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tatyananashi
@tatyananashi
12/29/10 04:11:39AM
145 posts

cut for work!?


Alternative Lifestyles and Subcultures

I'd like to think I wouldn't work for such a company to begin with, but we all know that sometimes job options are limited.If it were brought up and there was some kind of legitimate reason (like working in a factory with massive, dangerous machinery, which is the only reasonable scenario I can fathom) I'd see if restraining my locks would be enough, and honestly if it wouldn't I'd find another job. I mean if my dreads were 10 feet past my ankles and all they asked for was a trim but allowed me to keep my locks with some length I'd compromise (I'm sure I'd trim before they ever got THAT long) but if it was no option it all had to go I'd cordially invite them to fuck off and I'd find legal recourse if necessary or just quit if needed.But currently I'm planning to never bother working for a company that doesn't allow me to be myself within productive reason.
tatyananashi
@tatyananashi
12/29/10 03:42:29AM
145 posts

dealing with ignorance


General Talk

Family always like this to me, but they've known me my whole life and know IDGAF. It started when I was young, I stopped eating meat when I was 8 because it was nauseating to me (at the time I had no idea there was a word for this). They called me picky and I was dubbed a troublemaker, and my father told me it was against god. Absurd, but as a kid you just feel alienated: you can't change who you are even if you try, it's never authentic. Well labels stick because once you're dubbed a black sheep of the family you always will be. My passions and activities were rarely regulated by my parents or siblings.Funny thing is maybe 8 years after becoming an unaware vegetarian my sisters all followed suit, but only temporarily as it was just a trend. Still I laughed at that.Now my dad still hates my hair but as he is a colossal ass I his only offspring who still talks to him (bygones And whatnot). When he mentions his dislike for my life choices I roll my eyes and shake my head. He knows that due to this persistent sense of self that I have I am not as manipulated or offended as my sisters and for that reason I have not shunned him, so he hates my freethinking but knows it is his saving grace at the same time. Family: what a joke sometimes huh? LolAnyway, when friends (and by that I mean more like acquaintances because real friends wouldn't GAD) say "you're so pretty without your locks/piercings" or the like, I respond with "and I'm prettier WITH" or "I'm more than just appearance" etc (because these people are normally run of the mill clones) and if anyone ever said they can smell my hair (which would be incorrect for sure!) I'd either shove my head in their face (can you smell me now?) or say something just as rude back, even if it were family or elders. I am usually not very insulting to people but some people are so rude, ignorant and offensive that I can sharpen my tongue and release necessary wrath.I also resort to self depreciating humor, it's a sarcastic way of mocking them, and most don't get it, which to me is funnier!
tatyananashi
@tatyananashi
12/29/10 02:40:00AM
145 posts

the opinion of others, who matter...


Introduce Yourself

I don't know this woman but it seems a bit dramatic to say "me or your hair"... If locks matter now how will it be when you age and your appearance changes further? She might not like them now (or the idea of them) but I've found that people get used to and even come to love these types of things even if they didn't before.You love her much more because you'd be willing to stifle a desire for hers, but every time you do so it builds up and will eventually bring the whole relationship down. Do you have a dress code for her?I once volunteerd to shave my head as an incentive for a charity fundraiser. My partnr wasn't pleased (I didn't consult, it was my sole decision and i didn't see the need). The excitement of getting a female to shave head more than trippled our donations and a group of people who didn't want to see my hair shaved tried donating against it (it was a competing charity fundraiser for work) the competition increased the donations and almost matched the shave pot. In the end I shave my head, gladly (I look dumb with no hair but it was the means not the end) and my partner didn't likable at first bu realized that I will be me, looks don't matter, and even started to like the short hair (took me 5 years to grow out).You should do what you want and what you feel is more important: if that means not dreadin to make her happy then do that, but just remember that it is your hair, your life and your choice.
tatyananashi
@tatyananashi
12/28/10 10:10:14PM
145 posts

Timeline 0-7 months straight fine hair


Member Journals and Timelines

They are really tight. They are growing though. The front one bothered me for a bit because due to my hairline (widow's peak) it would flop in front of my face which annoyed me, so I always had to put it back and have a headband, but with just a little growth (I think a month or so) it's staying over to the side for the most part, so no more need for a band. I think I can have shoulder length in a year or so, so I am not worried about length anymore.
tatyananashi
@tatyananashi
12/28/10 09:53:12PM
145 posts

Timeline 0-7 months straight fine hair


Member Journals and Timelines

My how my dreads have changed. Pics are small but you can see them larger on my profile in timeline album. Enjoy~

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updated by @tatyananashi: 01/13/15 08:52:30PM
tatyananashi
@tatyananashi
12/28/10 07:45:36PM
145 posts

Dandruff and big lumps in some areas


Dreads Hair and Scalp Health

acv is apple cider vinegar.

The way I personally do it is I have an empty bottle that is supposed to be for travel shampoo (you can get them in the miniature stuff section at stores where they sell "airline sized" small toiletries. I don't know if UK has the same flight rules that US does, but here you can't have more than 3.4 oz liquid containers when you fly in your carry on, so most stores now have a section of miniature stuff. The bottle I have holds 3.4 ounces, and I just put about 1 tablespoon of baking soda in the bottle, add COLD water, andshake it up so it all dissolves. I add cold water so that when I am putting it on my head I know where I've put it so I get full coverage of my scalp and dreads. It has a little hole opening like a regular shampoo bottle, and after getting my hair wet with warm water in the shower I start from the middle front to the back in a line on the middle of my head, then do one side, then the other. Because of the cold I know which dreads I've covered and which I haven't. Once it's all on there I let it sit for a bit without rinsing and I rinse out the shampoo bottle and put in about 1/4 of the bottle of apple cider vinegar. Again I mix it with cold water and shake it up. (be sure to rinse the bottle in between so no BS reacts to ACV). I set it aside in the tub and massage my BS hair and scalp for a bit then rinse it fully under the now warm shower water. Once fully rinsed I do the same thing I did with BS to my scalp but with the ACV solution. Some people don't like the smell of vinegarbut diluted it really isn't noticable. I also let the acv sort of soak in like I do with the BS and while I'm waiting I prepare tea tree oil solution if I'm going to do it this wash (I wash with bs/acv once a week and follow with tea tree oil once a month). Rinse the bottle first (from the acv that was just in it) and put just 1 drop of tea tree oil (it is quite strong, so one drop is plenty). Fill the rest of the bottle with water and shake to mix. I set it aside and massage my head again before rinsing the ACV out (I do the massages because 1, it feels good and gets the circulation in my head going, most hair people recommend massaging your scalp when shampooing, so I treat this as the same, and 2 because it helps the dreads to tangle up, I think. Some people if you scrub too much or too early (before dreads are formed) you might pull some tangles out, but if you check my profile and pics you'll see I am not worried about losing anything LOL. I rinse out the vinegar mixture from my hair, and follow with the tea tree oil if I'm doing it that shower, and let that sit while I wash the rest of myself. Once I'm done washing I do a final rinse of my hair (and everything else of course) and I'm done.

I feel that using bs/acv is why my hair dreaded so fast. when my hair was still tangling and my dreads were still babies I just would do a bucket style pour and rinse, like most people do, but I was using far more bs/acv for that concoction, and I prefer this method because I know I get full coverage even on the back dreads whick with the bucket style pour I felt weren't getting as clean. Plus I love massaging my hair, and I can feel each dread when I do this to make sure I've removed all beads (sometimes I miss one and find it mid shower).

This is just my method, everyone does it differently. Just rememeber to rinse between each solution and to do a final rinse: BS can be drying, ACV balances that, and tea tree oil is very strong and if you use too much (believe me one drop is potent enough) then you may get over drying from tea tree oil (I never havebut some people are more sensetive to tto than others)

tatyananashi
@tatyananashi
12/28/10 07:20:08PM
145 posts

Dandruff and big lumps in some areas


Dreads Hair and Scalp Health

In my previous post "they" were my sister and brother in law, should have specified, and about lumps, I used to get lumps (like painful, almost scab like) prior to dreading. I think it is because of all the pulling back I did on my hair to keep it out of my face. Now that my locks kind of keep back out of my eyes I barely ever pull them back or cover them up or tie them or anything, and I don't get this lump/scab/irritation that I got before locks. Do you pull your dreads back?

tatyananashi
@tatyananashi
12/28/10 07:17:19PM
145 posts

Dandruff and big lumps in some areas


Dreads Hair and Scalp Health

I only use baking soda and acv when I wash, and I don't get dandruff at all. I did notice some flaking when I went to Spokane Washington to see my new nephew, and I think it's because for about a month I only used water, nothing else (I didn't want to trouble them for bs/acv, which they didn't have any of and I didn't bring with me). It was only a few flakes in the front and when I washed with bs/acv again when I got home they were gone. The BS really helps diminish oils and dissolve that extra skin flakes and the acv helps balance the ph of the scalp and hair. I do sometimes follow it with a tea tree oil rinse (one drop of tea tree oil as it is very potent, in a container of water, diluted and cold).

Back in the day when I had waxlocks (regret, it was my first set and I cut them but they were waxed so I am glad I didn't keep em, and that I did these dreads right this time) I used different dread soaps and even Neutrogena T Gel. I still had flakes all the time, except for right after I washed. With BS/ACVI never have flakes, and it took a month of water only before I got noticeable flakes, and just a few.

tatyananashi
@tatyananashi
12/06/10 08:32:04PM
145 posts

Hi, i'm new.


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My mother is half black half native, and my father is dutch. My hair was very frizzy, curly, 'textured' when I was younger but got straighter and lighter in my teen years and is now very straight, however it was always very tangly. Thin straight hair I think does better with bigger locks, because it has it's little support group, and I sectioned big because I did light backcombing to start mine and the sections seemed medium to small then (they got thicker during shrinkage phase and due to the nature of maturing dreads). I think it's easier with curlier/frizzier/kinkier hair to do smaller locks because they stay together and strong even when they're small. I think you'd be fine with smaller locks, but the texture of your hair is really the tell all. For instance, though all my sisters have the same genetic parentage as I do, one has super frizzy/textured/kinky hair but it is nearly blonde (very light brown). Another has almost asian dark and straight hair. I have a combination, and mine has changed as I got older. We all are different results of combinations of our very different parents, and though we all look related we are all also very different. Some people think my little sister is mexican, while my other little sister is as pale as porcelain. It's just what happens with mixed heritage.I personally think that with textured hair, curls and such, you'd have better luck with more, smaller dreads, where as with straight or fine hair does well with larger, thicker dreads. Make a few sections and pull on them, if it feels secure and safe on your head it should hold and be fine. My hair has gotten thinner and straighter and so I am more comfortable with large sections because I think it affords the support needed, whereas if I was working with my hair from my youth I would have done a 120 dread route. Also, a combination of small and large is a good idea, as some of my "loose hair" is becoming small thin dreads on their own, so really your hair will decide what it wants and communicate to you through congos or splitting, etc.As far as methods, I think TnR is the safest and least dangerous if you don't want to wait on neglect method, and I personally did back combing because I didn't know of TnR at the time, but I also am a bit of a pansy on scalp pain and stress so my backcombing was very loose and gentle.You can do dreads yourself easy, and maintenance would just be pulling apart the congos. One of the benefits of a more textured hair type is that it congos/combines a lot less because the hair is in tighter ringlets and doesn't mingle much, so lots of dreads like that shouldn't be hard to maintain as far as pulling apart congos goes.
tatyananashi
@tatyananashi
12/06/10 08:08:24PM
145 posts

Will the frizz go away?


General Questions

Well they'll seem really fluffy and frizzy at first, then they'll tighten in different spots and loop up, which isn't "frizzy" but is chaotic, then they settle down but you will probably still have some "loose hair" at all stages, but it wont look as fluffy/fuzzy as it does now, everyone's hair matures differently so can't say how soon it will settle down, but you can check out timelines and pics for guidelines and encouragement.
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