Claire's Natural Curly Dreads
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I move around a lot in my sleep, but it looks like I must sleep mainly on my back, because that is where my hair is the flattest.
I added a whole bucketload of beads before I went camping for the weekend, with some exciting results!
ONE MONTH AND SIX DAYS
The straight hairs on the side of my head are the ones that are knotting up first! I wouldn't have guessed that in a million years - I love how life surprises me
The beads are also helping the other sections knot up, but not nearly so much as this. Moving the bead up and down the hair definitely tangles it.
I have very thick hair, so when I went for haircuts I always got them to thin it out a LOT, which means that all the hairs are really different lengths. So when I put the bead on it pushes those shorter hairs around a lot.
ONE MONTH AND TWO DAYS
It feels like not too much is happening back there, but as the days go by it is getting easier and easier to be patient about the process. The hair has sectioned itself really well, but there aren't really any knots yet. The hair underneath, around my neck, is a lot straighter and smoother so it has taken longer to section itself, but it has almost done that now. I am expecting to see some knots forming at the back of my head really soon!
It is starting to look a bit frizzier and messier, but not much worse than when I used to comb it. I am really surprised I can not comb my hair and it looks like this, it makes me think I have wasted a lot of time on my hair over the years!
I am so impatient, this process is hard for me, but at the same time it is pretty easy not having to do anything to my hair except wash it once a week! I have tried T&R'ing a few, but it hasn't made any difference to them, so I am resisting the temptation to 'help' the process along by doing the whole lot. It is all sectioning well, though the frizz is a little out of control. In these pics my hair is slightly wet as it got a bit wet in the shower and I used some salt spray to tame the frizz afterwards.
I still don't have any knots anywhere, but it is all sectioning well. The hair underneath is straighter and more fine, so that is taking a lot longer than the hair on the top. It is all a pretty crazy frizzy mess at the back, so I am making sure to keep on top of sectioning that.
Despite my impatience the process is a lot of fun, I can't wait to see what my head looks like in a month
Yours are looking really good!I can't believe you had such defined dreads at one week!
I am letting mine progress naturally, using T&R on one at the front as a bit of an experiment, but my hair takes a lot longer to get knots and tangles than I expected. But I am thankful in a way, as it means I have time to section before things get out of control
Swimming at the beach has always made my hair look awesome so I mixed together my own salt spray yesterday, so hopefully that will tame the frizz a little (frizziness has always been an issue with my hair), and accelerate the locking process.
Elle Gee said:
Ohhh! Those are gonna be SOOOO badass! Seriously, my hair is the same way. Super curly. It's only been a month and a half and mine are already knotted up pretty well around the middle. Some have formed ends and others are still thinking about it... Even a few have begun looping and knotting at the root! Yours will look fantastic in no time!
I have been thinking about getting dreads for a while now and my changing life situation has meant that now is the perfect time to do it. I have just given notice that I will be leaving my desk job, cause I am getting training as an industrial abseiler so I can work for my boyfriends business.
I stopped brushing my hair ten days ago, here are some pics of my progress:
MY HAIR AFTER MY LAST HAIRCUT
DAY TEN (Sorry, I couldn't work out how to get them to display in portrait orientation... they were ok on my computer!)
If anyone has any ideas on how to keep the frizz under control without adding any nasty products to my hair I would love to hear them! I am going to try a salt spray...
Here my hair is a little bit wet, but I have been using the salt spray with a pretty good effect. My hair doesn't feel dry at all, but the curls have become really defined. As far as sections go they are pretty small, but I am a fan of thinner dreads so I would love it if my hair went down that path all by itself!
It hasn't started knotting up yet, which surprises me, as I thought almost two weeks without combing would make my hair pretty feral! But I am happy with how my hair is looking at the moment, and almost bursting with anticipation to see what it will do next!
I have only washed my hair once a week for a few years now, so I am going to stick to that but with the BS/ACV from now on. I do, however, prefer to rinse my hair with water daily, as it has always made the curls better! I suppose when it starts to hold water for longer I will have to stop this, but it works for now.
I may possibly be obsessing over the whole process a bit too much, taking too many pics and browsing this forum obsessively. At least the forum gives me an outlet, so I can leave my hair well enough alone!
I have just been letting them get on and do their thing. I wish the days would pass more quickly!
They are still just a curly mass, but looking surprisingly good. It doesn't really look like I haven't brushed it for a fortnight... I have been getting really good sections underneath as well, and possibly have one small dread starting under there, but I can't find it anymore, so maybe it worked loose.
And the top, the part changes slightly every day, but I am liking where it is.
More pics to come!
I agree with SE, you're looking really hot! It looks like your hair is lightening up as it ages as well, which means it pretty much matches your regrowth, I love the colour!