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Cathy Givans
@cathy-givans
07/03/12 03:45:27AM
44 posts

My scalp is kind of sore?


Dreads Hair and Scalp Health

Oh wow. How insane that we bumped into each other! That's actually the one I'm worried about. I only had a few weird symptoms at first, but I always found a way to blow them off, blame them on something else. Now there are just too many to ignore and some have become way too bad to just be accidental. I thought about just paying for the visit, but my husband is eligible for insurance next month, so I thought it couldn't hurt to wait that long. I'm so sorry that you have it. Are your symptoms better now? I really do hope so. I know I don't like feeling this way, and if your symptoms were really drastic, I can't even imagine how difficult it must have been.

Thank you again for the encouragement and the advice. I will, most definitely. I tend to get pretty quiet around here because I'm always busy with one thing or another, but I'm always checking in on people, even if I don't have dreads. I like to oogle. =)

Cathy Givans
@cathy-givans
07/03/12 01:49:24AM
44 posts

My scalp is kind of sore?


Dreads Hair and Scalp Health

Thanks Valerie! I'm waiting to get insurance again so I can return to the doctor. I'm starting to suspect thyroid issues for a number of reasons (and thyroid issues have been known to create FM symptoms), but I don't want to get myself all worked up since I can't visit the doctor for about another month. But since you're the second person to say the smaller sections may help, I'm going to give it another go. After all, I can always remove them if it gets to be too painful. My issue, I think, came from the fact that the hair was knotted all the way up against the scalp. I even tried to loosen the hairs, but only succeeded in making my scalp hurt worse, lol. But if the massage can help too, I'll give it a try too.

Cathy Givans
@cathy-givans
07/03/12 12:40:30AM
44 posts

My scalp is kind of sore?


Dreads Hair and Scalp Health

I'm just wondering if the scalp issues were resolved, and if so, how. I've removed my second set of dreads because of it. This last set were completely natural. They knotted up really, really quick. And it seriously felt like someone had come along and tried to yank a dread from my head. My doctor did mention fibromyalgia at a previous visit because of some other issues, but as far as I know, I haven't been diagnosed with anything. I'm insanely frustrated that I can't just enjoy my dreads. Someone else mentioned maybe doing smaller dreads, that maybe that would help. I don't know. I could just admit defeat and continue to admire dreads, but I really, really miss mine! Sigh. Anyway, just thought I would say, you're so not alone on this one and if you have any solution at all, I would love to hear it!

Cathy Givans
@cathy-givans
12/05/11 04:53:30PM
44 posts

Tips of dreads growing into dreads...normal?


Help! Save My Dreads

I will see if I can get one of my kids to to help take a pic when they get home. I suck at pictures, especially of my own head, lol. You're probably right though, it just seemed to early I guess.

soaring eagle said:

got a picture? but it sounds like the tips are just blunting themselves

Cathy Givans
@cathy-givans
12/05/11 04:05:43PM
44 posts

Tips of dreads growing into dreads...normal?


Help! Save My Dreads

Okay, so I don't really fuss much over my natural dreads, but there is a trend I am noticing here....nearly all of my dread tips are hooking up like a fish hook and then attaching higher up on the dread, which kinda creates what looks like a really thick elongated ball at the end of the dread. There is one in particular that it is really noticeable, and this one is also very flat, so it kinda reminds me more of a matted cat's tail than a dread. My question is, is this normal in the natural dread process? if not, what should I do or should I just not do anything? It's causing my hair to be much shorter than it already is (by at least 5-6 inches) and I don't want to worry about my babies, but this is just weird....especially since I JUST celebrated one month with my dreads. Oh...and if there are any suggestions, I need something other than beads. I live in a small town and can't find beads to fit my dreads.


updated by @cathy-givans: 01/13/15 09:15:07PM
Cathy Givans
@cathy-givans
12/03/11 12:59:03AM
44 posts

Could this be the solution to hard water problems? HELP ME EXPERIMENT :3


Dread Maintenance

I have hard water and have no issues when using this stuff. I experienced everything from gummy dreads from Dr. Bronner's to breaking dreads from purifying shampoo and snowy hair from baking soda. Been using this soap for a month now and not one complaint...not one!

soaring eagle said:

this stuff works perfectly in any water www.dreadlockshampoo.com

Cathy Givans
@cathy-givans
12/03/11 12:27:52AM
44 posts

Seriously, ouch!


General Talk

So are we talking about separating??? I separate mine several times throughout the day. It's my overcompulsive behavior, but apparently it is saving me from tons of pain. My dreads and I just celebrated our one month yesterday and I already have six of what I would call actual dreads and at least three more that are working their way towards that. I am running out of loose hair already. Even at separating several tims a day (okay, more like 2 or 3) I find myself having to actually rip hair sometimes because a section has found its way in there and I don't want it in there...am I totally off of what we are talking about?

Cathy Givans
@cathy-givans
11/26/11 03:57:09PM
44 posts

Dr bonners weird texture on hair


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The bar itself is $10, and then the U.S. pays shipping of $3.99, which I thought it was a little pricey, considering the fact that I only pay $5 for a bar of Dr B's, but I have been using mine about a month and I was my hair about every other day (I smoke and hate the way it makes my hair smell) and I still have about half a bar left. You can order it from here:http://www.dreadlockshampoo.com/page5.html

Cathy Givans
@cathy-givans
11/25/11 03:37:50PM
44 posts

Dr bonners weird texture on hair


Dread Products

I had the same problem with the Dr. Bronners. Now I love, love, love Dr. B's and use it for almost everything around the house, including bathing my kids and their hair, but for my dreads, it just builds up gunk inside. I don't notice the same issue in my kids' hair, but I think it has something to do with the fact that the Dr. B's stays inside of the dread. Dunno for sure though. Anyway, I switched to bs/acv for a while and that caused my hair to become very brittle. Started my dreads over and now I use the organic dread bar everyone is raving about from Bucks County Soap Factory. It is, by far, the best thing I have ever used on my hair. I still need the acv for rinsing because there is a tiny bit of residue, but it rinses right out with the acv rinse. I have really, really hard water. Like, you can actually SMELL the chlorine coming through the faucet. (And yes, city water is infamous for hard water because of all of the chemicals they use to treat it) My suggestion, go for the dread bar. They don't have the same philosophy issues as DreadHead HQ and they provide a completely organic, vegan, earth friendly option that cleans dreads better than anything I have used. My fave is the Nag Champa but I also like the Dragon's Blood. Hope that helps.

Cathy Givans
@cathy-givans
11/24/11 03:19:35AM
44 posts

Where I live,


General Talk

Why yes! Howdy neighbor, lol. I live in OK too. Blackwell to be exact. It's a pretty small town and I am pretty sure I am the ONLY person with dreads in the surrounding area. One good thing though...if anyone notices my hair, they don't say anything. They just get a really strange look on their face and act a little funny. But I don't mind. I love being me. I love my hair and I refuse to go back to fighting it everyday, just to try and get it to conform to society. (as if any part of me ever conformed to social stigmas, lol.)

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