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DeMarco Ryans
@demarco-ryans
12/04/10 04:05:34PM
22 posts

Thinking about cutting loose and starting again.


Dread Maintenance

As some of you have spoken to me before may know I made the stupid decision of taking some 5 inches of hair that I had, and crocheting it. Since (April 2010) I have let my hair do its thing naturally, just washing and separating. However months on apart from the obvious growth of my hair there has been in my opinion no real dreading going on. I've come to the opinion that making the mistake I made has been like shackling my hair, stopping it from moving and twisting and looping around it's self as my new growth which in some places is 3 inches long and there is no locking taking place.When I sleep I wear just a wool tam on my head and that's it. My head of hair is thick and shows all the traits for what could be a wonderful set of dreads, but I feel as though my previous misinformed actions will in the present and the future prevent my hair from dreading to its full potential.I spoke to my girlfriend about it she says to me to not be hasty. She knows the difficulties I have had with my hair and why I resorted to crocheting to section it. But I I feel as though I should cut those tips and set my hair free, even if I use twisting for the purposes of putting sectioning my hair, or a braid that I let develop into locks, as I don't think twist and rip would work on my hair they would be freer and have a better chance than they do right now.My intention since reading the information on this site has been to allow my hair to dread naturally, and I would like to keep to that promise. I just know that I have a very difficult head of hair, before my dreads I would wash my hair and seperate by hand or by combing and it would be nice and loose whilst still being curly. However within 5 - 10 minutes it would pull its self back in to a tight short fro. I mean my 5 inches of hair that I had would without rubbing or anything tangle itself into a fro that appeared to be no thicker than an inch to a spectator. It's really hard for me to go back to that as it was very painful on my head and frustrating at times. So that is why I feel that I at the least need to put my hair into sections some how before I start to let it go natural the rest of the way.I'm guessing some of y'alll will be able to offer your opinions on my situation, and hopefully some advice.For this, I thank you in advanceHair in August

Hair in October

Hair Last Week

Hair Today after wash


updated by @demarco-ryans: 02/14/15 06:17:54AM
DeMarco Ryans
@demarco-ryans
11/02/10 09:17:02AM
22 posts

RE: Baking Soda and Apple Cider Vinegar Wash and Rinse


Dread Maintenance

Hey guys,been having a bit of a slow time recently with work and what not. I just wanted to ask, what were the parts and measurements for the baking soda wash and Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse. I can't seem to find them on the site.I have finished my Dr. Bronner's Soap and would now like to move on to this.Love Peace and Nappiness.
updated by @demarco-ryans: 01/13/15 08:48:49PM
DeMarco Ryans
@demarco-ryans
10/08/10 04:30:46AM
22 posts

Will I look good with dreads


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Honestly you have to ask yourself will you feel good? I feel great I think we all do, It's a life change it's a stepping out from the box. Some of us have had a journey to stepping out of the box, that includes having dreads that still conform to the uniformed aesthetics that Western culture has had us subscribe to.I personally can admit that I fret about my dreads and I fuss over them, not because I am obsessed with them looking good for others to compliment me, but because I believe in the understanding that ones hair reflects their health and spiritual well being. So if my hair is looking unhappy and sickly it's likely because I am not treating myself the way I should be.Hair as a reflection of oneself is an idea that came to my attention when I saw how the toxins in chemotherapy treatment destroyed the hair of cancer patients. But saw how strong healthy and happy their hair resurged when the toxins has cleared from their system. And it not just evident in the persons hair but it is so clearly evident in the way you can watch and feel some one recovering from such a harrowing ordeal.
DeMarco Ryans
@demarco-ryans
10/07/10 08:45:37AM
22 posts

Tams for sleeping in and general wear.


Dread Products

As some of you may be aware, tams and slouchy (oversized beanies) Are all the rage here in the UK at the moment. SO finding a tams one would think shouldn't be problem. WELL not exactly, all of the readily available tams here seem to have man made products in them that send me running for the hills rather than willing to put them on my natty crown.In my searching online I came across this seller:http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/New-Cotton-Slouchy-Rasta-Tam-Beanie-Ski-Surf-Skater-Hat-/220446592397?pt=Men_s_Accessories_UK&hash=item3353a40d8d#ht_1810wt_912Who has a selection of tams made from all natural materials, Wool, Cotton, Linen, Silk and Bamboo.Now I am aware of the benefits for the hair of a Wool tam, but these other natural materials, do they share the same benefit for dreads, or do they even have adverse effects that I should steer clear of.For example in the afro dread hair community, it is passed around that you should sleep on a silk or satin pillow or wear a du-rag. I must admit that currently I have draped and pinned silk fabric to my pillow (couldn't be bother to make a pillow case) and I do use a du-rag, however it just doesn't make sense to me how my dreads can benefit from me moving around in the night if I have them tied down tight to my head.Please guys, enlighten meThank You
updated by @demarco-ryans: 01/13/15 08:47:24PM
DeMarco Ryans
@demarco-ryans
09/15/10 08:14:04AM
22 posts

1st post here - Seeking some advice


Dread Maintenance

I plan on doing a BC Rinse and ACV wash tonight after I get home. interesting to see what finds it way out of my hair. Thank you for your kind comments. My dreads aren't as manicured as some of my friends are, nor are they as long, so I'm often left feeling like the runt of the litter in that respect
DeMarco Ryans
@demarco-ryans
09/14/10 01:16:20PM
22 posts

That's so GAY!!!


Alternative Lifestyles and Subcultures

I agree with this, and I wonder if they know that the term pussy relates not to female genitalia or a connotation of being feminine but actually is a shortened term for the word pussillanimous which means to display a lack of courage or resoloution. Which is often what they display when they used that term.soaringeagle said:
or guys that think they6 cxan shame u into doing anything dumb by calling yu a pussy
its funny tho the same guys that think pussy is fighting words are proud to be assholes...
DeMarco Ryans
@demarco-ryans
09/14/10 11:02:10AM
22 posts

1st post here - Seeking some advice


Dread Maintenance

His are remarkable. I shall let them do the dreading and just separate the wild onessoaringeagle said:
i would recomend seperating unless u want totakl freeform like hummingbird love gorrillas wildness hes got goin on
if u dont seperate they will eaT EAChOThER AND BECOME hUGE
DeMarco Ryans
@demarco-ryans
09/14/10 10:52:35AM
22 posts

1st post here - Seeking some advice


Dread Maintenance

I had the liquid castile soap the citron one, but now I have the tea tree castille soap bar. Is there any benefit from using one rather than the other if you have any experience with liquid and bar. I've been hesitant to use the bar as I wasn't sure if it would leave build up/get rid of build up as well as the liquid soap. I cycle 7 miles minimum each day so heavy sweat is a daily occurrence for me.thank you for the tipsAngelina Aurelia*~* said:
go all natural man wash with baking soda shampoo or dr.b shampoo every 3-4 days. thats all you need to have beautiful dreads. listen to SE, he really knows it all! :)
DeMarco Ryans
@demarco-ryans
09/14/10 09:53:11AM
22 posts

1st post here - Seeking some advice


Dread Maintenance

That's the plan. Yeah unfortunately I got sucked into a trap with the dreadlock culture here in the UK. You won't get dreads without going to the salon. I soon realised that whilst the hairstyle differed the ethics of a salon remained the same. Judgment of my hair quality or how long my hair was as a measure of how much respect I should garner from others. I didn't want to be wrapped in that culture so I stopped going.When I went for the crochet, it was as a last resort as a friend had started their's by crochet but then just dry hand twisted them from their after. The difference between our hair being his is a mixture of black and white hair textures where as mine is hair like wool despite both my mother and father having loose textured hair.I have no intention of crocheting having learned the damage it can do. That's a promise :)Should I separate hairs that are straying into others/ dreads that are joining together?soaringeagle said:
dont crochet
salons were a bad idea u should have gone natural and just let it dread
and with the roots thats what u should do..let em dread
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