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Heather
@heather
02/15/11 11:41:52PM
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almost brushed it all out :(


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thanks! i looked at your pics and they look lovely. you give me hope. how were yours started?

dreaded delusion said:
Hey Heather, I agree with everyone on here, keep your head up and they are looking fine. :) I wanted to respond to this quote specifically because I too have really thin/fine hair and I was worried as well about thin, scrawny dreads and also gaps and such when mine started to shrink. I have to say after 4 years, friends today come to me and say they wish they could dread but they don't have thick hair and have fine, thin hair not even realizing I did too! :) So, don't worry about scrawny dreads because I'm pretty sure you will get the fullness you never had! :) Anyways, much love and good luck. You're at a very rough stage but once you overcome it (and you will), you'll be soo glad you did. :)

Heather said:
i know. it just hard when i pics like yours or knottysleeves and think i'm never going to have that. i definitely don't have as much hair as you do so i just wonder how it will all work out in the end. i don't want pitiful, scrawny dreads. i was hoping that the dreadlock will give me the fullness i never had.

Dolly said:
I just saw your pictures now, and I have to say that your hair is doing it!! Those loops and such are a great sign! Trust that the journey will be so well worth it!
Heather
@heather
02/15/11 11:37:13PM
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it's so frustrating, right? even harder in southern california because there really aren't very many dreadies around. i've only seen one at an art show i was in. i practically jumped her i was so excited. i've just wanted this for so long and really wish i had put other peoples opinions aside and done it in my 20's. i definitely had more hair then. lol:) thanks for all the love and support. (((hugs))) back to you :)

Panterra Caraway said:
Oh beautiful girl! I read your post and I wanted to hug you. You know, I do live in California also...I think only a bit of a drive away...You and I have been going through so many of the same things. I am nearing my 8 mo. mark and although I do see a tremendous amount of progress I am envious of many of the good folks here. You know how I have struggled, I have posted a few of my tantrums! LOL Don't feel alone, and for sure don't give up. I presently have what looks kind of like a smile going across the back of my head. No knots on the very bottom or top..and dreads in the middle with more on the right side than the left. I have loops smack dab in the middle of sections. Even on the really knotted ones, it is in the middle. People "in the know" realize that I am dreading..whether it is because I have told them or they have dreads themselves. But, the common stranger probably thinks that I have a tent I go to sleep in somewhere in the forest! LOL That is okay. When I want to feel alittle polished, I sweep it up in a kind of twist with the ends sticking out the top and a big claw clip to hold it and I pin a fake flower on the side. It actually looks pretty cute. The rest of the time, I just put on some lip gloss and think..."I look fierce!" Please know that you are not alone and also know that everything I have ever really treasured in this life, I had to fight hard for...fight that urge to give up! You are a beautiful soul...love you.
Heather
@heather
02/15/11 11:32:39PM
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problem is that the beads aren't staying in my hair. they just fall out in a matter of hours even when i think they're in good. i need to find a way to roughen up my hair texture so they'll stay put.

Denise said:
Just an idea... if your sections are so small why not put a bead on two dreads? Combine two small ones?
Heather
@heather
02/15/11 09:36:32PM
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thanks, crystal. your hair is really pretty and it looks like its knotting up nicely:) i was actually going to try bs again tonight. i was always having a problem with it leaving a residue on my scalp but i'm going to wash with my organic shampoo first and do the bs after and see what happens. i can't do the acv at all because it makes my hair super slick. we'll see how it goes. i just need my hair to have a little more grip to it.

Crystal O. said:

Oh it is happening! They look like they are on their wayto being beautiful dreads, and they will be! I've tried all sorts of stuff to try and accellerate the process like sea salt and wool sweater on my pillow etc., it just takes time...and sometimes a little help and I have to tell you the b/s wash dramatically changed my hair. I bought a residue free shampoo that I used a couple weeks after startingthe b/s wash, it made my scalp feel great, but loosened up a lot of the knotting. I now use that on my scalp, rinse, then pour the b/s wash over my hair and rinse again...either daily or every couple days and my hair seems to be knotting up like crazy. I also flip my hair in the shower and try to let the water run over it from each direction, odd I know, but I think it helps, and helps with rinsing. So anyway, maybe if you alternate your shampoo and the b/s wash? Just a suggestion. Keep the patience and faith. :) Love your locks, they will love you back :)

P.S. My boy took me out to dinner Sunday for V-day and I wore my hair down as proudly as I could with all the stares and whispering around me, I would look if I felt a stare and smile when I made eye contact and they would look away quickly. It's gotta be about attitude because they would stop staring. :) If you are happy with you, don't you worry about anyone else.

Heather
@heather
02/15/11 09:29:35PM
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i think guys can get away with messy crazy hair more than girls can but i'm glad i'm not the only one with a messy head;)

Brandon Arnold said:
My dreads are equally as loopy as that one you are holding up in your pictures!

And, it is only five months. It's killing me that my hair is so messy and it feels like forever in some ways, but you just have to take it a day at a time.

I always wear a wool hat when I go to class, because I hate when people ask "oh dude wtf is up with your hair" but it's getting better day by day. The more I like them, the better they seem to look lol.


and it's not like your dreads aren't doing anything. All that loopy crazy messy stuff is a sign that it's working!
Heather
@heather
02/15/11 09:25:51PM
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t&r doesn't work at all on my hair and no i haven't done any more backcombing. i feel like i've focused more on my hair in the last 5 months than i have in the last 5 years. i was a wash and go kind of girl. now i have to wash gently but make sure its all actually getting clean, keep things separated, sea salt sprays, etc. it's all just so much work and to have it respond so slowly is just really frustrating, you know? i just hope to one days soon be able to say i have dreadlocks.

Knottysleeves said:

You are soooo going to get there eventually, for sure! It's just taking longer than usual because your hair is so soft and resistant than most people's. But like Brandon said, all those loops are a sign that things ARE starting to happen!

Have you done any more twist & rip or tight backcombing on the completely straight sections to get things moving?

Heather said:

i know. it just hard when i pics like yours or knottysleeves and think i'm never going to have that. i definitely don't have as much hair as you do so i just wonder how it will all work out in the end. i don't want pitiful, scrawny dreads. i was hoping that the dreadlock will give me the fullness i never had.
Heather
@heather
02/15/11 07:48:43PM
1,291 posts

almost brushed it all out :(


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i know. it just hard when i pics like yours or knottysleeves and think i'm never going to have that. i definitely don't have as much hair as you do so i just wonder how it will all work out in the end. i don't want pitiful, scrawny dreads. i was hoping that the dreadlock will give me the fullness i never had.

Dolly said:
I just saw your pictures now, and I have to say that your hair is doing it!! Those loops and such are a great sign! Trust that the journey will be so well worth it!
Heather
@heather
02/15/11 07:25:36PM
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the ocean is about 30 minutes away but it's freezing cold this time of year so that's out of the question. i'll definitely do it in the summer though. thanks:)

RastaPasta said:
Heather keep your head up your hair is def showing progress! Don't give up now! Not sure if you live by the Ocean but for me when my locks were little babies I hopped in the Ocean a couple times a week and that tightened the shit out of my hair maybe something to think about.
Heather
@heather
02/15/11 07:23:51PM
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thanks, dolly:)

Dolly said:
Oh, Heather ... hang in there!! You've come so far, and as KnottySleeves said, you've been so patient!!! Seems like if the ones you backcombed are doing well, it might not hurt to give the rest the same impetus! You are such a beautiful girl, no matter what your hair looks like! I would echo SE's advice about having pride in knowing that you're doing this for you, and that your beauty radiates out from your heart and smile!! Sending you all kinds of good energy, my friend!!! ;)
Heather
@heather
02/15/11 06:14:42PM
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almost brushed it all out :(


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okay, well here are some really crappy cell phone pics. its a rainy, yucky day so outside pics with the good camera are out of the question. i put little brass beads at the ends of some of the sections to encourage knotting. it shows you how small my hair is sectioning.the crazy zigzag pics are the backcombed natural sections i did last month. there's only 5 of these on my head like this. notice how all the knotting is on the ends and then smooth hair for about 5".


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