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Jimmy DC
@jimmy-dc
09/24/15 09:50:02PM
87 posts

I think I'm gonna restart... after almost hitting a mature look


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Thanks Soaring-eagle, and well it is longer than wider, like a bit bigger than 2 inches at the root from left to right and bout 1 inch down/up. I've been using Vickis soap bars, and I like them but I feel like i have stuff built up in the middle of some of my dreads. And this time I hope to salvage all my hair if [ossible, and will probably be a faster process as the last time I started I was just in the 5 inch length or so, and I think it will be a good experience overall.

Jimmy DC
@jimmy-dc
09/24/15 01:10:10AM
87 posts

I think I'm gonna restart... after almost hitting a mature look


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So after two years and some months of going completely natural, I've decided to restart. I have made many mistakes and have allowed for too many of my dreads to congo together to the point where there is huge congo forming in the back of my head made up of 9 mini dreads, i had allowed three and 4 to get together as they were pretty small, but two others joined and then the two big ones joined together and I have been trying to divide it and it just seems kind of impossible at this point. there's plenty of congos in other spots and I really think i messed up early on, and have been extra annoyed at these last couple really big ones that are constantly forming in the back of my head. My head is also itchy and i feel like ssome of my thicker dreads might havea lot of lint or something in them, and would just like to start again. 

It kinda blows but I think it's the best decision, as I'm still young(turning 20 in october) and want to keep my dreads for a long time regardless. I don't care about the messy stage which was pretty much all of last year, and don't mind going through it again. 
I want to know if you guys could recommend the best way to undo my dreads without having to cut them off. And if anybody has any experience undoing them to let me know if the result was what they wanted, or should i start from zero, meaning a buzzcut. I'm open to suggestions, but would like to get opinions from many of you here to help me decide. Thank you guys

Jimmy DC
@jimmy-dc
09/24/15 01:06:49AM
87 posts

I think I'm goingto restart...



So after two years and some months of going completely natural, I've decided to restart. I have made many mistakes and have allowed for too many of my dreads to congo together to the point where there is huge congo forming in the back of my head made up of 9 mini dreads, i had allowed three and 4 to get together as they were pretty small, but two others joined and then the two big ones joined together and I have been trying to divide it and it just seems kind of impossible at this point. there's plenty of congos in other spots and I really think i messed up early on, and have been extra annoyed at these last couple really big ones that are constantly forming in the back of my head. My head is also itchy and i feel like ssome of my thicker dreads might havea lot of lint or something in them, and would just like to start again. 

It kinda blows but I think it's the best decision, as I'm still young(turning 20 in october) and want to keep my dreads for a long time regardless. I don't care about the messy stage which was pretty much all of last year, and don't mind going through it again. 
I want to know if you guys could recommend the best way to undo my dreads without having to cut them off. And if anybody has any experience undoing them to let me know if the result was what they wanted, or should i start from zero, meaning a buzzcut. I'm open to suggestions, but would like to get opinions from many of you here to help me decide. Thank you guys

Jimmy DC
@jimmy-dc
03/01/15 02:26:41PM
87 posts

Dread tams, whats best for work?


Dread Products

Hello my dreadlock comrades, I have been on my neglect journey for almost two years now and I’m still making progress and haven’t quite achieved a head of mature dreads, but at least now it is noticeable that I am doing natural dreads and get a lot of positive feedback from people around me, especially from black women, I look mixed and my hair still has some curly aspect to it, so I always get compliments from older-ish women hahah its awesome. I guess it looks somewhat from the hippie times/ popular hairstyle when they were younger, also some older white women tend to be fascinated by my hair style, I think it has to be the memories. (Sorry if this offends anyone, just my observation coming from a Latino background in which dreads are not particularly appreciated especially among the older generations). However the point of writing this is to ask whether a tam /beanie style hat could be an acceptable way to wear my dreads to work? I have been tying it and I don’t like that because it’s barely long enough as my hair has barely gained any length in the last year or so. I work in a Café and I’m dealing with food all the time, mixing soup on the kitchen, tossing a salad, grilling a panini, etc. My bosses are pretty awesome, the owner is hilarious, the main chef, and deals with catering, she has no filter in general which is great, the pastry chef who is always there is a pretty awesome boss as well she is very knowledgeable and always willing to help with all my/customer questions, and last is my manager who is a really laid back dude, who is a bit adhd but he’s great and very flexible when it comes to work and school and helping out with anything in general. The only issue is that my job is located on the suburbs of Connecticut and it’s rather a wealthy kind of town, it’s an awesome job while in college. But I was wondering if you guys thought a tam would work for my job? I’m planning on talking to my manager and see what he thinks, also any other suggestions are more than welcome, meaning what I should do with my dreads, they are about shoulder length but I can barely tie a ponytail and it looks a bit messy with all the loose hairs.

 

Last thing, if you guys know any stores that handmade their stuff and are quality material, and solid price please post them or let me know how to get there. Thanks a lot for sticking through the long read 


updated by @jimmy-dc: 03/01/15 02:28:18PM
Jimmy DC
@jimmy-dc
12/31/14 09:50:11PM
87 posts

Dreadlocks Shampoo Bars - Too Conditioning?


Dreads Hair and Scalp Health

hmmm yeaa I'm with se on this one, maybe you're not getting enough protein, but I would assume you did a good amount of research before becoming vegan. If not definitely make sure you're getting enough of everything, I took a nutrition class, just an intro one, and I learnt a lot but I'm no expert. I do like the vicki bars, though my scalp is drying up a bit, mostly due to the heater, or at least that's my hypothesis. Maybe try going back to acv and bs, if you think that was working better. Good luck man, and have a good new year and hope your dreads start gaining strength

Jimmy DC
@jimmy-dc
08/02/14 04:52:36PM
87 posts

Considering wax or something to help my dreads..


Dread Maintenance

Definitely try the bar shampoo. Lots of people say they see a step up on the progress. Somebody did a wax experiment, its gross she cut it and you can see all the residue, she washed it and did all these different things and the wax was still in the dread. I'm 14-15 months in and only the back of my head has some solid dreads, but its been slow for me aswell. Just be patient man, I think you really get to see a big difference in most timelines when ppl are closing into their second year of neglect dreads. Compare some of your pics before you started and now, you'll see a difference. Good luck man. And don't worry about what ppl say, brush it off... pun intended

Jimmy DC
@jimmy-dc
07/29/14 07:25:49PM
87 posts

New and Restarting!


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Haha well welcome to the neglect/natural bunch. At the end we all just love dreads, though I personally think natural is always the way to go and this site has made me a bit bias, plus trying to keep it natural means for our entire body not only the hair haha. And I'm sure the majority of ppl spend a couple weeks lurking in this site before starting... i probably spend a couple weeks, took a year off and then came back and lurked a couple more weeks reading through a lot of the dreaducation and knowledge filled discussion and well its worth the time. Happy dreading!

Jimmy DC
@jimmy-dc
07/29/14 11:23:09AM
87 posts

Nice smelling hair


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I would recommend Dragons blood, which is a a bit strong when you first smell it but it isn't as strong for those around you. And it's one of my favorite. Another one that I really like is Patchouli, which is somewhat described as a 'hippy' smell, but I personally think it smells awesome and it is a bit more subtle and more plant/ground smell like. Happy dreading man!

Jimmy DC
@jimmy-dc
07/28/14 07:42:16PM
87 posts



Those are awesome dreads. Great timeline as well, Also wondering how often did you separate because it looked like it sectioned quite well. Happy 1 year dread-niversary!

Jimmy DC
@jimmy-dc
07/26/14 10:44:11PM
87 posts

Help me get my mind stright.


Dreadlocks Journey Emotional Support

I don't have much of a recommendation, but rather just telling you to embrace it. If people are telling you that your decision of getting dreads isn't awesome or that's childish, or gross or whatever dumb thing ppl who don't have much knowledge about dreads say.

I am 14-15 months in and my hair has always been curly so I thought I would do fast progress but it hasn't really been fast. I had some three decent dreads which came on the back of my head and that was about it for the first 6 months. Now I have a bit more but it has been a slow ride. A lot of ppl tell me to put lemon juice, to twist them, use WAX, and straight out to not grow dreads or to buzz my head. I know a lot of it is done due to personal opinions or ignorance towards the hairstyle itself. But I don't think it matters regardless. If somebody you care for tells you this things you can explain the process and some of the history behind dreads, that you actually wash it and don't use chemicals damaging to your scalp, show them that you had a thoughtful process behind your decision of getting dreads.

And lastly I want to say that you have the support of everyone here, or I would think most of us haha, to keep on the journey. There is nothing too lose and we want to truly see you succeed. I am truly inspired and happy whenever I see a timeline post from anybody here, especially those who take us with them through their journey and see their first day pic to the two year+ anniversary. We do have each other a forum of others with the same taste towards dreadlocks, with different backgrounds and what not. And I promise you, that you'll be in my prayers tonight!

Hope you continue in this awesome, slow, yet beautiful journey. Best of luck!

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