June 9th, 2005

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i do not understand how to crochet loose hairs back into the dreads.
i read everything about it in the FAQ section, and i still don't get it.

maybe i'm retarded or something.

the crochet hook just gets stuck on parts of the dread when i try to do this.
does anyone have any pointers?
becauseeee.... i'm annoyed with these hooks.
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i haven't made a post in a century.
pictures and everything, but first some observations:

my friend jeffery who is getting dreads soon told me he wanted his dreads like mine. it was the first time i ever received a compliment like that about my dreads, in the flesh.
it was nice.
i had more to go on, but i'm going to be late for work.
if i'm late my face will probably look like this:

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"i'm not late, am i? oh no...."

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Salt Water/Accelerator question...

I searched the memories, but didn't find an answer to this specific querie.

I am the proud owner of 1-day old lil baby dreads (lol), and I did use wax in the process of locking them. I know some people are against that, but hey it's my hair and that's what I decided to use. ::shrug::

My question is - Should I wait any certain amount of time before using salt water / accelerator on my dreads? I mean, since they're still all waxy and whatnot, I wondered if I should wait until they weren't so waxy? Or if it just doesn't matter at all?

Much thanks in advance!

My lil baby dreadies
Sorry it's not the best picture ever; I can't find my digital camera, and this was taken with my crummy camera phone.

(I decided not to lock the hair in front of my ears - that hair is in braids, but the rest of 'em are dreads)
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Hey everyone,

I've been really missing my dreads lately and have decided that I'm going to give them a try again. I chopped off my hair a couple months ago, but I'm thinking if I just let it grow about another inch or two I should be set to dread my hair. So here's a picture of my current hair cut - it's kind of hard to see, but basically it's longer in the front, then shorter in the back, so I know that I might have trouble dreading the really stubby parts. Would you say I'd need about 2 inches of hair at the shortest parts? Also, i stupidly threw out my dread shampoo a while ago, i'm wondering if anyone's ever had good luck using tea tree soap for washing their dreads?

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half year dreads (a few hours early); reflections

june tenth: my dreads are six months today.

some quick math: an average person has 100,000 hair follicles on their head. i have a dreadhawk, which accounts for an estimated 3/5 of a head of hair, so 60,000 of my follicles are involved in my dreadlocks. the average human loses 50-100 hairs daily from a full head of hair, which means i drop 30-60 hairs per day into my dreads, or 5,460-10,920 hairs over a period of six months. so, according to this, my dreads are now 9-18% heavier than my 'hawk alone would have been. :D

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now, a story:

this is a dreadlock from the head of beth smallwood.

she was the first girl i knew (or even saw close-up) with dreads. she started them at the beginning of our senior year, 1995, & her locks were amazing - solid, totally un-frizzy, soft hairs & rock hard knots at the same time. i remember she went about a month doing nothing at all, & after that was constantly found rolling them in her fingers during class. she used blue twist-ties to help separate the roots & always wore one of the cute tiny bandannas she cut herself from scrap cloth. she had a single bangs dreadlock, about 2" long & 1/2" around, that she wore out the front of the bandanna. her dreads became fat enough that she wore several finger rings on them, & nothing else, for decoration.

she ended up cutting them off a few weeks before we graduated because, i'm told, she was impatient with her undercut growing out & also wanted thinner locks. she gave them all away, & i wound up with one of the best.

i started my first set about a year after beth chopped hers (& kept them five times as long, heh). if i hadn't moved eight hundred miles from her by then, i would've asked for her help. as it was, i had to learn everything on my own - i've posted before about how very little dreadlock information was available on the web at that point - but it was a good experience overall, as evidenced by my return to dreads this year.

to beth smallwood: if you ever happen upon this post via egocentric google'ing or any similar method, know what a positive influence you've been on my self-image. dreads are me. & i didn't know that until i held one of yours.

(ps to beth: then email me, you bitch.)

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yay for half-year locks! enjoy.


the end.

thanks to all you answered my desperate cries for advice on brushing out. i tried many things and ran out of patience quickly.
it's all over now. whew! i am officially dread-less, therefore officially disheartened at seeing everyone's pretty dread photos. not that i don't love my new cut, but you know how the seperation process goes (or you will sometime, maybe). i will -certainly- be getting another set sometime, but there is a story behind my cutting-impluses:

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dread ♥ to everyone. rock on and stay gorgeous (not that you could help it).
<3 laura