February 23rd, 2006


dreadlock surgery

has anyone had any experience with cutting apart huge clumps of hair in someone that doesn't really have dreads in an attempt to get it to be like, individual dreads instead of a continental landmass of hair? i was hanging out with a friend of mine who's just had her hair tied back in a ponytail for months and i did my best to get seperate dreads out of that huge natty mess in the back of her head. it's kind of nervewracking.

ps having dreadlocks makes for a better admiral ackbar or cthulu impression.
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This was taken around christmas time, right before my locks' 3rd year anniversary.

and a front view....not the most flattering picture of me, but thought it would be appropriate to show my face, haha

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hello, hello...

I started my hair on Sunday. It was always frustratingly thick (to the point where I had difficulty running my hair through it or combing it with less-than-worthy combs) and would occasionally section itself out, so I figured, my hair wants to be dready. I don't have a digital camera or anything, so as soon as I finish this roll of film I'll be sure to post some pics...I'm thinking of marking my progress week by week, so in a few months you'll get to meet my babies.
And, because I'm a good noob and checked the memories, I found the method I used is called rip'n'twist...it kinda just came to me, considering how I used to make friendship bracelets this way and they stayed together fine.
Oh well. The babies take a lot of work, and I'm reminded of Airplane!: "Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit drinking." "Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue." "Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit amphetamines." I think I may have picked the wrong week to start dreads, but really, if not now, when?

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today my family went out to dinner for my sisters birthday.
at the restraunt there was some little hippie looking girl in a long patchwork skirt sitting at the table across from us and she kept shooting eyes at me all night.
i didnt say anything but in my head i was like, um, stare much?
after a while i took my hair down, just out of habit and she leaned aross and said "nice dreads".
i was a little suprised for like a split second, but then i leaned over and said, "nice skirt".
we both smiled at each other and soon after she left.
made me a little happier.
Plead the FIF!

Mod Post!


This is not a snark community. This is not a mock the stupid community. This is a dreadlock community. I'm sure you all know that it is often hard to find information about dreadlocks online and Google is not nearly as helpful as talking to people who know the subject personally. That's why this community exists. When someone posts and asks a questions that seems stupid to you, there is NO reason to be rude, snippy or anything other that polite.

If you don't have anything constructive to say, don't post.

I don't care how long you've had dreadlocks. I don't care how you formed them. And I don't care how long you've been a member of this community. It's hostile and it makes new people reluctant to post. Several members have stated to me their feelings and I've been led to believe that they don't feel their questions are welcome. A few people have mentioned how they feel less inclined to comment for fear of the reactions they might get. There are a number of you doing this and this is me formally asking you to stop. If that's the direction this community is turning, I don't like it. All questions are welcome as long as they are worded with respect. If someone is out of line, email me at jgrier @ gmail dot com. It's at the point now where if you can't play nice, we don't need you here. However, I would recommend the memory section to people with questions because it can be very helpful. Sometimes it's upsetting for people to see the same questions posted over and over.

As for the older members, feel free to comment with a link to the memories section if their question has already been asked. Feel free to tell them that their question has already been asked before if that question has been asked within the last week. This is a large community and there are only so many questions/topics that will come up. Repeat questions are going to happen and if they didn't there would probably be a lot less posts in the community. Plus, it's silly to punish someone because they neglected to go through over two years worth of back posts to find an answer to a question when you could just tell them. Don't be a jerk.

Also, please remember the photo size limit when posting (600 px by 600 px). Most free photo hosting sites have a resizing option. If you are unsure, use an lj-cut. Everyone doesn't have a DSL connection so please be aware of this.

Completely new tangent: I understand that everyone isn't offended by the same things but name-calling is a NO. Gay bashing is as well. So if you're in the habit of calling people any negative variation of fat or gay, DON'T. It makes me angry. And you don't want your big fat gay moderator to get angry.

Thank you.