all. Now I have a sweet little fro of frizzies crowning my flowing locks, and i feel like a goddess some days!

Along with gaining self-confidence, I have been able to wear anything I like, even if it looks like trash to someone else. I don't wear makeup anymore, and haven't plucked my eyebrows inyears. I just feel so much more wholesome. It's for sure the best decision i have ever made. I feel like it has also taught me how to be humble, and how to not get hurt from things rude people might do or say.

So what about you? Would love to hear!

-Amelia

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
02/29/12 09:10:45AM
2,730 posts

Washing Natty Dreadlocks And Tips For Beginner


Dreading Methods

same. My girlfriend has a tam, and doesn't even have locks. I don't even always tuck my hair into mine. It doesn't look strange when it lays flat.

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
02/27/12 04:54:34PM
2,730 posts

Questioning Equal opportunity employment.


General Talk

heard. But if they have no documentation that they can prove you knew about (ie. with your signature on it), they could be forced tore-neg your firing. The only problem with doing it that way is that then you'd look like a trouble maker, and they'd do everything they could to fire you again, or make conditions so bad you'd want to quit.

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
02/27/12 04:33:44PM
2,730 posts

Questioning Equal opportunity employment.


General Talk

I don't know about the laws in CO, but you should still be able to fight them as an unjustified termination, unless they had written you up for anything else. Most jobs have a 60 day period where they can fire you for no reason except that they felt that you weren't a good fit for the job. If you were there longer than that, they have to give clear justified reasons for termination.


updated by @baba-fats: 07/23/15 04:33:10PM
Baba Fats
@baba-fats
02/27/12 07:40:00AM
2,730 posts

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Life Issues Facing Dreads

ha! Eagle, my girlfriends mom does the scissor finger thing too. She'll even lean towards my head while she does it. But she's glad I have them and not her daughter. Her whole family, too, except her dad. He loves them. But he is an old cross country hitch hiking hippie.

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
02/26/12 10:44:37PM
2,730 posts

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Life Issues Facing Dreads

Same here. I started mine when I was 20. She hated them, and would voice her opinion, but she'd never force me to take them out.

She's use to them now, but now that my wedding's coming up, she bring it up once in a while that I should take them out and have them "done nice" for the wedding.

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
02/26/12 03:13:31PM
2,730 posts

Washing Natty Dreadlocks And Tips For Beginner


Dreading Methods

I've done it like that. All you want to stay away from when drying with a towel is rubbing your head. That and frizzy towels that tend to loose lint.

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