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Heather
@Heather
05/22/11 07:42:34PM
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After a few weeks with a tam (update)


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thats nuts!!! omg! they went crazy! amazing. i love that big one on top in your first pic:) i hope mine look this good when i hit 10 months. did you notice any big changes between your 8th and 10th month? i'm crossing my fingers.
Heather
@Heather
05/22/11 07:38:18PM
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My TnR timeline - update at 25 months


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i have the same lumps of hair on some of my locks. my hair naturally just starts knotting from the bottom up. i had one wad of hair that was flat and quite thick and about 3" wide. it was driving me nuts. it pulled weird on my hair and it took forever to dry. after a failed attempt at undoing it i ended up cutting it on either side to make it more in line with the locked hair above it. it looked like my lock had gotten a buzz cut. lol. i noticed in the cut hair a powdery residue like you had mentioned. dust? or maybe baking soda that didn't fully get rinsed out? hard water sucks. i don't know. i went ahead and wrapped that part with some hemp and hopefully it will bind back together. i don't have the pulling on that section anymore which i'm really happy about. i've started to put beads on the ends of hair that starts to lock to prevent any future dread wads.

thanks so much for sharing your experience. i think you look adorable with your short dreadies:)

Heather
@Heather
05/22/11 03:07:23AM
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ouch, ouch, OUCH!!!


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i was wondering, would it be okay to wrap that dread from root to tip with hemp to provide a bit of support and encourage it to lock more evenly for strengths sake? or would it stop the dread from locking?
Heather
@Heather
05/21/11 05:29:37PM
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He says I should start all over


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he who? well, anyone that goes natural doesn't have even, perfect sections. mine are all kinds of weird shapes. i would think you just grabbing hair would be fine as long as your sections aren't super huge or over lapping each other. i wouldn't worry about it. give them time to mature. you could always split or combine some down the road. starting over just sounds like more damage to the hair. just let them be and they'll be fine:)
Heather
@Heather
05/21/11 04:46:37PM
1,294 posts

ouch, ouch, OUCH!!!


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yeah, i was totally considering cutting the wad of hair off the bottom and loosening up the whole dread but that would make the lock about 10 inches shorter than the rest of my hair so it would be really obvious. plus its on the top and really visible so i don't think i'd be too happy with the end result. i'm just hoping it will work itself out in the months ahead.

FoxPaw said:
I had the same problem but only one. It was on top of my head. It was doing fine until the base of it (theroot) started to split and make a Y. Exactly like "Y". The lock itself started to get really big compared to others and every time I would put on a shirt or put on a tam it hurt soo bad! Like seriously I felt like if my niece tugged on that specific dread it would rip out. Well, I lost patience and cut it. Now this sad, but good for me too. I felt soo much better.. it just looks really dumb now and I have to kinda comb that part with my fingers so they don't get sucked into others.. :/ BUT, studying this lock of hair I noticed I'm not washing soap out to well. So now I have a very clean head with a missing puzzle piece lol but I don't care. I say leave it alone Heather, try not to touch it too much. Patience!
Heather
@Heather
05/21/11 04:43:07PM
1,294 posts

ouch, ouch, OUCH!!!


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really? the only reason i wear the tam to bed is to keep my hair out of my face or from getting pulled during the night. it really hasn't done much help in the way of encouraging knotting. i'll try sleeping without it for a while and see how it goes. i just wish my hair would hurry up and knot already. its so slow going.

NaturalWomyn said:
it's from wearing the tam to bed, it may not seem like it but that will cause them to turn around. It happened to all my front ones from wearing headbands. once they grow out they will be fine, I would stop wearing the tam to bed. Hope they feel better soon!

updated by @Heather: 07/23/15 03:35:49AM
Heather
@Heather
05/20/11 07:00:20PM
1,294 posts

ouch, ouch, OUCH!!!


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i wear a tam to bed every night. here's a couple of bad cell phone pics. not sure if you can tell but the left side is the tight part and the right is super loose. i just want the loose part to start pulling into the lock so all the stress won't be on the one side. plus it has a big heavy wad of hair on the end of the lock which makes itheavy and uncomfortable.



updated by @Heather: 02/05/15 10:12:49AM
Heather
@Heather
05/20/11 06:30:32PM
1,294 posts

ouch, ouch, OUCH!!!


Dread Maintenance

no. i wear it down most of the time. they just like to rotate 360 degrees as they're knotting for some reason.
Heather
@Heather
05/20/11 06:04:15PM
1,294 posts

ouch, ouch, OUCH!!!


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i don't know how others natural dreads started but mine seem to lock from the bottom up. i have one in particular that is causing me pain. when its knotting its rotating around as it gets closer to my scalp. its getting tighter on one side and has a bulge of loose hair on the other. it hurts. i tried to pull on the hairs to loosen them but they aren't budging. i considered cutting the hairs but that would be about a third of the dread and with my thin hair it would be quite obvious. i don't know what to do. my scalp is so tender there and i've seriously considered cutting/undoing it but other locks are doing this too so i don't think that would help anything in the long run.

will this dread finally start to pull the other loose hairs in and even out the pulling?

{help!}


updated by @Heather: 02/14/15 08:07:12AM
Heather
@Heather
05/19/11 04:10:54PM
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natural dreads timeline dreading fast as can be


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don't feel too bad. i'm at almost 8 months natural and have a ton of soft loose hair. i did a few t&r of my own a few days ago just to lift my spirits. i think some peoples is more prone to knotting. mine is not. good luck with yours:)

Thomas paquette said:
Beautiful. How are you doing that?.Im waiting to find my own naturals but I cant so ive been tnr a couple to make me feel like progress is,happening. Now I feel cheapened for doing it.. Irony

I cant wait to see them allgrown up. They are going to be dashing just like the head theyre on.

Much love.

Son of Funkenstien.
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