May 25th, 2005


yesterday's comments & a question

driving home from work with the top down yesterday afternoon, stopped at a red light, a lincoln with mirror-tinted windows pulled up next to me. the rear window lowered, & i saw a jamaican guy with a million tiny, gorgeous dreads grinning HUGE at me. he gave me a double thumbs up while nodding. i grinned & nodded back, & the window raised.

a couple of miles later, at another red light, i heard honking. there was a large black woman in the car on my right, saying something to me. i turned off the stereo & she repeated that she loves my hair color. i smiled & thanked her & we proceeded on our separate ways.


now for the question:

while we on this community generally accept that black people were not the FIRST with dreads, so it's not "their" style to "steal", many people outside this group still labor under that impression. so is it somehow racist or reverse-racist or i-don't-know-what to feel extra good when a black man or woman compliments my hair? 'cause i do. it's always nice to get compliments, but receiving them from someone who may believe (or whose family may believe) that dreads don't belong on white people seems to carry with it an extra measure of something good.

usually we post the positive here on gudu, but not rarely come the posts about how someone's been verbally or even physically abused for wearing dreads. i don't know the percentage of black vs white people hurling the epithets (though it seems like it's mostly younger white kids) or their reasoning for doing so. maybe i more expect a black person to hate that i have dreads, & the "extra something good" i'm feeling is complimented plus RELIEF... i don't know. does anyone have any thoughts on this?

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ok, well a quick question. i went in my hot tub last night(which i love beaucoup) and i was wondering, chlorine + other pool chemicals = what effect on dreads? even if they're dried properly and all that.

and since i'm here, i'll do me a mini....

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Hey y'all, I'm new here, the lovely Hilde dreadcookie told me about this group so I thought I'd join and see what's up :-) I've had my dreadlocks for 1,5 year now, did them together with a friend of mine. Backcombed them a lot, put some wax in them until someone told me it wasn't that good for your dreads. So I stopped doing that, and now I just backcomb them sometimes. I have a lot of lose hair and loops in the roots, but I like them anyway ;-)

Here's some pictures: (you might have seen them before coz dreadcookie took a lot of them and posted them about a month ago or so) (PS: hilde, kheb uw photobucket ding effe gebruikt, anders kon'k nie aan die links komen :-))

I'm the blonde guy in the middle
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That's it! :-D


swimming pools and dreads

school's out for summer
for most of us

so since it's summer and all
do any of you go swimming at pools with your dreads?
i was just wondering cause i love to swim, but i'm too afraid of ruining my dreads with cholorine and all those pool chemicals
are they ok for dreads or is that just a dumb question?
thanks for any input
evil monkey

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my dreads are 4 months old today. :) the other day my best friend and i were talking and she was palm rolling my hair (shes such a good friend) and she made a comment that it seems like ive always had them and she cant wuite remember what i looked like without them. so we dug up some old photos and wow....i suprised myself even.

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the two dreads at the nape of my neck are a couple weeks older than the rest of my locks (don't ask why), & those two turned six months old yesterday. in realizing this, i started thinking about the absurd amount of growth they've experienced.

here are a couple shots of them all young & tender:

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till the clouds clear

It's a hair thing

Today was a sh/tty day. not teen angst, plain ol' sh/tty day.

the nicest thing i have experienced since like, girls! happened though.

i was buying a underground ticket from those stupid money eating machines and this tall tall black dude strolls along, gives me his day ticket, a few words and strolls away.

It's a hair thing

This post is in honour to him, the niceest guy i ever met 30 ft underground.
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