November 28th, 2005


a little snip from my journal.

taken from my journal.

two nights ago i was looking into the mirror. i visioned myself with a pair of shears and going at it ... going at my hair. chop. chop. chop. i'm thinking about it folks, getting rid of the dreads, just for a little while. i would really like to do another set in the future, now that i know the HOW and WHY. just a thought though, dont know if i'll do it. see, one of the reasons is, it is my identity! i am, britton the girl with the hair. i dont know if i want to live with that anymore. its been a conversation piece, a love, hate, adornment, ... GAH! i love them! they make me feel protected, my large and over-sized tangled mane. i love to twist them up and rest them on my shoulder. oh.

oh hell

yeah, i'm thinking about it.
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here are my babies. I started them on Halloween but they still have like 3 more front dreads to go

pre dreads. Mah Wuzza and me, her name is Hann and she did my dreads for me and is oh so patient....


Back of the head kind of thing, more up the top... it an't that easy to take a photo of the back of your head...

my mother thinks that having dreads accentuates my bushy eyebrows I told her I'd *cough* take it into consideration next time i went to the beautician...

Me loves my headband

earlier pic from about 10 days ago when less of my dreads were done

Getting Rid of Wax Buildup

Hey All, just thought I could share something useful that recently worked for me. I've been having a lot of difficulty trying to get rid of a wax buildup in my locs. I began my locs months ago using a wax that did not have the forbidden ingredients in it (petroleum, lanolin oil, mineral oil, etc), nevertheless, I still ended up with a wax buildup even tho I was using it sparingly. I hated the flecks of white that I could see in my hair, and the lackluster appearance my hair gradually took on.. I've been steadily using Doc Bronner's peppermint soap to wash my hair, but that didn't help.. I read somewhere in the Memories that dipping your hair in boiling hot water could work, but my hair is still short and I wasn't looking forward to trying that.. Then all of a sudden, I was doing some research on environmental injustices when I came across the Exxon Valdez oil spill of 1990 (or thereabouts) and I remembered the commercials of the relief workers using Dawn dishwashing soap to clean ducks and seals.

I tried one of the more pleasant scenting Dawn soaps (it was honeysuckle, something or other) and worked it into a good lather, then rinsed... Applied it again, scrubbing my hair ruthlessly, working up a good lather again, then I rinsed with hot water, then finished with cold water.. and miracle of miracles, there's no more wax buildup in my hair.

The only problem is that now my hair is dry as dust, so I've gotta find a residue-free moisturizer that will remedy that. But in the meantime, I just thought I'd share that and let everyone know that Dawn actually works.

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