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Jimmy DC
@jimmy-dc
07/15/14 02:13:27PM
87 posts

Should I get dreads when I'm in the hospitality industry? DOES IT MATTER?!


dready interests

I agree with Mujtaba. If someone does not hire you because of your dreads, which can be definitely kept in a professional looking manner (there's many professionals in this forum), then it shows a lack of professionalism from their part. How good of a job you can do does not reflect on the way you look. I don't know much about Malaysia, and I'm speaking from a more American point of view, although I am originally from Peru.

My hair is pretty messy, because I'm doing natural dreads, but whenever I go to an interview or something, as much as I hate it I dress up in my best clothing, sometimes even put on ties depending on the place. What matters is the first impression and then sweet talking them into thinking you are the right candidate. If they question your hair/dreads which they probably shouldn't, you should still be prepared and have your reason, religious, spiritual, part of who you are, etc. and explain how there's lots of misconceptions on dreads being dirty and that you like teaching others a bit as to show your initiative and passion for what you do and believe in.

Good luck and hope you do some care-free dreadding!

Jimmy DC
@jimmy-dc
07/15/14 10:16:45AM
87 posts

Flour still in dreads... suggestions?


Dread Maintenance

Well after two weeks of taking part on a crud war which had flour, I still have flour on my dreads. I have some decently mature dreads and some not as mature, but my issue is that the flour got wet right after and it got all doughy and dried up. At first I tried a couple different things, but after being unable to completely getting it out, I thought it would just eventually fall off. But I was wrong, the back of my head was the main target of the flour and it is also the part of my head with the most mature dreads, and I also cannot really look at it. But today i was standing in front of the mirror and noticed one of the side front dreads had a bit of flour (noticeably on the outside) but as i tried to get it out i realized it was not only on a superficial level it was all in it as well, not an awful lot but a decent amount. So I'm sure those dreads in the back definitely have more in my back dreads.

I just wanted out because my grandmother said that if I don't then it would eventually become little larvae which truly freaks me out. I really don't want to cut my hair, I've grown it for 3 years and started my neglect dreads 14 or 15 months ago.

I also think this is an important issue that we should address as I feel like it could happen to anybody or if we want to do a color run or something similar and it gets wet it would be a similar situation. I am open to any suggestion and willing to try different things so in the future others might have a reference to go to.

Thank You, and if you have any ideas please post them!

EDIT: Also I have been considering combing them out, but wouldn't know how to do it or if it is recommendable. If I were to what should i use so i don't rip half my hair out haha, I would just restart my neglect way, thanks again


updated by @jimmy-dc: 01/13/15 10:04:44PM
Jimmy DC
@jimmy-dc
07/05/14 07:21:12PM
87 posts

How to get flour off dreads?


Dread Maintenance

I appreciate you asking, and well it's still there, I've started to take it off manually but everytime I think I'm close to been done I find another dread covered and even the flour crawling into them. It is all dried up and it really is like clay. and some of them have dried and it is noticeable size like 2mm and they have caught multiple hairs. I'm going to try washing with baking soda and ACV, and if that's no good I'll try the Dawn dish soap, and if that's no good I'm open to any other suggestions haha. Maybe I'll try the knot rot from vicki's if neither works

Jimmy DC
@jimmy-dc
07/03/14 04:29:21PM
87 posts

How to get flour off dreads?


Dread Maintenance

Well i think you're right because i did the highest pressure in my shower and its still there. I don't have one of those hose but I'll ask around to see of anybody ik does, although it'll probs hurt
Jimmy DC
@jimmy-dc
07/03/14 01:58:17PM
87 posts

How to get flour off dreads?


Dread Maintenance

If the high pressure water doesn't work, I would really appreciate if there is any sort of way to get rid off it through vinegar or something. If your hubby doesn't know any methods I will just go the long way and do each one individually... got lots of time in the summer. Thanks

Brandi Wilson said:

My husband is asleep right now but he is a chef. When he gets up I'll see if he has any ideas for you. It seems like there would be some kind of solution or mixture or like maybe white vinegar...(just a guess, it cleans everything else). I know I have been thinking about doing a color run but I've heard that stuff is hard to get off everything without dreads. Good luck!

Jimmy DC
@jimmy-dc
07/03/14 01:56:07PM
87 posts

How to get flour off dreads?


Dread Maintenance

I will try the highest pressure in my shower today, hopefully it works. I will let you know how it works. Thanks for the input

soaring eagle said:

if it never got we t it shoulda justr fallen out when shgaked out but once wet it will get doughey and yea doing what yiour doing probly is best bend emn twist em kink em anything that breaks up tyhe dough into chunks

i cant think of much beyond that this is something new that is like a mental puzzle that needs to be figured out and from what i imagine the consistency to be the working it trying to break it up seems logicaly to be the best idea this might be a question more for a chef

something that will break it up dilute it into a watery consistency

now that i think of it that way what might be worth trying is long soajks with rough agiitation like youd get in a washijng machine..or high pressure blasting like a sandblaster hbut with water u know like those things they sell for powerwashing buildings..like if u crimp a hose down to a very small hole so u get a very powerful stream that jusats blasts it away

im split here tho on 1 hand moisture may make it more gummy less likely to flake out but enough water and pressure may dilute it enough or blast it away

hmmm

tough call

Jimmy DC
@jimmy-dc
07/02/14 10:50:34PM
87 posts

How to get flour off dreads?


Dread Maintenance

Alright so I was leading my town's middleschoolers in a WyldLife camp and one of the events is a crud's war with flour, some gooey stuff, sand and water balloons. I didn't think much of it and of course having long hair and about 15 months of freeforming dreads my head was a clear target for more than one middleschooler out of the four hundred there... It was fun and about 4 or so kids threw all their flour in my head/dreads and well it got wet with the water balloons and what not and I decided to take a shower to get rid of whatever was left in my dreads, but that didn't happen it seems like the flour just dried up in my dreads and even tho I spent a long time in the shower a good amount stayed. I didn't think much of it as there was a pool at this place and thought that it would probably fall off once i went into the pool, but it didn't. I probably went into the pool on 3 or 4 separate occasions after getting the flour in my dreads and its still there. The best way I've found so far to get rid of it is by grabbing each dread individually and kinda roll it between my fingers and see the flour start falling off. Anybody has any recommendation on how to solve my issue? I probably got the flour on my hair/dreads like three or four days ago and I think it looks grody and it probably does look like wax. Thank You for everything


updated by @jimmy-dc: 01/13/15 10:04:32PM
Jimmy DC
@jimmy-dc
06/04/14 02:08:16AM
87 posts

How to prevent and/or treat mold and mildew?


Dread Maintenance

So for about one year and a couple months I have been growing natural dreads. Haven't done much other than just let them be, wash every two or three days, and separating. And of course I got most of my knowledge from this awesome community. However it seems to be sort of something that happens every once in a couple months, that somebody will post a heartbreaking story about finding grody amounts of mold/mildew in the center of their dreads. And well that made me personally very self conscious about my own dreads. And just recently I started sensing this sort of odd smell to my head and cut a dread and seem to have some mold or mildew (don't really know the difference haha) in it. I have been really calm about it and today I checked this other half dread, which is basically what I call a dread that forms from a knot of fallen hair that gets tangled and I don't realize for a while and basically this sort of dread forms and it has a weird-ish look to it and I can tell it is not a real dread, long explanation that isn't really important, but yeaa I had one of them and i took it out and cut it in a bunch of different pieces to see if there was anything inside, and there was... it also seemed like a very small amount but it still grossed me out because it was in my hair. I instantly ordered the rot knot because I've read here that it works wonders and once i get it myself and use it, I will write a review on the site. However I wanted to get a discussion going so more experienced dreadies can give out advice and newbies don't go through having to go through mold/mildew

First I wanted to know what is the main cause of mold and mildew? And why it might occur in dreads?

-I think it has to do with water but not fully sure about it.

Second, is there any home recipe for it? I know that the rot knot will be a great product, but i know there's a bunch of members from all over the world and getting Vickis stuff shipped overseas is probably expensive.

Lastly, what methods are there to completely go through a mold/mildew free dread experience? This is more of a question for the dreadheads who've done it for years and have never had an issue, or anybody actually.

Thanks for the answers


updated by @jimmy-dc: 01/13/15 10:04:12PM
Jimmy DC
@jimmy-dc
05/29/14 03:14:42PM
87 posts

Second thoughts


Introduce Yourself

Hey man no idea how old you are, but I started my dreading by the end of my senior year in a town that is very preppy/rich suburban area in CT. And well most of my friends and teachers have not really seen somebody with dreads before, other than bob marley and sadly Lil wayne haha. But yeaa I got both support and questioning to my decision. But I found the secret formula, give zeros. That simple, those who support and think your air is awesome might desire to do the same as you but due to fear to judgement haven't even started. If somebody looks at you wrong and is judging you hard, smile back and wave (I've done it) and those people will feel bad because they realize that their ignorance in judging somebody due to their hair or appearance shows poorly on their part. And if they don't feel bad, doesn't matter, you most likely wouldn't want that person as a friend. Life is as simple as you make it, we're not the center of the world, maybe that person is having a bad day or has bad sight and you might think they are looking at you strangely. I work as a cashier in a supermarket and go to uni(summer now tho) And I have mostly experienced positive experiences. If you smile at somebody it is very likely that they'll smile back, that's what I try to do, and people see that I am a friendly individual and small talk mostly about my hair and how long I've grown it and all this other stuff comes up, and they leave smiling. Some people are just grouchy but we all have crappy days so I try to now judge them even when they give me an attitude, I also have to suck it up, but I just brush it off, no need to worry about it. Keep the dreading up man, you're getting lots of support from us, and probably close friends at home, maybe not family, but I think growing dreads shows maturity and an opportunity to grow as a person and get past society's norms, and many of the norms are just outdated tradition, or pure prejudice and judgement, which I hope as a society we grow out of. Well best of luck man, keep those dreads up and separating is a pain but we gotta do what we gotta do, at least we're not combing haha

Jimmy DC
@jimmy-dc
05/29/14 02:45:13PM
87 posts

Two dreads maintenance questions


Dread Maintenance

Awesome, thanks soaring eagle. Also I was wondering, now that you mentioned that we have such different results with the shampoos/barsoaps. I thought that once dreads were more mature and better sectioned, one should move into the bar soaps, or is that not necessarily right? I usually buy in a small bulk amount like three or four items because the shipping stays the same. And right now I still got a bar and a half left, so before ordering the rot knot I was wondering if you'd recommend going back to the locking up shampoo for a couple months, or just stick with the bar soaps? Thanks for the help

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