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hippiegal
@hippiegal
03/01/12 08:35:57PM
184 posts

Any over 30's dreadies?


General Talk

I think it's a balance of not neglecting those you care for, while also looking to your own inner needs. Having dreadlocks, you could be showing your kids the importance of following those real needs (as opposed to momentary wants), the strength to be oneself, and tolerance to those who look 'different.' Just a thought.

Heather said:

i think i understand what your saying. i'm still going through a phase of worrying what people will say about this and that. i got married at 18 and got pregnant about 6 months later so i kind of feel like i've spent my whole life doing things for other people and making sure i fit the mommy mold that others expected of me. i wanted dreadlocks in my 20's but the "friends" in my life at the time wouldn't have supported me so i held off. i definitely didn't think i would wait until my 40's but oh well:)

hippiegal said:

When I turned 50 I intentionally put aside those things I was never really interested in but hung onto because one 'should.' Since then I don't let myself be intimidated by 'shoulds' as I did when younger. I follow, as much as possible, what feels right for me. This has made me feel a lot lighter. If anyone were to say to me, 'You're too old for dreads,' I'd say, 'Not any more.' But that's my journey, yours might unfold differently. Happy birthday for Sunday! :)

Heather said:

Okay so when does that start because that hasn't happened for me yet. Lol!


hippiegal said:

I'm 55 but very much feeling younger as I get older. Anyone Elsevier feel the same?

hippiegal
@hippiegal
03/01/12 07:51:37PM
184 posts

Any over 30's dreadies?


General Talk

When I turned 50 I intentionally put aside those things I was never really interested in but hung onto because one 'should.' Since then I don't let myself be intimidated by 'shoulds' as I did when younger. I follow, as much as possible, what feels right for me. This has made me feel a lot lighter. If anyone were to say to me, 'You're too old for dreads,' I'd say, 'Not any more.' But that's my journey, yours might unfold differently. Happy birthday for Sunday! :)

Heather said:

Okay so when does that start because that hasn't happened for me yet. Lol!


hippiegal said:

I'm 55 but very much feeling younger as I get older. Anyone Elsevier feel the same?

hippiegal
@hippiegal
03/01/12 07:18:22PM
184 posts

Any over 30's dreadies?


General Talk

I'm 55 but very much feeling younger as I get older. Anyone else feel the same?


updated by @hippiegal: 07/18/15 04:35:14PM
hippiegal
@hippiegal
03/01/12 07:05:07PM
184 posts

new site update is live need suggestions


General Talk

I second your nominations for Taye, Baba and Panterra, these are the names that came to my mind too.

soaring eagle said:

android app will come after tyhe iphone 1 is fully functional but theres a whole new mobile site in the works too whicj[h is a huge huge project

but i jneed suggestions on catef]=gories and who belongs in what categories

so far

i got me taye and baba in dread gurus (thers plenty more who can go in there)

panterra in hair scalp health experts (who eklse?0/

i havent started the rest

hippiegal
@hippiegal
02/14/12 07:35:24PM
184 posts

would i look good with dreads ???


Introduce Yourself

Hi Chris, and welcome. From all the pics I've seen on this site and others, and all the dready people I've met, everyone looks good with dreads. It's the natural way hair goes when not cut, styled or combed. Natural suits us all because we all are from nature. That might sound a bit 'new-agey' but it's true.

The exception is dreads that have been made by salons, wax, crotchet etc. Even if they look tidier and you can get what looks like dreads faster, the long-term results are often horribly disappointing. Ask some people on this site who have tried.

As for undoing dreads, I can't help you, I haven't tried it myself.If you decide to start dreads or still have doubts, there's heaps of people here to support you and answer questions.

hippiegal
@hippiegal
02/14/12 07:02:31PM
184 posts

Naturally occurring dreadlocks a concept difficult to grasp


General Talk

That's very insightful, I think you're onto something. We still need to be alert to what's happening around us, but being able to tell real threats from harmless differences is what distinguishes an aggressively conformist society from one that's tolerant of diversity. There's an evolutionary benefit in diversity as well. Cultural random mutation, perhaps. I'm just tossing around ideas here. :)

Jdwood said:

Interesting discussions. I love it when some of you share some personalexperience. When I first let my beard grow it got big fast and EVERYBODY made a comment on it, it freak people out nobody wasindifferent. I miss my beard but my skin was doingweirdtings and I had to shave the last one I had...I had two nice locks forming ( I put braids in my beard and they where locking up nicely). Reaction todifferenceis very natural it's part of how we evolve andsurvivedfor so long. Many of our social habits are 'residues' of our wild ancestors. We are domesticated (some more then others) andpredominantsocial conduct or reactions are evolutionary habits that survived until today. Some are useful others not and some limit us.

hippiegal
@hippiegal
02/14/12 03:46:32PM
184 posts

hello new friends!


Introduce Yourself

Hi, Bee, welcome to the site and to the adventure of natural dreads!

hippiegal
@hippiegal
02/14/12 03:30:48PM
184 posts

Naturally occurring dreadlocks a concept difficult to grasp


General Talk

It's like the way people used to freak out in the 60s about men with long hair. That too was seen as unclean, degenerate, unsocial, threatening, etc. But to these guys it was political, spiritual, or freeing in some way - even if only from having to visit a barber every six weeks. Fifty years on and there are probably still folk who rail on about 'long-hairs,' but mostly it's accepted now. I think in decades to come you will see a lot more dreads and dreadlock-wise people. It's up to us to set the course for natural dreads, and undercut the salons before they move in too far.

Sara M~ )O( said:

I very much agree with the OP... it's not much to do about dreadlocks but dreadlocks are one of those things that people don't want to change their mindset about. They are one of those things that require more thinking and changing your way of thought and sometimes your feelings about things, and like someone said if the people you are talking to aren't at that point in their life, they will reject what you tell them and some will always try to challenge you. I also have to say I was very happy to see someone comment about the brainwashing involved in the pregnancy/birth process, infant feeding, and modern medicine! haha. Totally OT but still, <3.

hippiegal
@hippiegal
02/12/12 06:02:28PM
184 posts

EVERYONE! i want to know...


General Questions

This is most inspiring, Hans. You have put it so beautifully.

Hans Miniar Jnsson said:

To most, dreadlocks is simply a term tied to Jamaica, reggae, cannabis andRastafarianism, but what I found was a number of traditions far older than any of that, traditions rooted in nature, wisdom, self-sacrifice, etc, etc, etc,...

I had hesitated to lock ye olde mane of hair because of a few things.
1. I'm not christian. Rastafarianism, the origin of the english term "Dreadlocks", is a christian sect where the locks are a part of showing their devotion to YHVH (the judeo-christian deity.)
2. While I am of mixed heritage, I'm about as white skinned as the next guy. Dreadlocks, as a word, is strongly tied to the history of people of colour (specifically, of African descent) in Jamaica and USA.
3. There is no other actively used term for this than "dreadlocks" (or "dreads" for short) so there's no way of escaping the first two points.... people will misunderstand and misinterpret.

Doesn't matter...
Not after I found ties to my ancestors, my ancestral faith, my heritage if you will.
Not after the tradition of locks as something done, not out of rebellion, not out of combat, and not out of subservience to a deity, but out of a search for something more, a search for wisdom, a search for understanding, out of proximity/connection with the earth, etc, etc, etc, etc...

I respect wisdom more than rebellion, I want to learn and grow in wisdom myself.
I want to understand more, I want to know more, I want to be more open to the beating of the heart of nature herself.

I know that hair won't do that... but it's symbolic, it has meaning to me.
And meaning is something we create. A card doesn't have an inherent meaning, but the image, the text, and the people who give and receive it, these are the things that add emotion to the act of giving a card, and the people who have that emotion are what gives it value and meaning.
So it doesn't matter if it's "just hair", it's something I'm doing, for this reason, and this gives it value, and meaning.

hippiegal
@hippiegal
02/12/12 05:41:38PM
184 posts

Naturally occurring dreadlocks a concept difficult to grasp


General Talk

These people probably think that you get dreads by not washing your hair. They don't make the comb connection.

Baba Fats said:

Well, people just have twisted views of what locks are. To the layman, there is a difference between matted, and tangled hair. They think that dreadlocks are twisted, therefore tangled, but your hair is not twisted, therefore it is just matted.

They don't get it that tangled and matted are the same thing. Try explaining to them that your hair naturally twists and tangles itself. You don't have to do it to your hair.

If all you say is that you wash, people automatically envision clean, straight hair. They might look at you, and see locks, but that not what's going on in their minds. It's a form of change blindness. They are seeing what they are imagining. It's hard to explain. It's like day dreaming while your listening to someone talk. You hear the words, but have no idea what they just said when they stop talking.

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