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Mr Nice
@Mr Nice
05/01/11 05:05:34AM
14 posts

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Sounds crazy! Such a shame that it had to end that way...
updated by @Mr Nice: 07/11/15 12:33:33AM
Mr Nice
@Mr Nice
05/01/11 02:27:49AM
14 posts

patented dreadlocks sisterlocks nappylocks weirdsistas and more


Dreading Methods

Haha, I just googled 'Weird Sistas' and this was the second link to show up. This and another discussion about them. Sorry to drag it up, but I wanted to have my say...

When I started with my dreads - nearly a year ago - I asked on here about which salon I should use, etc, and explained that I wanted to achieve "perfect" looking dreads. SE soon highlighted the error of my ways and made me think about the spirituality and individuality of having my OWN dreads - not something designed by someone else and, subsequently, destroyed by them through the use of waxes, etc.

Since then, I did create my own dreads (with a lil help from my wife) using the TnR method, and have never gone near wax. God knows it has been tempting to use wax on occasion - hoping for a quick fix - until remembering the consequences of committing such a sin. I think commandment no 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, AND 10 says 'thou must be patient'?! Very difficult sometimes, but spot on! :)

I have, however, dabbled with a crochet hook from time to time. Mainly because my impatience got the better of me, but also when I have felt that I have had to tidy my hair (for a job interview, a wedding, etc) - I gave into external peer pressure, I suppose. I also paid a visit to the Weird Sistas, as I liked their 'no chemical' approach to dreads and dread maintenance. Discussing how their approach was "different" to any other form of crochet method was interesting (!!), and their response to me saying that I use BS and ACV to wash my dreads was mildly amusing too. Oh, and that 'hair can't be trained to grow dreaded just yet', apparently... ;) They tidied my roots for me, but when I realised that what they did was not really any different to what I had previously done myself, I decided not to use them again. Oh, and for the reason that I'm steering well away from the crochet hook altogether now.

I could get where that [ever-so-slightly] obnoxious bloke (was his name Paul?) was coming from, about having his roots tidied. Not saying he was right, or that you guys are wrong, just that I understood his point of view. What was really disappointing and annoying though, was that he refused to listen to what was being said to him - even when he took his defences down and said that he would be more open-minded, he just couldn't accept that SE did NOTHING to his hair (other than keeping it clean and separating the congos) and still ended up with those beautiful locks. I did find it sad, however, that he was so publicly ripped to shreds by people on here. He obviously didn't help his cause with the way that he attacked others, but I have always found you guys more helpful than that. Hope I am not seen to be stepping out of line... Just saying.

I did read that someone suggested he leave his roots for a year, so that he would realise that root maintenance was totally unnecessary. Good call - I, too, am going to try really hard to give that a go. Feels like a vicious circle actually - those damn fuzzies around my scalp are SOOO annoying, but with me sticking a needle in them I'm not actually helping fix the problem in the long-term.

I have met a few of the Weird Sistas, and found them to be really nice people. Yes, I understand that what they are doing is totally unnecessary, but I can understand them taking advantage of the demand out there. Despite their claim of '100% natural dreads', they are certainly not helping to educate people along those lines, as you guys do on here, but as I sad, they have a business to run. Hey, I had no idea that dreads could be formed without using wax, and that you could actually have CLEAN dreads, before I found this site. I guess people just don't know the truth...

Anyway guys, I hope you don't mind me adding my thoughts to this one. Keep up all the good work!

Peace :)

Mr Nice
@Mr Nice
04/16/11 11:05:41PM
14 posts

herbs good for your head and dreads


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Hi,

I'm thinking about making up one mixture of rosemary and thyme tea. Can I mix these two herbs (1/4 cup of each) and achieve a successful dandruff solution.

Also, I'm unclear as to whether I...

(a) leave the tea in my hair, and do not rinse until next wash,

(b) rinse out the next day, or

(c) rInse out within 20-30mins of applying it to my hair

Also, should I be soaking (pouring over) my head in the tea, or spraying it onto the dreads, for best results?

Thanks =)

Mr Nice
@Mr Nice
04/16/11 11:05:26PM
14 posts

dreadlock hair teas


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Hi,

I'm thinking about making up one mixture of rosemary and thyme tea. Can I mix these two herbs (1/4 cup of each) and achieve a successful dandruff solution.

Also, I'm unclear as to whether I...

(a) leave the tea in my hair, and do not rinse until next wash,

(b) rinse out the next day, or

(c) rInse out within 20-30mins of applying it to my hair

Also, should I be soaking (pouring over) my head in the tea, or spraying it onto the dreads, for best results?

Thanks =)

Mr Nice
@Mr Nice
12/01/10 07:03:44PM
14 posts

My salon experience...


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Oh yeah, and when I asked the guy how he made dreads in his salon, he told me 'I have my own special way; that's all I'm saying.' Does he not realise that google, youtube, etc can tell anyone anything they want to know about loads of different ways of dreadlocking hair?! This says it all about this guy really!
Mr Nice
@Mr Nice
12/01/10 01:32:09AM
14 posts

My salon experience...


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Today I went into a salon, called Furr, on King Street in Newtown Sydney.Having just arrived in Sydney with only a relatively small backpack of belongings, I needed to buy some shampoo for my dreads. I spotted this place and thought they would be able to help. Yes, they could help, the guy (possibly the owner) showed me a bar of Knotty Boy shampoo and suggested that would be better than the bottled stuff. Great!He then looked at my hair and said my dreads looked very new, and that whoever did them for me had done a terrible job. I explained my wife had done them (tnr method) about 2-3 months ago, to which he then said she hadn't done a bad job, but I should be very disappointed if a salon had done them.Admittedly, my dreads look scruffy at the moment, with lots of flyaway hairs. Anyway, he then told me that I should be using WAX (!!) to keep my hair tidy and to encourage the roots to knot up better. I told him that my research had shown that wax was not a good thing, and could/would encourage mould within the dreads. He laughed at my suggestion and told me that I was wrong. He then showed me his portfolio of dreads that he has redone for people after other salons had made a mess of their hair, and then told me that he could fix my dreads and that I would have to return in a couple of months to have them tidied up!!I said that I would just take the shampoo for now. At this point he disappeared and got a member of staff to take my money for the shampoo. I didn't hear another word from him... Did he not like it that I refused to accept what he was telling me, and that, perhaps, I knew more than him?! I should add here that I am, by no means, an expert on this subject!I did not like the guys sales technique, i.e. telling me that my hair looked terrible and then trying to pressure me into buying some wax. I will not be returning to his shop, unless it is to show him how good my dreads look in a few months time!!It did get me thinking though... Is there a "dread-safe" alternative to using wax? I know that 'dreads will make themselves look good over time' and that 'there is no such thing as a perfect dread', but could I use something like Locking Gel (Jamaican Mango & Lime, for instance) to achieve a similar effect of using wax but without doing the damage to my hair?Peace and love! =)e2a: It wasn't until I left the shop that I realised how terrible this guy's hair was (blue, curly, and with a few dreads hanging down each side of his face), and it made me laugh that he dared have the cheek to criticise other people's hair! Hilarious, and spoke volumes about him and his shop... =)
updated by @Mr Nice: 01/13/15 08:50:47PM
Mr Nice
@Mr Nice
09/19/10 01:16:43PM
14 posts

New dreads


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Thanks Lex. They're better already... =)
Mr Nice
@Mr Nice
09/18/10 10:14:45AM
14 posts

New dreads


Dreading Methods

Hi, my hair is all sectioned and I have half a dozen or so freshly rolled TnR's.I'm a little concerned that they are standing up, and not laying down. I thought this was one of the benefits of using TnR - no clown-like dreads? Will they settle down, or have I down something wrong?Thanks
Mr Nice
@Mr Nice
09/16/10 04:23:10PM
14 posts

New dreads


Dreading Methods

Thanks =)
Mr Nice
@Mr Nice
09/16/10 03:51:50PM
14 posts

New dreads


Dreading Methods

Hey guys!I've got all the gear I need for my hair (Dr Bronners Tea Tree, salt water solution, elastic bands, hair clips), and will be doing my dreads this coming weekend. Couple of quick questions though...- How long should I wait before I wash my new dreads?- Can I get them wet during this initial period before washing them?- I get the feeling that tying off my new dreads with elastic bands after TnR them is not a good idea, why is this? Is there an alternative to using elastic bands? Beads?- In the early days, how likely are the dreads to become loose, or even unravel? What about in bed - should I wear some kind of hat?Wish me luck...Thanks =)
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