I started my natural dreads (or should I say, they started themselves) back in August of 2014, when 3 little dread-babies formed on my head. I first thought to comb them out, but I didn't. Instead...I just kept making excuses for combing or brushing my hair. Deep down, I knew I wanted to have dreads. It just felt free, and made me feel more alive! At last count--2 years and 2 months into dreading-- I had 27 dreads.
But I now approach the 3 year mark, come August 2017, and I have seriously lost count of my dreads. All I know is I am well-past the shrinking stage and my dreads are getting super long! I pull congos at least once a week these days, and kinda go with the flow that comes with having natural dreadlocs. I admit to T & R on maybe 3 or 4 of them near my face...in the beginning, but they didn't hold, and...in time, ended up dreading (or 'not' dreading) naturally. Even still --most likely because of facial cleansers/creams -- the hair nearest to my face (my bangs) has never locked; which I quite like because I can still have it flowing free.
One thing's for sure... I feel like myself, and more 'hair happy' than ever before. And, as I mentioned before, my dreads shrunk to above my shoulders that first year before they started once-again to show some length. Now, they have grown longer than my hair was before it started dreading. My hair is healthier than it has ever been, and my dreads are growing like weeds! : )
I am thoroughly enjoying my dread journey. My 'babies' are growing longer and stronger with each passing day; using the lovely scented shampoo bars that I buy from a shop on this site. The LOC Cedar, Rosemary, and Sweet Lemon Grass (very lovely); Nag Champa (Words cannot describe the loveliness of this scent); Patchouli (I LOVE the scent); the one I'm using now (I can't remember the name of it) is a very light orange scent, but isn't fragrant enough for my senses...even though it smells very nice -- and many other scents I've yet to try.
I put in another order for Nag Champa, but requested a sample of the Goddess bar. This seller is very generous with samples. A great shopping (and shampooing) experience...all around! : ) The cleansing of these bars is wonderful, airy, and makes me feel on top of the world! Find other fine dreadlocks shampoo bars here -- http://www.dreadlockshampoo.com/.
I feel so grateful for my locs. Each and every one is a Blessing of natural beauty. I look forward to many more years of watching my babies grow.
Love and .V.. to All! GVR