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6 week ugh

user image 2012-03-17
By: Ixchel
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So I have a lot of thoughts about my hair/locks racing the last few days, I'm trying to recollect & organize them & get it all out.

I wish I hadn't dyed my hair. I absolutely love the color I got it to, but my roots are already showing & I don't want to keep up on the dyeing as my dreads continue to grow. I dyed it before I made the choice to dread, & it had been natural for at least 3 years before that, so long & I just finally messed it up, right before I would discover I didn't want to dye it again at all. Had I just waited another week. Now I'm debating what to do about the color since I don't want to keep on dyeing. Let it lock up & then once i have enough natural growth chop off the color? Will it look awful with my light roots & dark dreads? Should I just shave it off now & start from scratch? Will my dreads still be lumpy loopy & loveable if i cut so much off of them after they've formed? Would it be better if I started over now before I become attached to them? (Full of panicked questions aren't I?)

I got my liquid shampoo. It smells beautiful (nag champa, my fav!) A sample chunk of Dragons Blood. & some of the locking gel (since nothing is knotting yet). I waited for wash day, & when it came & I washed my hair was so fluffy & soft. But any definition I had of my sections was gone. I feel like no progress is ever being made. My sections shift & change, but no knots or loops happening. One of the reasons for switching to shampoo over bs/acv was henna fading. Baking soda strips color. I hadn't noticed any changes yet, but I didn't want the color I have to fade because it won't fade back to natural (unfortunately because that would solve a huge load of my issues) it will just fade to bright red. & as much as I love a good redhead, I do not make a good redhead. Well after 1 wash with the shampoo my color was lighter. More red, less brownish. I don't like it but I guess I don't mind. I am frustrated with the whole color situation & debating the razor anyways. I'll just let it keep fading, I won't be messing with the color anymore anyways. The shampoo kept my hair from getting oily next day (I was able to spread out my washes finally!) but it did dry out my head some & my hands a lot. I loved the smells, I wanted to eat my soap :)

My daughter slept on my wool pillowcase. In one night she had several matted knots in the back of her head. It took me all day to work through the mess. I want her hair. BAD. A month & a half I've been sleeping on that pillowcase, & not brushing my hair or conditioning. No knots. I brush & condition the heck outta her hair & bam! Crazy mess. I'm crazy jealous.

I had someone tell me nice hair, I had to choke on my laugh. I think she was talking about the style or nice cut, no dreading, just an unbrushed flop. She knows me as a blonde normally.

I'm pretty sure there have been other ramblings, but it feels good to get these ones out of my crazy head. I'm not sure what my game plan is from here on out with my locks, I want them badly, but I want my natural hair again. I wish I hadn't screwed it up, & I wish my hair wasn't taking so long to knot up. It makes me hesitant for my original plan of "just grow them out, comb them out, cut off color & let them dread up naturally again", it just seems like it would take me ages.

03/17/12 02:52:18AM @ixchel:

Angel thanks for letting me know i'm not alone with this color battle. I'll be watching what you do about it as well :) I will be keeping things posted round here.

I do always kick myself when I chop it all off, apparently it takes forever to grow & forever to knot! (Also I look awful with short hair, something else to take into account)

Angel Frye
03/17/12 02:14:15AM @angel-frye:

Ixchel, I am in exactly the same boat you are with the hair dye!! Only I've got 50% gray growing in so two inches of salt and pepper and the rest of the length is a gorgeous shade of medium red. I look good as a redhead. Hubby keeps begging me to dye it but I've had it with the chemicals and maintainance and all that crap. Just fed up!! I figured that I'd do the same thing: let it grow and then chop it off as it gets closer to the length I want to keep it at. I can't see any other way around it unless we can find a dye that is closest to our natural color and then dye just the lengths we want. But with the way my hair is turning upside down now I've got red jammed up in my roots in some sections. Crazy!

I'm interested in seeing what you decide so keep us posted. Just know that you are hardly alone. I did notice that after a few weeks the BC did indeed tone down the brightness of the color in my hair. Give it some time and feel it out. I think the worst thing that could happen by you waiting is that the roots get more defined and you have a better shot at getting the dye where you want it to be if you decide to dye it closer to your natural color. If you cut your hair really short then you'll really be kicking yourself for a few years while it grows out and you're wanting locks.

03/17/12 01:29:24AM @ixchel:

it won't go back natural because of the indigo used, henna can get out but indigo has to grow out & be cut off

washing with the shampoo I just used the liquid & put some in my palm, lathered it up an just wiped it on the top of my hair, & just put my fingertips a little under & between the sections i have to get it in there some. using cold water to wash, very cold actually lol.

i have a few assorted beads but they all just slip off & go flying. i was able to keep one in for part of a day, but i figured I'd wait for a while before trying to mess with them again.

☮ soaring eagle ॐ
03/17/12 01:22:21AM @soaring-eagle:

well..hmm the bs will fade the color i dont know why it wont go nbach=k to naural i never heard that

but as far as washing etc how ar u washing with the sgampoo

can u get beads?

beads will help u alot

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