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Baba Fats
@baba-fats
09/30/12 08:40:27AM
2,730 posts

thankful


Introduce Yourself

Congrats. That's excellent. Locks bring out the beauty within everyone, and they are super sexy too. So don't worry about losing sexy straight hair for knots. Locks are just as sexy. Plus the types of guys/girls you'll attract will be more conducive to you're lifestyle.

I used to dye my hair all sorts of colours, and wear black eyeliner and black nail polish. I didn't spend much time in front of a mirror, but I did spend some. Now I spend absolutely no time there except when I brush my teeth, It is extremely freeing

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
09/29/12 07:47:28PM
2,730 posts

Whats with the negativity?


Introduce Yourself

My mom has been against my locks since day 1. When my wedding was coming up, she finally caved about me having them. But... She wanted me to comb them out so she could pay for me to go to a salon and have them "done" nicely.

My aunt doesn't talk about them much, but one day went on and on about how they will make me go bald.

My grandfather, who is from the old country, constantly tells me to cut them and that I am too old to have funny hair.

We all have people in out lives who don't approve of the things we do. Luckily this is someone you don't see regularly.

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
09/29/12 09:36:08AM
2,730 posts

Need help please


Help! Save My Dreads

Crochet hooks do nothing but damage your locks, weaken your roots, which destroys the integrity and longevity of them.

Ixchel and Eagle pretty much said it all. Dreadlocks do not need any more maintenance than washing 2-3 times a week with a non residue soap, and separating when needed. They are the easiest hairstyle to have. if you feel like you need maintenance, you are missing the point.

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
09/28/12 02:06:29PM
2,730 posts

Soaking, washing, bunching, separating...


General Questions

If they want to blunt, that's what they will do. If you can stop it withoutaggressively ripping them apart, try it on 1 and see how it works. But they may just want to blunt. Just be aware that blunted tips will take longer to dry.

And yeah, it's easier to separate them when wet. But you may not need to separate as often as you think. I have a video tutorial on how to separate. You only need to when the body of the lock starts tangling with other locks. If the roots are tangling, it's not a bad thing.

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
09/28/12 12:35:28PM
2,730 posts

1 year dreading but with wax...


Help! Save My Dreads

I can't see the white stuff you're talking about, but hopefully, hopefully, it's just wax and not mold. When you wash, does your hair smell? I mean, Smell. Kind of like a wet dog. This isn't uncommon when they are wet, but does the smell linger after they dry? That would be a sign of mold.

Before you do anything you need to do some wax removal sessions. Because it's been a year, and because you tried to melt it out with hot water, you'll have to do quite a few.

Get a dish soap that is tough on grease. If they sell Dawn in the UK, get that. What you need to do is fill a big bowl, or pot with the hottest water you can keep your hands in for a while. Squirt in a generous amount of the soap. Then, one at a time, dunk your locks into the pot and massage the soap into the lock for about a minute. When you're done, wash normally. You'll have to do this 2-3 times a week for at least a month.

What the hot water did was melt the wax which didn't actually strip it out of your hair. What it did was melt it so that it seeped deeper into your locks.

In Ireland, it's called bread soda, it might be in the UK, too. But get some baking soda and use that and apple cider vinegar to wash your hair. You can find recipe's all over this site, but if you need, we can help you with the ratios and how to do it. You don't mix the BS and ACV together.

I know it may seemexpensiveto ship overseas, but that company uses flat rate shipping, so if you buy a few things from them, the shipping wont go up. You can probably get 5-6 bars from them for the same shipping cost. That makes it a bit more worth it. If you go that route, get the wax-b-gone too. It's the best stuff out there for removing wax

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
09/28/12 11:58:16AM
2,730 posts

neglect


Dreading Methods

That all depends. For baby locks, there's no reason to. If you NEED them dry for something you are going to, you can use one for a minute or 2 just to jump start the drying. But if you do, only use it for a couple of minutes and make sure to move it around a lot so your hair doesn't get heat damage.

But if you don't need them dry fast, it's best to just let them air dry

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
09/28/12 06:53:10AM
2,730 posts

neglect


Dreading Methods

Shake off the excess water in the shower and let them drip and air dry as much as possible. If you really need to do something, gently pat them with a towel.

Never rub your head with a towel to dry them. That tends to create a general knottiness once, but the next time you do it, it undoes all of those knots from the last time.

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
09/27/12 08:34:41PM
2,730 posts

im thinking about ending my journey?


Introduce Yourself

What are you washing with? Maybe we can help tweak your washing routine to help with the dryness.

It took me a full year to see any real progress. And look at Ixchel's progressShe's 8 months in and only now seeing some knotting.

Some people lock faster than others. Don't give up because it's taking longer than you thought it would.

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
09/27/12 04:12:08PM
2,730 posts

what has been the best part of your journey?


General Talk

The best part: Starting. I loved the idea that I would never have to pick up a brush again.

The most eye opening: The day I forgot when I started. Granted, for me this was about 3 days in. But you get the idea. I believe that you should never pay attention to how old they are. What does that do other than remind you that yours aren't as far along as someone else. And that means nothing. When I was 8 months in, I looked like I was 3 days in. Other who are 4 months in, look like that are 2 years in. So why pay attention to how old they are?

Also, when you see that you don't have mature locks yet, you tend to not think of yourself as having locks. You see yourself as will-be-having-locks-soon. The minute you stop brushing, you are growing locks. They may not be tight and matted. But their babies. You don't say a baby isn't a human until they grow up. So you shouldn't say your messy hair aren't locks until the mature either

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
09/27/12 10:07:02AM
2,730 posts

Three and four months update


Member Journals and Timelines

Very cool. Yeah some hair types just lock up faster. I wish I had your hair. It took me over a year to see any real progress

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