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John Summers
@john-summers
11/26/13 03:42:39PM
8 posts

Are You On Instagram? If so, what about a DreadlocksSite account?


General Talk

Hey guys.

Thanks for the responses. I'm definitely looking to find a good team of people to help run the account and spread the word on Instagram. Like Melony and Ixchel said, there a few dreadie IGs that I folllow. But Melony is right, none of the are offer advice on dreadlocks health. So, I think we should!

Thank you Melony for offering to help. I'm definitely going to be contacting you as we move forward. We could collaborate on a description to put on the account and figuring out all the details.

Anyone else who would like to help, let me know. All help is appreciated.

Bless!

John

P.S. my IG is @dreadheadman.

John Summers
@john-summers
11/25/13 03:19:13PM
8 posts

Are You On Instagram? If so, what about a DreadlocksSite account?


General Talk

So I had an idea I want to run past all of you.

First of all, how many of you are on Instagram?

I was thinking it could be cool to setup an Instagram account to showoff some of the awesome dreads that we have here on the site. Another purpose of the account would be to prompt other dreads that may have questions, concerns, etc. or people how want to network with like-minded people on a site that is for people who have or are thinking of locking. Maybe people who don't even have dreads, but love them. What do you guys think? I think for privacy reasons we could ask if we could use a members picture to make sure they are okay with it. I'm really just spit balling here, as it is just an idea.

The main goal would be to increase the flow of traffic on the site that has decreased since the google update. But another goal would be to help ease some anxieties that new or more mature dreadheads are having on the journey and have not heard of the site. Speaking from personal experience, my locks cause me a good bit of anxiety because loose hairs, frizzies or what have you. But once I found the site and realized all the things that I worried about were normal, my journey became a much more peaceful one full of self discovery and growing it to the person I am meant to be.

Again, this is just an idea. But I would like to hear your thoughts, suggestions, criticisms or really anything you have to say on this matter.

Bless!

John


updated by @john-summers: 01/13/15 09:59:56PM
John Summers
@john-summers
11/25/13 02:18:57AM
8 posts

Animal Lover


Alternative Lifestyles and Subcultures

I totally relate to this. All of my male friends make fun of the fact that I am a vegetarian. I find it funny that they make fun of me for it, and they probably don't fully realize why I chose to become a vegetarian.

Of course, they know it is because I love animals and don't think they deserve the treatment and cruelty they get in slaughterhouse. But what they don't know is that at the age of 18, I had very high cholesterol and triglyceride levels. So I became a vegetarian because I had read that a vegetarian diet had fewer risk factors and more cholesterol benefits than non-vegetarian diets. So, I switched because I sure don't want to have a heart attack, stroke, or heart disease.

So I just let it slide when they do make fun of me, because if they knew the full reason why I chose to do it they probably wouldn't think it was such a fun thing to make fun of me for.

I just find it funny that people chose to make fun of or criticize something that don't understand, rather than trying to understand it.

Just my two cents :)

Blessings!

Tim said:

About the worst thing I ever did in the eyes of the other men in my family was to become vegetarian, stop drinking alcohol and be obviously spiritual (talking about spiritual matters etc). I some how lost my manhood, and thankfully it never returned. Most of society has a very strange view of these matters. Probably a very guilty conscience is at play.

peace


updated by @john-summers: 07/27/15 11:14:06AM
John Summers
@john-summers
11/11/13 11:55:30PM
8 posts

Newbie here..HELP!!


Dreading Methods

Like Soaring Eagle said, try some of the Lockin' Up Liquid Shampoo from Dreadlocks Shampoo if you are not seeing any progress with the BS/ACV washes. I love it! Every time I wash with it, my hair gets super duper knotty. My only advice if you do choice to switch to the liquid shampoo is to really stay on top of separating. I can imagine that if you are using it when you are starting you locks, it could get kinda out of control as far as your sections go. But give it a go, and don't stress when you are going through your super messy phase. Its totally natural and rather beautiful in my opinion; its sort of like the messy stage is a caterpillar, and once you move forward and your locks mature, they become beautiful butterflies. I know its kind of a lame comparison, but its the best way to describe it in my mind. The most important thing to remember it to just go with the flow, be patient keep an open mind and take good care of your locks. They can't teach you a lot of important lessons about yourself and the world around you. Good luck on your journey!Blessings!
John Summers
@john-summers
11/11/13 11:27:58PM
8 posts

What do you wash with?


Dread Maintenance

Hey Karen. I did a little research on Trader Joe's Tea Tree shampoo. Its a clarifying shampoo which means it removes residue and dirt. So it should be okay. Just make sure you rinse really well. I used a clarifying shampoo for awhile and it did remove dirt and residue but it dried out my hair so I stopped. But I think if you are alternating between that and Dreadlocks Shampoo you should be okay. Give it a try and see how you like it. You may or may not like it, but its all about trial and error to really find out what works for you. I've tried a lot of different shampoos and that's how I ended up finding what works for me, which is alternating BS/ACV with Dreadlocks Shampoo. Let me know how it goes.Blessings!
John Summers
@john-summers
06/13/13 01:17:02AM
8 posts

Two years, and what I've learned.


General Talk

Thanks Kerry! It really does help to see photos of other people locks at different stages in their journey, it helped alleviate the anxiety I was having.Barrellady, it is amazing how something so simple does so many wonderful things for me.Thank you both for your kind words!
John Summers
@john-summers
06/12/13 09:38:46PM
8 posts

Two years, and what I've learned.


General Talk

Thank you :) I agree with you 100%. Natural is beautiful!
John Summers
@john-summers
06/12/13 08:55:31PM
8 posts

Two years, and what I've learned.


General Talk

First off, let me express my gratitude for the help I have received from Soaring Eagle, Baba Fats, and everyone here on dreadlockssite. Thank you so very much! Before I joined, I was so worried about how my locks looked, they were out of control loopy and messy. It caused me so much anxiety that they didn't look uniform. It got to the point where I even contemplated cutting them off. After joining, about a year into my journey, I realized that I was very uneducated about dreadlocks. I didn't know that loops and bumps and zig-zags were a very normal part of the locking process. I guess I was just caught up in what our society views as "acceptable dreadlocks". But since joining, I have embraced the messiness, loops and bumps. I realized that every single lock is one of a kind, that there is not another dread on this planet that is the same. And realizing this has helped me grow as a human being. It helped me become an individual. Again, before I was so caught up in what society says you should do and what was the "normal" path of life. I pushed myself to try and be what they wanted me to and I was miserable. So I made a change. Now I do what is best for me, regardless of what anybody else thinks, because I realized that the only expectations I need to live up to are mine. Forget what everyone else thinks.My dreads have taught me so much, but the most important thing is; whats right for me, may not always be whats right for the next person.So here's to many more years and many more lessons!


updated by @john-summers: 02/14/15 11:28:15AM
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