Hello all. I've been lurking around here for awhile, but this is my first post, so I thought I'd introduce myself and ask a few questions. My name is Jenni, I'm 19 years old, and somewhere, in the back of my mind, I've wanted dreadlocks my whole life. I haven't quite decided whether or not to go through with it, but I've been thinking long and hard about this for a while now, and I thought I might ask some questions that haven't come up in any of my research. I'm sure some of you awesome people can help.
1) At the moment my hair hangs a few inches below my waist. Is this too long for dreads? I have seen locks that have been grown very long, but I don't know if it's possible to put dreadlocks in hair this long. Should I get a haircut first?
2) It gets extremely hot where I live, and I spend a lot of time outdoors. How are dreadlocks in the heat? Am I going to be dying of heatstroke under all my locks?
3) How much shorter will my hair be afterwards? (I would like to keep my hair pretty long, so if the answer to question 1 is "Get a haircut you shaggy bum", I'd like to know how short I can cut it and still have long dreads.)
Thanks in advance for any advice you can give.
How many dreads do you have?
I think I have very few for having all of my hair dreaded, with none of it being shaved or too short or anything.
Only 33 :-(
From my own LJ:
On Sunday we pretty much did nothing. Our complex's pool is open now, so we went to check it out---looks nice and clean!
After that, we went to buy a few things at the supermarket and decided to go for a walk near the river. It was idllyic--lots of families cooking out, people fishing, little kids playing ball, It was very sweet and totally full of old-fashioned Americana, ya know? We walked down to our special tree and looked at the water... then we decided to take a walk.
That's when we were reminded we were in a fucking free park surrounded by stupid-ass, white trash, ghetto assholes. As we walked, we clearly overheard a whole lot of comments like, "Oh my GOD, look at his HAIR," "Oh YOU ask him" and the like. This tends to annoy Avy, but she stayed calm, just whispering, "Yeah, we get it--it's long and crazy. Get over it!" under her breath.
One little girl walked a step ahead of us and said, "Hey, you got long hair!"
"Yes, I do. Thanks," I said, continuing to walk.
"Are they dreadlocks?" she asked.
"Yes, they are," I said.
"Are they fake?" she asked.
"No, they're my real hair," I said.
"That's disgusting," came a comment from a morbidly obese woman (probably the little girl's mother) sitting next to the river.
Other comments wafted past--stuff like, "Ya need to cut that" and "You crazy." Classy. Way to teach your kids tolerance for other people, douchebags.
I think Avy said something like, "Enjoy your welfare. I'm sure your kids will all be very useful to society," and we kept on walking. We tried to enjoy the park, but it had gotten a little warmer, and she wanted to go home. I can't say I blamed her--I wanted to go home, too. The fat bitch near the river kind of ruined my happy.
We went home, had dinner and had mellow times. It was good. Avy kept telling me I was disgusting after that... and sometimes I'd apologise for being disgusting. It's my burden. I really shouldn't force it on others by leaving the house and walking in the sun amongst normal people.
So, this morning when my husband came home I saw that he had shaved his head.
First, I was worried that something had happened at work, like he got his dreads hung in a machine or something. But no, he was just hot and had a 'moment' in the mirror and shaved them off.
I mean, he had a mowhawk when we met, and I shaved his head after that, but it was still a shock.
And I was PISSED because I had just hennaed them the night before and they looked so nice! But, nothing I can do about it, they're gone. I'm trying to talk him into growing a dreadhawk, I thought it was a compromise.
But I must admit, he looks pretty sexy bald too.
So, I have some nice red dreads, if anyone of you dread collectors are interested.
Have any of you seen or have a dreaded mohawk? I'm thinking of getting one, myself...
Pictures, please and thank you? :D !
I did my first wash this weekend. I was very excited. Had me my Bronner Peppermint soap (and almond too, just in case). I gotta say, really didnt get on with the pong... I dunno what I was expecting. Pantene or Fructis smell or something? Lol. Perhaps.... but yuk. Reminded me of those solid air freshners we used ot get in the toilets at school. I felt like my hair smelled of wet dog.
Am I mad? I've not tried Knotty Boy or Burt Bees, but how do they smell in comparison?? Whats the nicest smelling one out there?