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Baba Fats
@Baba Fats
02/04/12 11:45:26PM
2,730 posts

hi


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That's about all you can do. I have yet to be able to find beads big enough for mine any more. There are a couple of links up top to stores that take custom orders. If you give them a diameter, I'm sure they could make you one. I haven't tried it yet. The problem with beads that big is that they tend to weigh a whole lot more. clay ones might be a little lighter than glass, but I'm a stickler for glass or other natural products. I haven't used any clay beads

Baba Fats
@Baba Fats
02/04/12 08:40:19AM
2,730 posts

hi


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I'm one of those people who's got 12-14 locks. Ok, they do dry super slow. I squeeze all the water out for a good 5 minutes in the shower after I wash. I then use a towel and squeeze even more out (in the 5 seconds it takes to step out of the shower, more water seeps to the surface). I then blow dry for 5 minutes. They'll still be damp for 6 or so hours. I have to hit them with a blow drier 3-4 times if it's too cold to let them air dry outside.

2. I have definitely noticed a slowing down of hair growth since I congo'd them to be this big. Before the could grow 3 inches a year (That's really fats for me). When they were thinner, they'd grow 6 inches a year. Now that I combined them, they slowed down to about 2-3 inches again.

Enough about me. You will usually lose about 1/3 to 1/2 of your original length. That one that folded over is perfectly natural. It will probably eventually round itself out. They do that as you sleep on them and compress them every which way. I'd just let that one go. The others will probably follow soon in their own way.

The most important thing for fat locks is protecting them from congos. Every few days just pull them apart. Mine are not as big as my wrists yet, but the sections are probably large enough to be once they grow out a little more.

If you've got any questions on how to take care of fatties like those, message me. I'll be glad to help

Baba Fats
@Baba Fats
02/04/12 08:24:24AM
2,730 posts

Introductory Essay :P


Introduce Yourself

I wish I had the time to go into what I really want to. I'll try to later.

But for now, Welcome to the community. It's great to hear you reasons for locking. I especially like how you're using them to help fight your anxiety. It will probably work. We've all had some ignorant people comment on our hair in negative ways. For me it was my parents and grandparents. For you, it might just be some random person in line at the grocery store. Good luck. A piece of advice: No matter what other people say, just remember that they don't matter in the large scheme of things. They would comment about anything just to start an argument. It's got nothing to do with your hair.

As for your boss, legally he is not allowed to fire you or do anything negative because you have locks. He may ask you to tie to up or back if it's a safety or food safety issue. In that case, jut comply, it's not worth an argument for something simple.

That being said, you might want step up you game at work. He may not like your locks. In that case, he might look for other things to get you on in order to fire you. It'll be your job to prove it was because of your hair. If you prove yourself to be the best employee, he'll have a hard time justifying his actions. I know it's a double standard, but it not unlike being a woman, or a minority at work. They have to work twice as hard for the same recognition as white men. It's messed up, but it's true.

Good luck.

Baba Fats
@Baba Fats
02/03/12 10:18:43PM
2,730 posts

new and not sure what to do.


Dreading Methods

If you do it right, no, they wont stick out. Yo don't need to pull them so tight down to your scalp that it hurts. In fact, if it's still a little loose around the root, it's ok, even better. They lock faster and easier if they have room to move. That way they will stay laying flat. One might decide to stick out a little, but that's natural. You wont end up looking like Sideshow Bob. Don't worry about that.

And no, once you do the TnR method once, you don't have to do anything except wash. If you feel like you want them to look a little more maintained for any reason, there's a new locking gel from dreadlockshampoo.com. It's not a wax or anything like that. Ask SE about it. He's giving it a shot on his beard locks. And he's the biggest advocate for natural/neglect. If he's willing to use it, it's got to be fine.

Baba Fats
@Baba Fats
02/03/12 10:01:38PM
2,730 posts

new and not sure what to do.


Dreading Methods

You can definitely start that short. I did.

I'd say start with the Twist and Rip method. They will look the most presentable for a while till you wash them, and they become a tangled mess again. But it's OK, you can put beads on the to help keep the sections separated. You can always wear them tied back or with a nice bandanna to keep them out of the way. If your boss tries to give you grief about food safety, which they probably will, offer to wear a plain black tam, or something that will keep them out of the food. I know people here will say that you should never have to hide them, but be honest, would you be as willing to eat if your waitress (even with straight hair) just let it fly loosely around your food?

The beads will also help keep those loose hairs attached to your locks

Baba Fats
@Baba Fats
02/03/12 09:30:54PM
2,730 posts

Going the distance


Dreading Methods

http://www.hhs.gov/safety/bpa/

thought you'd like to read this

Baba Fats
@Baba Fats
02/03/12 09:28:31PM
2,730 posts

Going the distance


Dreading Methods

At your age, though, you don't have to be AS worried about it. If you can't find BPA free stuff right away, don't be afraid to use the bottle you've got. BPA is much more harmful to infants and developing kids than it is to adults

Baba Fats
@Baba Fats
02/03/12 09:26:36PM
2,730 posts

Going the distance


Dreading Methods

some pharmacies might have them. Whole Foods definitely does.


updated by @Baba Fats: 07/10/15 12:41:07AM
Baba Fats
@Baba Fats
02/03/12 08:47:02AM
2,730 posts

First time dreads :)


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Some people use just the BS method. Others use normal residue free shampoo and once in a while use the BS wash for a deep clean.

It's up to you.

The pics are a little washed out, but from what I can see, you shouldn't have any trouble locking.

Baba Fats
@Baba Fats
02/03/12 07:50:01AM
2,730 posts

First time dreads :)


Introduce Yourself

I just like pushing this forum, cause it hasn't seen much activity in a bit. Do a search for "top secret". It'll be one of the first if not the first to pop up.

As for starting. What do you mean you hope to start the natural method "soon"? To start the natural method, you just start. Toss out your comb, get a residue free shampoo for Dreadlockshampoo.com, or Dr. Bronners, or use the Baking Soda/Apple Cider Vinegar wash. There's all sorts of recipes for the amounts you should use all over this site. It's easiest to make a big batch of 1 cup BS to 1 gallon water and the same ratio of ACV to water. And WASH WASH WASH. 2-3 times a week for the first few months.

When you are first staring, use a liquid soap. It's gentler on your hair. As they mature to a point where scrubbing harder wont undo your locks, you can, if you want, switch to a bar.

ONLY FOCUS ON YOUR SCALP. This is very important. You do not have to wash your hair. Scrub your scalp, and when you rinse, it will run through your hair, cleaning it.

When you dry, do not run your head with a towel. This undoes knots that are trying to form. Just take a towel, wrap it around your hair and squeeze until excess water comes out. Then let it air dry. As they mature, you can use a blow drier to speed up the process. As they mature they take longer and longer to dry.

There's nothing special you need to buy or own except for the soap. Don't listen to people who talk about using wool pillow covers or wearing tams to sleep. Neither arenecessary. In fact, tams tend to fall off at night anyway.

You might find that a few are growing in flatter than others. Don't worry. They tend to flatten out over time.

If the process seems to be moving really slow, you can always put some beads in your hair to help the sections along.

And separate. You won't need to for a little while, but after a few weeks, they might start to tangle into larger chunks than you want, just rip them apart as you see fit. Usually every 2-3 washes.

It'll help us if you can post some pics of your hair too. Then we'll get a better idea of whether you have thick or thin hair. The more info, the better we can help you

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