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8 years [November 19th, 2017 @11:14 AM]

steelreserve40z
Sup yall does anyone still read this?? Anyways I got my dreads in Nov 2009 at age 15 and I still got em at age 23. Thinking bout combing out some of the top ones so I can have spikey hair again... But at the same time I love my chelsea dreadhawk. They should be like twice the length cuz they break off cuz I don't do shit to my hair (#1 awesome thing about having dreads for sure).

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New dreadies [November 1st, 2017 @4:20 PM]

malfunctionzero
Finally got dreads after wanting them for years. Only a day old so they're still babies.
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hi, i haven't posted for a long time [June 17th, 2017 @12:35 PM]

krazednconfused
because life an' all and i forget LJ exists, but.

they're.. seven? eight? years old.

ignore the genetic baldness plz.
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k that's all for now until i forget this site exists for like another 4 years or whatever.
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Ahavah's Grateful Dread Journey [April 28th, 2017 @11:58 AM]

ahavah
[ mood | excited ]

x-posted from my journal


Yesterday was not only my birthday, it was my three year dreadiversary! I don't think I've ever done a dreadlock post, so here we go.

I am aware of the debate about white-presenting people having dreadlocks (in fact, I lost a [white] friend over this in a really horrible situation that made me put off my dreadlock ceremony for two years). I did not and do not take my decision lightly. Believe it or not, as pale as I am, I have often been on the receiving end of racism. I'm Hispanic, and it doesn't happen as often since I married and my name changed, but it does still happen because I don't hide who I am and I speak out. I am absolutely aware of the white privilege I enjoy by being lighter than much of my family, let alone black people. However, I researched this for many years before I actually did it, considered it deeply, and decided this is right for me.

What it boils down to is, I don't believe anyone can claim something that has been in existence throughout a great many cultures forever and what is actually our natural state...and I have yet to hear any black people do so. It has only been white people, usually on the internet, who have accused me of being racist or oppressive. It is not my intention to ever be either of those things. However, if I am inadvertently making anyone feel oppressed, I sincerely apologize.

I have a great many reasons why I wanted to dread up, and a great many of those are private or too much to get into in this particular post. This is mostly going to be a picture post showing my dread evolution. I will say that the majority of my personal reasons are spiritual &/or energetic. I've explored headwraps/coverings both before and after dreading my hair for the same spiritual and energetic reasons, and I'll show some of those here as well.

I waited to do them until I could get my dandruff problem under control, which I did by going no_poo a year or so before taking the plunge. I cannot extol the virtues of no poo enough! Yes, I went through horrible detox stages (so glad I didn't have dreadlocks through that, tbh), but my hair is so, so much happier for it. Now, most people who no poo – which is basically just using natural ingredients for shampoo – use baking soda to wash. I did for a long time, but after I did my locks, I put a stop to that really quickly. I hadn't realized how horribly caustic baking soda was. It was making my locks brittle and horrible. I now favor a rosemary decoction, which both smells good and is great for dandruff issues. I use vinegar when I'm in too much of a rush to boil and cool rosemary water. I do wash my hair regularly, and the only difference I made after having dreads was that I make sure I wash my hair early enough that I don't go to bed with a wet head.

I originally started palm-rolling after my showers, which I heard so much about everywhere, but I would like to go on the record and say I do not advise palm rolling. Not regularly, anyway. I did it after every shower (a few times a week), and after a year or so, my hair started twisting around at the roots. You might think this would help the locking, but no, it made them start poking out in wild directions. I had one little dreadlock in front who kept poking straight out of my head like a unicorn horn. I'd use hair ties, tie him down to locks at the bottom, tightly tied bandanas, & even tried product out of desperation. He would always escape and point the way forward. I just had to deal with a unicorn horn for many, many months until he got too heavy and started hanging back down. Asshole dreadlock. I named him Vern. Don't be like Vern. Palm-roll with caution. It's about two years after I stopped palm rolling, and my hair still twists itself around whenever it gets wet, after showers or in the rain.

I've gotten by far the most and best info at the wonderful get_up_dread_up community. Their memories section is invaluable, and I've passed on their link to every person who's ever asked me how to make or take care of them. I can't recommend it enough if you are interested in or curious about dreadlocks.


Now, let's do some pictures! How about lots and lots (and lots) of pictures?

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hello iceland! [April 22nd, 2017 @1:25 PM]

lishd
oh hey, strfvr & i went to iceland! the travelogues are here as always, but below you'll find the dread-relevant pics i posted from the trip. :)



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enjoy!
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[April 8th, 2017 @6:39 PM]

lishd
for those interested in zero-g dreads, the travelogue is now up. :)

http://lishd.livejournal.com/81563.html
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happy birthday, gudu! [March 25th, 2017 @1:09 PM]

lishd
Basic Account, Created on 25 March 2002 (#506378)

gudu turns 15 today.

it's not quite dead.

roll call - please comment if you're reading this. :)
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10 years of hair [January 15th, 2017 @11:53 PM]

grabich
Hi everyone,

wanted to share how 10 years of not cutting your hair looks like.
I've cut my old set in December 2006, dreaded my hair in May 2011.



I'm not experienced with selfies, as you can see. :)
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I did a thing! [November 4th, 2016 @1:17 PM]

pixie_7

Haven't been on here in foreeeeever, but my locks are turning 6 this month, and over the past two days I spent about 12 hours backcombing and crocheting 30 locks into my partner's hair. I am so excited to have him start this journey, but I don't remember the html to cut to other pics, so have just this one until I figure it out! :D

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Six years old [September 23rd, 2016 @10:59 PM]

mfuller
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