June 5th, 2005

time for an update...?

I am a bit hung over, pretty tired and more than a little bored. So I though I'd take yet more rubbish pictures on my camera phone as someone mysteriously lost the lead for the digital camera.

The pictures that follow are accompanied by a request for suggestions and a question. To sew or not to sew. What experiences have people had of sewing in their loose hairs? I might have a go but I don't want to start something I can't keep up if it takes lots of time and I have to redo it lots.

And on to the crappy pictures...

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Should get some pics for the theme soon too!

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I've only posted here maybe twice before, but I follow the community every day. Anyway, is there anyone in the Santa Cruz, California area who's damn good with dread maintenance? I know it takes time and all for them to get all nice and harden and what not, and I've only had mine for about 5 months now, but I've got this....aura of frizz...it's huge. It's so big at times that it looks like I have an afro -- you can't even see the dreads below the mad heap of crazy hair. I don't have many good pics of it, actually really just one.

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So, I've been thinking about lishd's recent comment on no matter what method of 'dreading up' you use, in time they will produce the same results. The backcomb method will eventually grow dreads from the roots, and the backcombed, matted hair will grow out with trimming, or be at the bottom of a long dread. So lets quit the on-going pointless debat.. eh?!

Also, I was thinking about how many 'maintaining' posts there has been, asking whether to sew, crochet etc to 'tie in the loose ends', 'straighten out lumpy, loopy dreads' and deal with the 'fuzzy tips'. For me, I just let my dreads be. I love them, I am glad I have them, but it is not a big deal if they look scruffy, because i know in time, they will look exactly the same as any other method used on my hair, that they will turn out the same as if i had spent hours palm-rolling, crocheting, sewing. Sure, i'm not saying anything to dispte the fact that my dreads will probably take longer for the roots to start growing as dreads...but that's fine for me.

The point is, I think too many people are starting to care about the appearance of their dreads...which is actually up to them..but ... I don't know. maybe this is a pointless post...

Just some thoughts.
Though I am so happy with my lions mane.

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ok, so i've been looking around, and i decided i like thicker dreads rather than thin ones. i have pretty thin ones (46 of them) and i want thicker ones, but some people's thicken up ALOT when they get older, and some people's stay thin. i would wait and see, but i've heard that they're easier to combine when they're young because when they're more mature, they just don't like to eat eachother as much...what do you guys think?

p.s. i'd picture update but i don't have a camera around...they look pretty much the same :)
p.p.s. all advice is muchly appreciated :)

EDIT also, if i put two together, then i'd have a rectangular section as opposed to a square section..would that make ugly ovals? or could some easy palm rolling change that?
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Becomin' a Natty G'al

Hey everyone. I posted an entry a few days ago asking for advice on starting locks.. I've done a ton of internet research and even spoke with those I knew who had locs, and of course you all helped me very much, so I thought that I would show you the process of my new locs. I spoke with my mom and showed her my compiled research on beginning them and maintaining them and the whole process. I even showed her articles I found by people on their struggles in the work force, but also their joys. The end result was the she supported my decision and respected the fact that this isnt' a fad for me, but a lifetime commitment complete with an attitude change, so she did my locs for me and here go photos of the process. I'll try to post photos of my hair every month so that you guys can see the process yourself.

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Here I am as I try comb out some of my hair that has already started locking Collapse ) I can't even tell you how bloody painful that was..

Finally, the method that we settled on was the comb twists. We realize that it takes longer to lock, but it is pretty and stylish. I like the photos that I've seen of others who have used this method. I also spoke with a loctician who upon seeing my hair told me that she would not backcomb, but that the two methods she would use in my hair would either be the comb twists or the two-stranded twists. My mom started my hair off with the finger twists, but because it took so long and so much energy, we ended up going with the comb twists. And here's how it went Collapse ), Collapse ), Collapse ) and sporting a nice semi mohawk as you can see.

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Anyway, I'd like to thank all of you for your support and advice and for making this an absolutely awesome community to be a part of.

'Nuff love and respect.

Your newly natty sister,

Shea :o)

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haven't posted in a loooong time. but my dreads are turning 2 years old in about two months and i still love them to death. ahh, what would i do without my loves?

dreads are very messy due to a day at the beach


p.s. hurrah for summer weather and the salty ocean water's healing powers on EVERYTHING
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im going to japan and the philippines in a couple of days and i will be going alone. within the 1247 members, maybe i'll be lucky and find knotted folks who are living there and who could possibly show me around? and since many of you have been posting hair timelines, i decided to join in on the fun.

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