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❂•Paula•❂
@opaulao
06/14/10 08:07:51PM
751 posts

Flat Iron


Dread Maintenance

Oh no there is no pressure at my church but I feel that becaus they accept me the way I am that I should try my best to look put together. One lady at my church complimented me yesterday so that made me feel real good!!!oh and I've been thinking about this a while and my babies tent to be a little flat so using the iron might make them even flatter. I think I'll stay away from it.. At least until my dreads are more mature :)Alden said:
OPaulaO said:
Wow this is really interesting. I have an old flat iron at home that doesn't really heat up too much that I guess I could use every once in a while. I have been trying to find a way to make my hair look a little decent for church at least :)
Well, I don't know that I'd use it on a regular basis, the heat alone isn't good for your hair. My primary concern is that it may solidify the knots and kinks in the dread, causing the dread to 'look' more mature, but it may keep straight hair (within the dread) straight and not allow it to knot up.
Besides, God loves you regardless of what you look like, and if the pressure to control fuzzies is from other church go-ers then let God handle their intolerance, you just be you sister.

kthnxbye
❂•Paula•❂
@opaulao
06/14/10 08:02:55PM
751 posts

tighter dreads


Dread Maintenance

Well... Mine loosen up after I wash.. But before they a dry I spray them with sea salt water and that dries and tightens them.
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@opaulao
06/14/10 07:03:53PM
751 posts

Dandruff Build Up Under Hair.


Dreads Hair and Scalp Health

Whole foods has a ton of oils. When I first saw the section(it's small but packed good) I wanted to buy so many but I didn't have enough money with me. The only one I bought was tea tree and the little bottle thing comes with a cap thing inside made for letting out drops at a time.The rinse with apple cider vinegar is pretty important. Try filling your milk jug with 2-4 tbsp of vinegar and the rest water and see if that helps. You may not need so much of the mixture though if your hair is short. just enough to cover your scalp and soak your hair. SE uses about the same as you and his dreads reach the floor :)my hair reaches my shoulders and I use two cups(1 tbsp baking soda)and I use 3 drops of tea tree in my 2 cups....though I think I'll start using 3 cups because it may not be enough.Aaron"TheLegend" said:
Well I use a 1 gallon milk jug and fill it 4/5 of the way with cold water, and a little warm water. No I don't add teatree or rosemary, and yes I use cold water to rinse my hair. I don't know where to get this teatree or rosemary stuff. Once I get it though I add it to the Baking Soda mix? (asking my mom once she gets home)Also can you get them at Publix or Walmart....maybe Whole Foods? My last question is...drops? Do you mean like a eye dropper for it?
Knottysleeves said:
1/3 of a cup? That's a lot of baking soda... you really only need a spoonful in 2 cups of water.

Are you doing a vinegar rinse afterwards to neutralize the baking soda? If not, that's likely what's causing the flaking.
❂•Paula•❂
@opaulao
06/14/10 06:55:06PM
751 posts

Flat Iron


Dread Maintenance

Wow this is really interesting. I have an old flat iron at home that doesn't really heat up too much that I guess I could use every once in a while. I have been trying to find a way to make my hair look a little decent for church at least :)
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@opaulao
06/14/10 11:59:32AM
751 posts

TnR coming loose, Natural taking over


Dread Maintenance

Yeah same thing happened to me. The first week they came loose I took a comb and moved up the knots and did some more TnR on the ends. But they just keep coming loose. I guess I need to learn to listen to SE .. :)
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@opaulao
06/13/10 03:59:38PM
751 posts

hellooo


Introduce Yourself

As far a "products" go, I use a baking soda wash(I use 1tbsp to 2 cups of water) and spray it with sea salt water to help locking. I started with twist and rip and some backcombing(very little) and they are doing pretty good :)
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@opaulao
06/12/10 12:19:01AM
751 posts

Something I am very curious about. Has anyone who is white/hispanic/asian anything other than black had issues with black people over their dreads?


Life Issues Facing Dreads

Lol..Actually I have already come up with something crazy to say if anyone bothers me. I am actually hispanic(though I look white to most) so I'll just sayOh sorry but I am a descendant from an indigenous Chilean tribe called the Wachos that is located at the base of a mountain on the Andes mountain range. It is customary for our people to dread their hair as a sign of fertility and health. So I'm sorry if you feel offended by my customs, but I am simply trying to get more in touch with my cultural heritage.I think that would pretty much take care of anything... :)GreyGargoyle said:
Just proof that blacks can be just as ignorant and racist as any other skin color. =)
Just live and let live. If someone says something to you just say something either totally crazy or something filled with love. For instance, if a black guy or girl says something like..."why dat stupid azz cracka gotta steal muh faddas faddas faddas muddafukkin style yo?! You say, "God loves you"...then you mutter under your breath.."but I don't.." =D No, I'm kidding but you have to get some thick skin and just live your life. Live and let live. Or you can say something like..."silver spoons me." No one really responds to that. Oh and if you ride public transportation you might want to start thinking about getting a concealed carry permit. I'd be more worried about someone trying to rob/rape/hurt/kill you than someone insulting you out of ignorance.
❂•Paula•❂
@opaulao
06/11/10 11:47:20PM
751 posts

Something I am very curious about. Has anyone who is white/hispanic/asian anything other than black had issues with black people over their dreads?


Life Issues Facing Dreads

while watching some videos on YouTube, I see a lot of black people saying mean and angry things about others with dreads. This is mostly aimed towards white people saying "Why do you have to steal everything from us ever our hairstyles."Now my question here is has anyone encountered that out in real life?I see around here that dreadies(of many races) tend to be less discriminative to other races.So, has anyone had to deal with this? and how would you respond to someone acting this way?The reason why I ask this is that I live in an area that has about 30% white 30% black 30% hispanic and 10% other. I ride public transportation and see many black people and I hate to admit but I'm a little afraid that someone will start picking on me for my dreads. I'm not the strongest person(emotionally) so I tend to worry about these things.
updated by @opaulao: 06/03/16 06:25:24PM
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@opaulao
06/11/10 04:25:59PM
751 posts

How to best use essential oils?


Dread Products

Thanks Ill try some jasmine. My mother is very sensitive to scents and she can't stand any minty smell so I don't think she could b around me if I used peppermint oil.Oh and I actually do LOVE citrus :).So if I find nothing else I think I will at least spray my ends with some :))Island Mamma said:
Peppermint oil, cures scalp issues(grease and dandruff) and smells great and feels cool!

Jasmine is pretty too if you want to make a hair scent spray.

I think all citrus will attract the sun.
Lemon makes hair bleach.....if you just LOVE citrus maybe you could spray only the ends, avoiding the scalp....you just don't want a scalp sun burn ya know....

Paula Figueroa said:
Thanks Island Mamma!
I was thinking of using the orange in my wash to give my hair some real nice fragrance. I don't like the smell of the tea tree oil too much so I want something strong to cover it up. Ive also been spraying with thyme tea and that just smells like food LOL! You guys know of other oils that are nice and fragrant that will last??
I was also considering lemon or lime oil but the site I was looking at said sweet orange cuts down grease and I really need that :)


Island Mamma said:
Just be careful using orange oil and then going in the sun.
It attracts the sun, I learned that one the hard way! Made some skin cream with a bit of orange oil in it and I got a sun burn. Try peppermint oil for dandruff and scalp issues, rosemary didn't work for me at all (sorry se)and since I've been using peppermint oil I have no scalp flakes, clumps, chunks or butter. I just add it to my baking soda rinse pour it on at the scalp and let it soak and then rinse. It feels really neat too.
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@opaulao
06/11/10 03:36:18PM
751 posts

How to best use essential oils?


Dread Products

Thanks Island Mamma!I was thinking of using the orange in my wash to give my hair some real nice fragrance. I don't like the smell of the tea tree oil too much so I want something strong to cover it up. Ive also been spraying with thyme tea and that just smells like food LOL!You guys know of other oils that are nice and fragrant that will last??I was also considering lemon or lime oil but the site I was looking at said sweet orange cuts down grease and I really need that :)Island Mamma said:
Just be careful using orange oil and then going in the sun.
It attracts the sun, I learned that one the hard way! Made some skin cream with a bit of orange oil in it and I got a sun burn.Try peppermint oil for dandruff and scalp issues, rosemary didn't work for me at all (sorry se)and since I've been using peppermint oil I have no scalp flakes, clumps, chunks or butter.I just add it to my baking soda rinse pour it on at the scalp and let it soak and then rinse.It feels really neat too.
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