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Baba Fats
@Baba Fats
02/12/12 08:18:10AM
2,730 posts

EVERYONE! i want to know...


General Questions

It's kind of funny. Most people here seem to have found deeper meaning in their lives through their journey.

For me, I started my locks while I was quitting smoking herb, and learning about Rasta. I already felt that deep connection with the earth and how all life is interconnected. My locks were just a way for me to represent that feeling through my appearance. As time went on, however, I stopped caring about how my locks made me look. I no longer view myself as the guy with dreadlocks. Now I am just a guy. They have helped me just become me. I don't ever plan on cutting them, but if I ever had to, I would not feel like a part of me has been lost. I would know, for myself, what dreadlocks have taught me.

After 5 years with them, I am just a guy who happens to have dreadlocks. They are beautiful, they're fun, they are easy. I am at a point where that are me. No maintenance, no effort, no care for how people see me


updated by @Baba Fats: 07/23/15 07:56:46AM
Baba Fats
@Baba Fats
02/11/12 10:14:50AM
2,730 posts

Top Secret


Dreading Methods

I haven't check this page out in a while. But I just thought of something new to add:

There will always be a few inches of untangled hair down at the tips of your locks. It's perfectly natural. In fact, it's better. It lets water run out of your hair instead of getting stuck in blunted tips. Even if you try to TnR the hell out of that hair, it will most likely not stay. If a lock wants to blunt, it will, but don't try to force it.

On the vain of loose hairs, there will always be some unkotten hair by your roots too. After time, it will mat and tangle on it's own. Look at pictures of dreadlocks. Those people's hair were not always that long. But you don't see a lock and then tons of unlocked hair. The last 2 inches or so may not be locked at any given time, but as they grow and have more time in them, they will mat and tangle. There's no reason to root rub or root flip to try and get that hair to knot. Those practices are harmful to your hair and scalp

Baba Fats
@Baba Fats
02/11/12 09:57:53AM
2,730 posts

2 months progress


Member Journals and Timelines

most people tend to lose 1/3 to 1/2 of their original length. You might be good now, but be prepared to lose a few more inches. Once they mature, you're hair will all of a sudden seem to grow so much faster. Check out one of my videos. It shows how fast on of my locks grew in 5 years. It went from 1.5 inches to 12


updated by @Baba Fats: 07/03/15 08:10:49AM
Baba Fats
@Baba Fats
02/11/12 09:55:06AM
2,730 posts

2 months progress


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same. I've been trying to tighten up a few babies, and they seem to get tighter every time I shower too

Baba Fats
@Baba Fats
02/11/12 09:46:45AM
2,730 posts

2 months progress


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Locks tend to grow like that. They usually start knotting closer to the middle and bottom and then work their way up. Probably cause it's easier for hair to tangle closer to the end of the strand. How much length have you lost so far?

And my hair was the same. I've got middle eastern hair. Pretty thick and wavy. And the locks around the crown of my head locked up almost instantly, but even after 5 years, the ones on top are still forming. most are mature, but there's always new hair that pops up and wants to knot

Baba Fats
@Baba Fats
02/11/12 09:43:03AM
2,730 posts

new and not sure what to do.


Dreading Methods

There will always be about 2 inches of loose unknotted hair at the tips. It's totally normal. In fact, it really helps them dry faster. Leave them. Even if you tried to tnr them, they'd just come out anyway. If the lock wants to blunt the tips, it will on it;s own. I've got about 6 blunted locks, and the rest wispy. They did it own their own.

As for the roots being loose, leave them too. As they mature and grow longer that hair will mat itself nd get tangled. Don't worry. I use to worry about it and root flip and all of that to get them tighter, but as I read here, it's notnecessary. They will mat themselves over time. There will always be 1-2 inches on unknotted hair at the roots too.

Look at pictures of dreadlocks. Those peoples hair was not always that long. Locks grow like any other type of hair. but you don't see a lock and then 10 inches of unknotted hair. There's no secret to getting new hair growth to knot up. It just will.


updated by @Baba Fats: 07/10/15 01:47:34AM
Baba Fats
@Baba Fats
02/11/12 09:35:06AM
2,730 posts

2 months progress


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I always love the way they look at that stage, when they are all wispy and tangled. I mean, I love my locks, and I'd never think about cutting them, but sometimes I miss it when they were just a tangled mess. Keep it up. If they go at this rate, they'll be fully mature within the year, if some of them are not already

Baba Fats
@Baba Fats
02/11/12 08:54:51AM
2,730 posts

2 months progress


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wow. great for 2 months. What methods did you use to start?

Baba Fats
@Baba Fats
02/11/12 08:31:45AM
2,730 posts

I'm scared! my dreads are full of whitey blueish stuff that looks like mold but doesnt smell at all...


Help! Save My Dreads

The mold that tends to grow on and in locks is usually white. It's a strain of Mucor. It's usually found in rotting plant matter, soil, and on plants, but it is sometimes found in animal hair.

When you cut open your lock, was it on the inside too? Dissectthe lock and see how far it goes in. If it's just on the outside, it could possible be just lint from something. Do you have any shirts, hoodies, pillow cases, etc that have a similar colour? Most locks look whiteish on the inside, but that's just dead skin cells. If they don't smell, but are as full of the stuff as you say, then it's probably not mold. It's probably lint. YOu could do a few things for this.

1: Brew some strong black tea and use that to dye the lint. It does eventually come out, and faster if you use the BS wash.

2: Henna. Use that to dye your hair. But again, BS will strip the colour

3: Permanentlydye your hair to it's original colour. I'm not sure if BS will take that colour out

There's really not much you can do to remove lint of that quantity, but you can pretty easily cover it up.

If it is mold, Well, there are ways to get rid of it. They're not very pleasant, but they work. Check out the Dreaducation page and see what it takes. I't going to be something like the wax removal method.

If you are really not sure, but are paranoid, I'd be willing to check it out for you. If you wanted to, you could mail me the lock you cut off. I've got a microscope and access to lab equipment. I could take a deeper look than you could with your naked eye.

If it is that kind of mold, you don't want it around you for long. It's been known to cause flu like symptoms, and, nasal, lung and respiratory problems.

Message me if you want me to take a look at it

Baba Fats
@Baba Fats
02/10/12 10:45:38PM
2,730 posts

Issues at school


Dreadlocks Journey Emotional Support

Agreed Taye, If it's not highschool, but a school you are paying out of pocket to go to, then that's just one bigot you'll have to deal with. There are more of them out there. My own grandparents and my mom hate my hair. Every time I see my grandparents it's an issue they bring up.

There will always be people who will make off handed comments to you about locks. They don't get them. It's ignorance talking. If it's not written into any dress code, then just ignore it. If it is, then you can fight for your right to wear them as part of a spiritual reason. But please don't say it if you don't mean it. There are those of us who do grow our locks for spiritual reasons. If people just claim that for selfish reasons, it cheapens locks for the rest of us.

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