August 25th, 2006

tough decision :(

i have had my dreads for almost eleven months now, and i am starting to seriously consider cutting them off. i love them to pieces and truly wish i could keep them, so i really want to sit on this decision for a while before actually going through with it.

there are two main reasons for me wanting to get rid of them:

1) i have trichotillomania (compulsion to pull hair), which has worsened markedly since having dreads. their thickness and texture cry out for me to pull! my scalp is sore and my hair is thinning. i don't want it to get so bad that i'm actually ripping off my dreads. i haven't looked too deep into treatment for this condition though, which may be an option.

2) i am a very active person that tries to work out at least every other day, if not every day. this means that i sweat A LOT, and therefore my scalp gets very itchy and uncomfortable when i don't wash my hair every day. but washing my hair every day means mold for dreadlocks. also, i am an avid bicycler, and helmets both don't fit my head correctly because the dreads add so much bulk, and also make my dreads flat from the pressure. but not wearing a helmet increases my chance of getting a serious head injury in the event of a collision! and that is more important to me than having pretty hair.

however, i've had them for almost a year now and they've come so far! they went from being just a few inches long to coming down to my shoulders, and they've tightened a great deal. i love how crazy and messy they are. i would love to be able to grow them much longer. i went through so much to get to this point! i don't want to shave my head. i've had a shaved head before, so it's not that scary to me, but it's really not flattering on me. please, give me your insight on this. i don't want to make a big mistake that i'll regret later!
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I've been out of town a lot recently, with no access to the computer, so I thought I'd finally post another photo, even though its only from June it's already outdated.

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henna dye question.

There's nothing I could really find in the memories that would answer this question(I hope I didn't overloook anything)but in a few posts in this community some have warned others about the effects of henna dye on previously dyed hair.
Would anyone care to elaborate or take me through this?

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I just got into New York with a few of my friends and I was wondering if there were any dread-realted stores around here or if anyone is willing to show us around? We're dreaded peaceful-kind folks without any places to go.

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Hair loss (but. . not) question.

Okay, I poked the memories and didn't see anything about this. . .

I'm just waiting to have the free time to get my dreads started all in one go, and I'm researching in te meantime. And I have a question.

I have very fine hair, but there's a lot of it. It also grows like crazy, and falls out at the drop of a hat. I get a good handful of hair every time I brush it - but it never looks any thinner.

Would I be right to think that as the hair that would fall out will stay locked into the dreads, I'll (hopefully) end up with nice fatties?

Crimping before dreading...

Right, after being scared after a horrendous incident of trying to dread my hair last summer (the guy doing it said it was best to use wax... enough said), I'm having a really proper go at it this week with my mum before the summer holidays end. But I've got quite thick hair, which is about waistlength and completely straight (not even a wave), so would it be worth crimping it before dreading it, to give it a bit of texture to work with? I had serious problems getting it to knot up and hold even after spending hours on one dread alone, which I don't think was just from trying to stick wax in it...

Any help appreciated :-)
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Herro, everyone.

So, this is text only. Apologies, but I can't connect my camera or figure out how to resize my pictures...everything is in Danish! I'm on exchange right now in Denmark, near Slagelse. This is a long shot, but is there anyone in the area who wants to play dreads together or something. I only know the other exchange students, and friends are fun. So, yeah.

Also, recently, some girl told me she used mayonaisse in her dreads and they locked up really well. I replied that she was a fucking retard, but out of curiousity: is this just some weird secret that I'd never heard of before?

I prefer to think that she's a cretin, still.

Good news: my dreads are now a little over a year old, and I love them very much.
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HI everyone, I just joined here.

I am trying to make my own dreads, what are you opinions, should I go out and buy some dread wax, or try and do it with out??? what have you found to have the best result.
BTW: I have straight-to-wavey very thick anglo-celtic hair, if that make a diference at all.

thanks in advance everyone.